Racing to the future: Students collaborate to design vehicles using augmented reality

When most of us drive our cars, we’re busy thinking about what’s on the radio, what we’re making for dinner and, hopefully, the other drivers and pedestrians around us. Most likely, we aren’t thinking about the elaborate computer systems keeping our vehicles running smoothly and safely. And thankfully, we don’t have to think about the [Continue Reading…]

Ramirez – Infiltration: Your unplanned inlet can reduce air quality

By Brett C. Ramirez* and Harishchandra Jadhav, Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Graduate Research Assistants. Proper air distribution from planned ceiling inlets plays a major role in providing an environment that is acceptable for both pigs and workers.

Hurburgh: Beware of moldy corn this spring

Ethanol plants need to be especially cautious of moldy corn this spring due to a humid fall and excessive amounts of corn stored in outdoor piles. Charles Hurburgh, Iowa State University Extension grain quality specialist and ABE professor, says mid- to late February will bring reports of moldy corn, hot spots and blue eye mold [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State construction engineering student earns spot on Team USA

Cyclone Hockey’s Jake Uglem strikes a balance on the ice and in class If the first round of semester tests is stressful for you, imagine navigating class responsibilities while balancing an athletic schedule. Jake Uglem doesn’t have to imagine. Balancing responsibilities is a regular thing for the Cyclone Hockey defenseman. Uglem, an Iowa State University (ISU) junior [Continue Reading…]

Students prep for 2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute at Iowa State seeks donations to compete in March competition On March 7-10, Iowa State University’s Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) student organization will travel to Portland, Oregon, to compete in the 2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. The team is currently seeking donations from individuals and companies to defray the cost [Continue Reading…]

Geotechnical engineering conference celebrates distinguished emeritus faculty member

Banquet honoring Dr. Richard Handy and speakers in geotechnical engineering are highlights of upcoming Iowa ASCE conference The Iowa chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers will be hosting its Geotechnical Engineering Conference on March 8-9 at the Scheman Building of the Iowa State Center in Ames. The event will kick off at 5 p.m. [Continue Reading…]

Hanna: Match sprayer to new herbicides

Don’t assume application requirements of new products and strategies to control resistant weeds will mimic those of glyphosate and other products you’re familiar with, cautions Dr. Mark Hanna, Iowa State University Extension Agricultural Engineer. Look now at labels of herbicides you’re considering for use next spring to prepare for proper nozzles and travel speeds, and [Continue Reading…]

Pit gases pose a danger in beef barns

Hydrogen sulfide gas is a serious issue in and around barns with liquid manure storage. The decomposition of organic matter in manure results in the release of several gases: ammonia, carbon dioxide, methane and hydrogen sulfide among them. Most of the time these gases are emitted at low levels, but any time manure is being agitated [Continue Reading…]

ME senior makes history in her own way

Iowa State ECpE researchers to collaborate on cybersecurity defense research

This month, researchers from Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) will work with a team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to conduct cybersecurity defense research, thanks to a contract from U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), awarded to the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI). The two universities will collaborate with cybersecurity industry consultants [Continue Reading…]

Hanna: Installing solar arrays becomes more attractive for farmers

“Not many people realize this, but Iowa is in the top third of states in terms of solar potential,” said Mark Hanna, agricultural engineering specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “The cost per watt for generating electricity has been dropping steadily, down to about $3 per watt as opposed to $10-15 per watt [Continue Reading…]

Eco-friendly lighting improves research facilities at CCEE

Sustainable LED lights increase reliability of tests while reducing energy consumption and creating safer work environment Picture this: you are in a research lab working on an experiment. The results are crucial to your work. You want be as precise as possible, right? Recent updates to three different research areas of Town Engineering Building will [Continue Reading…]