Category: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Iowa State University (ISU) broke ground on a new state-of-the-art facility this month, a facility that will help propel the University into answering a major need.
“If it takes energy and takes resources that folks don’t have to use or to burn, they’re not going to use it,” says Gretchen Mosher, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University. “And it will just become one of those projects that the Western people come in and develop and then it sits there after they leave.”
A new screening tool developed by researchers at Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture can dramatically reduce the time to detect strains of bacteria that cause a serious livestock disease and that impact the health of millions of people worldwide.
Researchers from four Midwestern research universities – including Iowa State – are joining forces to promote faculty success for women of color and women with family responsibilities in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Their project is supported by a three-year, $996,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
“There’s nothing more powerful than feeling like you are part of a community.”
That’s Steven Bell’s philosophy. Bell, a senior lecturer of agricultural and biosystems engineering, wanted to close the gap between alumni and undergraduate students. So he founded the Blue Chip Network (BCN) earlier this year. The network of more than 80 professionals has grown since the group’s founding earlier in 2019, and it is a unique tool for students as they begin to understand the ins and outs of industry.
“I’m striving to have my research be very practical and beneficial for the industry, so that when other producers are reading the results of our research, they’re really not questioning, ‘Is this even similar to what my operation is going to be like for conditions?’ ” Ben Smith, a graduate student in agricultural and biosystems engineering, says.
Dirk Maier, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, lent his research-based expertise in feed manufacturing to help open a hands-on, train-the-trainer program in Tunisia.
he American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) held the 2019 Annual International Meeting (AIM) in July. Both Iowa State faculty members and students were honored at the event for their outstanding achievements.
Jacek Koziel, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, spent a month in Uzbekistan using his food, energy and water nexus expertise in the Aral Sea basin as part of the prestigious Fulbright Specialist Program.
If what is old is new again, is there a way to make ancient grains new to 21st-century taste buds?
Kurt Rosentrater, executive director of the Distillers Grains Technology Council and associate professor at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering (ISU ABE) is exploring this question with help from a group of six students from southern France.