Category: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Grant to help fill gaps in how livestock manure management affects antibiotic resistance

What does manure have in common with antibiotic resistance? For starters, they both stink, though in different ways. But there might be even more to the relationship than that. Researchers at Iowa State University recently received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study how … Continue reading Grant to help fill gaps in how livestock manure management affects antibiotic resistance

ABE grad student wins first place in Three Minute Thesis competition

Third-year agricultural and biosystems engineering Ph.D. student Bailey Adams won first place in Iowa State University’s fifth annual Three Minute Thesis competition. Three Minute Thesis (3MT) celebrates research conducted by master’s or Ph.D. students around the world. Developed by the University of Queensland, the competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills. Presenting in … Continue reading ABE grad student wins first place in Three Minute Thesis competition

Gene Haas Foundation Manufacturing Scholarship awarded to ISU ABE

Iowa State agricultural and biosystems engineering students studying industrial technology (ITec) will benefit from a Gene Haas Foundation Manufacturing Scholarship that was recently awarded on campus. ITec students taking Technology Systems Management 240: Introduction to Manufacturing Processes for Metals and Technology Systems Management 340: Advanced Automated Manufacturing Processes will benefit from the $20,000 during 2021. … Continue reading Gene Haas Foundation Manufacturing Scholarship awarded to ISU ABE

Pothole research to improve water quality

Pothole depressions are a common feature in Iowa’s agricultural landscapes that flood following periods of significant rain and also tend to be places of low crop yield. Professors of agricultural and biosystems engineering, Michelle Soupir and Amy Kaleita, are designing a new conservation practice to reduce phosphorus losses from these in-field “hotspots.”   Kaleita and Soupir … Continue reading Pothole research to improve water quality

Iowa State University launches partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

The U.S. Embassy in Ghana, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Iowa State University recently launched the U.S. State Department Bureau of African Affairs’ University Partnerships Initiative (UPI). Iowa State is partnering with the KNUST College of Engineering to implement institutional capacity building through its student organizations Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Faculty and … Continue reading Iowa State University launches partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

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Maier Honored with 2020 Sukup Global Food Security Award

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) presented the 2020 Sukup Global Food Security award during their virtual meeting this year, July 13-15, to Dirk Maier, a professor in the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. The award recognizes distinguished contributions to global food security through research, outreach and teaching.

Convocation celebrates Cyclone Engineering faculty and staff

James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering W. Samuel Easterling celebrated Cyclone Engineering 2020 faculty and staff award honorees, named faculty positions and patent recipients at the College of Engineering’s fall convocation. This year’s interactive event was offered live online. Watch a replay here.

Iowa State agricultural and biosystems engineering undergraduate program ranked No. 2 in U.S.

According to the newly released U.S. News and World Report’s 2021 “Best Colleges” rankings in the biological/agricultural engineering category, Iowa State’s agricultural and biosystems program is the No. 2 ranked undergraduate program among all national public universities for the second year in a row. Iowa State is tied for second with two other universities. “We … Continue reading Iowa State agricultural and biosystems engineering undergraduate program ranked No. 2 in U.S.

Food and Agricultural Traceability? There’s a class for that.

FSHN 653X, “Food and Agricultural Traceability,” combines three of Iowa State’s majors into one course where students learn about current issues and concepts of food and agricultural product traceability in the United States from production to consumption.  The course includes aspects from agricultural and biosystems engineering, food, science and human nutrition and was in collaboration … Continue reading Food and Agricultural Traceability? There’s a class for that.

Enviratron robot rover gathers plant heat-stress response data

A new study shows how two responses in separate locations inside plant cells work in concert to help corn plants respond to heat stress. The research was made possible by the Enviratron, an innovative plant sciences facility at Iowa State University that utilizes a robotic rover and highly controlled growth chambers. The Enivratron’s plant measuring robots were developed by ABE’s Lie Tang.

ABE faculty, students receive ASABE awards

Five faculty and two students in the Iowa State Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering received awards during the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers annual international meeting. The meeting was held virtually this year from July 13-15. Award winners: Adina Howe New Holland Young Researcher Award  Howe is an ABE assistant professor and … Continue reading ABE faculty, students receive ASABE awards