Category: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Tracing food commodities – In bulk

Being able to trace your food from farm to fork has become a necessity for many consumers. ISU ABE professor, Charles Hurburgh, and his team are setting better practices for effective bulk commodity traceability. Bulk food products are often blended and thought to be impossible to track through their supply chains.

Improving decision management

What if you had all the field data you needed right in front of you? Steven Mickelson, professor and department chair of Iowa State Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and his team are developing an innovative decision support (DS) tool for conservation professionals. This program will help conservation professionals to see a 3-D appearance of the field with a conservation best management practice (BMP) in place.

ASABE Be Inspired video competition

Inspiration can come from a variety of places. Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) students Alena Whitaker, a senior in Biological Systems Engineering (BSE), Mike Sserunjogi, graduate student in ABE, and Garrett Onstot, a Uganda service learner, participated the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) one-minute video challenge. 

Iowa State professor participates in Vatican food waste conference

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) hosted an international conference at the Vatican Nov. 11-12 aimed at reducing food loss and food waste worldwide. Dr. Dirk Maier, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, was one of more than 50 scientists, engineers, economists, corporate leaders and United Nations officials from 24 countries brought together to develop a plan to cut world food waste and loss in half by 2030. Fellow Iowan, Dr. Kenneth Quinn, retired president of the World Food Prize, was also a participant.

Engineering urban sustainability

A new $2.5 million grant will help an interdisciplinary team of researchers analyze innovative approaches to improving urban sustainability. Cyclone Engineers lend expertise to a team that will study various approaches to bolstering local food production in Des Moines and the surrounding area – and how those approaches could affect nutrition, waste and environmental impacts.

2020 recipients of Guy and Giese Graduate Student Fellowship

Five students were awarded the annual Guy and Giese Graduate Student Fellowship. The Giese Graduate Fellowship was created in memory of Henry Giese, professor of structures and environment areas for Iowa State University’s Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department (ISU ABE). The Harold and Katherine Guy Graduate Fellowship was designed to promote research done in soil and water conservation. 

Inclusion for the win

STEM robotics competitions are a motivator to pursue engineering for many students. But for underrepresented students, including females, the economically underprivileged and people of color, this engineering gateway isn’t always accessible.

Going bio-based

What if all agricultural waste could be bio-based? Researchers at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering are exploring the viability of creating more bio-based supply chains. The approach could not only inform future agricultural sector decisions, but could be used right now.

An insider look at ISU ABE travel team in Ghana

In this most recent report from students and faculty working with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), students describe their experience developing water resource systems in Ghana. They also take part in community activities like soccer games, dancing and the celebration of a new birth in Ullo.

Going off road

In spring 2020, ISU ABE will attain a rare piece of equipment. An off-highway vehicle chassis dynomometer will allow researchers and industry partners to test the all-terrain abilities of anything from a four-wheeler to a combine.

Brewing up a hoppy career

“Bringing people together over good beer,” is a motto for the owners of Limestone Brewers in Osage, Iowa. Hear how an one alum of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is tapping into the craft brewing industry.