ABE: Grain Drying, Handling and Storage Handbook Updated

MidWest Plan Service has released a revised and updated version of its “Grain Drying, Handling, and Storage Handbook” (MWPS-13). The publication was developed to assist farmers, elevator managers, equipment dealers, students and others interested in developing grain systems. Now in its third edition, the handbook has been substantially updated and expanded to reflect dealing with … Continue reading ABE: Grain Drying, Handling and Storage Handbook Updated

Celebrating ASABE’s Best of the Profession: Steve Mickelson

Charles R. & Jane F. Olsen Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Steve Mickelson has been given the James R. And Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award. This award honors and recognizes annually an ASABE member who is currently providing outstanding academic leadership while serving as the department head/chair of a Biological and/or Agricultural Engineering … Continue reading Celebrating ASABE’s Best of the Profession: Steve Mickelson

LeVern Faidley Receives Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Advisor Award

LeVern Faidley, chief advisor for Iowa State University’s Iowa Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Pi (TBP), has been named the national 2017 TBP Outstanding Advisor. Faidley is being honored because he “exemplifies going above the call of duty and is always an enthusiastic supporter of students and TBP alumni.” The award also recognizes “the energy … Continue reading LeVern Faidley Receives Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Advisor Award

Charles Sukup Named Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus

Charles Sukup (BSAgE’76, MSAgE’82) has been named a 2017 recipient of Tau Beta Pi’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. The honor recognizes “lifetime achievements and commitment to engineering education” and outstanding contributions in “developing young minds, inspiring the next generation of engineers, and contributing to the advancement of the engineering profession.” Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor … Continue reading Charles Sukup Named Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus

Schwab describes evolution of rollover protective structures

The American Journal of Industrial Medicine says a 2008 report indicates farmers and farm workers 55 and over are nearly twice as likely to die in farm accidents. Of those fatalities, Tractors accounted for 46 percent of those deaths. Fortunately, there are groups working to make tractors safer. Chuck Schwab of Iowa State University Extension describes … Continue reading Schwab describes evolution of rollover protective structures

Helmers: Focusing on water quality

“We’ve been looking at these practices for a long time to identify how we can reduce nitrate loss from drainage systems and optimize crop production,” says Matt Helmers, ISU Extension ag engineering professor and a member of the team that helped develop the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, introduced in 2013.

ITec alum to lead LNS America air filtration products

LNS Group officials named Aaron Grell as the new national product manager for the company’s air filtration product line. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Iowa State University, and an extensive manufacturing background including roles in production management, applications engineering, global project management, and account services, Grell is qualified to help … Continue reading ITec alum to lead LNS America air filtration products

Iowa State named a partner in new Department of Energy bioenergy research center

Iowa State University is a partner institution in a new, $104 million research center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the project will study the next generation of plant-based, sustainable, cost-effective biofuels and bioproducts. Iowa State team includes Andy Van Loocke, assistant professor of agronomy; and Adina … Continue reading Iowa State named a partner in new Department of Energy bioenergy research center

Kohl: Bigger cattle require better facility design

Big cattle need plenty of room. The exact amount of recommended space per animal varies by the type of feed yard. Kris Kohl, Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineer, gave a rundown of stocking density guidelines at a cattle stewardship seminar at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds in Spirit Lake last month.

Adding value, advancing energy

Grant Ives is discovering ways to add value to ethanol production. As an undergraduate in industrial technology, he’s worked alongside researchers in the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative lab using Near Infrared Spectroscopy to analyze grain samples for protein, oil, fiber and fat content. His internship has allowed him to make strides towards his real passion— making … Continue reading Adding value, advancing energy

50 years powering student success

It was August 1967 when Carl Bern first walked into a classroom at Iowa State University. He began his career in agricultural engineering as a teaching assistant, and has taught students at Iowa State every term since.

ISU Research Park boosts learning, economic development

Deere is setting up a research and innovation center collaborating with, among others, Matt Darr in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department. Darr, who was recently named to the Kinze Manufacturing Fellowship in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, has conducted several projects with Deere, many dealing with biomass harvesting equipment at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm … Continue reading ISU Research Park boosts learning, economic development

Iowa State’s industrial playground

Large companies with extensive research and development facilities still seek their help, says Darren Jarboe (’85 ag business, ’86 agronomy, ’12 PhD industrial and ag technology), CCUR’s program manager for technology commercialization, marketing and communication. “Multi-national companies are innovating all the time and sometimes they like the idea of getting away from the company headquarters and … Continue reading Iowa State’s industrial playground