College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Remembering Sue Ziegenbusch: A bright light in ABE

Known for her contagious enthusiasm and passion for helping others, Sue Ziegenbusch was a bright light as an academic advisor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.

On June 1st, 2022, Sue passed away and left behind a legacy of laughter and passion for putting students first. Many remember Sue for her laugh, her enthusiasm and her ability to solve problems with her humor and knowledge.

Four Seniors in ABE Design, Assemble and Install Machine in Poultry Farm for Safety and Efficiency

In the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, research can range from power machinery, to occupational safety, to piglet research and other research in between. For four seniors in the department: Austin Marshek, Max Lindgren, Logan Heims and Hunter Frerichs, their research for their senior capstone project combines many of these elements – livestock, machinery and safety.

ABE research using ultraviolet light produces safer, cleaner air that ‘smells like toothpaste’

Breathing cleaner air has become more relevant than ever in the last few years. What if, along with cleaner air, it smelled fresh and minty, too? For Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Professor Jacek Koziel, studying how to have clean air and reduce odor is nothing new. He has been in pursuit of healthy air quality for the last 15 years, using ultraviolet light to filter out airborne pathogens and produce  air that ends up smelling like toothpaste.

ABE Alum Mitchell Hora Builds Soil Health Company From the Ground Up

The 19th person in his family line to go to Iowa State, and coming from a seventh generation farm in small-town Iowa, Hora started his adventure in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering only knowing he had an interest in agriculture and a family history at Iowa State. Little did he know that in four years, he would have built an international soil-health business from the ground up.

ABE Provides Free Hazardous Safety Training to Companies and Employees

ISU Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering teaching professor James Wright and associate professor Nir Keren just received an OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Susan Harwood Training grant to implement hazard communications and chemical hazards training to ‘prepare employees, supervisors and owners of manufacturing, construction and agricultural companies for regulatory safety requirements, suggestions and strategies for work protection.’