Category: Department News

CBE’s Graduate Seminar Series set for fall launch with strong lecturer lineup

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) Graduate Seminar Series will again bring some of the nation’s top chemical engineering educators and researchers face to face with the department’s graduate students this academic year – virtually. The fall semester schedule for the weekly events is part of the required curriculum for the department’s graduate … Continue reading CBE’s Graduate Seminar Series set for fall launch with strong lecturer lineup

APEX-E still gives incoming students opportunity to connect through virtual programs

Paiton Pumroy, incoming freshman, checks a Facebook group chat. A prompt is waiting for her in the APEX-E group, connecting her with dozens of other students, professors and mentors within the program.  A prompt such as sharing your favorite food along with the recipe, or what look you decided to go with today, whether it … Continue reading APEX-E still gives incoming students opportunity to connect through virtual programs

Engineering alum strives to make college more accessible for disenfranchised students

As a collegian, Tina Akinyi remembers often being the only student of color in her classes and the sense of isolation she felt because of it. Now in her professional capacity, she hopes to remove that sense of isolation for future students by bringing more people of color and other disenfranchised students into higher education. … Continue reading Engineering alum strives to make college more accessible for disenfranchised students

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.

Driven by a passion to engineer vehicles of the future

From fuel-efficient snowmobile engines to the electric motors in the Tesla Model Y, mechanical engineering student Katie Lyon has a passion for environmentally friendly vehicles. Lyon grew up in Burnsville, Minnesota and as a child loved playing with Legos, Lincoln Logs and other toys that allowed her to combine her creativity with her analytic skills. … Continue reading Driven by a passion to engineer vehicles of the future

Four new faculty joined CCEE department

Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering  added four new members to its faculty this semester.  Tom Foldes, associate teaching professor, Katie Madson, assistant professor, Jonathan Wood, assistant professor, and Onur Avci, research assistant professor joined the department in August.  To be entering the field of research and teaching during a time … Continue reading Four new faculty joined CCEE department

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.

Summer research internship leads to journal paper for ME student

Patience has paid off for one mechanical engineering student, as he recently published a research paper nearly a year after completing a research internship at a national lab. Xian Yeow Lee, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering (ME), spent three months during the summer of 2019 as a research intern at the Lawrence Livermore National … Continue reading Summer research internship leads to journal paper for ME student

Five CBE faculty members receive promotions

Five Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) faculty members have received promotions effective with the commencement of fall semester. Laura Jarboe has been promoted to the rank of professor. She joined the CBE faculty as an assistant professor in 2008. She is a member of the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) and her research … Continue reading Five CBE faculty members receive promotions

In Memory: ECpE Distinguished Professor Emeritus Robert Grover Brown

The following information is from the obituary for Robert Grover Brown. Robert Grover Brown (“Grover”) passed away peacefully on Aug. 10, 2020, at 94 years old. Brown was born on April 25, 1926, in Shenandoah, Iowa, to Grover Whitney and Irene (Frink) Brown. He graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1944 and immediately enlisted in … Continue reading In Memory: ECpE Distinguished Professor Emeritus Robert Grover Brown