Category: Research

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Iowa State part of U.S. National Science Foundation newly established artificial intelligence research institute on cyberinfrastructure

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the establishment of 11 new NSF National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes, building on the first round of seven institutes funded in 2020. The combined investment of $220 million expands the reach of those institutes to include a total of 40 states and the District of Columbia. One of the 11 institutes, called the AI Institute for Intelligent Cyberinfrastructure with Computational Learning in the Environment (ICICLE), is led by The Ohio State University, with Iowa State Professor Hongwei Zhang of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering leading the edge wireless component of that project.

Baskar Ganapathysubramanian of Iowa State University stands next to some computing equipment.

$20 million federal grant launches AI institute for better crops, agricultural production

The researchers behind a new artificial intelligence institute say their work can accelerate the productivity and sustainability of agriculture. The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture are supporting the researchers’ idea with a five-year, $20 million grant to establish an AI Institute for Resilient Agriculture based at Iowa State University.

Iowa State ABE associate professor receives BBI’s Award of Excellence

Kurt Rosentrater, executive director and CEO of the Distillers Grains Technology Council and associate professor at Iowa State University’s Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, is the 2021 recipient of BBI International’s Award of Excellence. This award recognizes individuals who have made important contributions to the fuel ethanol industry through their research, technical advisory and/or … Continue reading Iowa State ABE associate professor receives BBI’s Award of Excellence

Hongwei Zhang standing on top of a building with blue sky behind him. There is hardware behind him for CyNet, an advanced wireless networking system that's a predecessor to the new ARA rural broadband project.

Iowa State University and partners receive major National Science Foundation research grant to drive innovation in rural broadband connectivity

The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program announces Iowa State University and its partners as the fourth testbed in a diverse portfolio of large-scale research platforms located throughout the United States. Designated as ARA: Wireless Living Lab for Smart and Connected Rural Communities, the new platform in central Iowa complements the technical specialties of earlier PAWR platforms, adding a focus on technologies for rural broadband connectivity.

Sri Sritharan appointed assistant dean for research

Sri Sritharan has been named assistant dean for research in the Iowa State University College of Engineering. In this newly created role, Sritharan will provide visionary leadership to help expand the scope of research endeavors in the college, assist with achieving strategic research goals and enhance research productivity and volume.

Engineers aim to improve oil extraction using acoustic sound waves

Mechanical engineering researchers at Iowa State University are studying ways they can use acoustic sound waves to improve the efficiency of extracting oil from rocks. The project is led by Jaime J. Juárez, assistant professor of mechanical engineering (ME), with additional support from Michael Olsen, professor of ME. The project is supported with a more … Continue reading Engineers aim to improve oil extraction using acoustic sound waves

CBE BioMaP undergrad research program returns with in-person format

BioMaP is back in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Undergraduate students from around the nation are settling into their summer home, and research hub, at Iowa State University with the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s (CBE) BioMaP REU program. It was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With funding … Continue reading CBE BioMaP undergrad research program returns with in-person format

Iowa State engineers innovate robotic instrument for agricultural soil analysis to help soybean farmers

Soybeans are an important crop for the global economy, with widespread usage from cooking oil and livestock feed to biodiesel and industrial products. However, significant soybean yield losses are caused by pests and pathogens every year. Engineers at Iowa State University are working to solve these problems. The most damaging pest or pathogen of soybean … Continue reading Iowa State engineers innovate robotic instrument for agricultural soil analysis to help soybean farmers

Two CNDE Students Win First Place in Best Student Contest Paper by I2MTC

Anna Case, graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, and Aaron McCarville, senior in electrical and computer engineering, won first place in the Best Student Paper Contest from the IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference. The conference was held virtually from May 17-20.  The title of the paper is “Microwave Quantification of Porosity Level in 3D Printed Polymers,” based on research lead by Reza Zoughi, director of … Continue reading Two CNDE Students Win First Place in Best Student Contest Paper by I2MTC