Category: Research

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.

Li wins Rising Researcher award from international professional society

An Iowa State University mechanical engineering faculty member is among 13 from across the globe recognized as a distinguished young professional by a professional society in his field. Beiwen Li, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was named a 2020 DCS Rising Researcher by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. The Rising Researchers … Continue reading Li wins Rising Researcher award from international professional society

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. 

ECpE’s Kumar delivers keynote at IC3 and is “Best Paper Award” finalist at ICINCO

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) Professor Ratnesh Kumar at Iowa State University recently gave a keynote talk at International Conference on Contemporary Computing (IC3) in India. This conference has been running annually since 2008. Kumar, one of seven keynote speakers at the conference, spoke on Model-Based Safety Analysis in Cyber-Physical Systems. “This was … Continue reading ECpE’s Kumar delivers keynote at IC3 and is “Best Paper Award” finalist at ICINCO

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.

Nanoscale sensors to better see how high pressure affects materials

Valery Levitas is a co-author of two papers published within weeks by the high-profile journal Science. Levitas, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, the Vance Coffman Faculty Chair and professor in aerospace engineering, specializes in experimental testing and computational modeling of high-pressure mechanics, physics and mechanochemistry.

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.

Chemical engineering graduate students honored for teaching, research efforts

Several graduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) were recently honored with Research Excellence (REX) and Teaching Excellence (TEX) awards for the fall 2019 semester. These awards are sponsored by the Iowa State University Graduate College. Honorees receive a letter of commendation from ISU President Wendy Wintersteen, a certificate of achievement, … Continue reading Chemical engineering graduate students honored for teaching, research efforts

Perfect Pitch prize to three in CBE

The annual race against the clock for chemical engineering graduate students made its return in the department’s 2019 Perfect Pitch competition, and this year’s top three finishers have been announced. All chemical engineering graduate students who have completed their research progress exams (qualifiers) presented their research projects to students, faculty and staff under a strict … Continue reading Perfect Pitch prize to three in CBE

Cyclone Engineers develop alternative cooling materials

Iowa State University, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, the University of Maryland, and the Colorado School of Mines collaborated on a paper researching a solid-state alternative that can be used to replace vapor-compression cooling technology, making an environmentally friendly material resistant to wear over time.