College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Teaching/research awards honor four AerE grad students

Four graduate students in the Department of Aerospace Engineering have been honored for their work with Teaching Excellence and Research Excellence Awards from Iowa State University’s Graduate College. The awards are presented each fall and spring semester to graduate students who demonstrate excellence in their scientific research or their performance in teaching.

CCEE’s Joe Charbonnet Designs Communication Method for Identifying PFAS, the ‘Forever Chemicals’

Known as ‘forever chemicals,’ per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are compounds that impact our lives daily. Waterproof, durable, and long-lasting, PFAS are commonly used to repel water and grease. The chemicals are found in Teflon™-coated pans, fast food wrappers, and even in the firefighting industry.

Joe Charbonnet holds a sample of concentrated fire-fighting foam. This foam includes many PFAS, likely including undiscovered compounds in need of confident identification.

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.

Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award for CBE’s Fox

Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Hershel B. Whitney Professor, Global Initiatives Rodney Fox has been selected for the 2022-23 Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award.

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.

Chemical engineering grad student, Abigail Koep, awarded Graduate Research Fellowship from prestigious NSF program

Abigail Koep, entered the chemical and biological engineering Ph.D. program in 2022 and is one of only three ISU students to receive the illustrious Graduate Research Fellowship this year.

ME/HCI grad student to advance VR research with support from prestigious NSF grant

Roselynn Conrady, Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering (ME) and human computer interaction (HCI), has been accepted into the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. She is one of just five students from Iowa State University to receive this honor. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.

Preparing Communities for Climate Change: CCEE’s Lu Liu Receives Grant to Determine Climate Change Vulnerabilities in Rural and Urban Communities

From small farms to big cities, natural disasters, rising temperatures and other factors of climate change impact everyone. Lu Liu, assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, is using modeling to look into the future on the long-term impacts of climate change for two different ends of the population spectrum: urban and rural communities.

Cyclone pride! CBE’s AIChE chapter hosts conference; Chem-E-Car winning streak rolls on

Iowa State’s student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) hosted the group’s Mid-America Regional Conference April 8 and 9 – rolling out the red carpet for students from 12 other schools and taking some top honors of its own.

CBE’s Reuel is witness in congressional review of small business initiatives

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) associate professor and Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow Nigel Reuel served as a witness in recent U.S. congressional testimony.

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