College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

$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”

ECpE’s Vaswani and Ramamoorthy awarded NSF grant for secure and efficient algorithm design for signal recovery from “messy” data

Professors Namrata Vaswani and Aditya Ramamoorthy, from Iowa State University‘s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently received a $564,500 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to solve problems related to data distribution and compression.

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.

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”

Vernon Guse Faculty Fellowship awarded to CBE’s Zengyi Shao

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering associate professor Zengyi Shao has been named the inaugural Vernon Guse Faculty Fellow. The endowed faculty fellowship has been made possible by a gift from the estate of Vernon Guse (B.S. chemical engineering, 1934). Shao will use support from the fellowship to help bolster her research team’s work in …Continue reading “Vernon Guse Faculty Fellowship awarded to CBE’s Zengyi Shao”

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