Lie Tang utilizes plant-measuring robots to improve crop health

Lie Tang, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, is working with scientists to improve crop resiliency using robots called PhenoBots. These robots collect data about plants as they grow in specific environments. With this data, the team can learn more about plant genes, environments for crops and ultimately a way to provide food to the world’s [Continue Reading…]

Improving fan efficiency in barns

Katlyn DeVoe grew up on a dairy farm in in Juda, a small town in southern Wisconsin, where her and her family milked 100 head of cattle. When she was ready to go to college, she wanted to continue to learn more about the dairy industry at a strong university that still offered a small-town feeling.

Agricultural and biosystems engineering professor Raj Raman puts people and education first

Education has always been a passion for Raj Raman. He finished graduate school with the realization that undergraduate education was somewhat undervalued, and he knew then that he wanted to make a difference in that area. In the eight and a half years Raman has worked at Iowa State, he’s worn many hats. He is [Continue Reading…]

Guest post: A new home for ABE

Steve Mickelson, department chair of agricultural and biosystems engineering, gives an update on the department’s move into Elings and Sukup halls.  Ask anyone who has ever been associated with the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and they’ll all say the same thing – our new building was a long time coming. For years, the department [Continue Reading…]

ABE pioneers major growth for Iowa State’s digital repository

The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering was the first to take advantage of Digital Repository @ Iowa State University when it was unveiled in April 2012, and ABE Chair Steve Mickelson has no regrets. The repository is “an online platform we can use to provide access to different types of materials,” according to Harrison [Continue Reading…]

Bigelow, Raman selected for National Academy of Engineering symposium

At the end of October, a select group of 73 engineering educators from around the country will be gathering in Irvine, Calif., to discuss innovative approaches to teaching during the National Academy of Engineering’s fifth Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium. Iowa State’s Tim Bigelow, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering, and [Continue Reading…]

Sukup Manufacturing’s gift commitment to help complete Biorenewables Complex

Iowa State University announced a new gift commitment from Sukup Manufacturing Company at the September 30 groundbreaking for the second phase of the Biorenewables Complex.Sukup Manufacturing Company’s gift commitment builds on the firm’s initial financial support provided in 2007, and completes the private gift portion of the total project. One of the new buildings in [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State professor to head agricultural and biosystems engineering department

Steve Mickelson, professor in the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), will become the next chair of the department effective Aug. 1. He will also be the inaugural recipient of the Charles R. and Jane F. Olsen Professorship in Engineering. The gift was recently made possible through the generosity of Charles and [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State Power Pullers team hopes for revenge in upcoming competition

Last year, Iowa State University’s ¼ scale tractor pull team had its high hopes dashed when they finished much lower than expected in their annual competition. With this year’s entry, named Cy’s Revenge, the Iowa State Power Pullers are set to roar back to the top, where they believe they belong. “We need to go [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State to lead alternative hen-housing study

Iowa State University researchers will join with University of California-Davis scientists to investigate alternative egg production systems to help improve animal welfare and other practices. Project leaders say the study will assess alternative housing systems for laying hens in Iowa, the leading state in US egg production, and in California, where a state law known [Continue Reading…]

Learn to run a biorefinery in a virtual control room developed by Iowa State researchers

David Grewell flipped on the augers that carry corn from a truck to a biorefinery. Then, with a few more clicks of his computer mouse, he turned on the pumps that send grain all the way through an ethanol plant, from storage to hammer mill to slurry tanks to jet cooker to liquefaction, fermentation, distillation, [Continue Reading…]

AgE alum works toward renewable energy

Don Erbach (PhDAgE’74) has joined the board of directors of Advanced Biofuels USA. He has clocked 40 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service with a focus on technologies related to improving soil management and crop production. Read the full story.