When Iowa State University moved to online instruction in March, it didn’t just impact course delivery. The transition also disrupted academic advising during the busy fall registration period. Academic advisors and the relationships they build with their student advisees are an important part of the undergraduate experience at Iowa State. To help keep their advisees …Continue reading “Agricultural and biosystems academic advising goes online”
Being able to trace your food from farm to fork has become a necessity for many consumers. ISU ABE professor, Charles Hurburgh, and his team are setting better practices for effective bulk commodity traceability. Bulk food products are often blended and thought to be impossible to track through their supply chains.
What if you had all the field data you needed right in front of you? Steven Mickelson, professor and department chair of Iowa State Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and his team are developing an innovative decision support (DS) tool for conservation professionals. This program will help conservation professionals to see a 3-D appearance of the field with a conservation best management practice (BMP) in place.
Inspiration can come from a variety of places. Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) students Alena Whitaker, a senior in Biological Systems Engineering (BSE), Mike Sserunjogi, graduate student in ABE, and Garrett Onstot, a Uganda service learner, participated the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) one-minute video challenge.
The Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) hosted an international conference at the Vatican Nov. 11-12 aimed at reducing food loss and food waste worldwide. Dr. Dirk Maier, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, was one of more than 50 scientists, engineers, economists, corporate leaders and United Nations officials from 24 countries brought together to develop a plan to cut world food waste and loss in half by 2030. Fellow Iowan, Dr. Kenneth Quinn, retired president of the World Food Prize, was also a participant.
Iowa State’s College of Engineering offers nearly 20 different learning communities to meet the individual needs of incoming, transfer and current engineering students in a variety of majors. Learning communities continue to bring engineering students together in and out of the classroom.
The origin of ISU ABE’s successful learning community is rooted in long-term retention efforts In the fall of 1997, Iowa State University’s Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering (ISU ABE) Department saw a 33% decline in retaining incoming students. This threw a then-new associate chair of teaching into a sticky situation. Steve Mickelson needed to find the …Continue reading “Retaining students through relationship-building”
Grain storage fatalities account for a large percentage of agricultural-related deaths in the United States. Researchers at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering are trying to find ways to decrease this number of fatalities.
Moses Kalyango traveled 8,000 miles to explore solutions to a centuries-old problem to take back to his native Uganda.
Iowa State University’s (ISU) Industrial Technology Club (ITec) received the 2019 Outstanding Student Chapter Award at the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Annual Conference, held Nov. 6-8 in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is the second year ISU’s ITec Club has received this honor. From ATMAE’s website: “Outstanding student chapters are recognized based …Continue reading “ITec Club receives 2019 Outstanding ATMAE Student Chapter Award”
Steve Mickelson is the 2019 recipient of the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Faculty Excellence Award. Mickelson is the current chair of Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ISU ABE). He has held this position for eight consecutive years. This award recognizes the superior performance and achievement of up …Continue reading “Chair of ABE receives ATMAE Faculty Excellence Award”
Michelle Friedmann is a graduate student at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ISU ABE). Friedmann received the Excellence Award from Engineers Without Borders (EWB) USA at the group’s national conference on Nov. 9. The award recognizes individuals’ exceptional leadership skills and qualities within EWB. Friedmann is being recognized for her efforts …Continue reading “Friedmann recieves Excellence Award from Engineers Without Borders”
Richard Gates has been named director of the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University. Gates, currently a professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will start his new duties with the center on Jan. 1.
Jacek Koziel, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, spent a month in Uzbekistan using his food, energy and water nexus expertise in the Aral Sea basin as part of the prestigious Fulbright Specialist Program.