Tag: Ames Laboratory

Mallapragada awarded distinguished professor status; Schneider to associate professor

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Dr. Surya Mallapragada and Dr. Ian Schneider have received promotions that became effective August 15, 2016. Dr. Mallapragada has been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. The title honors exemplary performance in research and/or creative activities as reflected by a national or international reputation in the nominee’s discipline. … Continue reading Mallapragada awarded distinguished professor status; Schneider to associate professor

Karl Gschneidner

Mr. Rare Earth, Karl Gschneidner passes away on April 27

The internationally-recognized Iowa State alum, professor and researcher Karl A. Gschneidner Jr. passed away on the morning of April 27 at the age of 85. Gschneidner’s work with rare-earth materials led to the creation of the Critical Materials Institute at Ames Laboratory as well as the publishing of over 544 of his scientific journal articles and … Continue reading Mr. Rare Earth, Karl Gschneidner passes away on April 27

Martin Thuo

Iowa State engineers develop micro-sized, liquid-metal particles for heat-free soldering

Martin Thuo likes to look for new, affordable and clean ways to put science and technology to work in the world. His lab is dedicated to an idea called frugal innovation: “How do you do very high-level science or engineering with very little?” said Thuo, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory.

Ames Laboratory will lead new consortium to research caloric materials, advance refrigeration technology

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory will be the home of a new research consortium for the discovery and development of more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient refrigeration technologies, sponsored by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The consortium, named CaloriCoolTM, will pursue the development of alternative forms of refrigeration technologies, called caloric cooling, in partnership with the private sector and universities.

Get schooled in rare-earth metals

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute and Iowa State University are offering a unique educational opportunity to get an in-depth overview of the rare-earth metals in a senior and graduate level course offered online spring semester 2016.

Professor emeritus and Ames Lab associate scientist Jack F. Smith passes away

This was written in partnership with the Ames Laboratory. Long-time MSE professor and Ames Laboratory scientist John (Jack) F. Smith died Sept. 26, 2015. Smith began a 40-year career at Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory in 1948, where he was a professor of metallurgy and a senior scientist. He served as chairman of ISU’s … Continue reading Professor emeritus and Ames Lab associate scientist Jack F. Smith passes away

Iowa State engineers develop micro-tentacles so tiny robots can handle delicate objects

The tiny tube circled an ant’s thorax, gently trapping the insect and demonstrating the utility of a microrobotic tentacle developed by Iowa State University engineers. “Most robots use two fingers and to pick things up they have to squeeze,” said Jaeyoun (Jay) Kim, an Iowa State University associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. “But these tentacles wrap around very gently.”

Emerging Leaders class announced

Thirty-two faculty and staff have been chosen to participate in the next cohort of Iowa State’s Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA). ELA is an academic-year initiative to develop faculty and P&S staff currently serving in leadership roles at Iowa State, or who aspire to hold leadership positions. Beginning in August, participants attend monthly sessions on leadership … Continue reading Emerging Leaders class announced

Ames Laboratory’s Karl Gschneidner won Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award

Karl A. Gschneidner Jr., senior metallurgist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, was presented the 2014 Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award on February 18. The award honors scientists who have made a major positive impact on society through materials science. Gschneidner, known as “Mr. Rare Earth,” is considered the world’s foremost authority … Continue reading Ames Laboratory’s Karl Gschneidner won Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award

10 Questions for a Materials Scientist: Mr. Rare Earth — Dr. Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr.

Meet Dr. Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr. — a distinguished professor at Iowa State University, a senior metallurgist at the Energy Department’s Ames Laboratory, and chief scientist for the newest Energy Innovation Hub, the Critical Materials Institute. A jack-of-all-trades, Gschneidner’s research spans the fields of physical chemistry, materials science, engineering, and physics. In an edition of the US Department of … Continue reading 10 Questions for a Materials Scientist: Mr. Rare Earth — Dr. Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr.

Pleasant Valley wins 2013 High School Science Bowl

Pleasant Valley High School of Bettendorf defeated Dubuque Wahlert High School (Dubuque, IA) 74-44 to capture the 2013 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl on Jan. 26. Pleasant Valley, which lost only one match all day — the very first match of the morning qualifying round, advances to the Department of Energy’s … Continue reading Pleasant Valley wins 2013 High School Science Bowl