College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

ISU BioBus breaks experience cycle

Some students get caught in the loop of needing experience to get experience, but the ISU BioBus program aims to break the cycle. The program creates biofuel for CyRide buses while providing a way for students to get valuable work experience.

Better biodiesel: ISU graduate students receive grant to continue biochar research

Having a job while in college can be stressful, but creating your own company is a whole other briquette in the fire.For for mechanical engineering grad students Bernardo Del Campo, Juan Proano and Matthew Kieffer, that is their reality. Their company, Artichar, works to sell the bio-renewable product called Biochar, a charcoal-like substance used as a carbon …Continue reading “Better biodiesel: ISU graduate students receive grant to continue biochar research”

Students win grant to develop biochar business

A trio of graduate students affiliated with the Bioeconomy Institute is investigating the use of biochar in water desalination systems, thanks to a $150,000 grant from the SBIR/STTR Programs Office within the U.S. Dept. of Energy. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs encourage small businesses to engage in …Continue reading “Students win grant to develop biochar business”

BEI students introduce biochar to Nicaraguan farmers

Three students affiliated with BEI’s Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies (CSET) built two pyrolyzers in Nicaragua this summer to introduce farmers to the benefits of biochar. Bernardo Del Campo, Juan Proano Aviles, and Matt Kieffer, all graduate students in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, spent two to three weeks near Matagalpa, Nicaragua, in June 2013. …Continue reading “BEI students introduce biochar to Nicaraguan farmers”

Biochar is an investment in soil

Bernardo del Campo, graduate research assistant in mechanical engineering, is studying biochar – a substance known for its ability to retain water and enrich soil fertility. He explains how the type of feedstock, process conditions, and peak temperatures the material is exposed to during pyrolysis influences the biochar’s properties and qualities in an Iowa State Daily article.

PhD candidate featured in Biodiesel Magazine

Bernardo del Campo is a PhD candidate at the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State who helps lead an organization called the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel. Del Campo is helping answer the call for Iowa State to become an alternative fuels leader and he wrote the following editorial piece: Just like the national debt, our …Continue reading “PhD candidate featured in Biodiesel Magazine”