An Iowa State program enhances teaching of STEM in elementary schools

Story and video originally posted by Iowa State University News Service.  Iowa State University and Des Moines Public Schools recently received a $4.5 million grant to improve the teaching of science, technology, engineering and math in elementary schools. The Trinect program brings together a Des Moines teacher, an ISU student teacher, and a graduate engineering … Continue reading An Iowa State program enhances teaching of STEM in elementary schools

College of Engineering faculty and staff recognized with university’s most distinguished awards

Eleven College of Engineering faculty and staff were among those honored during Iowa State’s University Awards Ceremony, held Sept. 22, 2014. Mufit Akinc, professor of materials science and engineering: Regents Faculty Excellence Award, Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award Tonia McCarley, assistant director of Center for Biorenewable Chemicals: Regents Award for Staff Excellence Vikram Dalal, … Continue reading College of Engineering faculty and staff recognized with university’s most distinguished awards

Companies spin off from Center for Biorenewable Chemicals, ‘de-risk’ their technologies

Two companies launched by discoveries at an engineering research center based at Iowa State University have won business development grants to help them commercialize their biorenewable technologies. Both technologies would help industries produce chemicals from biorenewable sources rather than petroleum. They were developed by researchers at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable … Continue reading Companies spin off from Center for Biorenewable Chemicals, ‘de-risk’ their technologies

Students conduct summer research to produce biorenewable chemicals

Nikhil Shah, junior in chemical engineering at Iowa State, wasn’t sure what to call his research when he began the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) with the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC). The end goal of his work, converting lignans into other chemicals, is a bit of an unknown because much of his experimentation is … Continue reading Students conduct summer research to produce biorenewable chemicals