College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Rursch: improving emergency response and cyber security

Julie Rursch, a new lecturer in the College of Engineering’s electrical and computer engineering department, is interested in solving some of emergency management’s knottiest problems. Her goal: answer the question “What happens to infrastructure systems when a disaster occurs?” As part of her pursuit of a PhD in computer engineering at Iowa State this year, …Continue reading “Rursch: improving emergency response and cyber security”

Senator Harkin’s office learns about CIRAS, Manufacturing Extension Partnership programs

Rob Barron, state director for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, met with CIRAS staff July 11 to learn more about its Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Steve Devlin, CIRAS MEP director, and Derek Thompson, CIRAS account manager, met with Barron and Glen Meier, director of corporate business development at Renewable Energy Group (REG), to highlight the role …Continue reading “Senator Harkin’s office learns about CIRAS, Manufacturing Extension Partnership programs”

Department of Defense, Iowa State University help Iowa businesses land government contracts

$435,000 contract renewal supports job growth, economic development Iowa State University’s Extension and Outreach Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) has received a $435,000 cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to support Iowa businesses through the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP). PTAP, funded in part by the DOD through the Defense …Continue reading “Department of Defense, Iowa State University help Iowa businesses land government contracts”

Building awareness of biobased products

Helping shift the United States to an agricultural-based economy has taken a life of its own at Iowa State University Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). Since 2002, students, faculty, and staff have been working to develop the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred program, which was implemented to promote the increased purchase and use of biobased products.

CIRAS assists USDA with new biobased product label program

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now making it easier for consumers to identify biobased products with the launch of the BioPreferred labeling program. Under the new voluntary program, manufacturers and vendors can, after obtaining certification from USDA, market their certified biobased product using the “USDA Certified Biobased Product” label. The seal will contain …Continue reading “CIRAS assists USDA with new biobased product label program”

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