ABE alum creates ISU startup factory company to take on the mitigation of N and P

As Iowa State University researchers Dr. Martin Gross (former graduate student in agricultural and biosystems engineering) and Dr. Zhiyou Wen worked in their lab to develop an algal growth technology to create algal biomass, they never imagined that what they developed would also solve a problem much bigger and way beyond the original scope of … Continue reading ABE alum creates ISU startup factory company to take on the mitigation of N and P

CIRAS’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program receives 2016 Outstanding Project Award

Early in 2016, Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) launched a comprehensive training program designed to standardize the way Iowa companies learn about government contracting. In April, the program received national recognition during the spring conference of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) CIRAS, which is part of the … Continue reading CIRAS’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program receives 2016 Outstanding Project Award

CIRAS’ metal printer— Pointing the way to new methods for making stuff

By Jeff Eckhoff, communications manager for the Center for Industrial Research and Service. The future of modern manufacturing is now being built in the basement of ISU’s Sukup Hall – one 40-micron-thick layer at a time. Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) has been up and running for roughly a month now … Continue reading CIRAS’ metal printer— Pointing the way to new methods for making stuff

Iowa State’s CIRAS partners with NICC to aid area companies

Two educational institutions will work together to help Dubuque-area advanced manufacturing companies. Northeast Iowa Community College and Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) recently partnered to provide a single point of contact for manufacturers to help them find programs and support services to reach their long-term goals.

Agba works with CIRAS to inform companies about automation possibilities

A new presentation from the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), co-authored by ISU mechanical engineering senior lecturer Emmanuel Agba, seeks to educate company owners about the place automation could have in their business. According to Agba, the presentation was created because of a “gap in communication and understanding of what is needed by manufacturers and what should be provided by system integrators.”

Chris Hill of CIRAS educates manufacturers about automation concepts

Automation is increasingly a driving force behind manufacturing. A group of area business representatives and educators spent Tuesday learning about robotics and toured Acieta’s Council Bluffs facility through a program organized by the Southwest Iowa Manufacturers Alliance for Quality. The alliance brings together manufacturers served throughout Iowa Western Community College’s seven-county area. Its spring event … Continue reading Chris Hill of CIRAS educates manufacturers about automation concepts

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.

USDA Certified Biobased Product label

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