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Addressing Environmental Injustice with Pathogen Exposure Research after Floods

Throughout years of floods from natural disasters, research has mostly focused on the impact of dangerous bacteria that are released from municipalities or agricultural fields and swept along in floodwaters. But what happens to the pathogens (contaminants that cause disease) that were released and stick around when the flood waters are no longer there, and how does it impact the communities exposed?

CoMFRE Annual Meeting: Presentations and pitches

The Center for Multiphase Flow Research and Education hosted their annual meeting on October 26, 2021, marking another year of successful collaboration and discovery.

CoMFRE affiliates gave 11 presentations on member-supported research projects as well as federally-supported research – and students participated in a research pitch competition. Nearly 50 researchers, graduate students and industry partners attended the virtual event.

CoMFRE’s Ganapathysubramanian leads $20 million AI institute

CoMFRE affiliate Baskar Ganapathysubramanian leads a new five-year, $20 million AI institute that will accelerate the productivity and sustainability of agriculture, including harnessing multiphase flow phenomena for resilient ag. The NSF and USDA-NIFA-funded project brings together expertise of researchers at eight universities and organizations across the U.S., including CoMFRE’s Adarsh Krishnamurthy.

CoMFRE graduate student earns prestigious DoD SMART Scholarship

Justin Lajoie, a mechanical engineering graduate student working with Travis Sipple in multiphase flows, has received the Department of Defense, Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship. The scholarship fully funds his education and allows him to focus on his research.

Emily Johnson: From Cyclone Engineering Ph.D. to Notre Dame faculty

Emily Johnson completed her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and wind energy science, engineering, and policy this summer. This fall, she started at the University of Notre Dame as an assistant professor in the aerospace and mechanical engineering department.  In her time at Iowa State, Johnson was an author on 10 publications with 101 citations, ranging …Continue reading “Emily Johnson: From Cyclone Engineering Ph.D. to Notre Dame faculty”

From CoMFRE Grad Student to Notre Dame Faculty

Emily Johnson completed her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and wind energy science, engineering, and policy this summer. This fall, she started at the University of Notre Dame as an assistant professor in the aerospace and mechanical engineering department.  In her time at Iowa State, Johnson was an author on 10 publications with 101 citations, ranging …Continue reading “From CoMFRE Grad Student to Notre Dame Faculty”

Ground-shifting research: Soil Machine Dynamics Laboratory

  Watch a video of the SMDL and see it in action.   Agricultural and biosystems engineering assistant professor Mehari Tekeste leads Iowa State’s Soil-Machine Dynamics Laboratory, supporting design optimization and evaluating machine systems performance as Ground Engaging Tools (GETs) and Mobility system equipment interacts with soil under various soil compaction levels and research of …Continue reading “Ground-shifting research: Soil Machine Dynamics Laboratory”

Engineers aim to improve oil extraction using acoustic sound waves

Mechanical engineering researchers at Iowa State University are studying ways they can use acoustic sound waves to improve the efficiency of extracting oil from rocks. The project is led by Jaime J. Juárez, assistant professor of mechanical engineering (ME), with additional support from Michael Olsen, professor of ME. The project is supported with a more …Continue reading “Engineers aim to improve oil extraction using acoustic sound waves”

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