College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Improving food systems in Iowa through industrial engineering

Improving food systems in Iowa requires a lot more than just a knowledge of agriculture. Anuj Mittal, Ph.D. candidate in industrial engineering (IE) at Iowa State University, has been part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study which will allow food hubs in Iowa to share supply chain best practices among each other and …Continue reading “Improving food systems in Iowa through industrial engineering”

ME’s Gomes organizes USDA symposium

A mechanical engineering faculty member is part of a symposium that will focus on nanotechnology in food manufacturing. Carmen Gomes, an associate professor of ME, has helped to organize a symposium entitled Convergence of (nano)Technology and Food Manufacturing (CoNFoMA). The event, which will take place Sept. 8 and 9 on the University of Minnesota campus …Continue reading “ME’s Gomes organizes USDA symposium”

CoE research project aims to develop bio-based carbon fiber

A research project by a group of College of Engineering researchers aims to develop a bio-based carbon fiber that could be used in anything from cars to wind turbines. The project was first started two years ago when the College of Engineering’s Exploratory Research Project provided seed funding for the preliminary studies. Findings from those …Continue reading “CoE research project aims to develop bio-based carbon fiber”

Transparent soil research continues in the L. Cademartiri lab

Ludovico Cademartiri and his research group have been working to provide tools for plant science and agronomy since 2012. After five years, their research has made major advancements for the plant science and agriculture communities enabling them to develop transparent soil technology and receive a generous grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. …Continue reading “Transparent soil research continues in the L. Cademartiri lab”

ME, agronomy researchers team up to study robotics in agriculture

A team of Iowa State researchers has been awarded funding to study the use of robotics in agriculture. The project is led by mechanical engineering assistant professor Sourabh Bhattacharya, with co-PIs Baskar Ganapathysubramanian (associate professor, ME), Soumik Sarkar (assistant professor, ME), Asheesh Singh (assistant professor, Agronomy), and Arti Singh (adjunct assistant professor, Agronomy). The project is …Continue reading “ME, agronomy researchers team up to study robotics in agriculture”

ABE graduate students awarded scholarships

Congratulations to the following ABE graduate students who were recently recognized by the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE): Conrad Brendel – Iowa Section ASABE Outstanding M.S. student: Brendel grew up in Elizabethtown, PA and completed his B.S. at Iowa State in …Continue reading “ABE graduate students awarded scholarships”

ME alum, Iraq War vet implements conservation farming practices in Northern Iowa

An Iowa State University mechanical engineering alumnus and Iraq War veteran was recently featured on the United States Department of Agriculture blog for his efforts practicing conservation farming techniques in Northern Iowa. Adam Boge joined the military right out of high school before attending ISU where he studied Ag Systems Technology and Mechanical Engineering. His …Continue reading “ME alum, Iraq War vet implements conservation farming practices in Northern Iowa”

Kaleita and Bowler research low-cost sensors to monitor nitrate concentration

CoE faculty project can help landowners with conservation efforts The USDA recently awarded Amy Kaleita, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Nicola Bowler, professor of materials science and engineering and of electrical engineering, a research grant to study how to produce a low-cost sensor to monitor nitrate concentration in drainage tile lines. Though …Continue reading “Kaleita and Bowler research low-cost sensors to monitor nitrate concentration”

ABE professor appointed chair of USDA advisory council

Manjit Misra, Iowa State University professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of the Seed Science Center, has been named chairman of the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council. The council was created to provide scientific advice for the US Department of Agriculture and the National Genetic Resources Program related to the collection, maintenance and utilization …Continue reading “ABE professor appointed chair of USDA advisory council”

ISU-led group awarded $25 million grant for land use, biofuel production study

AMES, Iowa – Perhaps the three largest issues to face agriculture in this century are the food-versus-fuel debate in biofuel production, water and nutrient runoff, and soil erosion. Now, an Iowa State University-based study over the next five years will examine whether a single, coordinated production system can address all of these concerns while making …Continue reading “ISU-led group awarded $25 million grant for land use, biofuel production study”

Harmon receives two ASABE honors

Jay Harmon, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, could not be more pleased with the results of this year’s 2011 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Annual International Meeting. Adding to the significant list of ASABE awards presented to Iowa State students and faculty, Harmon was named an ASABE Fellow and was a …Continue reading “Harmon receives two ASABE honors”

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