Kristen Cetin stands in front of the Iowa State University Power Plant. Her research on energy production would impact facilities like this one during times of peak usage. Photo by Kate Tindall.

Iowa State researchers awarded National Science Foundation grant to assess impact of extreme weather on energy production

Construction Engineering Assistant Professor Kristen Cetin seeks ways to decrease demand on load during dog days of summer Turning up the air conditioner is the first move you make when you come in from a hot summer day. The hotter the outdoor temperatures, the lower you crank the thermostat. Multiply that by thousands of people … Continue reading Iowa State researchers awarded National Science Foundation grant to assess impact of extreme weather on energy production

Q&A with Goldwater Scholarship recipient Mouhamad Diallo

Mouhamad Diallo, a junior double-majoring in mechanical engineering and materials engineering, is one of four Iowa State University students who recently received a Goldwater Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year and encourages students to pursue careers in STEM research. He recently sat down with us to talk about his upbringing, his current studies, … Continue reading Q&A with Goldwater Scholarship recipient Mouhamad Diallo

ME and HCI graduate student completes internship with Obama White House

Chloe McPherson – a master’s student in mechanical engineering with a co-major in human computer interaction – recently finished up her stint with the White House Internship Program under President Barack Obama for the fall 2016 semester. The Omaha, Nebraska-native was among 165 students nationwide to be selected for this opportunity. Dakota Olson, a junior … Continue reading ME and HCI graduate student completes internship with Obama White House

CCEE professor earns grant for developing energy-efficient, comfortable buildings

When it comes to energy-efficient buildings, Kristen Cetin looks for a balance between comfort and cost. “The controls that you can propose might save energy but might not make the occupants feel too comfortable,” Cetin said. “If you just turn off the A.C. (air conditioning), yes, you save a lot of energy. But nobody’s going … Continue reading CCEE professor earns grant for developing energy-efficient, comfortable buildings

Brown Appointed to Iowa Energy Plan Working Group

BEI director Robert C. Brown has been appointed to the “Iowa’s Energy Resources” working group for the Iowa Energy Plan. The plan aims to set state priorities and provide strategic guidance for decision-making while working to encourage energy, economic, and environmental benefits. It’s a joint initiative between the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Dept. of Transportation.

Attitudes, Infrastructure, and Science–The Barriers to Clean Energy in Iowa

Story originally published for Iowa Public Radio. In Des Moines Thursday Night, the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network hosted a panel about the future of energy policy and technology. One recurring theme was that Iowa is an agent for change when it comes to clean energy. Heather Zichal, a native Iowan, senior fellow … Continue reading Attitudes, Infrastructure, and Science–The Barriers to Clean Energy in Iowa

Recent rains whet farmers’ appetite for issue discussion at Summer Field Day

Agricultural engineer Mark Hanna talked about ways to cut energy use. “I think the first thing is to take a look at your energy bill and see how much energy you used, say, this spring for diesel fuel, for field operations, maybe look at how many acres you spread that over, how did you use … Continue reading Recent rains whet farmers’ appetite for issue discussion at Summer Field Day