College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Schwab retires after 30 years at Iowa State

Charles Schwab retired Oct. 16 as a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State after serving 30 years. Schwab also served as the ISU Extension and Outreach safety specialist for the state of Iowa. Since his arrival to campus on Aug. 15, 1990 – yes, he remembers the date – Schwab has been …Continue reading “Schwab retires after 30 years at Iowa State”

Rescue in action

Grain storage fatalities account for a large percentage of agricultural-related deaths in the United States. Researchers at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering are trying to find ways to decrease this number of fatalities.

Cold weather is a benefit to corn still in the fields

An Iowa State University grain quality specialist, Charles Hurburgh says some growers are choosing to leave corn in the fields because the kernels’ moisture content is too high for safe storage.

Iowa State takes learning beyond traditional classroom with new minor

Iowa State University (ISU) broke ground on a new state-of-the-art facility this month, a facility that will help propel the University into answering a major need.

Iowa State researcher weighs in on new solar-powered dehydrator to help small farmers reduce food waste

“If it takes energy and takes resources that folks don’t have to use or to burn, they’re not going to use it,” says Gretchen Mosher, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University. “And it will just become one of those projects that the Western people come in and develop and then it sits there after they leave.”

Training the trainers: Dirk Maier lends expertise to Tunisian feed manufacturing education

Dirk Maier, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, lent his research-based expertise in feed manufacturing to help open a hands-on, train-the-trainer program in Tunisia.

ABE: Grain Drying, Handling and Storage Handbook Updated

MidWest Plan Service has released a revised and updated version of its “Grain Drying, Handling, and Storage Handbook” (MWPS-13). The publication was developed to assist farmers, elevator managers, equipment dealers, students and others interested in developing grain systems. Now in its third edition, the handbook has been substantially updated and expanded to reflect dealing with …Continue reading “ABE: Grain Drying, Handling and Storage Handbook Updated”

Dirk Maier: Sharing tools and knowledge to improve worldwide food production

Being able to feed the world is a monumental undertaking, but Dirk Maier, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, is utilizing computer simulations and inexpensive drying and storage technologies to help smallholder farmers save more of their harvests.

CoE alumni amongst Grain Processing Corporation new hires and promotions

Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) recently announced new hires and personnel promotions, some of whom are CoE alumni: Tim Foster has joined GPC as a maintenance division engineer. He graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, where he also participated in the Naval ROTC. Kyle Burnham has been promoted to feed …Continue reading “CoE alumni amongst Grain Processing Corporation new hires and promotions”

Five questions for agricultural engineering alumnus Bret Euken

Bret Euken graduated from Iowa State University in 2007 with a bachelor’s in agricultural engineering. He is currently a process water recovery supervisor for the Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) plant in Muscatine, Iowa. Why did you choose ISU? I knew I wanted to study engineering, and I knew that ISU had a great engineering school. …Continue reading “Five questions for agricultural engineering alumnus Bret Euken”

Grad student works to revolutionize grain storage, eliminate insecticides

Maize is a chief source of nutrition for about 900 million of the world’s poorest consumers and about one-third of all malnourished children, but poor grain storage can cut the amount of available maize in half. That’s why Denis Bbosa is at Iowa State studying new methods of safely storing grains. Bbosa, a graduate assistant …Continue reading “Grad student works to revolutionize grain storage, eliminate insecticides”

Sukup donates grain bin houses to Haiti Relief Fund

A partnership between Sukup Manufacturing Co., Sheffield, and the Haiti Relief Fund will put 16 homeless Haitian families in new, all-steel homes. Sukup, the world’s largest family-owned grain bin manufacturer, has worked for more than a year to turn a grain bin into a home, and the owners of the company recently met with the …Continue reading “Sukup donates grain bin houses to Haiti Relief Fund”

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