Two ME professors awarded patents

Mechanical Engineering professors Robert C. Brown and Atul Kelkar were recently each awarded patents. Brown was co-inventor with R. Christopher Williams, a professor in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State, and Mohamed Abdel Raouf Mohamed Metwally of Cairo, Egypt on U.S. Patent No. 9,546,276 entitled “Bio-oil Formulation as an Asphalt Substitute.” The patent was issued … Continue reading Two ME professors awarded patents

VEISHEA project could be first digital answering machine

ECpE alum, James Mitchell, P.E. (EE ‘82), may have created the world’s first digital outgoing telephone message machine during his time at Iowa State University. Mitchell displayed a working prototype of the digital outgoing message with a taped incoming system at the Iowa State University VEISHEA Engineering Open House in April 1982. Using 35 integrated … Continue reading VEISHEA project could be first digital answering machine

Brown and Team Awarded Patent Key to BEI Research

Written by Robert Mills Bioeconomy Institute A team headed by Robert Brown, BEI director, has been awarded a patent for bio-oil fractionation. “We have built much of our research around this technology,” Brown said. The patent, number US 8,476,480, was awarded in July 2013 to Brown; Samuel Jones, a former scientist with BEI’s Center for Sustainable … Continue reading Brown and Team Awarded Patent Key to BEI Research

Engineer discloses Iowa State’s 4,000th invention for possible commercialization

Iowa State University researchers have disclosed their 4,000th invention to the university’s research foundation. That’s 4,000 inventions that have been studied for patent protection and commercial potential. The 4,000th invention happens to be software that compresses 3-D images for easier storage on a computer. Song Zhang, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering is the inventor of the … Continue reading Engineer discloses Iowa State’s 4,000th invention for possible commercialization