Though much of Francis B. Francois’ career took place outside of Iowa, it seems that the general engineering graduate never forgot about his Iowa roots. Francois was born in 1934 and grew up on a farm in Barnum, Iowa. He chose to attend Iowa State College (now called Iowa State University), which was about 75 …Continue reading “Iowa roots shaped late alum’s career”
A 1999 article in Visions magazine, produced by the Iowa State University Alumni Association, informed many aspects of the reporting in this four-part series When John Thomas Liggett completed his degree in mechanical engineering at Iowa State in 1917, he had no idea he was starting what would become a family tradition. Since then, three …Continue reading “Liggett Family Legacy – Part I: John T. Liggett”
Matthew Darr, a professor in Iowa State University’s Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department (ISU ABE), was recently issued a U.S. patent. Titled “Round Module Weighing Using Differential Pressure Sensing,” the patent was issued on Oct. 9, 2018. It was filed as U.S. Patent No. 10,091,943. From the patent file, it states that the invention “…relates …Continue reading “ABE professor issued patent for agricultural weighing device”
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”
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”
Iowa State is ranked 70th in the world among universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2014, according to a report released this week by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Iowa State researchers earned 31 U.S. patents in 2014, including patents for wind turbine tower systems, computer encryption logic, bioasphalt, use of mesoporous silicates for delivering biomolecules into plant cells and improved treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
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”
Balaji Narasimhan, associate dean of research for the College of Engineering, talks with the Iowa State Daily about the important role patents play in advancing research and innovation.