Solar panels installed on campus

IE alums add solar power to campus

The company that helped Iowa State install a couple of 8 X 60-foot solar panel arrays on the east side of campus has ties to the university’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. CB Solar, the state’s biggest solar contractor, designs and installs turnkey solar power systems for residential, commercial and agricultural uses. Two … Continue reading IE alums add solar power to campus

Solar-powered robots

Developing the next generation of solar-powered robotic systems

Ran Dai earns NSF CAREER award to design unmanned vehicles for long-duration, high-efficiency missions Using renewable energy to power aerial and ground vehicles could change the way we handle aspects of environmental monitoring, search and rescue missions, surveillance, and agricultural practices. To navigate these sorts of dynamic environments, Ran Dai, an assistant professor in aerospace … Continue reading Developing the next generation of solar-powered robotic systems

BSE combines engineering and life sciences to create a new generation of professionals

The biological systems engineering (BSE) program at Iowa State University teaches students how to use life sciences and engineering principles together to solve complex problems, such as those related to food security and next generation biofuels. It’s a diverse program that lets students tailor their educational experiences to their interests through an option structure that … Continue reading BSE combines engineering and life sciences to create a new generation of professionals

Solar car on display at ISU Foundation event

Members of the Order of the Knoll got to talk with students and check out Team PrISUm’s solar car on Friday, October 4, during an ISU Foundation event. The team talked about the potential of solar power as an alternative to non-renewable fuel sources and showed guests the ins and outs of the car.  

Dennis Vigil and Michael Olsen

Iowa State photobioreactor research could speed biofuels development

Photobioreactors, the production systems used to grow algae, seem to operate on a simple concept: place photosynthetic microorganisms in a liquid growth medium and add light. But Dennis Vigil, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State, and his research partner, Michael Olsen, professor of mechanical engineering, know that photobioreactors are much more … Continue reading Iowa State photobioreactor research could speed biofuels development

Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm.

Iowa EPSCoR builds state’s research capacity in renewable energy and energy use

Iowa’s three Regents universities are making faculty hires, launching studies, partnering with community colleges and building industry partnerships – all in a $22 million effort to boost the state’s research capacity in renewable energy and energy utilization. The benefits to Iowa could be many: research grants, new technologies, startup companies, educational opportunities and workforce improvements … Continue reading Iowa EPSCoR builds state’s research capacity in renewable energy and energy use

Iowa State launches wind energy minor

Inter-disciplinary approach trains students for wind energy careers As part of the Wind Energy Initiative, Iowa State University has launched an inter-disciplinary minor designed to prepare its students for a career in one of the most rapidly growing technology sectors, wind energy. A collaboration among of the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College … Continue reading Iowa State launches wind energy minor

Iowa State researchers receive $1.7 million award to improve electricity markets

Three Iowa State University researchers are working to reduce costs and maintain reliability as more renewable energy is added to the nation’s energy grid. Sarah Ryan, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering; Dionysios Aliprantis, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Leigh Tesfatsion, professor of economics, mathematics, and electrical and computer engineering, are … Continue reading Iowa State researchers receive $1.7 million award to improve electricity markets

Iowa State engineers establish national panel to advance a carbon negative economy

A national panel led by Iowa State University engineers is launching an effort to research and develop technologies that capture, use and sequester carbon while enhancing food production, ecosystems, economic development and national security. The 33-member National Panel for a Carbon Negative Economy recently met for the first time in Chicago. Participants represented universities, companies, federal agencies … Continue reading Iowa State engineers establish national panel to advance a carbon negative economy

New wind energy research opportunity for undergraduates

As wind energy becomes an increasingly promising renewable energy source, research in the area continues to pick up at Iowa State. Undergraduate students interested in the growing field now have a way to get more involved through the newly established Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy (WESEP) program. WESEP is a National Science Foundation (NSF) … Continue reading New wind energy research opportunity for undergraduates