Iowa scientists help drive energy transformation

Expecting a baby with the new year, Iowa State University engineering doctoral student Marty Haverly has been thinking a lot about the climate challenges future generations face. Haverly and his wife, Julie, a senior business analyst at the Ames-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, think they have the opportunity to address those challenges head-on.

R. Christopher Williams awarded utility patent for asphalt materials production method

Civil, construction and environmental engineering professor uses Iowa agricultural products to create bioasphalt Asphalt materials affect everyone in the country, from the roads we drive on to the airports we fly out of. Producing the materials is a complicated process with many variables, one of which is the use of oil-based materials. Though asphalt production … Continue reading R. Christopher Williams awarded utility patent for asphalt materials production method

Iowa Energy Center announces 2014 Impact Awards

Four College of Engineering faculty recognized The Iowa Energy Center recently honored leaders and innovators in the center’s four program areas – bioenergy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and education and outreach – with the Impact Award. This year was the first year with grants awarded. Five award winners were chosen in these categories, four of … Continue reading Iowa Energy Center announces 2014 Impact Awards

Mixed Media Piece Wins Biorenewables Art Competition

Written by Bob Mills, Bioeconomy Institute communications specialist  A mixed-media work of art entitled “Memento Mori” by Natalie Buskohl won the “Best in Show” award at the 2014 Biorenewables Art Competition held by the Bioeconomy Institute. Buskohl, a senior in Integrated Studio Arts in Iowa State University’s College of Design, received a $750 prize. Her … Continue reading Mixed Media Piece Wins Biorenewables Art Competition

Remembering Art Bergles

The engineering community lost a great teacher and researcher when Arthur E. Bergles (78) passed away March 17, 2014, of a malignant brain tumor. Bergles had a presence that made an impact across the country and was known for a career that advanced heat transfer methods and encouraged others to explore and push the boundaries … Continue reading Remembering Art Bergles

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

Bioeconomy Institute recognizes student, prepares for upcoming events

Stories by Robert Mills BEI student wins second excellence award Dustin Dalluge, a Ph.D. mechanical engineering student of BEI director Robert C. Brown, has been recognized for research excellence by Iowa State University’s Graduate College for the summer of 2013. Dalluge won the teaching excellence version of the same award earlier this year. He receives a … Continue reading Bioeconomy Institute recognizes student, prepares for upcoming events

Iowa State contributes to report on Midwest path to aviation biofuels

The Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI) has announced its findings and recommendations to develop a sustainable aviation biofuels industry in the Midwest. It’s the result of a yearlong study by researchers representing 40-plus organizations across the aviation biofuels supply chain. The report is titled, “Fueling a Sustainable Future for Aviation 2013.” “The MASBI report … Continue reading Iowa State contributes to report on Midwest path to aviation biofuels