Li Group research advances bioderived products from renewable electricity

Iowa State engineers are exploring new approaches to produce biobased chemicals and fuels through electrochemistry. Molecules derived from biomass are typically highly oxygenated, and require chemical transformations before they can be used as fuels or for the production of chemical products. One common transformation is hydrogenation – that is the addition of hydrogen – which … Continue reading Li Group research advances bioderived products from renewable electricity

ME alum’s company focuses on sustainability, helping people

One Iowa State alum has turned his passions for mechanical engineering and helping people into a career. Wesley Meier (BSME’08) took his degree and went on to be the co-founder and CEO of Emerging Opportunities for Sustainability, or EOS International. Along with fellow ME classmates Chris Deal, Greg McGrath and Lee Beck, Meier set off to … Continue reading ME alum’s company focuses on sustainability, helping people

CBE’s Tessonnier appointed to advisory board of prominent journal

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering assistant professor Jean-Philippe Tessonnier has been appointed to the Early Career Advisory Board of the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. He becomes just one of 11 individuals worldwide to hold this honor. A full listing of those on the Early Career Board can be found here. In a … Continue reading CBE’s Tessonnier appointed to advisory board of prominent journal

Eco-friendly lighting improves research facilities at CCEE

Sustainable LED lights increase reliability of tests while reducing energy consumption and creating safer work environment Picture this: you are in a research lab working on an experiment. The results are crucial to your work. You want be as precise as possible, right? Recent updates to three different research areas of Town Engineering Building will … Continue reading Eco-friendly lighting improves research facilities at CCEE

Iowa Energy Center Impact Award for CBE’s Zengyi Shao

Dr. Zengyi Shao, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has received the Iowa Energy Center Impact Award. It was presented as part of the recent Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency Iowa Energy Summit. She was recognized in the category of Bioenergy for her work to make biomass conversion more efficient and … Continue reading Iowa Energy Center Impact Award for CBE’s Zengyi Shao

Cyclone Energy comes full circle in Green Energy Challenge

In 2009, a five-person team of students from Iowa State’s civil, construction and environmental engineering department decided to participate in the Green Energy Challenge. The competition, which is sponsored by the ELECTRI International Foundation, challenges student chapters across the nation to create a proposal for sustainable updates to a building in their community. The students, … Continue reading Cyclone Energy comes full circle in Green Energy Challenge

Iowa State remembers environmental engineering pioneer Bob Baumann

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University celebrates the life of E. Robert “Bob” Baumann – international educator, engineer and pioneer of Iowa State’s environmental engineering program. He died in Ames on Oct. 23, 2015, at age 94. Baumann, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Emeritus in civil and construction engineering, brought … Continue reading Iowa State remembers environmental engineering pioneer Bob Baumann

Iowa State NECA a 2-time Green Energy Challenge Champion, earns Chapter of the Year

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Iowa State University chapter recently won the 2015 ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge – a repeat accolade as Iowa State defended its 2014 national title. They also won NECA Student Chapter of the Year. Both honors were recognized at the NECA Convention held Oct. 2-6 in San Francisco. ELECTRI … Continue reading Iowa State NECA a 2-time Green Energy Challenge Champion, earns Chapter of the Year

Kaoru Ikuma: Using microbes to remove water contaminants

New environmental engineering professor combines microbiology and engineering to address sustainability When the great Hanshin earthquake hit Japan in 1995, Kaoru Ikuma remembers being without water service in her home near Osaka for more than two months. She says losing access to something as essential as clean water brought the work of environmental engineers that … Continue reading Kaoru Ikuma: Using microbes to remove water contaminants

Iowa State awarded multidisciplinary NSF project to improve response of structures to high wind

Iowa State University civil engineering and aerospace engineering researchers partner to improve a structure’s resiliency to wind hazards. Iowa State recently received a 3-year, $400,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that focuses on the development of high-performance structural control systems for wind response mitigation. The multidisciplinary research team comprises Simon Laflamme, the project’s principal investigator … Continue reading Iowa State awarded multidisciplinary NSF project to improve response of structures to high wind

Iowa State, industry partners dedicate $5.3M biopolymers pilot plant

Iowa State University, in partnership with many state and national organizations, is one step closer to commercializing bio-polymers. More than 200 Iowa State faculty, staff and students, as well as university corporate and government partners, celebrated the dedication of the $5.3 million Bio-Polymer Processing Facility August 26. The new facility at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research … Continue reading Iowa State, industry partners dedicate $5.3M biopolymers pilot plant

Iowa State’s Alleman completes US Department of State, USAID fellowship

Ukraine. Armenia. Moldova. Bosnia-Herzegovina. Jim Alleman, Cerwick Faculty Professor of Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University, provides his environmental engineering expertise to these countries as a way of implementing, in part, key U.S.-eastern Europe policy. Alleman is one of 13 U.S. university professors to complete a 2014-2015 Jefferson Science Fellowship. The Jefferson Science Fellow Program … Continue reading Iowa State’s Alleman completes US Department of State, USAID fellowship

Iowa State researchers mentor high school student in river contaminant flow study

Diana Rodriguez, incoming senior at Hoover High School in Des Moines, Iowa, took advantage of an opportunity that most high school students don’t experience – develop research at Iowa State University. Throughout summer 2015, Chris Rehmann, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State, and Lauren Schwab, Iowa State master’s student in … Continue reading Iowa State researchers mentor high school student in river contaminant flow study

Iowa State’s Jenny Baker named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer ‘40 under 40’

Jenny Baker, senior lecturer in civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, was recently named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) magazine’s “40 under 40.” Baker will officially be recognized at a CSE awards ceremony in Chicago Sept. 29. CSE’s “40 under 40” recognizes 40 industry professionals age 40 and younger who stand out in all … Continue reading Iowa State’s Jenny Baker named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer ‘40 under 40’