Tag: Sustainability

Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Danielle Ufheil

Danielle Ufheil Major: Biological Systems Engineering, emphasis in Biorenewable Resources,  Minor: Spanish GPA: 3.59 Hometown: Lake Zurich, Illinois Career goal: My overall career goal is to be able to apply my passion for sustainability to the development of innovative methods for repurposing and mitigating organic wastes.  Clubs/activities: Engineers Without Borders, CoE Peer Mentor, Engineers for … Continue reading Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Danielle Ufheil

IE alum endows two faculty positions with emphasis on sustainable manufacturing

John B. Slater, a 1943 graduate of Iowa State University’s industrial engineering program, has endowed two facility positions, both of which have an emphasis on sustainable manufacturing. Matt Frank, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE), will hold the John B. Slater Professorship in Sustainable Design & Manufacturing, while Jo Min, associate professor of … Continue reading IE alum endows two faculty positions with emphasis on sustainable manufacturing

John B. Slater – war veteran, engineer, environmentalist, philanthropist and more

John Billings Slater was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Oct. 10, 1921. He earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1938 and the following year graduated from Lane Tech High School. He then made the more than 300-mile trek west to Ames, Iowa, where he attended Iowa State College (as it was then called). As a … Continue reading John B. Slater – war veteran, engineer, environmentalist, philanthropist and more

Civil engineering student Carissa Moyna named Udall Scholar

Carissa Moyna, a junior in civil engineering, has been named a Udall Scholar for 2019, selected from among 443 candidates nominated by 227 colleges and universities. The Udall Foundation awards scholarships for leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to the environment or Native American nations. Moyna’s passion is sustainable construction practices and plans to one day launch and environmentally focused design-build firm. She’s a current member of Iowa State’s Green Energy Challenge Team, Engineers for a Sustainable World, Honors Program and Women in Science and Engineering.

CBE’s Brent Shanks to receive inaugural catalysis award from Midwest organization

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s (CBE) Dr. Brent Shanks has been announced as the recipient of the inaugural Great Plains Catalysis Society Award. The award, created by the society to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of catalysis, will be presented to Shanks April 19 at the … Continue reading CBE’s Brent Shanks to receive inaugural catalysis award from Midwest organization

Adding polymer will boost rubber use in pavement: Research led by CBE grad student

The ecological practice of using ground tire rubber (GTR) in paving products is not new. But the technique of adding a polymer to the mix to address a problem is – and it is yielding some promising results, as demonstrated in a just-published research paper authored by four researchers in Iowa State’s College of Engineering … Continue reading Adding polymer will boost rubber use in pavement: Research led by CBE grad student

ME’s Hu develops low-cost, energy efficient method for separating hydrogen from water

Hydrogen is a promising future fuel source for cars and this could become even more feasible because of a new, low-cost hydrogen procurement technique developed by a mechanical engineering researcher. Shan Hu, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and a team of Iowa State University researchers have developed a new catalyst to drive the separation … Continue reading ME’s Hu develops low-cost, energy efficient method for separating hydrogen from water

ME’s Bai partners with industry to develop sustainable, low-cost carbon fiber

A mechanical engineering professor is collaborating with industry on a research project that aims to develop the technology to produce environmentally sustainable, low-cost carbon fiber using lignin. Xianglan Bai, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is working with Attis Industries, a diversified innovation and technology holding company based in Milton, Georgia, on a project with … Continue reading ME’s Bai partners with industry to develop sustainable, low-cost carbon fiber

ISU’s Bio-Polymer Processing Facility featured in global publication

Iowa State University’s Bio-Polymer Processing Facility, which involves research by Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering educators and students, has received worldwide news coverage in a recent article published by CEP magazine, a publication of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). CEP is AIChE’s flagship magazine and reaches more than 30,000 readers globally. “Catalyzing … Continue reading ISU’s Bio-Polymer Processing Facility featured in global publication

CBE’s Tessonnier gets research funding from NSF Catalysis program

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) faculty member Jean-Philippe Tessonnier has been awarded research funding through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Catalysis program. The program is part of the NSF’s Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems. Tessonnier’s project is entitled “Tailored Carbon-Supported Catalysis for the Conversion of Biomass in the Condensed Phase.” … Continue reading CBE’s Tessonnier gets research funding from NSF Catalysis program

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