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Asteroid Deflection Research Center

The ADRC was established at Iowa State University in the Spring of 2008 to coordinate and lead a research effort to address the complex engineering and science issues for mitigating the impact threats from hazardous asteroids or comets.  Its specific mission goal is to develop the science, engineering, and technology needed to reliably deflect or … Continue reading Asteroid Deflection Research Center

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Harnessing the Science of Light for Biosensing

It started as a passing fascination with an insect. Andrew Hillier, chair and Wilkinson Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University, observed a brilliant purple-blue wasp on his driveway at home and wondered at its intense color. “This insect, called a steel blue cricket hunter, is … Continue reading Harnessing the Science of Light for Biosensing

Cyence

Iowa State Turns on ‘Cyence,’ the Most Powerful Computer Ever on Campus

The most powerful computer ever on the Iowa State University campus – a machine dubbed “Cyence” that’s capable of 183.043 trillion calculations per second with total memory of 38.4 trillion bytes – is just beginning to produce data for 17 research projects. The thinking and infrastructure behind the new machine will have much broader effects … Continue reading Iowa State Turns on ‘Cyence,’ the Most Powerful Computer Ever on Campus

cooling strategies

Iowa State Engineers Develop New Tests to Cool Turbine Blades, Improve Engines

Engineers know that gas turbine engines for aircraft and power plants are more efficient and burn less fuel when they run at temperatures high enough to melt metal. But how to raise temperatures and efficiencies without damaging engine parts and pieces? Iowa State University’s Hui Hu and Blake Johnson, working away in a tight corner … Continue reading Iowa State Engineers Develop New Tests to Cool Turbine Blades, Improve Engines

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

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Changing the way engineering feels: A project to improve the accessibility of STEM fields for the visually impaired

Open an engineering textbook, and you’re sure to find charts, graphs, and complex equations. Hard enough to decipher, imagine parsing that information if you were blind or visually impaired. Conveying the detailed visual information that goes hand-in-hand with disciplines in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields isn’t necessarily impossible. But, according to Cris … Continue reading Changing the way engineering feels: A project to improve the accessibility of STEM fields for the visually impaired

semi-active damper

Iowa State Professor to Use Car Brake Technology to Protect Building Structures

Dr. Laflamme’s proposed semi-active damping system works much like car brake technology. Civil, construction and environmental engineering Assistant Professor Simon Laflamme will use car brake technology to ensure the structural integrity of buildings. Thanks to a recent $200,691 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Laflamme will integrate electronic control systems to reduce building movements due to … Continue reading Iowa State Professor to Use Car Brake Technology to Protect Building Structures

Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability

The Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS) is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence for General Aviation.  The mission of PEGASAS is to enhance general aviation safety, accessibility, and sustainability by partnering the FAA with a national network of world-class researchers, educators and industry leaders.  Iowa State University is … Continue reading Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability

Kaitlin Bratlie

Developing Polymer Drugs for Cancer Treatment

Through research on drug delivery systems, Kaitlin Bratlie, assistant professor of materials science and engineering and chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State, is working on a way to treat cancers that don’t respond well to current treatments. Her project has been underway for just a year and is several years away from clinical trials, … Continue reading Developing Polymer Drugs for Cancer Treatment

MIRAGE

Iowa State’s MIRAGE lab mixes real and virtual to create new research opportunities

Two armed soldiers stand behind a barrier, guarding a checkpoint in the road, watching for trouble.A white truck turns toward them.“See what he wants, guys,” says one of the guards.“Sir, we have a military-aged male jumping out of the truck. He’s going behind that van.” “Is he armed?” “No visuals, sir.” And so goes another … Continue reading Iowa State’s MIRAGE lab mixes real and virtual to create new research opportunities

Simon Laflamme

“Sensing Skin” for Turbines Could Reduce the Cost of Wind Energy

A project that started out as a side experiment to monitor bridge damages has since evolved into a revolutionary, cost-saving solution in the world of wind energy.Simon Laflamme, assistant professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering at Iowa State, began developing a damage-detecting polymer “skin” as a student at MIT.The skin, which is made into … Continue reading “Sensing Skin” for Turbines Could Reduce the Cost of Wind Energy

Iowa State Engineer looks to Dragonflies, Bats for Flight Lessons

Ever since the Wright brothers, engineers have been working to develop bigger and better flying machines that maximize lift while minimizing drag.There has always been a need to efficiently carry more people and more cargo. And so the science and engineering of getting large aircraft off the ground is very well understood.But what about flight … Continue reading Iowa State Engineer looks to Dragonflies, Bats for Flight Lessons

Grad student, professor advance soil test technology invented by emeritus professor

An Iowa State University geotechnical engineering research duo has automated a soil strength test invented by an Iowa State civil engineering professor emeritus.Jeramy Ashlock, assistant professor and Black & Veatch Building a World of Difference Faculty Fellow, and geotechnical engineering Master’s graduate Ted Bechtum have automated the Borehole Shear Test (BST), an on-site soil strength … Continue reading Grad student, professor advance soil test technology invented by emeritus professor

Center for e-Design

The Center for e-Design is a joint research coalition comprised of seven universities working closely with numerous businesses and government organizations. The coalition was established to create new design paradigms and electronic design tools that will assist in generating high quality products and systems at a reduced cost while also reducing the time associated with designing … Continue reading Center for e-Design

Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team

The Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team (BBRT), established in 1995, promotes research in the development of biorenewable polymers from Midwest crops, encourages bioplastics in industry, and works towards new formulations and processing techniques.  We work with plant-based oils, proteins, adhesives, and composites. Our team is focused on four major research areas:  biobased polymers, protein-based plastics, … Continue reading Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team

Human Computer Interaction Initiative

The study of the relationship between humans and computers has quickly become one of the most dynamic and significant fields of technical investigation. Iowa State University’s graduate program in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is an established leader in this rapidly changing field, making strategic investments to accelerate research, attract talented students and faculty, and expand … Continue reading Human Computer Interaction Initiative

Virtual Reality Applications Center

The Virtual Reality Application Center (VRAC) is an interdisciplinary research center focused on the rapidly expanding interface between humans and computers.  The VRAC is administered by the Institute for Physical Research and Technology at Iowa State University.  Our research centers around computer interfaces that integrate virtual environments, wireless networking, pervasive computing, and emerging user interface … Continue reading Virtual Reality Applications Center

Seed Science Center

A national center of excellence in seed research, education and technology transfer.  It operates the largest public seed laboratory in the world and administrates the new National Seed Health System.  The center also is a leader in international seed programs and has conducted programs in 70 countries in the last 12 years. Website URL: http://www.seeds.iastate.edu

Safety Training Instruction and Research Center

A part of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, the Safety Training Instruction and Research Center (STIR) is a national resource for environmental, safety, and health information. Providing training; outreach and education; and encouraging continual process and human performance improvement in the workplace.  STIR is an innovative training center established with construction, general industry, … Continue reading Safety Training Instruction and Research Center

Plant Sciences Institute

Ernst Rutherford is attributed with saying “Biology is akin to postage stamp collecting” (1903).  This quote reflects the sentiment that Biology is a descriptive science without predictive models.  With a few notable exceptions, e.g., Population Genetics, most biological sub-disciplines continue to be largely descriptive.  In the last 20 years collaborations involving biologists, engineers and informaticists … Continue reading Plant Sciences Institute

National Animal Disease Center

It is the mission of NADC to conduct basic and applied research on selected diseases of economic importance to the U.S. livestock and poultry industries.  The goals of the research mission are to produce knowledge and technology to reduce economic losses from infectious, genetic, and metabolic diseases to the livestock and poultry industries and the … Continue reading National Animal Disease Center

Midwest Forensics Resource Center

The Midwest Forensics Resource Center, a center for advanced research and development in forensic science, is a support and research facility in the Ames Laboratory on the Iowa State University campus. The center provides a program to identify and provide (1) access to university and laboratory resources for use in casework, (2) a regional focal … Continue reading Midwest Forensics Resource Center

Microelectronics Research Center

The Microelectronics Research Center develops and characterizes advanced semiconductor materials, devices, and processing technology.  The Center researches and develops new semiconducting materials and technology for the next generation of electronic and photonic devices, interacts with industry in the commercialization of these new technologies, and provides a state-of-the-art learning laboratory.  The primary goal is to accomplish … Continue reading Microelectronics Research Center

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Leopold Center is a research and education center with statewide programs to develop sustainable agricultural practices that both are profitable and conserve natural resources. It was established under the Groundwater Protection Act of 1987 with a three-fold mission: (1) to conduct research into the negative impacts of agricultural practices; (2) to assist in developing … Continue reading Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics

Faculty in the Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics engage in research to develop computational, graphical, statistical, mathematical, or algorithmic methods to interpret or mine information from biological data; apply quantitative approaches in biology; and bridge separate experimental biology areas with creative computational approaches.  Data can originate from molecular, cellular, anatomical, physiological, population, ecological, and … Continue reading Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics

Iowa Water Center

The Iowa Water Center coordinates and administers an interdisciplinary, statewide program in water resources research.  It administers the research funds received from the U.S. Department of the Interior, as made available through the Water Resources Research Act of 1983, and from the State of Iowa.  Funds received from private, state, and federal sources are allocated … Continue reading Iowa Water Center

Iowa Space Grant Consortium

The ISGC is part of the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, authorized by Congress in 1987. The ISGC was formed in 1990 by the three Regents’ universities (Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa) and now includes Drake University, as well as affiliates from government, industry … Continue reading Iowa Space Grant Consortium