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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

Iowa Energy Center

The Iowa Energy Center is a research, demonstration, and education organization dedicated to improving Iowa’s energy efficiency and use of renewable energy. The Energy Center meets its goals by developing in-house energy-related research and education programs and by sponsoring projects developed by other groups.  The Energy Center awards competitive grants for energy-related projects, which vary … Continue reading Iowa Energy Center

Iowa Center for Advanced Neurotoxicology

The Iowa Center for Advanced Neurotoxicology at Iowa State University was established in 2007.  From offices located in the College of Veterinary Medicince, ICAN supports an interdisciplinary membership with primary research efforts in neurotoxicology. As an emerging research specialty, neurotoxicology bridges not only the fields of toxicology and neuroscience, but also touches on a variety … Continue reading Iowa Center for Advanced Neurotoxicology

Institute for Transportation (InTrans)

This Institute is a focal point at ISU for efforts to promote transportation education, research and extension activities.  It includes 8 centers and 4 programs that address various aspects of transportation infrastructure .  Programs and activities at In Trans address policy, planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance aspects of transportation systems with a focus on … Continue reading Institute for Transportation (InTrans)

Geographic Information Systems

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Support and Research Facility supports GIS services in research and education at Iowa State University and outreach to the citizens of Iowa. The facility provides hardware, software, and technical services for research use in GIS-related projects.  The facility also provides support and periodic training for GIS software products as well … Continue reading Geographic Information Systems

Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies

Through its research, education and outreach programs, the Center for Sustainable Environment Technologies (CSET) seeks to promote, develop, and demonstrated sustainable energy and environmental technologies, particularly those that address environmentally driven problems in energy utilization.  The center especially concentrates on thermochemical technologies that convert carbonaceous solid fuels into heat, power, and liquid fuels.  CSET organizes … Continue reading Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies

Center for Plant Transformation

The Center for Plant Transformation (CPT) was designed to promote research advancements and foster research and training collaborations among its members. The CPT strives to develop, adapt, and/or evaluate novel technologies for plant transformation and gene expression and to teach and train students, postdoctoral scientists, and technical staff in transformation and gene expression technologies. Goals … Continue reading Center for Plant Transformation

Center for Plant Genomics

The Center for Plant Genomics (CPG) conducts research and provides graduate education at the frontiers of structural and functional genomics. The CPG was designed to promote research advancements and foster collaborations among its members.  The CPG provides technical support for research projects that require high-throughput data collection and analysis (e.g. large-scale EST sequencing, mRNA and … Continue reading Center for Plant Genomics

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation

The Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) develops noninvasive methods and instruments for assessing the integrity of structures and materials.  The Center’s mission is to pursue research that defines underlying principles of nondestructive evaluation technologies and to transfer those technologies to industry, promoting the integration of nondestructive evaluation with other disciplines so that a product’s lifetime … Continue reading Center for Nondestructive Evaluation

Center for Integrated Animal Genomics

The Center for Integrated Animal Genomics (CIAG) at Iowa State University (ISU) comprises an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students using integrated systems-wide genomics approaches to address current and future challenges and opportunities in animal agriculture and human health.  Scientists at the Center work to identify, map and understand the function and control of genes … Continue reading Center for Integrated Animal Genomics

Center for Crops Utilization Research

The Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) is responding to the urgent need to improve American agricultural competitiveness by developing new products, markets, and processing techniques, as well as by improving our understanding of the basic properties of agricultural products and their components.  Its broad mission includes expanding the market for Midwestern products by developing … Continue reading Center for Crops Utilization Research

Center for Computational Intelligence, Learning, and Discovery

The Center for Computational Intelligence, Learning, and Discovery (CCILD) pursues fundamental research and research-based advanced training in algorithmic models of intelligence, learning, and discovery.  A major research focus of CCILD is on the development of advanced algorithms and software infrastructure for data-intensive, distributed, collaborative, integrative e-science driven by scientific, economic, and technological problems of major … Continue reading Center for Computational Intelligence, Learning, and Discovery

Center for Catalysis

The Center for Catalysis, or CCAT, is a research and education organization focusing on “green chemistry,” which refers to environmentally benign chemical processes.  These often occur at room temperatures and ordinary pressures, and use water, preferably, as a solvent.  They require less expenditure of energy, occur more rapidly, and produce significantly fewer unwanted byproducts than … Continue reading Center for Catalysis

Center for Building Energy Research

The Center for Building Energy Research (CBER) focuses on efficient and renewable energy technology issues related to buildings.  Center research activities include developing new technologies and improving existing technologies to reduce energy consumption while maintaining performance and productivity.  Endeavors to reduce energy consumption include improving the efficiency of HVAC systems and industrial processes, improving indoor … Continue reading Center for Building Energy Research

Bridge Engineering Center

The Bridge Engineering Center at Iowa State University was established in 1988. The center’s mission is to conduct research on bridge technologies to help bridge designers/owners, particularly the Iowa Department of Transportation Office of Bridges and Structures, design, build, and maintain long-lasting bridges. Website URL:

Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products

The Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP) was established to provide independent, unbiased, and science-based evaluation of the risks and benefits of genetically modified agricultural products.  The institute also provides strategies for mitigating the risks to safeguard consumers and the environment.  It communicates the results of these activities to key policy and regulatory … Continue reading Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products

Bioeconomy Institute

The Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) is an outgrowth of the Bioeconomy Initiative — a campuswide effort, launched in 2002, to investigate the use of biorenewable resources as sustainable feedstocks for producing chemicals, fuels, materials, and energy.  Today, the BEI has over 160 faculty affiliated members who contribute to the Bioeconomy Initiative with over $60 million in … Continue reading Bioeconomy Institute

BioCentury Research Farm

The BioCentury Research Farm is the first-in-the-nation integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing.  Biomass includes both lignocellulosic crops and grain.  This facility presents a unique opportunity for industry collaboration.  It will accelerate innovation and production capacity associated with biobased fuels, chemicals, and products.  Collaborations for developing sustainable technologies will provide … Continue reading BioCentury Research Farm

Biobased Industry Center

Launched in 2008, the Biobased Industry Center (BIC) leverages the intellectual resources of interdisciplinary research and education programs to address critical business, infrastructure, supply chain, and policy issues facing the growing biobased economy. To facilitate expansion of the biobased products industry, new investment, training, and analytical effort is needed.  With the committed partnership of industry … Continue reading Biobased Industry Center

Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy

The Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory devoted to “creating materials and energy solutions”.  Established in the 1940s with the successful development of the most efficient process to produce high-purity uranium metal for atomic energy, the Ames Lab now pursues a much broader portfolio that has given it … Continue reading Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy

NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

The NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) will develop the fundamental knowledge and technology and the academic and industrial partnerships needed to provide a foundation for U.S. industrial chemical production to be transformed from a petroleum-based industry to a renewable resource-based industry. It will educate a workforce capable of enabling this transformation. Website … Continue reading NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

2010 Wind Energy Conference

In April 2010, Iowa State University co-hosted a second wind energy symposium in conjunction with the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND) and Iowa Wind Energy Association’s (IWEA) annual meeting and conference at Scheman Conference Center in Ames, Iowa. The conference provided updates on trends in wind energy technology, workforce development, and … Continue reading 2010 Wind Energy Conference

2008 Wind Energy Symposium

On December 9, 2008, the College of Engineering hosted the “1st ISU Wind Energy Symposium: Challenges and Opportunities” in order to begin the work of drawing a road map that will better define Iowa State University’s role in this rapidly evolving energy sector. In addition to representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy and the … Continue reading 2008 Wind Energy Symposium