Iowa State University College of Engineering
ABE Alumni E-News | Spring Edition | April 30, 2016
U.S. News rankings: ABE grad program ranks 2nd nationally

Iowa State University’s agriculture and biosystems engineering program jumped another spot to No. 2 in U.S. News and World Report’s national graduate school rankings released on March 16, 2016.

The department's undergraduate program was also ranked No. 2 by U.S. News and World Report.

ABE has the highest ranked program in ISU's history. 

Read more about Iowa State’s rankings from Iowa State University News Service.

Conservation proclamation

Government use of technology has potential to increase food security

It’s projected that the world population will reach 9.6 billion people by 2050, and therefore food production must increase by 70 percent. But Prashant Rajan, an adjunct assistant professor of English and communication studies, and Shweta Chopra, an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, say production is not the only solution to meet the growing demand for food.

“A lot of people talk about how to increase production. We found that production is not a challenge in some areas. There is enough food, but the problem is logistics and providing access to food,” Chopra said. “Communication and information technology can improve access to food and trace where the food is coming from and how it’s being processed, rather than just putting all the resources into production.”

For the full story, click here.

Class Highlights: ABE 110 - Pipe Flow Lab

ABE facility feature: 3D metal printer

The Des Moines RegisterKCCI and WHO stopped by to take a closer look at the 3D metal printer housed in our building and found out why this particular machine will be a "game changer' in the manufacturing industry.

Photo by Roger Riley WHO-HD

Lawn Mower Service Days - AST Club

Video: Augmented reality sandbox

Video by Jared Calvert

Senior recognition dinner

Making an impact - ABE research and extension highlights

PI: Steven Freeman
Award Amount: $98,472
Title: MAAPS: Monitoring advising analytics to promote student success

PI: David Grewell
Award Amount: $51,590
Title: Soy based lawn, field and horticultural products-soy flour binder for biochar

PI: Amy Kaleita-Forbes
COI: Michelle Soupir
Award Amount: $60,085
Title: Does increasing landscape diversity in farmed closed depressions (potholes) increase profitability and ecosystem services

PI: Dirk Maier
Award Amount: $17,591
Title: Third edition of the grain drying, handling and storage handbook (Midwest Plan Service-13) using NC-213 multi-state expertise for national impact

PI: Charles Schwab
Award Amount: $12,536
Title: National agricultural safety database

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