Iowa State University College of Engineering
ABE Alumni E-News | Winter Edition | January 30, 2015
Harmon plays key role in new state-of-the-art home for ABE

Extension specialists are trained to be able to communicate technical information to a wide range of audiences. They act as bridges between research and application, so it was no surprise that Jay Harmon, agricultural and biosystems engineering (ABE) professor, brought those skills to the construction of the Biorenewables Complex.

Harmon’s combination of expertise, communication skills and humor ensured a smooth transition for the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in its move from Davidson Hall to a new home in Elings Hall and Sukup Hall. The buildings were dedicated in September 2014, and have been humming with activity in classrooms and labs.

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Grewell to lead new Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposities (CB2)

The Iowa Board of Regents approved the National Science Foundation Industry & University Cooperative Research Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites.

The center’s research will develop knowledge about the production of an array of high-value products, including plastics, coatings, adhesives and composites, from agricultural and forestry feedstocks. A partnership among universities, industry and government, the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites or CB2 will be led by Iowa State and funded through industry and NSF support.

David Grewell, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of the Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team at Iowa State, is the center’s director.

“The center’s research will cover the complex and diverse aspects of establishing and promoting the use of renewable materials including feedstock logistics, material synthesis and compounding, product design and customer acceptance, life cycle assessment, and end-of-life treatment,” said Grewell.

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Research in Action - Contaminant sensor

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Making an Impact - ABE Research and Extension Highlights

PI: Daniel Anderson
Co-PI: Jacek Koziel
Award Amount: $27,183
Title: Evaluation of clinoptilolite to reduce ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions from swine facilities and improve indoor air quality

PI: Matt Helmers
Award Amount: $74,997
Title: Prairie STRIPS in Iowa: Water quality evaluation

PI: Steven Hoff
Co-PI: Jay Harmon
Award Amount: $63,800
Title: Development of new barn commissioning and building component integrity protocols for swine housing systems

PI: Charlie Hurburgh
Award Amount: $71,319
Title: Equivalence of near infrared transmission platforms

PI: Amy Kaleita
Award Amount: $496,178
Title: Low-cost radio frequency sensor for real-time monitoring f nitrate concentration in water 

PI: Manjit Misra
Award Amount: $184,634
Title: Ghana-Feed the future agriculture technology transfer

PI: Kurt Rosentrater
Award Amount: $14,973
Title: Redefining the essential fatty acid requirements of commonly cultured fish

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ABE Alumni E-News is published on a quarterly basis. The next issue will be published April 30, 2015. If you have news items or event dates to include, please send them to Dana Woolley by April 10th.

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