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IMPACT REPORT 2018-2019


LET TER from the chair Another year has passed at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ISU ABE). In this new, streamlined version of our impact report, we’ll give a snapshot of our busy year. Starting with rankings ... U.S. News & World Report ranked our graduate program as No. 1 in the nation. We were able to pull back to No.1 from a No. 2 graduate ranking in 2018 in part because of our dedication to realworld education, world-changing research and extension and outreach. Our undergraduate program continues to be a top-ranked program as well. With the help of university and industry partners, ISU ABE has been adding to our teaching and lab facilities. This fall, we are installing an off-road vehicle chassis dynamometer. This advanced system can test a number of sizes of off-road vehicles and implements. In fall 2020, a stateof-the-art feed mill and grain science complex will be ready for researchers and students. The complex will house a feed mill tower, feed milling and mixing structures, grain storage bins and a classroom and laboratory building. This accompanies a new minor in feed and grain technology, developed by ISU ABE faculty.

Our dedication to student success includes a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. In the past four years, undergraduate numbers have increased by 11 percent. Underrepresented enrollment has increased by 44 percent and female enrollment has increased by 60 percent. As ever, we have a well-balanced research funding portfolio. For fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 24, 2019), 53 percent of that funding came from industry, six percent from federal agencies and 41 percent from state, local, higher education, nonprofit and other organizations. Our research expenditures for fiscal year 2018 are $13.68 million. For the 2018-2019 calendar year, our extension faculty organized 115 extension talks. They also had more than 7,000 fact sheets downloaded and had more than 62,000 views of ISU ABE websites. Finally, please keep us informed about developments going on in your institutions. We encourage you to follow us on the web and via social media (back cover). We appreciate your interest in our program here at Iowa State University!

                       

—  Steve

Mickelson


FACULTY AND STAFF awards RECIPIENT

*AWARDING ORGANIZATION

NAME OF AWARD

Thomas Brumm

CALS

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award

Matt Darr

COE

Superior Engineering Extension Award

CALS

Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research

CALS

P&S Outstanding New Professional

ISU

CYtation Award

CALS

Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award

ISU

Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award

Matt Helmers

CALS

Outstanding Achievement in Extension & Outreach

Adina Howe

ISU

Early Achievement in Research Award

Yijing Ding David Grewell

CALS

Early Achievement in Research Award

Charles Hurburgh

AACCI

Stanley Watson Award

Tamara Kerns

CALS

Early Adviser Award

Jacek Koziel

WUELS

Medal for Merit

Dirk Maier

ASABE

ASABE Fellow

Steve Mickelson

ASABE

ASABE Fellow

Manjit Misra

CALS

Outstanding Achievement in International Agriculture Award

ASABE

Sukup Global Food Security Award

ISU

International Service Award

Gretchen Mosher

ATMAE

Faculty Excellence Award

Raj Raman

ISU

Exemplary Faculty Mentor

Charles Schwab

ATMAE

Epsilon Pi Tau Distinguished Service Award

Michelle Soupir

COE

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

Lesa Vold

ASABE

Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award

Hongwei Xin

ASABE

Cyrus Hall McCormick-Jerome Increase Case Gold Medal Award

ISU

Exemplary Faculty Mentor

ASABE

Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award

OUR RESEARCH TEAMS conduct many projects that deliver life-sustaining and industry-changing innovations to citizens throughout the state, the Midwest, the nation and the world.

5 FOCUS

advanced machinery engineering and manufacturing systems

AREAS

OUR DEPARTMENT ranks top in research and development spending

among the nation’s agricultural and biosystems engineering departments at public universities. These investments totaled $13.68 million in fiscal year 2018.

WHILE MAINTAINING our traditional connection to agriculture, our faculty

animal production systems engineering

biological and process engineering and technology

researchers are also developing alternative production systems, leading innovative research for renewable energy sources, developing value-added products and processes, and implementing new methods to improve air and water quality.

land and water resources engineering

*AWARDING ORGANIZATION acronyms Iowa State University ISU College of Engineering COE ATMAE The Assn of Tech, Mgmt, & Applied Eng College of Ag & Life Sciences CALS ASABE American Society of Ag and Bio Eng WUELS Wrocław Univ of Environmental & Life Sci American Assn of Cereal Chemists Intl AACCI

occupational safety engineering


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#

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT HAS ISU ABE TIED FOR NO. 1 WITH INDIANA’S PURDUE UNIVERSITY IN GRADUATE RANKINGS

21%

10%

29%

96%

FEMALE ENROLLMENT

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS

RESEARCH EXPENDITURES

PLACEMENT RATE SIX MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION FOR UNDERGRADUATES

INCREASES IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS


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current student

ENROLLMENT

RANKING

In fall 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Iowa State third overall, and third among public universities, for the best undergraduate program in biological/ agricultural engineering.

34 Term and tenure-track

807 undergraduates Non-tenure eligible

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FACULTY

84

graduates

+ DEPARTMENTAL = 50 STAFF RESEARCH


2018-2019 QUANTITATIVE summary WRITING

EXTENSION 109

Peer-reviewed journal papers appearing in print this calendar year

32

Fact sheets developed

24

Peer-reviewed journal papers accepted and to be published in next calendar year

10

Extension programs tied to research grants

156

Popular press instances (e.g. radio interviews, appearing in or writing magazine articles)

69

Journal papers in review

65

Distinct stakeholder groups served

67

Conference papers appearing in print

10

Distinct programs led

5

Book chapters appearing in print

2

Books appearing in print

3

Licensed technology transfer agreements

4

Patents issued

74

Annual research reports completed and submitted

42

7,635

Educational workshops/programs organized

85

Plenary, invited or keynote lectures given

115

4,374

Extension talks delivered

6

Professional society fellows

7,309

NA

Fact sheets downloaded

18

Conference leadership roles

62,408

Views on websites, podcasts, etc. Programs documenting change in clientele behavior based on program education

20

EVENTS

ATTENDEES

PERSONNEL 51.5

STUDENTS

Total full-time equivalents (FTE) of professional & scientific (P&S) and merit staff supervised Significant cross-department or interdisciplinary cooperative programming efforts

25

Postdoctoral researchers supervised

90

Ph.D. students supervised as a major professor

111

Ph.D. students supervised as committee member

12

Ph.D. students graduated

60

M.S. students supervised as a major professor

50

M.S. students supervised as committee member

17

M.S. students graduated

$102,816,113

Total funds on submitted proposals

149

Undergraduate students supervised

$32,661,546

Total awarded amount

43

PROJECT PROPOSALS 163

Submitted proposals

138

Awarded proposals


RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT INNOVATIVE CONSORTIUM TO REDUCE POST-HARVEST LOSS AND FOOD WASTE

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR FACILITY TO HOUSE STATE-OF-THEART EQUIPMENT ISU ABE held a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 5, 2018, for a new testing facility that will house stateof-the-art equipment, help prepare students in agricultural and biosystems engineering for the workforce and advance research that can lead to new engineering technologies. Danfoss Power Solutions has committed more than $1.8 million to the facility. The gift will allow the university to purchase and install a $1.2 million

off-road vehicle chassis dynamometer.

This advanced system will provide the capability for controlled dynamic testing of complete vehicle systems and advanced traction control systems. As a result, students and researchers will gain a whole new level of understanding in power train concepts.

FEED MILL PROJECT SLATED FOR FALL 2020 COMPLETION In fall 2020, ISU ABE students and research faculty will begin to use a $21.2 million feed mill and grain

science complex.

A recent gift of nearly $2.6 million in equipment from California Pellet Mill was paired with past gifts from Kent Corp., the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and Sukup Manufacturing Co., each of which committed $14 million to the construction of the complex. The complex will house a feed mill tower, feed milling and mixing structures, grain storage bins and a classroom and laboratory building. ISU ABE faculty have developed a new minor in feed and grain technology that will be available for Iowa State students. The minor will prepare students to meet a growing demand for highly-skilled professionals in the feed and grain industries.

Seeds!

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), The Rockefeller Foundation and Iowa State University launched the

SEED SCIENCE CENTER DOCUMENTARY DEBUTS AT ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL, GARNERS AWARDS

Iowa International Outreach Symposium. The symposium was held at ISU in April 2019. ”Our consortium approach will build the academic and entrepreneurial capacity of the next generation by engaging researchers and students in multi-national, multi-disciplinary teams,” said Dirk Maier, director of the new consortium and an ISU ABE professor. In 2016, The Rockefeller Foundation launched the YieldWise Initiative aimed at reducing both food loss in developing nations and food waste in developed markets. The consortium will work collaboratively to develop a scalable approach for adoption of the YieldWise model and provide farmers with cost-effective strategies and technologies that link their crop supply to the market demand.

A new film that takes viewers across the globe and onto Iowa farms made its debut at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C., this March. The film, helmed by Manjit Misra, the director of the ISU Seed Science Center and an ISU ABE professor, captures the science and beauty of seeds. Misra commissioned the film to engage agriculture’s young leaders and to help the public understand the many ways seeds and agriculture affect their everyday lives. “From eastern Iowa to East Africa, farmers must plant good-quality seeds if we want to improve security and safety, especially in light of climate change,”Misra said. In addition to its debut, the overall film has earned a Silver Telly Award for video and television content. One episode, “A Day Without Seeds,” won a Bronze Telly.

Consortium for Innovation in Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste Reduction at the 2019


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Kelby Paus, a senior in agricultural engineering and member of the Power Pullers, works on a tractor in preparation for an ASABE-sponsored competition. The competition was held in late May – early June of this year. Photo by Christopher Gannon

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ISU ABE Impact Report 2018-2019  

A yearly summary of the research and work of faculty and staff at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineer...

ISU ABE Impact Report 2018-2019  

A yearly summary of the research and work of faculty and staff at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineer...

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