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Environment and Energy News

Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite

This illustration depicts the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite as it orbits Earth. An ISU faculty member advised NASA on the future of this and other satellite missions. Image courtesy of Brian Hornbuckle via Iowa State University.

Iowans advise NASA on which satellites should stay in orbit

A pair of Iowans – professors from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University – helped to shape the future of NASA by evaluating the agency’s satellite missions and recommending which satellites should stay in orbit.
Albert Ratner Class

Student scientists find ‘sweet spot’ of research opportunities at University of Iowa

Access to lab space and equipment, freedom to research diverse topics, and faculty mentorship gave former University of Iowa student scientists from the Ratner Research Group a leg up as they’ve taken opportunities across the country. At Iowa, research students find a “sweet spot" of opportunities between large and small programs.
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Smart and connected weather sensors from ITI’s Atmospheric and Environmental Research Lab.

Iowa public university collaboration leverages NASA data to benefit farming and education

Connecting valuable NASA data and Iowans who could benefit from them most is at the heart of a new multidisciplinary, multi-university grant from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium called the Infrastructure for Data-Advanced Research and Education (I-DARE).
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Mubeen expands work to make solar hydrogen viable, renewable resource

A public-private research partnership between a tech developer and a University of Iowa Technology Institute research group has been expanded and extended as they work to make hydrogen a viable, efficient renewable energy source.
Jun Wang - Huanxin Zhang

CDC recognizes ITI researchers' 'exceptional approach to solving a public health problem'

University of Iowa Technology Institute (ITI) researchers were recognized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as being among the nation’s best for their "exceptional approach to solving a public health problem.”
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ITI Research: Signal processing and machine learning algorithms could overcome challenges of environmental uncertainties in underwater acoustic communications

Signal processing and machine learning algorithms being developed at the University of Iowa Technology Institute (ITI) could offer solutions to real-time marine sensing using underwater acoustics.
NASA research plane

Newly named Atmospheric and Environmental Research Lab reflects Wang's expanding scope of discovery

The Lab for Aerosol, Radiation, Remote-sensing, and Observation-based Modeling of Atmosphere - better known as the ARROMA Lab, is now called the Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) Lab.
Jun Wang

Faculty Feature: Jun Wang

Fascination with wind patterns and atmospheric conditions blossomed into a career in academic research addressing some of the biggest environmental challenges facing our world and inspiring the next generation of researchers as a mentor and teacher. Jun Wang's work has been recognized with the James E. Ashton Professorship in Engineering, effective July 1, 2020, with an initial term of five years.
Green Energy

Mubeen Research Group instrumental in tech to convert hydrogen into low cost, clean electric energy

The Syed Mubeen Research Group is playing a key role in the development of a commercially viable clean and renewable energy resource using sun and water for hydrogen generation.
Ananya Sen Gupta

Sen Gupta earns mentorship award from Pomerantz Career Center

An Iowa Technology Institute faculty affiliate has been recognized for her efforts to further career development of University of Iowa students and contributing to the Hawkeye career ecosystem.
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A cross-state research partnership hopes to one day change the agriculture industry

Prof. Jun Wang leads a new research collaboration happening across the state of Iowa. The team has ambitions of changing the agriculture industry by helping farmers better anticipate the weather and make the best use of the available time.
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Jun Wang and team receive NASA grant to study nitrogen dioxide levels using satellite data

Jun Wang, director of the ARROMA Lab, has received a NASA grant to study nitrogen dioxide levels using satellite data. The project is a three-year partnership with the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Jun Wang looking at computer screen

University of Iowa receives $1.6 million grant to develop new farming technology

The University of Iowa has been awarded a $1.6 million grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to design and build devices that could one day connect farmers from all over the world. The team is led by Prof. Jun Wang of the Iowa Technology Institute's ARROMA Lab.
Jun Wang standing in front of the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories

UI researchers develop technology to promote sustainable farming

A team of University of Iowa researchers has been awarded $1.6 million from the U.S. Agriculture Department to develop technology to improve soil temperature and moisture in farming areas.
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Jun Wang and team win $1.6 million to create smarter, sustainable farming

Jun Wang, director of the ARROMA Lab, is leading a team that has been awarded $1.6 million from the Department of Agriculture to design and use smart technology to maximize crop yields and use water more efficiently in rural agriculture.
Syed Mubeen standing in his lab

CBE professor wins fossil fuel research grant

Syed Mubeen, director of the Syed Mubeen Research Group, has won a grant worth $933,662 from the Office of Fossil Fuels of the Department of Energy to develop new products using carbon dioxide or coal.