Profiles

Also see Wind Energy Profiles, Bioenergy Profiles, Energy Utilization Profiles, Energy Policy Profiles, Broader Impact Profiles, 2013 Interns, 2014 Interns, 2015 Interns

Iowa NSF EPSCoR Continues to Influence Former Intern

Abby Stanek is an Iowa State graduate student in agriculture education. She attained her business marketing degree in May 2015 ...
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Chris Higgins: Capturing Progress on Campus

Chris Higgins is a 2016 summer communications Intern for Iowa NSF EPSCoR. He just finished his junior year at the University of Iowa ...
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Jocelyn Arends: Communicating Science, Technology, and Policy

Jocelyn Arends is a summer 2016 Iowa NSF EPSCoR communications intern working with External Engagement. She is currently a senior ...
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Andrew Christ: 2013 Intern Followup

Andrew Christ, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Iowa, is proving himself invaluable to the Iowa NSF EPSCoR ...
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Avril Carter: 2013 Intern Followup

Avril Carter graduated from Iowa State University in December 2013. She interned with David Laird, professor of agronomy at Iowa ...
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Brittney Wilmington: 2015 Intern

UI senior Brittney Wilmington is participating in research that aims to understand the gasification of corn or biomass thermochemical conversion ...
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Anna English: 2015 Intern

Soon to be a senior, UI mechanical engineering student Anna English took the opportunity to perform wind energy research this ...
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Ryan Collins: 2015 Intern

One UI student used his Iowa NSF EPSCoR research internship to examine how the location of a wind turbine — ...
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Michelle Thayer: 2015 Intern

Michelle Thayer spent her summer processing data for a project that uses invisible light to help farmers improve sustainability. Thayer ...
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Jose Lopez: 2015 Intern

UNI senior biology student Jose Lopez is undertaking an NSF LSAMP research opportunity studying plants that are similar to morning ...
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Maria Jamie: 2015 Intern

Maria Jamie is a University of Northern Iowa (UNI) student working with the university’s NSF LSAMP program. Jamie is researching ...
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Hongtao Ding: Using Lasers to Improve Wind Turbine Repair

A national leader in wind energy, the state of Iowa currently produces almost 30 percent of its electricity using wind ...
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Kavita Dhanwada: Building a Diverse Future in STEM

Kavita Dhanwada, Iowa NSF EPSCoR Broader Impacts Platform co-leader and member of its workforce development taskforce, enjoys showing people how ...
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Richard Martinez: Engaging Visuals, Inspiring Minds

Richard Martinez is a 2015 Summer Engagement Intern for the Iowa NFS EPSCoR Program. He is a pre-law student at ...
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Former EPSCoR Student Continues Work with NSF

An inclusive attitude toward scientific research and concern for community impact led an Iowa NSF EPSCoR wind energy researcher to ...
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Katie Titus: Communicating Bioenergy and Energy Utilization

Katie Titus is a 2015 summer external engagement intern for the Iowa NSF EPSCoR program. She currently studies speech communications ...
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Carly Matthew: Exploring Alternative Energy Possibilities in Iowa

Carly Matthew is a 2015 Summer Engagement Intern for Iowa NSF EPSCoR. She recently wrapped up her sophomore year at ...
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Kirsten Hofmockel: Having Fun While Researching and Teaching

“It’s so much fun! It’s so much fun,” Kirsten Hofmockel answered when asked why she was passionate about research. Hofmockel ...
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Sebastien Pouliot: Applying Economics to Car Fuel

Many of us drive a car daily – to work, class, the grocery store – but most of us do ...
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John Beghin: Using His Brain as a Professor and Researcher

John Beghin, a professor of agricultural economics at Iowa State, leans back to ponder the question, “Why do you love ...
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Chelsey Pence: 2013 Intern Followup

After two years in Hongtao Ding’s Laser Processing Laboratory at the University of Iowa, Chelsey Pence will be putting her ...
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Erich Pahl: 2013 Intern Followup

Eric Pahl is second-year Iowa NSF EPSCoR intern, continuing his 2013 project with Shaoping Xiao’s team. Last summer, they submitted a ...
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Tiffany Nguyen: 2013 Intern Followup

Last summer, Tiffany Nguyen worked in David Bennet’s UI laboratory, where she developed web-based interfaces that collect and share raw ...
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Queenster Nartey: 2013 Intern Followup

Queenster Nartey has had an exciting year since finishing her internship with researcher Kirsten Hofmockel. In the past year, Nartey ...
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Esdras Murillo: 2013 Intern Followup

Esdras Murillo has continued to conduct research since finishing his internship with Ulrike Passe, Iowa State University associate professor of architecture ...
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Jan Borchers: 2013 Intern Followup

Jan Borchers is entering her final year at Iowa State University in Fall 2014. She will be graduating with a ...
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Brennen Wears: 2014 Intern

University of Iowa mechanical engineering student Brennen Wears is conducting research in EPSCoR researcher Hongtao Ding’s UI Laser Materials Processing ...
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Jade Simpson: 2014 Intern

Jade Simpson, a junior at the University of Northern Iowa, is conducting undergraduate research this summer under Iowa NSF EPSCoR ...
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Kayla Racinowski: 2014 Intern

Kayla Racinowski is participating in her first internship, working in University of Iowa assistant professor Albert Ratner’s lab. She is ...
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Eric Pahl: 2014 Intern

Eric Pahl is in his second summer internship with Iowa NSF EPSCoR. He is continuing his 2013 project with EPSCoR ...
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Anthony Nierklopfer: 2014 Intern

Anthony Nierklopfer is finding his Iowa NSF EPSCoR research internship with associate professor of mechanical engineering, Terry Meyer, at Iowa ...
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Nam Nguyen: 2014 Intern

Nam Nguyen, a Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) student, is interning with Iowa NSF EPSCoR bioenergy researcher Zengyi Shao ...
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Jan Lopez: 2014 Intern

Originally from Bayamón, Puerto Rico, Jan Lopez chose to attend Iowa State University to study aerospace engineering. This summer, he ...
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Jacob Kintner: 2014 Intern

University of Iowa mechanical engineering student Jacob Kintner will be spending the summer researching and developing model wind turbines at ...
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Mizani Johnson: 2014 Intern

Mizani Johnson is also analyzing data collected during the Iowa NSF EPSCoR Green Community Campaign and works with University of ...
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Letetsia Fox: 2014 Intern

Letetsia Fox is a summer research assistant at the University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavioral Research, working ...
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Brittnie Dotson: 2014 Intern

Brittnie Dotson is a summer research assistant at the University of Northern Iowa, studying the effects of the widely used ...
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Chris Demmings: 2014 Intern

Iowa State University senior Chris Demmings is spending his summer on the University of Iowa campus, studying lab-scale gasification of ...
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Andrew Christ: 2014 Intern

Andrew Christ works in Iowa NSF EPSCoR researcher Hongtao Ding’s Laser Materials Processing Lab at the University of Iowa, where ...
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Sophia Bainbridge: 2014 Intern

Sophia Bainbridge is conducting research with University of Iowa assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences Adam Ward. Bainbridge, who ...
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Ryan Arce: 2014 Intern

Ryan Arce, a recent University of Iowa graduate, is working with Iowa NSF EPSCoR researcher Shaoping Xiao this summer, analyzing ...
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Reem Alkhalil: 2014 Intern

Reem Alkhalil is working with professor of genetics, development, and cell biology, Eve Wurtele’s, Metablast team this summer. Alkhalil is ...
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Chitra Rajan: Building Supportive Community

Building a supportive community throughout Iowa is the work of Chitra Rajan, co-investigator for Iowa NSF EPSCoR.  Rajan is the ...
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Emily Heaton: Cultivating Sustainable Energy

The “crazy grass from China,” miscanthus giganteus, may tower over her head, but Emily Heaton, assistant professor of agronomy at ...
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Andrey Petrov: Adding Pluralistic Geography to Wind Energy Research

Iowa wind energy at first seems an unlikely area of study for Andrey Petrov, a Russian native with expertise in ...
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Craig Just: Facilitating Sustainable Communities

What do freshwater mussel habitats, hybrid poplar trees, and off-the-grid toilets have in common? For Iowa NSF EPSCoR researcher Craig ...
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Visiting Student Collaborates on Bioenergy Research

Carlos Aizpurua, a graduate student from North Carolina State University, is visiting Iowa State University to work with Mark Mba-Wright’s research ...
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Iowa NSF EPSCoR Researcher to Evaluate “Passivhaus” Schools in England

Andrea Wheeler, assistant professor of architecture at Iowa State, has an eight week fellowship in Bath, England, to determine if ...
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Shianne Gruss: Uncovering Sustainability in Iowa

As the first Iowa NSF EPSCoR communications intern to work out of the Iowa City area, Shianne Gruss is looking ...
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Sriram Sundararajan: Improving Diversity and Materials

Sriram Sundararajan has known that he wanted to be a college professor since he was in high school. In August ...
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Abby Peterson: Communicating Tractors and STEM

Abby Peterson is a 2014 summer external engagement intern for the Iowa NSF EPSCoR program. She is currently studying business ...
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Student Travels to Japan to Help Build High-Pressure Pyrolysis Instrument

One seminar presentation changed the life of Kaige Wang, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering and biorenewable resources and technology ...
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Mark Mba Wright: Modeling the Future

When Mark Mba Wright talks to students who are considering engineering careers, he tells them, “every adventure needs a challenge.  ...
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David Laird: Securing the Soil for Bioenergy Agriculture

Keeping our soil intact and productive is the passion of Iowa NSF EPSCoR bioenergy agriculture plank leader David Laird.  Laird ...
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Mary Losch: Sowing Energy Efficiency for a Greener Iowa

A professor of psychology at the University of Northern Iowa is changing people’s attitudes towards green energy and behaviors to ...
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Amy Zhou: 2013 Intern

Amy Zhou is a soon-to-be sophomore at Grinnell College interested in studying either biology or chemistry. “At Grinnell we wait ...
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Maggie Suchoski: 2013 Intern

Maggie Suchoski majors in both physics and philosophy at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.  With Iowa NSF EPSCoR she ...
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Chelsey Pence: 2013 Intern

Chelsey Pence studies mechanical engineering at the University of Iowa and is continuing her research on laser wind turbine repair ...
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Elspeth Petersen: 2013 Intern

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in animal ecology at Iowa State University, Elspeth Petersen decided to pursue a degree in ...
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Eric Pahl: 2013 Intern

Eric Pahl studies biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa. As an Iowa EPSCoR intern he is widening his engineering ...
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Tiffany Nguyen: 2013 Intern

Tiffany Nguyen will be a sophomore at Grinnell College this fall. She is interested in studying computer science, and her opportunity ...
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Queenster Nartey: 2013 Intern

Queenster Nartey will begin her sophomore year at Grinnell College this fall. With Iowa NSF EPSCoR she is researching the ...
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Esdras Murillo: 2013 Intern

Esdras Murillo is completing his associate’s degree at Des Moines Area Community College with plans to earn an electrical engineering ...
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Omar Longou: 2013 Intern

Omar Longou studies mechanical engineering at Iowa State University with a particular interest in renewable energy. “I’ve always known I ...
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Chukwuebuka Kendirin: 2013 Intern

Chukwuebuka Kendirin, also known as Junior, is a soon-to-be junior at Iowa State University studying aerospace engineering. With Iowa NSF ...
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Jose Guadarrama: 2013 Intern

Jose Guadarrama will be a senior at University of California Merced studying mechanical engineering with plans to pursue a doctoral ...
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Andrew Christ: 2013 Intern

Andrew Christ is a mechanical engineering student at the University of Iowa, ultimately interested in working with wind turbines and wind ...
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Avril Carter: 2013 Intern

Avril Carter will graduate this fall with an undergraduate degree in environmental science from Iowa State University.  As a student ...
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Jan Borchers: 2013 Intern

After working in the corporate world, Jan Borchers was inspired to return to Iowa State University to pursue a degree ...
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Sara Parks: Creating Effective Communication

As a doctoral student in Rhetoric and Professional Communication at Iowa State University, Sara Parks developed a strong interest in ...
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Marc Peterson: Iowa NSF EPSCoR Welcomes New Financial Manager

Iowa NSF EPSCoR welcomes Marc Peterson as its new financial manager.  Marc comes from the Iowa State University’s food science ...
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Baskar Ganapathysubramanian: Long Name, Amazing Research Results

What do green buildings, solar energy, wind energy, and plant growth have in common? Baskar Ganapathysubramanian’s group is researching all ...
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Ulrike Passe: Shaping Energy and Supporting Students to Build a Sustainable Future

Whether you warm up with a heater on a cold winter evening or cool off with air conditioning on a ...
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Kelly Madsen: Inspiring a Love for Science

Kelly Madsen serves as a 2013 summer journalism intern for Iowa NSF EPSCoR. She is an undergraduate student at Iowa ...
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Research Interns Kickoff Summer with Iowa NSF EPSCoR

Iowa NSF EPSCoR undergraduate student interns were welcomed to their summer research experience last week. Throughout the summer, a total ...
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Eric Debner: Converting Passion into a Fuel for Science Communication

Eric Debner is currently a junior at Iowa State University majoring in journalism and mass communication with an emphasis on ...
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Provost P. Barry Butler: The Perfect Balancing Act

It is clear from his curriculum vitae and his balancing act of provost and professor that Provost Patrick Barry Butler ...
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Heindel Named Director of Iowa NSF EPSCoR Energy Project

AMES, IA - Ted Heindel has been appointed project director of Iowa NSF EPSCoR, a project aimed at building Iowa’s ...
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Adah Leshem: Creating a Scientifically Informed Society

“We all have a responsibility to question and evaluate the information that bombards us daily,” says Adah Leshem, Iowa NSF ...
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Ted Heindel: Focusing Iowa on Energy Utilization

For Ted Heindel, becoming leader of the Iowa NSF EPSCoR energy utilization platform is a role he’s seemingly been preparing ...
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Bruce Babcock: Focused on the Future of Renewable Energy

You could call Bruce Babcock an “economic enthusiast.” As an agricultural economist with research projects that include estimating land use ...
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Jack and Carole Yates: Dedicated to the Environment and Outreach

Jack and Carole Yates are members of the Iowa NSF EPSCoR energy utilization platform and their dedication to clean energy ...
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Mike Lazere: Educating the Future

“Broader impacts” are the long-term changes that happen when we invest in human capital. It’s the term the National Science ...
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Laura Jarboe: Making Biofuels from Microbes

In an ideal world all the unwanted tasks would be delegated to work gnomes, which is exactly what one Iowa ...
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Kristmundsdóttir Takes Over as Chief Operating Officer of Iowa NSF EPSCoR

Ames, IA - Ásrún Ýr Kristmundsdóttir has been appointed the Chief Operating Officer for the Iowa National Science Foundation’s Experimental ...
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Robert Brown: a Passion for Energy Innovation

For the Project Director and Principal Investigator for the Iowa NSF EPSCoR project, founding director of the Bioeconomy Institute, and ...
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Jill Euken: Making the Connections

Although there is no veil between science and the public, efficiently communicating information regarding scientific research is a pursuit essential ...
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Elizabeth Polsdofer: Embedded Journalist, Iowa NSF EPSCoR, Summer 2012

Elizabeth Polsdofer is a senior in physics with a minor in journalism at Iowa State University who has a strong interest ...
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Kate Malott: Embedded Journalist, Iowa NSF EPSCoR

Kate Malott is a recent graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelors in advertising and a minor in statistics ...
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