A new faculty member in Iowa State University's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is doing research and working with livestock producers on manure management and water quality matters. Daniel Andersen started in August as an assistant professor after working at Iowa State as a graduate research assistant while a graduate student. He earned masters and doctorate degrees in ag engineering from Iowa State University and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
"I grew up on a smaller dairy farm in Wisconsin and have a strong appreciation for animal production," Andersen says. "My goal is to improve soil, water and air quality by promoting manure management systems and nutrient utilization practices that are environmentally sustainable, economically feasible and socially acceptable."
Andersen has been working with beef producers to design vegetative treatment systems to be more effective in controlling runoff from feedlots and with swine producers to reduce foaming in deep-pit hog-finishing facilities.
"Dr. Andersen's research and Extension program will help to fill a gap for ISU in the area of nutrient management and its impact on water quality. He brings the knowledge and expertise we need to help producers to best manage their livestock and cropping systems to minimize the impact on the environment," says Steve Michelson, chair of ISU's ag and biosystems engineering department.
Food safety and grain quality researcher new at Iowa State University
A new researcher in food safety and grain quality has joined Iowa State University in the Department of Ag and Biosystems Engineering. Gretchen Mosher, assistant professor of ag and biosystems engineering, started in August with duties in teaching and research. "Dr. Mosher's research and teaching expertise will help our department to continue to address important state of Iowa and regional issues related to grain quality and food safety," says Michelson.
Mosher earned a doctorate in industrial and ag technology in 2011, a masters degree in family and consumer sciences education and a bachelor's degree in consumer food science, all from Iowa State.
She teaches several courses related to grain quality and quality management. Mosher also coordinates senior-level industrial technology and ag system technology students enrolled in the technology capstone course, which requires students to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world issues in a business environment. She also serves as the department's director of undergraduate services which includes supervising its academic advisers. Mosher's research is focused on food safety and grain quality risks that impact human and animal food safety and security; processes that maximize grain quality and food system safety for humans and animals; and the best ways to teach complex and unfamiliar topics in science and technology.