Ames Laboratory

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2020-04-01
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Hendricks, Jack
Burke, James
Woollen, Caden
Anderson, Michael
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Koziel, Jacek
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Since 1905, the Department of Agricultural Engineering, now the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), has been a leader in providing engineering solutions to agricultural problems in the United States and the world. The department’s original mission was to mechanize agriculture. That mission has evolved to encompass a global view of the entire food production system–the wise management of natural resources in the production, processing, storage, handling, and use of food fiber and other biological products.

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In 1905 Agricultural Engineering was recognized as a subdivision of the Department of Agronomy, and in 1907 it was recognized as a unique department. It was renamed the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in 1990. The department merged with the Department of Industrial Education and Technology in 2004.

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1905–present

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  • Department of Agricultural Engineering (1907–1990)

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Ames Laboratory is a National Laboratory operated by Iowa State University on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. They are dedicated to creating materials, inspiring minds to solve problems and addressing global challenges. Sarah Morris-Benavides, Matthew Besser and Roger Rink contacted Iowa State University’s ABE Department to find dedicated students to help them with their problems surrounding their gloveboxes, furnaces, and arc melter. The problem that Ames Laboratory faces is safely cleaning and removing hazardous, often pyrophoric, waste materials from the machines. The purpose of this project is to purchase/fabricate equipment and/or create a procedure to clean the gloveboxes, furnaces and arc melter in a safe manner. One unknown surrounding this issue was whether or not our solution will involve fabrication and/or a procedure. Our job was to narrow down the scope and provide the best solution for Ames Laboratory. By doing so, not only will these machines be clean, but the laboratory will have standardized instructions for safe and effective glovebox waste removal.

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