NRT-INFEWS: The DataFEWSion Traineeship Program for Innovations at the Nexus of Food Production, Renewable Energy, and Water Quality

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Ryan, Sarah
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Kaleita, Amy
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Lence, Sergio
Soupir, Michelle
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Mechanical Engineering
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University is where innovation thrives and the impossible is made possible. This is where your passion for problem-solving and hands-on learning can make a real difference in our world. Whether you’re helping improve the environment, creating safer automobiles, or advancing medical technologies, and athletic performance, the Department of Mechanical Engineering gives you the tools and talent to blaze your own trail to an amazing career.
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The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering teaches the design, analysis, and improvement of the systems and processes in manufacturing, consulting, and service industries by application of the principles of engineering. The Department of General Engineering was formed in 1929. In 1956 its name changed to Department of Industrial Engineering. In 1989 its name changed to the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering.
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EconomicsMechanical EngineeringChemical and Biological EngineeringIndustrial and Manufacturing Systems EngineeringAgricultural and Biosystems EngineeringBioeconomy Institute (BEI)

Sustainable provision of food, energy and clean water requires understanding of the interdependencies among systems, as well as the motivations and incentives of farmers and rural policy makers. Agriculture lies at the heart of interactions among food, energy and water systems (FEWS). It is an increasingly energy intensive enterprise, but is also a growing source of energy. Agriculture places large demands on water supplies while poor practices can degrade water quality. Each of these interactions creates opportunities for modeling driven by sensor-based and qualitative data collection to improve the effectiveness of system operation and control in the short term, as well as investments and planning for the long term. The large volume and complexity of the data collected create challenges for decision support and stakeholder communication. The DataFEWSion National Research Traineeship (NRT) program aims to build a community of researchers that explores, develops and implements effective data-driven decision-making to efficiently produce food, transform primary energy sources into energy carriers, and enhance water quality.


This proceeding is published as Ryan, Sarah M., Michelle L. Soupir, Amy Kaleita, Sergio H. Lence, and Robert Brown. "NRT-INFEWS: The DataFEWSion Traineeship Program for Innovations at the Nexus of Food Production, Renewable Energy, and Water Quality." Paper ID# 30015. In 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference. DOI: 10.18260/1-2--35002. Posted with permission.

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