innovationLEADER of the Year Award Announcment April 5th

Next Tuesday April 5th, join Iowa State University and the Business Record at the innovationIOWA Magazine Launch Event and find out who this year’s DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER of the Year Award will be! We hope to see everyone there. For more information contact: Katherine Harrington 515-689-4447 /

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Learn more about Iowa State University Research Park & Magazine Launch Event

Thank you to Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations’ Michael Crum for being the presenting sponsor of the April 5th innovationIOWA Magazine Launch Event at Workiva from 5:00-7:00pm / Comments at 6:00. No RSVP is required. We hope to see you there! Find out more below:

DMACC’s Goldston wins regional STEM award

Harold Goldston, a Des Moines Area Community College Urban campus chemistry instructor, has received the Excellence in Motivating Students in STEM Award from the Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska STEM Partnership for Innovation in Research Education and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. Goldston has taught chemistry at DMACC since May 2012. He helped start the STEM Club at the Urban campus. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

You are invited: innovationIOWA Magazine Launch Party April 5th

Join the Business Record at the innovationIOWA MAGAZINE LAUNCH PARTY 2016: The Ultimate Gathering of Iowa Visionaires & Leaders of the New Economy

*Presented by: Iowa State University Economic Development and Industry Relations

*Learn who the DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER of the Year Award Winner is!

When: April 5th, 2016
Where: Workiva 2900 University Blvd, Ames IA / Iowa State University Research Park
Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm / Comments at 6:00pm
Details: Enjoy light food and beverages
RSVP: Is not required

Join Local Leaders:
Kirk Bjorland – Iowa Innovation Corporation
Matt Busick – River Glen Private Capital
Jay Byers – Greater Des Moines Partnership
Michael Crum – Iowa State University
Dan Culhane – Ames Chamber of Commerce
Debi Durham – Iowa Economic Development Authority
Katherine Harrington – Business Record
Joe Hrdlicka – Iowa Biotechnology Association
Doug Hundt – Vermeer
Craig Ibsen – NextLevel Ventures
Kathryn Kunert – MidAmerican Energy
Steven Leath – Iowa State University
Anthony Paustian – DMACC
Mark Petri – Iowa Energy Center
Bob Riley – Feed Energy
Matt Rizai – Workiva
Paul Schickler – DuPont Pioneer
David Spalding – Iowa State University
Steve Sukup – Sukup Manufacturing
Brian Waller – Technology Association of Iowa
Jeff Weld – Governor’s STEM Advisory Council
Brent Willett – Cultivation Corridor
Tim Zarley – Zarley Law…and more!

“We are proud to be the presenter of the innovationLEADER of the Year Award. DuPont Pioneer has a stake in helping to solve some of our most important challenges, such as ensuring food and energy security in an environment of resource scarcity. We are using our global science and worldwide network to develop innovative local solutions for the world’s farmers.” Paul Schickler –President DuPont Pioneer

“Innovation begins at Iowa State University. Please join us at the launch party!” David Spalding – Raisbeck Endowed Dean Iowa State University College of Business

“I’m so looking forward to this event and connecting with Iowa’s innovation leaders.” Dr. Anthony Paustian – Provost West Des Moines Campus DMACC

“This will be one of the best networking events focused on Innovation this year. I would not miss it!” Craig Ibsen – Managing Principal NextLevel Ventures

“As a global hub for cutting-edge technology, STEM research and agbioscience, Greater Des Moines and the Cultivation Corridor have much innovation to celebrate. Join us April 5th! Jay Byers – CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership

“I really appreciate this being high-profile event where we celebrate Iowa innovation – and we don’t do enough of that. Thank you to the Business Record!” Joe Hrdlicka – Executive Director, Iowa Biotechnology Association

“We are proud to be part of this key event bringing regional leaders together in Ames, the northern anchor of Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor.” Dan Culhane – President & CEO Ames Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development

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#innovationIOWA Magazine Launch Party April 5th

The Ultimate Gathering of Iowa Visionairies & Leaders of the New Economy Presented by Iowa State University Economic Development and Industry Relations

  • April 5th, 2016 at Workiva, 2900 University Blvd in Ames, IA
  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm / Comments at 6:00pm
  • Food & Beverages Provided and no RSVP Required

~Announcing the DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER of the Year Award 2016~

For more information contact Katherine Harrington 515-689-4447 / 


Renewable Energy Group Inc (REGI) Upgraded to Strong-Buy at Zacks Investment Research

March 9th, 2016 – By 0 comments

Renewable Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ:REGI) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Researchfrom a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday, Marketbeat reports. The brokerage currently has a $9.50 price target on the stock. Zacks Investment Research‘s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 14.32% from the stock’s current price.

According to Zacks, “Renewable Energy Group Inc. is a biodiesel manufacturer and marketer. The Company is focused on converting natural fats, oils and greases into biodiesel. It sells REG-9000 biodiesel to distributors throughout the United States. Renewable Energy Group Inc. is headquartered in Ames, Iowa.”

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Hog-processing plant could bring 2,000 jobs to Mason City

Associated Press 12:11 p.m. CST March 9, 2016

MASON CITY, Ia. — Officials say Mason City is on its way to getting a hog-processing operation that’s expected to employ up to 2,000 workers in its first two years.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that a company intends to build the hog-processing facility on the south side of the city and to hire 900 to 2,000 workers between 18 months and two years.

Mayor Eric Bookmeyer says the 600,000 square-foot facility is a $245 million project.

Chad Schreck, head of the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corp., says the company intends to build an environmentally friendly, modern building that will enhance the neighborhood. He says it’ll have a $44 million annual payroll.

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First Tech Challenge brings robots, 1,300 people, to Coralville

Zach Berg, zberg@press-citizen.com11:03 p.m. CST March 6, 2016

A crowd of 1,300 people, and a collection of 72 robots, gathered Saturday in Coralville to take part in a statewide robotics competition.

The First Tech Challenge Iowa Championship, hosted inside the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, brought the teams from dozens of communities across Iowa on Friday and Saturday to compete in head-to-head competitions.

Rebecca Whittaker, Iowa Affiliate Partner for First Tech Challenge, said the competition featured robotics teams from high schools across Iowa. The teams had advanced from more than 200 First Tech Challenge teams across the state by winning smaller competitions throughout Iowa.

Each group, including the Center Point-Urbana High School team that calls itself High Voltage, designed a robot capable of competing head-to-head with other robots.

Matt Hearn, 14, of High Voltage, said his robot, named Sparky, had a remote-controlled arm and plow so it can push specified buttons, collect debris, deposit debris into containers and scale a metal mountain. Each completed task earns a team points. Whichever team gets the most points wins.

With dozens of matches held throughout the day, bleachers were added around the three rings inside the conference center’s main room. Hundreds of parents, siblings and friends cheered as though they were watching a sporting event.

“I want to go into the engineering field, so this is a fun way to do it,” Hearn said about why he joined High Voltage.

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Iowa State engineers develop flexible skin that traps radar waves, cloaks objects

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University engineers have developed a new flexible, stretchable and tunable “meta-skin” that uses rows of small, liquid-metal devices to cloak an object from the sharp eyes of radar.

The meta-skin takes its name from metamaterials, which are composites that have properties not found in nature and that can manipulate electromagnetic waves. By stretching and flexing the polymer meta-skin, it can be tuned to reduce the reflection of a wide range of radar frequencies.

The journal Scientific Reports recently reported the discovery online. Lead authors from Iowa State’s department of electrical and computer engineering are Liang Dong, associate professor; and Jiming Song, professor. Co-authors are Iowa State graduate students Siming Yang, Peng Liu and Qiugu Wang; and former Iowa State undergraduate Mingda Yang. The National Science Foundation and the China Scholarship Council have partially supported the project.

“It is believed that the present meta-skin technology will find many applications in electromagnetic frequency tuning, shielding and scattering suppression,” the engineers wrote in their paper.

Dong has a background in fabricating micro and nanoscale devices and working with liquids and polymers; Song has expertise in looking for new applications of electromagnetic waves.

Working together, they were hoping to prove an idea: that electromagnetic waves – perhaps even the shorter wavelengths of visible light – can be suppressed with flexible, tunable liquid-metal technologies.

What they came up with are rows of split ring resonators embedded inside layers of silicone sheets. The electric resonators are filled with galinstan, a metal alloy that’s liquid at room temperature and less toxic than other liquid metals such as mercury.

Those resonators are small rings with an outer radius of 2.5 millimeters and a thickness of half a millimeter. They have a 1 millimeter gap, essentially creating a small, curved segment of liquid wire.

The rings create electric inductors and the gaps create electric capacitors. Together they create a resonator that can trap and suppress radar waves at a certain frequency. Stretching the meta-skin changes the size of the liquid metal rings inside and changes the frequency the devices suppress.

Tests showed radar suppression was about 75 percent in the frequency range of 8 to 10 gigahertz, according to the paper. When objects are wrapped in the meta-skin, the radar waves are suppressed in all incident directions and observation angles.

“Therefore, this meta-skin technology is different from traditional stealth technologies that often only reduce the backscattering, i.e., the power reflected back to a probing radar,” the engineers wrote in their paper.

As he discussed the technology, Song took a tablet computer and called up a picture of the B-2 stealth bomber. One day, he said, the meta-skin could coat the surface of the next generation of stealth aircraft.

But the researchers are hoping for even more – a cloak of invisibility.

“The long-term goal is to shrink the size of these devices,” Dong said. “Then hopefully we can do this with higher-frequency electromagnetic waves such as visible or infrared light. While that would require advanced nanomanufacturing technologies and appropriate structural modifications, we think this study proves the concept of frequency tuning and broadening, and multidirectional wave suppression with skin-type metamaterials.”


Liang Dong, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 515-294-0388,
Jiming Song, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 515-294-8396,
Mike Krapfl, News Service, 515-294-4917,

Technology Association of Iowa Announces LWBJ Prometheus Award Finalists

Software Company of the Year

My Online Camp
Phantom EFX

Mobile App of the Year

80/35 Music Festival
Grievance Tracker by Trokt
LiveAtHome Pro

IT Service Provider of the Year

Alliance Technologies
Circle Computer Resources, Inc.
HealthNet Connect|BroadNet Connect

Top Growth Company of the Year

Higher Learning Technologies

Best User of Technology

Merchants Bonding Company
Principal Financial Group


Allen Bierbaum (Priority 5 Holdings, Inc.)
Dan Greteman (FBL Financial Group)
Ken Kramer (Involta)
Mark Mogler (Harrisvaccines)
Terry Reinsager (MediRevv)

CEO of the Year

Bruce Lehrman (Involta)
Chris Nelson (Kemin)
Frank Russell (Prositions, Inc.)
Roby Miller (Telepharm)
Todd Skokan (BirdDogHR)

Student Innovation of the Year

4axiz IT Solutions USA
Seed Slide
SettIn Real Estate Technologies

Outstanding Startup Company of the Year

BeraTek Industries
Pear Deck
Viewpoint Molecular Targeting, LLC

Life Sciences Company of the Year

Kemin Industries
Viewpoint Molecular Targeting, LLC

Ag Technology Company of the Year

DuPont Pioneer
John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group

Technology Community of the Year

Cedar Falls
Cedar Rapids
Council Bluffs
Greater Des Moines
Iowa City Area
Mason City/Clear Lake Area

Technology Company of the Year (Small/Medium)

Higher Learning Technologies
My Online Camp
Prositions, Inc.

Technology Company of the Year (Large/Enterprise)

Phantom EFX
Sogeti USA
YASH Technologies

The Prometheus Awards are scheduled from 5 to 8:30 p.m. April 14 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, 833 Fifth Ave., Des Moines.

More information can be found at