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Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies (IPAT) won $25,000 in the John Pappajohn
Entrepreneurial Center’s business plan competition. From left: IPAT cofounder
Andrew Heidloff, IPAT business developer Doug Moore, John Pappajohn and IPAT
cofounder Joel Rieken.


Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies, a start-up company based on technology developed at the Ames Laboratory, won the 2012 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition.  The competition honors top business plans of companies in business for four years or less, with an aim of stimulating business development. The prize includes $25,000 in seed money.

Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies plans to use several Ames Lab-developed technologies to make fine spherical titanium powder for use in military, biomedical and aerospace applications. Their technique will increase the efficiency of the titanium powder making process and, thus, lower the cost of the powder to manufacturers.

Clem receives IEEE
Superconductivity Award

ImageJohn R. Clem, senior physicist emeritus, Ames Laboratory and Distinguished Professor of Physics Emeritus, Iowa State University, was selected to receive the 2012 IEEE Council On Superconductivity Award for Significant and Sustained Contributions to Applied Superconductivity. The award, consisting of a plaque, a medallion made of niobium, and an honorarium, were presented at the 2012 Applied Superconductivity Conference in Portland, Ore.


ImageAmes Laboratory physicist Ruslan Prozorov was selected as an American Physical Society Fellow. He was chosen for “high-resolution measurements of the London penetration depth of superconductors.” Prozorov was nominated by the APS Division of Condensed Matter Physics.

Prozorov, who is also an associate professor of physics at Iowa State University, specializes in understanding the electromagnetic response of superconducting, magnetic, hybrid and nanosized materials at low temperatures.


Ames Laboratory recently partnered with the Iowa Waste Reduction Center at the University of Northern Iowa to improve spray paint training using a virtual engineering software toolkit. The software enhancements won a regional Federal Laboratory Consortium award for applying federally developed technology to industry needs.

VirtualPaint software, developed by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, is a painting simulator designed to teach military personnel, commercial painters and other paint spray technicians the correct techniques for spray paint operations. Practicing paint skills in a virtual environment rather than a spray booth reduces hazardous air emissions, saves paint and reduces travel time for paint trainees.

IWRC staff sought to expand the capabilities of VirtualPaint and knew they needed a software solution that could handle the program’s large data models and maintain realistic real-time virtual painting simulations. Ames Laboratory’s VE-Suite, an open source virtual engineering software toolkit, fit the job.

Deb Covey (center), Ames Laboratory associate director for sponsored research administration, accepts the Federal Laboratory Consortium Midcontinent Excellence in Technology Transfer award for improvement to VirtualPaint. Susan Sprake (left), FLC Midcontinent coordinator, presents the award, joined by Karina Edmonds (right), the Department of Energy’s technology transfer coordinator.



MacDonald ASME
Young Investigator

Erin MacDonald, an affiliated researcher at the Ames Laboratory and an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State, recently received the ASME Design Automation Young Investigator Award. The award recognizes an outstanding young investigator who is making noteworthy contributions in the area of design automation, including research in design representation, design optimization, design evaluation, and/or design integration.


ImageThomas Barton, retired director of the Ames Laboratory and distinguished professor emeritus of chemistry at Iowa State University, has been elected president of the American Chemical Society.  During his three-year succession, Barton will serve as ACS president-elect for 2013, president of the society in 2014 and immediate past-president in 2015 and will also serve on the board of directors.

Barton said his priorities will be improving elementary and secondary science education in America, boosting the public’s appreciation of chemistry and addressing employment and globalization issues.