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UI engineers receive nearly $1 million to develop new methods to recycle paper into fiber reinforced plastic composites

Recycling wastepaper for reuse as new paper requires extensive cleaning and refinement of the fibers so the new product is free of inks, adhesives, and dyes. Instead of turning old paper and cardboard into new paper, engineers at the University of Iowa are working to...

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Iowa’s program is especially strong in areas ranging from biomechanics to fluid mechanics, such as design optimization for ship hydrodynamics. The breadth of faculty expertise opens extensive options for students to do hands-on research, and a combined B.S./M.S. degree option means more opportunity for specialization.