Solve problems through collaboration and innovation

This exciting partnership between Alliant Energy and Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) aims to help our customers evaluate problems and find opportunities using innovative technology.

Experiment with new ideas

Alliant Energy business customers have priority access to the lab to learn through demonstrations and connect with experts on automation and technology. Business leaders can evaluate problems and opportunities, and have a low-risk place to test solutions.

Businesses interested in working on a project can contact their key account manager or the Business Resource Center at 1-866-ALLIANT (866-255-4268) or

Gain experience and make connections

The lab will utilize departments across Iowa State University, and bring in students and faculty from a variety of backgrounds to help solve problems and stimulate innovative ideas. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with companies through:

  • Capstone projects
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Case studies
  • Internships
  • Research including whitepapers
  • Innovative problem solving
  • Corporate engagement  events
  • Cross discipline collaborations

Students and faculty interested in participating in a project at the lab can contact Nick Peterson at (515) 268-3411 or