Iowa State Traffic Operations Lab partners civil engineering, Institute for Transportation, Iowa DOT

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Many Iowa State University students, faculty researchers, and engineers at the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) have partnered to develop traffic solutions for Iowa’s highways. Neal Hawkins, director of the Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE) and adjunct lecturer of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State, and Mike Jackson, state traffic [Continue Reading…]

Iowa FLL Tek-Konnekt team competes at international invitational

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FIRST Lego League (FLL) team Tek-Konnekt from Muscatine, Iowa, recently competed in the 2015 FLL World Class Open Championship held at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, California, in mid-May. The team was chosen to represent Iowa after its outstanding performance at the state championship that takes place annually at Iowa State University’s College of Engineering. FIRST is [Continue Reading…]

Visitor-friendly: College of Engineering purchase charging stations

The College of Engineering has purchased 20 mobile device charging stations for visitors and students in its buildings. This one is near the C6 on the lower level of Howe Hall. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

A simple inquiry — “Is there a charging station nearby?” — from the parents of a prospective student this spring set in motion the College of Engineering’s process to purchase 20 free-standing stations for the eight buildings it occupies. “Students live on their mobile devices and they constantly need to charge them,” said Sadie Johnson, [Continue Reading…]

Boeing names Muilenburg chief executive officer

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The Boeing board of directors has elected Dennis A. Muilenburg the company’s 10th chief executive, succeeding W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr., who held the position for the past 10 years. Muilenburg, who has served as Boeing president and chief operating officer since 2013, becomes president and CEO on July 1.

Estudiantes en España: ISU chemical engineering majors busy in Oviedo, Spain summer lab course

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Hard work and good times are in full swing with Iowa State University’s Chemical and Biological Engineering students taking part in this year’s Oviedo, Spain summer lab program. The 12 students and CBE professor Dr. Stephanie Loveland have just passed the halfway point in their five-week stay in the north of Spain. The intensive program [Continue Reading…]

Jordan Creek sixth-graders learn Iowa State concrete engineering

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Forty-eight sixth-graders from Jordan Creek Elementary School of West Des Moines, Iowa, experienced cement concrete engineering April 30 at the Iowa State University Portland Cement Concrete and Materials Research Laboratory (PCC Laboratory). Students mixed water, cement, and sand in 4-gallon plastic tubs to form concrete mortar. Later, all were clad in laboratory safety gear as they [Continue Reading…]

Biopolymers plant nears opening

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The industrial-scale pilot biopolymers plant being built at the BioCentury Research Farm for use in several different industries nears its completion. The plant, which is a collaboration between the Department of Civil Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE), the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), and industry partners (most prominently Argo Genesis Chemical, a subsidiary [Continue Reading…]

Materials Science and Engineering Professor Emeritus Thomas McGee celebrates 90th birthday

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The Department of Materials Science and Engineering gathered to celebrate a milestone birthday for Professor Emeritus Dr. Thomas McGee. McGee celebrated his 90th birthday June 9, 2015 with a reception attended by friends and colleagues. McGee has been a presence at Iowa State for nearly 70 years. He earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in Ceramic [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Jeong named Construction Industry Institute Distinguished Professor

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David Jeong, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, has received the Construction Industry Institute (CII) 2015 Distinguished Professor Award. He will officially accept the honor at the 2015 CII Annual Conference, held this August in Boston, Mass. Jeong is honored for consistent efforts and active application of CII-sponsored research [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State hosts inaugural conference on autonomous, robotic construction

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More than 100 engineers, professors, and project administrators from throughout Iowa, the U.S., and the world gathered at Iowa State University June 2-3, 2015, for the inaugural Conference on Autonomous and Robotic Construction of Infrastructure (CARCI). Construction technology experts discussed knowledge and practice in advancing autonomous and robotic-guided equipment that improves construction productivity, quality, reliability and [Continue Reading…]

IMSE professor recognized for being a valuable resource to international students

The International Student Council recently named Carolyn Heising the 2015 Faculty/Staff Member most dedicated to Cultural/International Enhancement. Heising is a professor emeritus in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering. Throughout the years, she played an active role in helping Hindu YUVA establish itself as a new organization at ISU, and has been involved in international and [Continue Reading…]

Caterpillar crowdsourcing event demonstrates students’ innovative capabilities

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Student organizations work on real-life design challenge The College of Engineering hosted its first ever crowdsourcing day with Caterpillar on April 11, 2015. Seven student organizations that work with engineering design were invited to participate in this full-day challenge to solve a real problem the company was facing. Students were charged with developing a new [Continue Reading…]

Xin discusses Avian Flu on Iowa Press

Fighting flu. Fearing consequences. Avian flu sending disease specialists, market managers, law enforcement and political leaders scrambling. Insight from three leaders in the fight on this edition of Iowa Press.

Governor, Iowa DOT to honor Iowa State construction engineering students

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and the Iowa Department of Transportation selected students of the Iowa State University Associated General Contractors (AGC) Chapter to receive the Group Governor’s Volunteer Award. They will be honored at a recognition ceremony June 8 at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Andy Reynolds, a spring 2015 construction engineering graduate, is [Continue Reading…]

Mechanical engineering Ph.D. graduate awarded for paper on spray research

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Benjamin Halls was recently recognized by the Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems for research he conducted during his graduate program at Iowa State. Halls, a 2014 mechanical engineering Ph.D. graduate, received the Simmons Award for Best Student Presenter for his paper “X-ray Fluorescence Measurement of Mixing in Impinging Jets.” The research for the [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State College of Engineering partners with Drake University, University of Iowa and Indiana University to provide opportunities for graduates pursuing law degrees

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s College of Engineering announced a new partnership with three renowned law schools to provide opportunities for its graduates who wish to continue their education by pursuing Juris Doctorate degrees. This collaboration with Drake University Law School, University of Iowa College of Law and Indiana University Maurer School of Law, [Continue Reading…]

A peek inside Marston Hall

The view from Marston's fourth floor. Workers are on the second floor, to the left and right are the ground-to-roof shoring towers, near the top left is the northwest stairwell. Photos by Christopher Gannon.

Interior demolition work at Marston Hall, which began in December, will continue this summer and wrap up in September. Crews are removing three to four dump truck loads of brick and tile every day, a wheel barrow at a time, as load-bearing walls are replaced with steel columns and beams.

CCEE professors Jim Alleman, Say Kee Ong awarded 2015 Cerwick Medallion

From left to right: President Steven Leath, award recipients Say Kee Ong and Jim Alleman, and award donors Judy and Joel Cerwick following the award ceremony.

Last fall Jim Alleman and Say Kee Ong were appointed Cerwick Faculty Professors – an award that recognizes and promotes the excellence of the faculty in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University. At a May 4 ceremony, Alleman and Ong received their Cerwick Medallions from President Steven Leath. [Continue Reading…]

Cyclone Space Mining pushing to remain a leader at NASA compeition

Phillip Molnar, left, Tyler Broich, right, and the rest of the Cyclone Space Mining team are busy assembling their robot for NASA's May 18-22 competition at the Kennedy Space Center. Larger photo. Photo by Mike Krapfl.

Early in the week, the mining robot of Cyclone Space Mining was mostly a pile of parts in the team’s campus workshop. And that pile was still too small. So team members were working at a bank of nearby computers, designing more parts for their mining machine. And Tyler Broich, the team’s vice president, was getting ready to order a few more blocks of aluminum that could be turned into all those new parts.

Influential Chemical Engineering professor Tom Wheelock saluted on 90th birthday

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The department of Chemical and Biological Engineering recognized one of its most influential members on his 90th birthday. Dr. Thomas (Tom) Wheelock, University Professor Emeritus, was honored with a reception, and was joined by many well-wishers from not only from his department, but other corners of the university as well. Wheelock has had a 70-year [Continue Reading…]

Cyclone Power Pullers create tractor that makes life easier for operators

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Don’t sweat the small stuff? Don’t tell that to the Cyclone Power Pullers. The team of 10 ISU students designed and built a quarter-scale tractor over the course of the last academic year to enter in a national competition this month. And, as countless engineers have learned before them, sometimes seemingly small details can lead [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Jenny Baker named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer ‘40 under 40’

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Jenny Baker, senior lecturer in civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, was recently named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) magazine’s “40 under 40.” Baker will officially be recognized at a CSE awards ceremony in Chicago Sept. 29. CSE’s “40 under 40” recognizes 40 industry professionals age 40 and younger who stand out in all [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State chemical engineering graduate is soldier for biorenewables

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It’s been a seven-year, often interrupted college journey for Kidron Knox, who received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State this month. It hasn’t been easy; but then again, the education Knox has received hasn’t all been what you’ll find in a college catalog — because in that time Knox has also [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State bids farewell to graduating class of 2015

Three commencement ceremonies this weekend gave Iowa State over 4,000 new alumni. The Graduate college commencement happened Friday, with an address by Susan Lamont, C.F. Curtis Distinguished Professor in agricultural and life sciences. “I propose to you tonight that when you follow your own internal compass guided by your own personal set of wisely chosen and deeply hallowed values, then you will have a life of satisfaction and a life that will make a significant contribution to society and to the world,” Lamont said. “Because I know that 10 years from now it will make a difference that you graduated from Iowa State University.”

Iowa State alumnus earns prestigious ASCE award for engineering education

Raymond “Paul” Giroux (BSConE’79), a senior engineer at Kiewit Bridge and Marine, is a recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Cleveland Section’s G. Brooks Earnest Annual Technical Lecture Award. Giroux will officially be recognized this October at ASCE Cleveland Section’s Award Dinner. The G. Brooks Earnest Annual Technical Lecture Award is presented [Continue Reading…]