Four questions for an international Iowa State alumnus

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Manuel Mateos de Vicente graduated from Iowa State with a master’s in civil engineering in 1958 and a Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1961. He lives in Moraleja, near Madrid, Spain, and is an expert in hydraulic fluids (he has written 12 books on the subject), clay minerals and their atomic composition, and traffic safety. [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State wins 2015 TRB Best Paper relating auto crashes, lane widths

Award-winning team (pictured from left): Raha Hamzeie, Bo Wang, Amrita Goswamy, Brendan Russo, Associate Professor Peter Savolainen, Georges Bou-Saab, Emira Rista, and Timothy Barrette.

A team of students from the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University recently received a best paper award through the 2015 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Data Contest. The award was presented at the 2015 TRB Annual Meeting, held Jan. 11-15 in Washington, D.C. The Iowa State team comprised seven [Continue Reading…]

Three engineering women join group recognized for impact at Iowa State

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Diane Rover, Andrea Dvorak and Julia Anderson-Lee pictured in calendar published by Catt Center for Women and Politics The ninth annual Women Impacting ISU calendar will honor 12 women from Iowa State. Three people affiliated with the College of Engineering are honored to be part of the new calendar, which was unveiled on Wednesday, January 14, [Continue Reading…]

SHRP 2: Iowa State engineers help build national highway research program

Iowa State University researchers are at the forefront of a national highway research program – The Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2). SHRP 2 is a second-generation national highway research program administered by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies (TRB) and in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and American Association [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State alumna wins ACI Young Professional Essay Contest

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  Ezgi Yurdakul (MSCE’10, PhDCE’13) won the 2014 American Concrete Institute (ACI) Young Professional Essay Contest. ACI honored her essay on correcting misconceptions about sustainability in concrete structures, bridges and pavements. “Although we have developed many things that help build today’s world, we have overlooked some key principles of sustainability,” Yurdakul said. Her essay raises [Continue Reading…]

Rick Fosse was a Master of Disaster (Relief)

During his 11 year tenure as Iowa City’s public works director, Rick Fosse has had to deal with a tornado, three of the four largest floods the city has ever seen and a massive landfill fire. Fosse, 55, will be hanging up his hat on Wednesday after 33 years in public service, 31 of those [Continue Reading…]

Larry Koehrsen: The slow drip of climate change

Larry Koehrsen is a graduate of Iowa State University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering. He worked in the consulting engineering business, focusing primarily on environmental issues and projects. He is now retired and lives in Ames. He is passionate about reversing climate change. Koehrsen advised readers of his letter to the editor, [Continue Reading…]

Civil Ladies in Engineering club relates exclusively to women in civil engineering

Rebecca Dailey is the pioneer of a brand new club on campus, Civil Ladies in Engineering. She had the idea last spring and recruited other women in the College of Engineering to form a cabinet and members of the faculty to be advisers. There is the Society of Women Engineers for women in any engineering [Continue Reading…]

Engineering college names student marshal, outstanding seniors for fall 2014 commencement

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Twelve seniors to be honored at graduation ceremony Tori Sorensen, electrical engineering, hails from Corning, Iowa, and will be serving as the College of Engineering student marshal during the fall 2014 commencement ceremony. She will be accompanied by James McCalley, Harpole Professor of electrical and computer engineering, as she leads the engineering class into the [Continue Reading…]

Engineering graduate students present research, attract 150+

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The Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) department hosted the 4th Annual CCEE Graduate Research Showcase and Poster Competition on Dec. 2. More than 150 students, faculty, and staff attended the event held on the second floor of Town Engineering Building. The CCEE Graduate Student Council organized activities. The event showcased research of 25 graduate [Continue Reading…]

Civil engineering alumnus named American Council of Engineering Companies chairman

The following is a passage from a Nov. 14, 2014, press release from TranSystems: Peter Strub (BSCE’81), a principal at TranSystems, has been selected as the next Chair Elect/Chairman for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). His term as Chair Elect will begin in April 2015, and as Chairman he is set to preside [Continue Reading…]

TED Scholar, professor and sanitation researcher

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CE alumnus reaches 450,000 with an important message about sanitation concerns in developing countries Although biological waste treatment processes are advanced in the Western World, Francis de los Reyes III (MSCE’94) knows the same is not true for everyone. In fact, he has first-hand experience of a lacking sanitation infrastructure. In his home country of [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State teams place first in Midwest construction competition

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Two teams of Iowa State University construction engineering students placed first in the 22nd Annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region IV Student Competition, held Oct. 23-25, 2014, in Nebraska City, Neb. Six-person teams had 18 hours to develop comprehensive proposals for a mock request for proposals (RFP). Teams then gave a 20-minute presentation to [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State student receives national design-build leadership award

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Iowa State University construction engineering senior Brandon Mai was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Award at the Design-Build Conference and Expo, held Oct. 8 in Dallas, Texas. The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) gave the national award to only three individuals this year: an academic professional, an industry professional, and a student. To win [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State construction engineering alumnus named top international building code official

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Brian Bishop, a 2004 Iowa State University construction engineering alumnus, was recently named the Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year by the International Code Council. Bishop was particularly recognized for his leadership in creating two programs: the Iowa Building Safety Assessment and Failure Evaluation (B-SAFE) Team and Iowa’s first energy code enforcement team. [Continue Reading…]

Fall 2014 named faculty positions continue tradition of excellence in engineering

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With the 2014-2015 academic year well under way, several newly and reappointed named faculty appointments within Iowa State’s College of Engineering are able to bring creativity and insight to students and research activity thanks to many generous donors. The college believes named positions help retain and recruit great faculty while also inspiring leadership, innovative research and [Continue Reading…]

Guam-native Iowa State students typically study civil engineering

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Iowa State University not only attracts students from all over the country, but all over the world. With growing programs and opportunities, Iowa State is the top choice for prospective students—especially those interested in civil engineering. Among those who chose Iowa State as their college, six are from Guam. Of those six, five study civil [Continue Reading…]

‘Parade of Trades’ a popular method to teach construction management

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Shift plastic chips, and roll a single die. Do your part to maintain flow of a project. These are methods Iowa State University construction engineering students use in Parade of Trades, a game that demonstrates “how the consistent flow of work, or inconsistent flow work, impacts the progress of a construction project,” said Larry Cormicle, [Continue Reading…]

Visions Across America: Steve, Shawn and Scott Foutch

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Steve, Shawn, and Scott Foutch saw a need for quality apartments in St. Joseph, Mo. And they saw a building they could purchase for next to nothing. With a $32 million renovation, the 455,000-square-foot Mitchell Park Plaza was [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Walton named ASCE Iowa Section Outstanding Civil Engineer

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Marlee Walton, a senior lecturer in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University, recently received the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Iowa Section Outstanding Civil Engineer Award. Walton was recognized primarily for her leadership as ASCE Iowa Section president from 2008 to 2009. In this role she developed [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State wins ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge

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A student team from the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University won the 2014 ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge, held Sept. 28, 2014, in Chicago, Ill. ELECTRI International and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) challenged collegiate teams throughout the U.S. to an energy audit and retrofit plan of [Continue Reading…]

Alumnus elected NCEES president-elect, promotes professional engineering licensure

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Civil engineering alumnus Mike Conzett (BSCE’76, MSCE’78) brings more than 35 years of experience to lead the nation’s top group for engineering licensure. Conzett was elected president-elect of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) at the NCEES 2014 Annual Meeting in August. He has been actively involved in NCEES since 2004, [Continue Reading…]

College of Engineering faculty and staff recognized with university’s most distinguished awards

Eleven College of Engineering faculty and staff were among those honored during Iowa State’s University Awards Ceremony, held Sept. 22, 2014. Mufit Akinc, professor of materials science and engineering: Regents Faculty Excellence Award, Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award Tonia McCarley, assistant director of Center for Biorenewable Chemicals: Regents Award for Staff Excellence Vikram Dalal, [Continue Reading…]

Toby Cruz: NASA intern, Air Force ROTC cadet, civil engineering student

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Civil engineering senior Toby Cruz has experienced a notable internship and extracurricular activities while pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University. Soon after completing final exams in December 2013, Cruz completed a NASA internship application and gathered faculty recommendations within one weekend. One month later, NASA offered him two internships during summer 2014. He accepted [Continue Reading…]

Energy Department supports Iowa State studies of concrete for taller wind turbine towers

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The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Iowa State engineers $1 million to study how high-strength concrete can be used to build taller wind turbine towers. “I think this will revolutionize wind energy,” said Sri Sritharan, Iowa State University’s Wilson Engineering Professor in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and leader of the College of Engineering’s Wind Energy Initiative. “We won’t [Continue Reading…]