Schemmer announces civil engineering alum as manager of transportation

Matt Shimerdla

The Schemmer Associates Inc. (Schemmer), a national full-service architecture, engineering and planning firm, is pleased to announce Matt Shimerdla, P.E., has joined the firm as manager of transportation for the Lincoln, Nebraska office. Shimerdla is a licensed professional engineer in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, with 19 years of experience as a transportation engineer including managing projects [Continue Reading…]

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 State among top universities granted U.S. patents

Iowa State is ranked 70th in the world among universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2014, according to a report released this week by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Iowa State researchers earned 31 U.S. patents in 2014, including patents for wind turbine tower systems, computer encryption logic, bioasphalt, use of mesoporous silicates for delivering biomolecules into plant cells and improved treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Iowa State engineers develop micro-tentacles so tiny robots can handle delicate objects

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The tiny tube circled an ant’s thorax, gently trapping the insect and demonstrating the utility of a microrobotic tentacle developed by Iowa State University engineers. “Most robots use two fingers and to pick things up they have to squeeze,” said Jaeyoun (Jay) Kim, an Iowa State University associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. “But these tentacles wrap around very gently.”

Minnesota DOT hires civil engineering alumnus

John McDonald

John McDonald was selected as assistant district engineering, state aid for the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 1 in Duluth. McDonald has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University in Ames and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He will work with local levels of [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…]

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…]

ISU ‘hub for hands-on creativity’ awaits approval from Gov. Terry Branstad

The Student Innovation Center at Iowa State is awaiting approval from Gov. Branstad. If approved, the $80 million center will allow students from different disciplines to collaborate on a variety of projects. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Mau Design)

The Student Innovation Center, a proposed new ISU facility born from a collaboration between the College of Design and the College of Engineering, is currently awaiting approval from Gov. Terry Branstad with the rest of Iowa’s state budget.

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…]

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…]

Class develops proposal to improve transportation safety on campus

Many cities have functioning bike share programs to help people get around the cities faster, save money and reduce pollution than driving a car. Now, bike share has potential to come to Iowa State and give students the option of getting to these places faster and with less pollution. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

On a warm spring day, Iowa State’s campus appears to swell with people. Eager to enjoy the outdoors after a long winter, students pack the sidewalks and roadways as they head to their next class. CyRide drivers carefully navigate the crowded streets, keeping a wary eye out for distracted students that jaywalk in front of their bus.

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…]

Iowa State students apply construction engineering theory to electrical boards

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Thirty-nine students, divided into seven teams, compile power drills, load centers, pull wire, screws, circuit breakers, and light bulbs to assemble them onto 2-by-4-foot plywood boards. They build scaled-down building electrical systems – an exciting project in CON E 353, the electrical systems for building course in Iowa State University’s construction engineering program. Jenny Baker, [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 leads in wind

At the end of the 2014 year, Iowa produced 28.5 percent of its electricity from wind energy, making it No. 1 in wind energy throughout the nation. Sri Sritharan, professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering as well as associate head for graduate study and research says the state’s success comes from its ability to produce all three components locally.

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…]

Iowa State freshmen build multidisciplinary research, 3D printing technology experience

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Three freshman honors students used 3D printing technology and more to conduct structural engineering research with Simon Laflamme, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University. Students involved in the project were mechanical engineering freshman Heather Murphy, pre-industrial design freshman Derek Coulter, and industrial engineering freshman Connor Theisen. They participated in [Continue Reading…]

Faculty positions announced for 2015-16

The state Board of Regents approved 70 Iowa State faculty promotion or tenure awards for the 2015-16 year during its April 23 meeting at the Iowa School for the Deaf, Council Bluffs. The full list is posted on the provost’s website. The awards take effect July 1 for A-base (12-month appointment) faculty and Aug. 16 [Continue Reading…]

Alumni work on Genesis Medical Center development in Davenport, Iowa

Both Lauren Wiest and Bo Weber knew at a young age that they wanted to grow up and build something. They just didn’t imagine it would be one of the largest construction projects in Davenport history. Weber, 27, and Wiest, 26, are two of the engineers working on the $138.5 million construction and renovation project [Continue Reading…]

Engineering college names student marshal, outstanding seniors for spring 2015 commencement

Olivia Janusz

Twelve seniors to be honored at graduation ceremony Olivia Janusz, industrial engineering major and concurrent master’s degree student, will serve as College of Engineering student marshal during the spring 2015 commencement ceremony. She will be accompanied by Richard Stone, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, as she leads the engineering class into the ceremony [Continue Reading…]

Three alumni honored with Professional Progress in Engineering Award

Michael Determan

The College of Engineering recently recognized three engineering alumni under the age of 46 who have achieved outstanding professional progress, personal development and distinguished community service. Michael Determan (B.S. Chemical Engineering and Economics ’01 and Ph.D. Chemical Engineering ‘06), Kendall Griffith (B.S. Construction Engineering ‘92)  and Venkat Raman (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering ’03) received the Professional [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Laflamme to innovate structural cladding

Simon Laflamme, assistant professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering, will conduct a nationally funded research project on repurposing a building’s architectural envelope to one that structurally protects it from natural and manmade hazards. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Laflamme $500,000, in partnership with Lehigh University professors James Ricles and Spencer Quiel, to [Continue Reading…]

Chase, Greenwood named to Iowa State University Construction Engineering Hall of Fame

Jerry Chase

Two leaders – Jerry Chase and Don Greenwood – in the Iowa construction industry will soon be named to the Iowa State University Construction Engineering Hall of Fame. The hall of fame was established in 2010 to recognize individuals who have played a significant role in the construction industry and who have contributed to the [Continue Reading…]

Three CCEE students named Iowa State Learning Community Exemplary Peer Mentors

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Iowa State University Learning Communities help students build technical skills and social skills within their major and throughout campus. Three civil, construction and environmental engineering (CCEE) students exemplify peer mentorship that makes these Learning Communities some of the best in the nation. Construction engineering senior Joe Hahn, construction engineering senior Peter von Qualen, and civil [Continue Reading…]