New graduate program offers advanced engineering degree for those with an interest in the energy industry

Iowa State’s interdisciplinary, coursework-only, online master’s of engineering in energy systems engineering launches this fall As the world’s population grows, so does a need for sustainable energy sources. With that need comes a demand for knowledge in a variety of energy-related areas and training for professionals working in these areas. Engineering professors at Iowa State [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State geotech student presents asphalt research in Spanish

Ka Lai Ng Puga_Asphalt Pavement Research_Colombia_080514

Ka Lai Ng Puga, an Iowa State University geotechnical engineering doctoral student, recently presented – in Spanish – at the 9th International Conference of Asphalt. Ng developed a presentation on the modification of asphalt-rubber binders and mixes with polyoctenamer, based on geotechnical engineering research under the direction of Professor Chris Williams. “There is an international push [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State collaborative structural research published in Polymer

Hussam Saleem_Published in Polymer_081114

Hussam Saleem, an Iowa State University doctoral student in structural engineering, is lead author of an article in The International Journal for the Science and Technology of Polymers (Polymer), one of the world’s top journals in polymer science. Saleem, Assistant Professor Simon Laflamme, materials science and engineering postdoctoral research associate Mahendra Thunga, Washington State University [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State research on Iowa flood damage a top US transportation project

Iowa State researchers used a 3-D laser scanner (left) to scan a flood-breached embankment to rapidly and accurately estimate volumetrics of the 2011 Missouri River breach. Field performance testing was used to determine flood damage and recommend assessment, repair and mitigation methods (Pottawattamie County, Iowa).

Iowa State University’s Center for Earthworks Engineering Research (CEER) recently received national recognition for roadway flood damage research. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) identified an Iowa State research project, “Western Iowa Missouri River Flooding – Geo-Infrastructure Damage Assessment, Repair and Mitigation Research,” as a 2014 Sweet 16 High Value Research [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State’s Laflamme, MIT professor co-author structural engineering textbook

Laflamme_Textbook on Structural Motion Engineering_071114

Civil, construction and environmental engineering Assistant Professor Simon Laflamme and his former Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) thesis supervisor, Professor Jerome Connor, recently co-authored a textbook on structural motion engineering. The book, aptly titled “Structural Motion Engineering,” reviews formulas and theory based on several topics: calibration of the stiffness of structural columns and beams, passive [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State partners engineering with arts to develop hybrid courses

Charles Jahren, W. A. Klinger Teaching Professor in civil, construction and environmental engineering

Iowa State University’s construction engineering program has partnered engineering students, a multimedia expert, and an alumnus to pilot hybrid learning course development. From 2012 to 2014, W. A. Klinger Teaching Professor Charles Jahren and his team of engineering students and multimedia experts developed a hybrid learning model that efficiently combines online and in-classroom course content. [Continue Reading...]

Mid-Hudson business people ‘On the Move’ – Andrew Seidel

Andrew Seidel, of Pine Plains, New York, has joined The Chazen Companies, in Poughkeepsie, New York, as senior project engineer/project manager. He will work in the firm’s municipal engineering group on water and wastewater projects. Seidel received his bachelor’s degree in engineering operations, with an emphasis on environmental engineering, from Iowa State University. Most recently, [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Matthew Hake


Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Matthew Hake had been the division administrator for the Vermont office of the Federal Highway Administration just two and a half weeks when the unthinkable happened: A massive flood knocked out bridges, destroyed roads, and isolated entire towns [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Justin Ahmann


Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Kalispell, Mont., is a long way from Carroll, Iowa. But Carroll native Justin Ahmann (’05 civil engineering) and his wife, Laura, were deliberate about where they wanted to live. Laura is originally from California but went to college [Continue Reading...]

CoE students reflect on their adventure at Iowa State

Hear what these four engineering students have to say about their adventure at Iowa State University – thanks to ISU Marketing. Chemical engineering graduate Nicholas Bormann shares how he was able to research with a professor, become published and get involved to enjoy his adventure. Civil engineering graduate Ryan Francois shares his experiences studying abroad, participating in [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Greg Clites


Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra This email from Greg Clites (’74 meteorology, MS ’81 civil engineering/water resources) caught my eye: “I have not won the lottery,” he writes, “except for winning my wife over 30 years ago. I have not won a Nobel [Continue Reading...]

1984 civil engineering alumnus named Foundation Professor at University of Nevada-Reno

Sanders-May2011 (11)_featured image

David Sanders (BSCE’84) was recently named a 2014 University of Nevada-Reno Foundation Professor in recognition of his outstanding research and teaching achievements. Sanders joined University of Nevada-Reno’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor in 1990. His research lies in behavior and design of structural concrete with an emphasis in the seismic [Continue Reading...]

Several linemen distinguishing themselves in the engineering lab

At Iowa State University, there is a good partnership brewing between the football players and the engineers. In multiple cases, they are one in the same. Three offensive linemen headline a pack of aspiring engineers, who double as Cyclone football players. Daniel Burton (who started 8 games as a freshman) is majoring in mechanical engineering [Continue Reading...]

ISU students visit Warsaw University, Ag Study Abroad in Poland


On Friday, May 16, the Department of Production Engineering at Warsaw University in Poland welcomed a group of students from Iowa State University (USA). The meeting was organized by Dr. Piotr Borowski, who escorted guests around the Department, showed classrooms and laboratory extrusion consisting of, among others, single screw extruders with two instrumentation, enabling research thermomechanical treatment of [Continue Reading...]

Students help with swine industry research at Iowa State University

Some student employees at Iowa State University are playing a vital role in research on critical issues in today’s swine industry. Assistant professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering Dan Andersen said a current three-university research project focusing on the causes of manure pit foaming offers great opportunity for student involvement.

Ottumwa Post – Potter on People: Dean Sandell

Dean Sandall (BS’77 Construction Engineering), Ottumwa, Iowa, began his adventure at Iowa State University running track and cross-country. During his high school years, Sandall was State Indoor Champion in the 440-yard dash in 1972 and the Iowa Federation Indoor 600 yard Champion the same year. He set a school record in the two mile run for [Continue Reading...]

Alumnus named among Civil Engineering News ‘Rising Stars’

Konda, Travis-for story

Travis Konda (PhDCE’04), a senior technical advisor with HNTB Corporation’s Kansas City Bridge Design office, was selected by Civil Engineering News as one of its “Rising Stars” for 2014. The award recognizes 30 professionals, 40 years old or younger working in the U.S., who have shown exceptional technical capability, leadership ability, effective teaching or research, [Continue Reading...]

Marshalltown appoints new public works director

Justin Nickel, civil engineering alumnus from Iowa State University, was recently appointed to be the public works director for the City of Marshalltown on May 5. Nickel has been public works director for Overland Park in Kansas since 2005 and previously worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation. Beginning on June 9, he will oversee the engineering, sewer, streets, compost, [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State partners with Canadian, New Zealander professors on online course module

Doug Gransberg_2-for story

Iowa State University’s College of Engineering Continuous Improvement Initiative for Undergraduate Education has benefited international instruction in the construction engineering program. Doug Gransberg, the Donald F. and Sharon A. Greenwood Endowed Chair in Construction Engineering and professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State, coordinated a tri-national course module in total asset management. [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State to represent Midwest in national design-build competition

DBIA Group Picture_DBIA regional winners 2014-story

Iowa State University construction engineering students will represent the Midwest in the Third Annual National Design-Build Student Competition. A team of students, comprised of construction engineering seniors Eli Hemesath, Brandon Mai, Brandon Griffin, Josh Olson, as well as construction engineering freshman Lauren Bennett, placed first in the Region D Design-Build Competition, hosted by the Design-Build [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State’s Fanous helps coordinate international conference in UAE

Fouad with David Sanders and Wagdy Wassef_ICIMART_March 2014

Fouad Fanous, professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University, helped coordinate the first International Conference on Infrastructure Management, Assessment and Rehabilitation Techniques (ICIMART). The conference, held at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, occurred March 4-6. As a member of the Conference Advisory Board, member of [Continue Reading...]

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


Benjamin Jacobson, senior in industrial engineering and Spanish, from Johnston, Iowa, will serve as the College of Engineering student marshal during the spring 2014 commencement ceremony. He will be accompanied by Leslie Potter, senior lecturer of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, as he leads the engineering class into the ceremony held May 10. During his [Continue Reading...]

New York high school student partners with Iowa State University researchers in NSF-NEES project, wins awards

Walsh-Regotti, Maria_featured image

An Iowa State University professor and graduate student developed a research partnership with a student from a top American high school. Maria Walsh-Regotti, a senior at Ossining High School in Ossining, N.Y., partnered with Sri Sritharan, Wilson Engineering Professor and professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State. As a high school sophomore, [Continue Reading...]

Students showcase work at research symposium

Ryan Hall

Dozens of College of Engineering students gave detailed presentations at a symposium on April 15, on topics ranging from “bio-rubber” made from vegetable oils to preventing ice formation on paved surfaces. The Symposium on Undergraduate Research & Creative Expression allows students in all colleges to share their research with peers, mentors and other members of [Continue Reading...]

Cardinal Key recognizes engineering students, staff

Nineteen students from the College of Engineering recently became members of Iowa State’s Cardinal Key honor society, an organization established in 1926 to recognize students, faculty and staff at the university for their outstanding leadership, service contributions, scholarship achievements and character. A total of 63 students were inducted during the society’s 88th formal induction ceremony. [Continue Reading...]