Fall 2014 named faculty positions continue tradition of excellence in engineering

Matthew Panthani was recognized at the Fall Convocation ceremony on August 26, 2014.

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...]

Sritharan partners internationally on NSF-NEES project

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Sri Sritharan, Wilson Engineering Professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, leads a National Science Foundation (NSF) project with international collaboration in earthquake engineering. The concept for the project began in early 2000, when former graduate student Sriram Aaleti pursued research in rocking structural wall systems. Through the next few years, Sritharan and Aaleti developed [Continue Reading...]

River to river, water quality work found on many fronts

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Matthew Helmers (’95 civil engineering), associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, led the team that assessed nitrogen issues for the science assessment. “Our agricultural systems are important in Iowa but evaluating ways we can reduce downstream export of nutrients also is important,” Helmers says. “My interest is seeing agricultural systems implemented that are economically [Continue Reading...]

ISU professors develop ‘world’s purest’ vodka

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Johannes van Leeuwen, professor in the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering, has succeeded in developing the purest vodka in the world. Jacek Koziel, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, made an important contribution to the research by using sensitive analytical equipment to determine the presence of impurities in vodka. Koziel’s equipment combined [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State transportation engineering student wins top ITE paper award

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Brendan Russo, an Iowa State University transportation engineering doctoral student, was recently awarded the Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Russo was recognized for his paper, titled “An Empirical Analysis of Critical Headway for Drivers Turning Right-On-Red at Signalized Intersections,” at the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit, held [Continue Reading...]

Civil, chemical engineering partner with industry to commercialize biopolymers

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Iowa State University’s Departments of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) have worked together to foster research partnerships with industry over the past several years. Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor in Engineering Chris Williams, CBE Associate Professor Eric Cochran, and their research groups have led efforts to develop a family [Continue Reading...]

Anuj Sharma: Direct impact through civil engineering

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New CCEE associate professor’s work improves efficiency and safety of transportation “One of the most satisfying parts of my career is working on real problems people are facing and seeing that work implemented in the field, making a difference,” says Anuj Sharma. Sharma, who joined Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering as [Continue Reading...]

White, team partner with 11 states to revolutionize soil compaction technology

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  Richard L. Handy Professor David White implements a technology that revolutionizes more than 80 years of soil compaction testing. On a typical road and building construction site, soil is compacted to properly support the structure built above it. Manual quality assurance tests, which are traditionally done with handheld instruments, test soil density, thickness and [Continue Reading...]

An Chen to bring environment, energy efficiency research to structural engineering

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An Chen grew up in Jiangsu Province, China, where much construction and expansion took place. He recognized the abundance of civil engineers, managers, technicians, and other labor who worked together to make urban construction possible. Chen, a new assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University, built upon these experiences [Continue Reading...]

Smadi brings national partnerships, teaching passion to Iowa State transportation engineering

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Omar Smadi, a new associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University, builds upon a lifelong passion for transportation research. Smadi’s expertise is transportation infrastructure asset management and safety. Everything from pavements to bridges to road signs, his research uses data-based decision making to monitor components of America’s highway system. [Continue Reading...]

Freshman student engineer finds her perfect fit in ISU women’s golf

After losing four members from last season’s top-25 team, it would be easy to assume that rebuilding team chemistry for the ISU women’s golf team would take some time. Despite the new roster, incoming freshmen M.J. Kamin and Nattapan “New” Siritrai are already fitting in like seasoned veterans after a week on campus. Kamin, who [Continue Reading...]

New Iowa State engineering professor nationally acclaimed for traffic safety research, teaching

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Peter Savolainen, a new associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, is inspired by new challenges traffic safety and traffic operations bring. Savolainen joined Iowa State in August 2014. “I was attracted to the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) and its reputation as a national leader in transportation research,” he said. [Continue Reading...]

New Iowa State civil engineering professor promotes big data-seismic engineering research

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In Ho Cho, a new assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, saw a future in earthquake engineering through virtual reality video games. In particular, puzzle building games he played in high school inspired his future research, which combines structural engineering and computational science. “While playing puzzle games, I video-taped [Continue Reading...]

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation joins College of Engineering

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In an effort to streamline research and economic development units at the university, the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) is one of three centers that will now report directly to the College of Engineering. Originally founded with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, CNDE moved to the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT). [Continue Reading...]

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

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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...]