ISU CCEE alums, students put education to work building U.S. Bank Stadium

Iowa State University (ISU) alumna Ashley Kruger and her fellow engineers at Mortenson Construction take deadlines seriously. They have to. They are one of two partner firms that have managed the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On July 22, the Minnesota Vikings, Mortenson Construction and partners celebrated the ribbon cutting of the [Continue Reading…]

ISU CCEE team sweeps student UHPC beam competition

Chris Levandowski knows what makes a team work. “The most important things in developing a successful beam and team are dedication and communication,” the structural engineering student said. Last week, Iowa State CCEE students took first place in the First International Interactive Symposium on Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) Student Competition. Levandowski was one member of that [Continue Reading…]

ASCE student chapter earns recognition for “outstanding activities”

Iowa State University (ISU) senior Erica Mack didn’t waste time diving into civil engineering. “My first week of Iowa State was when I started getting involved in ASCE,” Mack said, describing her first experience with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter at Iowa State University (ISU). For going on four years, the Department of [Continue Reading…]

Cetin chairs ASHRAE conference seminars

Iowa State University’s (ISU) Kristen Cetin is pairing with international researchers to share the latest in residential smart building devices. The assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) just returned to ISU from chairing two seminars at the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE) 2016 Annual [Continue Reading…]

Promoted associate professors teach “cutting edge” engineering in ISU CCEE Department

Professors have multiple responsibilities. That’s how Iowa State Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering’s (CCEE) Simon Laflamme describes his work. “I think there are two distinct jobs that we do—teaching and research,” Laflamme said. “These are very different.” This July, Laflamme and fellow CCEE Department Professor Jeramy Ashlock earned promotions from assistant to associate [Continue Reading…]

CCEE students sweep awards at regional, national Intelligent Transportation Systems contests

Tingting Huang says transportation engineering data analysis can be daunting. “After we’ve collected this data, how do we know if the data is good enough, is good for the research or application?” Huang said. Pranamesh Chakraborty works with massive quantities of data from freeway sensors. He, too, knows that real-world analysis presents challenges. “It’s a huge [Continue Reading…]

Students earn International Bridge Conference recognition for accelerated bridge construction research

Zhao Cheng knows first-hand the serious effects of earthquakes. “I experienced the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in high school,” Cheng said. “So I desire to construct a bridge that can resist an earthquake well.” Through his research at Iowa State University, that’s what Cheng and fellow graduate assistant Robert Peggar are doing. The two ISU Department of [Continue Reading…]

Transportation engineering takes students, faculty to Rome

When it comes to engineering, Chris Williams knows history tends to lead to Rome. “Engineering in its infancy started back in B.C.” the Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor in Civil Engineering explained. “If you look at Greek and Roman societies, that’s how they flourished and grew. It was because of those basic engineering principles.” So [Continue Reading…]

Broad experience in new CCEE Department staff

No two are alike. That statement describes the five new members of Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) staff. Over the past year, the department has added to its staff. And from outreach to advising, each person brings a unique perspective to helping students and faculty succeed. Emily Bowers, Academic Adviser Ask Emily Bowers [Continue Reading…]

CCEE professor earns grant for developing energy-efficient, comfortable buildings

When it comes to energy-efficient buildings, Kristen Cetin looks for a balance between comfort and cost. “The controls that you can propose might save energy but might not make the occupants feel too comfortable,” Cetin said. “If you just turn off the A.C. (air conditioning), yes, you save a lot of energy. But nobody’s going [Continue Reading…]

CCEE students substitute AGC service trip for spring break

Leaky roofs, chipping paint … Jack Viverito paints a vivid picture of houses devastated by storms in Oklahoma City. “You could just see, some of the houses were a complete mess,” Viverito said. “You couldn’t believe [people] were still living in them, when you look next door and [the house] is perfectly fine.” The construction [Continue Reading…]

CCEE collaborative research recognized in Measurement Science and Technology’s “Highlights of 2015”

Simon Laflamme knows both his study and the place in which he works. “We do a lot of work on energy in Iowa—wind energy—and at Iowa State,” Laflamme said. For about six years, the Iowa State University assistant professor has been researching soft elastomeric capacitors, or SECs. This May, that research was recognized. Laflamme, along with students [Continue Reading…]