Iowa State, University of Perugia team to compare real-time monitoring of structures

The following is an excerpt from an April 1, 2014, American Society of Civil Engineers Civil Engineering magazine article: Teams in Iowa and Italy collaborate to develop two different sensor technologies that will enable real time monitoring of large, complex structures. Researchers in Ames, Iowa, and Perugia, Italy, are working collaboratively on separate nanocomposite materials [Continue Reading...]

Construction engineering students named Iowa State exemplary peer mentors

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Two construction engineering students, senior Alex Buscher and junior Maggie Holt, were recently recognized for their exceptional dedication to student mentoring. Both Buscher and Holt earned a 2013-2014 Iowa State University Exemplary Peer Mentor Award, which recognizes and encourages outstanding achievement by peer mentors working with learning community students. The Iowa State University Learning Communities [Continue Reading...]

County Engineer Paulson earns top Iowa award

Carroll County Engineer Dave Paulson, who graduated from Iowa State University in 1972 with a degree in civil engineering, earned one of the top honors in his profession — The Outstanding County Engineering Achievement Award. The Iowa County Engineers Association presented Paulson this award on Dec. 11 during a conference in Ames. The award is [Continue Reading...]

ISU construction engineering alumnus named VP of Sioux City construction firm

Loren Field, who graduated from Iowa State University with a construction engineering degree, has been named executive vice president of Younglove Construction, L.L.C. Field has been with Younglove for 32 years where he has guided its leadership in the design and building of feed mills throughout the U.S. Two of his recent projects include the rice [Continue Reading...]

Ryan Francois named Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior

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Civil engineering senior Ryan Francois recently received the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award, an honor the Iowa State University Alumni Association granted to five graduating seniors this year who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. Established in 1968, Francois is the [Continue Reading...]

Civil engineering alumnus helped build Durham Center, first Iowa State concrete canoe

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Dick Netley (BSCE’73, MSCE’77) has had the privilege to design structures near and far and even part of Iowa State University’s history. His inspiration to design buildings sparked at age 11. His father built the family cabin on Whitefish Lake, Minn., about 100 miles north of Minneapolis. “He actually cut down the trees himself, hauled [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State civil engineering graduate program increases ranking

Iowa State University’s civil engineering graduate program improved its ranking in the most recent U.S. News and World Report. Based on a survey of 145 civil engineering graduate programs in the U.S., both private and public, Iowa State’s program ranks No. 31 (No. 20 among public civil engineering programs). Rank has improved by one from the 2013 [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State’s Jing Dong publishes study on plug-in electric vehicles

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Below is an excerpt from a March 11, 2014, Green Car Congress article: A study based on a spatial and longitudinal travel dataset by a team from Lamar University, Iowa State University (Assistant Professor Jing Dong) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory found that whether plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) have lower energy costs than conventional gasoline vehicles [Continue Reading...]

Ashlock earns Iowa State civil engineering’s first NSF CAREER award

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Jeramy Ashlock, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, has just received one of the nation’s top research awards for early career faculty. The National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (NSF CAREER) awarded Ashlock $400,000 over five years to develop a research program for integrated computational and physical [Continue Reading...]

Engineering students excel at Iowa Wind Energy Association Conference Poster Competition

U.S. News graduate program rankings: Agricultural and biosystems engineering is No. 4

Iowa State University’s College of Engineering ranks No. 46 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, and among public institutions is ranked 25th overall. The agricultural and biosystems engineering program ranked No. 4 nationally, tied with Cornell University and the University of Florida, and No. 4 among [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State, Italy researchers collaborate on structural health monitoring

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Two cultures collaborate to develop novel structural detection methods. Researchers from Iowa State University and University of Perugia (Italy) compare U.S. patented soft elastomeric surface sensors with Italian cement-based embeddable sensors. Both of these technologies are being developed as novel nanocomposite solutions to dynamic structural monitoring. The goal is to provide cost-effective solutions for locally [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State researcher invited to leading U.S. high school nanotechnology lab

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Peter Taylor, associate director of the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center at the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation, recently partnered with a nationally recognized high school for nanotechnology research and practice. Wheeling High School (Chicago, Ill.) invited Taylor Feb. 21 to speak with high school students and demonstrate nanotechnology laboratory practices with concrete. Wheeling [Continue Reading...]

Civil engineering alum says ISU degree gave him competitive edge in transportation industry

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In 2011, Bob Paulsen—a 1974 civil engineering alumnus—retired from his position as CEO of Post, Buckley, Schuh and Jernigan (PBSJ), after many years of transportation research, design and management. But it was actually by accident that Paulsen enrolled in civil engineering all those years ago. When he began his first year at Iowa State, Paulsen [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State part of $320 million national manufacturing lab announced by White House

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Iowa State University is a top-tier partner in a new Digital Lab for Manufacturing to be based in Chicago with affiliated partners across the country. President Barack Obama today announced a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support creation of the lab by UI LABS, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative. In addition [Continue Reading...]

Fulbright Teaching Scholar Tim Ellis honored in Malta

Tim Ellis, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, is pictured far left. Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, U.S. Ambassador to Malta, recognized Ellis Feb. 14 during his Fulbright teaching exchange in Malta.

Timothy Ellis, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, was recognized in Valleta, Malta, Feb. 14 as a Fulbright Scholar. Last year he earned the Fulbright Teaching Award from the International Council for International Exchange of Scholars. During the Spring 2014 semester, Ellis has been teaching at the University of [Continue Reading...]

Greenlees donate to supply students strengths-building books

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Rich Greenlee (BSConE’66) and his wife, Carm (BSFamConsSci’65), recently donated $1,500 to supply 100 strengths-building books to Iowa State University construction engineering students enrolled in CON E 122, Cornerstone Learning Community: Orientation to Professional Life. The book, “StrengthsFinder 2.0” by Tom Rath, discusses 34 personal and professional traits that students can identify as their talents. [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State engineering students promote collaboration, innovation at Emerging Creatives conference

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Iowa State University civil engineering senior Ryan Francois, as well as construction engineering seniors Jace Christensen and Michael Donlin, attended the Emerging Creatives Student Conference Jan. 30-Feb. 1. The conference was held at Stanford University and was sponsored by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). About 110 students from 30 U.S. research [Continue Reading...]

Civil engineering alumnus promotes environmental sustainability in Thailand


A love for food, people and the environment inspired Thanapong “Jack” Duangmanee to pursue a career in environmental engineering. Duangmanee began his studies in food technology at Chulaohngkorn University, Thailand. During his time there, he took an environmental engineering class that introduced him to practices that environmental engineers could implement to improve the quality of [Continue Reading...]

Ashlock receives USGS grant to improve geophysical soil testing

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Jeramy Ashlock, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, aims to improve the accuracy of geophysical soil profiling for seismic design and analysis. The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earthquake Hazards Program recently awarded Ashlock a $64,426 grant for the project, “Seismic Profiling by Multi-Mode Rayleigh Waves.” Ashlock and geotechnical engineering doctoral student Shibin Lin [Continue Reading...]

Hallmark to Lead the Institute for Transportation


Written by Sandy Clarke Shauna Hallmark has been named director of Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation. Hallmark, a professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State, has served as interim director of the institute, also known as InTrans, since August 2012. She has been a transportation engineer in the institute’s Center for [Continue Reading...]

Paul Giroux: engineer, builder, amateur historian

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Raymond “Paul” Giroux (BSConE’79) leverages the past to improve the future. The lifelong builder would not have it any other way. Giroux was born into the civil and construction engineering industry in 1956. Although his birthplace is Bismarck, N.D., Giroux’s earliest memories were in the early 1960’s visiting the construction of Flaming Gorge Dam near [Continue Reading...]

AGC student group donates $500+ in gifts to Ames family

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A homeless, single-mom Ames family of five children received the Christmas of a lifetime. The Associated General Contractors Iowa State chapter donated more than $500 in clothes and toys to them. Construction engineering senior Alex Buscher led the project. Many students in the AGC group pitched in the following items: soccer ball, art sets, makeup [Continue Reading...]

Craig and Terry Denny establish K-12, civil engineering STEM funds

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Dr. Craig Denny (BSCE’71, MSCE’73) and his wife, Terry (BSElemEd’72), recently donated $100,000 to the Shawnee Mission School District (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) and $100,000 to the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University to improve science, technology, engineering and math career opportunities for K-12 students and female college students, respectively. At [Continue Reading...]

InTrans team awarded TRB Best Paper in Geology

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On Jan. 13 Iowa State University Institute for Transportation (InTrans) researchers received the 2013 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Geology and Properties of Earth Materials Section Best Paper Award. Researchers include Richard L. Handy Associate Professor David White (MSCE’99, PhDCE’00), geotechnical engineering doctoral student Peter Becker, clinician Pavana Vennapusa (MSCE’04, PhDCE’08), Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa [Continue Reading...]