College inspires innovation

The Exploratory Research Projects program at Iowa State’s College of Engineering is supporting faculty members as they gather preliminary data for high-risk, high-impact, novel research ideas. This spring, six projects will receive grants to explore new research areas: Vikram Dalal, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and Whitney Professor of electrical and computer engineering, “Novel material for [Continue Reading…]

SMART BRICK reduces risks from seismic events

CCEE associate professor joins in international collaboration to preserve Europe’s oldest infrastructure, increase safety for residents Just because a building survives an earthquake doesn’t mean it’s safe. “About 60 percent of Italian buildings, including those belonging to the historic heritage, are made of brick masonry,” said Filippo Ubertini, an associate professor of structural design at Italy’s University [Continue Reading…]

NSF CAREER recipient Cassandra Rutherford joins CCEE

New assistant professor stays on the “edge” of geotechnical engineering research Cassandra Rutherford doesn’t want the easy answer. That’s the reason she was drawn to engineering. “I thought that it was a challenging specialty,” Rutherford explained. “You were seeking new answers and trying to answer a question that hadn’t been answered before.” This January, Rutherford [Continue Reading…]

CCEE associate professor implements new techniques for classroom learning

Associate Professor Peter Savolainen embraces team-based learning, flipped classroom method to stretch students’ abilities New teaching methods are flipping traditional classroom learning on its head. Team-based learning (TBL) helping students learn from peers. Flipped learning methods lead students to review materials outside of the classroom. Class time is then used for questions, discussion and projects. These methods [Continue Reading…]

A wireless micro: New technology monitors concrete pavement health

CCEE students honored with University Graduate College Academic Awards

Three graduate students earn honors for achievements in research, teaching The department of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University (ISU CCEE) selected three graduate students for top university awards in research and teaching this semester. Two students, Zhen Cui and Liang Cao, earned the Graduate College Research Excellence Award. This award, which [Continue Reading…]

In time of giving, local families receive gifts from ISU AGC

Iowa State University Associated General Contractors (ISU AGC) members mark season with donations to those in need When Nathan Pals organizes Iowa State University Associated General Contractor’s, or ISU AGC, donations during the winter season, the college sophomore has two standard questions he asks local families. “You ask them not only what they need, but what [Continue Reading…]

Civil engineering alum to lead Waterloo Water Works

CCEE celebrates fall class of 2016 graduates

More than 90 graduates were recognized during the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering’s (CCEE) Fall 2016 Pre-commencement Celebration. The celebration, held on Saturday morning at the Iowa State Center Scheman Building, commended the success of the fall class of 2016. Both civil and construction engineering graduates were honored during the event. Each student present [Continue Reading…]

Twitter and cars don’t mix: students explore transportation topics for Freshman Research Initiative

Civil engineering freshman explore safety on the roads through one of Iowa State’s newest research programs It’s not difficult to hook Carter Bohle on research. Just mention a driving simulator. “Dr. Savolainen said one day in class that people have used the driving simulator before,” Bohle said. “That caught our attention right away. We were [Continue Reading…]

Engineering college names student marshal, outstanding seniors for fall 2016 commencement

Twelve seniors will be honored at this semester’s commencement ceremony Catherine Krezowski, a civil engineer from St. Paul, Minnesota, is serving as this semester’s College of Engineering Student Marshal during the fall 2016 commencement ceremony. She will be accompanied by Beth Hartmann, senior lecturer in civil, construction and environmental engineering, as she leads the engineering [Continue Reading…]

Bridge Engineering Center receives $2.1m University Transportation Center grant for second year

Iowa State University engineers earn grant for innovative research of accelerated bridge construction (ABC) For the second year, Iowa State University’s Bridge Engineering Center has been chosen to be a partner in a United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Tier I University Transportation Center (UTC) grant. The grant brings $2.1 million to the research [Continue Reading…]