Civil engineering alumna named Cedar Rapids (Iowa) public works director

Starting April 13, 2015, Jennifer Winter (BSCE’97) will be the new public works director for the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Winter is a regional director for HR Green, Inc., in Cedar Rapids. She will oversee the city’s 200-employee Public Works Department. The Gazette, a Cedar Rapids-based newspaper, reported that Winter is the chairwoman of the American Public Works [Continue Reading…]

Ryan Betters: Preparing for a civil engineering career in the U.S. Navy

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For Iowa State University civil engineering senior Ryan Betters, enlisting in the U.S. Navy has become a family affair. Both of Betters’ parents were in the Navy. His father was a petty officer second class who maintained F-14 Tomcat fighter jets. His mother was an aviation electrician. “It was always in the back of my [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State Steel Bridge Team places second at Midwest competition, advances to nationals

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Seven months of planning, fabrication, and practice culminated in less than 30 minutes recently for the Iowa State University Steel Bridge Team. On March 7, Cyclone civil engineering students rapidly built a scaled steel bridge inside Lakehead University CJ Sanders Fieldhouse, a 12-hour bus ride north from Ames to Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The Iowa [Continue Reading…]

R. Christopher Williams awarded utility patent for asphalt materials production method

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Civil, construction and environmental engineering professor uses Iowa agricultural products to create bioasphalt Asphalt materials affect everyone in the country, from the roads we drive on to the airports we fly out of. Producing the materials is a complicated process with many variables, one of which is the use of oil-based materials. Though asphalt production [Continue Reading…]

Study abroad trip advances knowledge about water treatment

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Civil engineering junior Michael Colby enjoys his adventure in Singapore While a love of traveling and experiencing new cultures encouraged Michael Colby to study abroad in spring 2014, the four engineering classes he took in Singapore gave him a glimpse into what he wants to do with his future. Colby’s favorite class focused on water [Continue Reading…]

2016 U.S. News graduate program rankings

The U.S. News and World Report magazine released its national graduate school rankings for 2016 on March 10, 2015. Several engineering programs climbed in the rankings, including Iowa State’s program in agricultural and biosystems engineering, which  jumped one spot to No. 3. 2016 engineering graduate program rankings: Biological/Agricultural Engineering, 3rd overall, 3rd among publics Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, [Continue Reading…]

ConE alumnus awarded National Grain Industry Award

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With the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS), West Central is proud to announce Tim Sullivan has received national grain industry recognition as GEAPS’ 2015 International Member of Distinction. Sullivan, who serves as West Central’s director of technical services, was instrumental in building a national distance education program for grain handling industry professionals which today, [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State doctoral student wins national scholarship in asphalt technology

Ka Lai Ng Puga, doctoral candidate in civil engineering

Ka Lai Ng Puga, an Iowa State University doctoral candidate in civil engineering, recently won the national David R. Jones, IV, PhD Scholarship from the Association of Modified Asphalt Producers (AMAP). AMAP presented Ng with the $2,000 award Feb. 18 at AMAP’s 16th Annual Conference, held in Jacksonville, Fla. The David R. Jones, IV, PhD [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State juniors go from FIRST Tech Challenge competitors to judges

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Mackenzie McCoy and Nicole Peyton stay connected to program that helped lead them to engineering FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) provides middle and high school students with a competitive space for robots they program and build. After participating in the program for three years as students at Ottumwa High School, two juniors at Iowa State were [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineers developing pavement technologies to clear snow and ice from runways

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Alireza Sassani turned a switch and sent 60 volts of electricity into a small block of concrete. A few minutes later the Iowa State University doctoral student took some measurements and found the block’s surface temperature had risen from 64 degrees Fahrenheit to 189 degrees. Next, Therin Young stepped up to the demonstration table and [Continue Reading…]

Joe Pape: Building a future with a solid foundation at Iowa State

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Double engineering major gives student all-encompassing perspective Joe Pape enjoys the design process involved in civil engineering, but he also appreciates the hands-on aspect in construction engineering. That’s why he couldn’t pick just one major when he came to Iowa State. Pape, who is a junior in civil and construction engineering, says that both fields [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State civil engineering alumna named an ENR ‘Top 20 under 40′

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JoNette Kuhnau (BSCE’00, MSCE’01), project manager for Kimley-Horn and Associates, was recently named to Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Midwest Top 20 under 40. ENR Midwest Top 20 under 40 recognizes young design and construction professionals from the region who have made significant contributions to their firms, professions and communities. In the case of Kuhnau, she has [Continue Reading…]

Applying undergraduate knowledge to structures research and quality management

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Lauren Ruchti works as undergraduate research assistant at the Institute for Transportation As a junior in civil engineering, Lauren Ruchti is making sure she learns as much as she can about the practice of structural engineering to prepare for her career. Through her experience as an undergraduate research assistant, Ruchti is investigating important topics, like [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State student outreach event teaches kids bridge-building

Civil engineering sophomore Paige Taylor helps a few Story County elementary school students build a K'Nex bridge on Feb. 8, 2015.

What do K’Nex, marshmallows, toothpicks, and crawling on tabletops have in common? Why, bridge-building of course. Several students in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University led about 25 Story County elementary school students on a bridge-building adventure. One Sunday per month from November 2014 through February 2015, children discovered civil [Continue Reading…]

American Society of Indian Engineers and Architects names 2001 alumnus as 2015 president

American Society of Indian Engineers and Architects (ASIE) has selected Raj Basavaraju, MBA, PE, as the 2015 president. Basavaraju graduated in 2001 with a master’s in civil engineering from Iowa State. Read more about the organization’s recent news here.

Iowa State’s Peter Taylor presents concrete technologies keynote at ICPA Workshop

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Peter Taylor, civil, construction and environmental engineering research associate professor and associate director of the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, led a general session keynote speech Feb. 5 at Iowa Concrete Pavement Association’s (ICPA) 51st Annual Concrete Paving Workshop. The ICPA Workshop was held at The Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. Taylor, with Leif [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State CCEE students host inaugural recent alumni panel

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Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Graduates of the Last Decade (CCEE GOLD) and CCEE student organizations hosted the first-ever CCEE GOLD Recent Alumni Discussion Panel Jan. 29 in Howe Hall. Students gained first-hand advice of college-to-career transitions, work-life balances, and academic applications to life experiences. More than 100 students networked with six recent alumni: Andrew [Continue Reading…]

Construction engineer alumnus promoted to vice president at Burns & McDonnell

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Greg Carlson, Director of Global Facility Construction/Design-Build for Burns & McDonnell, has been promoted to Vice President.  With nearly three decades of experience in the construction industry, Carlson provides the strategic vision for construction of global facilities, aviation, federal and commercial projects. “Within the last year, Carlson has built a new commercial construction division at the firm [Continue Reading…]

Engineering students take part in 2015 Raw Midwest Powerlifting Championship

Several members of the ISU weight club will travel to Dubuque, Iowa to join about 70 lifters from across the Midwest at the 2015 Raw Midwest Powerlifting Championship on Jan. 31 to Feb. 1.  “Some of our lifters will potentially break some lifting records for this particular federation of powerlifting.  Others will simply be trying [Continue Reading…]

Four questions for an international Iowa State alumnus

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Manuel Mateos de Vicente graduated from Iowa State with a master’s in civil engineering in 1958 and a Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1961. He lives in Moraleja, near Madrid, Spain, and is an expert in hydraulic fluids (he has written 12 books on the subject), clay minerals and their atomic composition, and traffic safety. [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State wins 2015 TRB Best Paper relating auto crashes, lane widths

Award-winning team (pictured from left): Raha Hamzeie, Bo Wang, Amrita Goswamy, Brendan Russo, Associate Professor Peter Savolainen, Georges Bou-Saab, Emira Rista, and Timothy Barrette.

A team of students from the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University recently received a best paper award through the 2015 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Data Contest. The award was presented at the 2015 TRB Annual Meeting, held Jan. 11-15 in Washington, D.C. The Iowa State team comprised seven [Continue Reading…]

Three engineering women join group recognized for impact at Iowa State

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Diane Rover, Andrea Dvorak and Julia Anderson-Lee pictured in calendar published by Catt Center for Women and Politics The ninth annual Women Impacting ISU calendar will honor 12 women from Iowa State. Three people affiliated with the College of Engineering are honored to be part of the new calendar, which was unveiled on Wednesday, January 14, [Continue Reading…]

SHRP 2: Iowa State engineers help build national highway research program

Iowa State University researchers are at the forefront of a national highway research program – The Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2). SHRP 2 is a second-generation national highway research program administered by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies (TRB) and in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and American Association [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State alumna wins ACI Young Professional Essay Contest

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  Ezgi Yurdakul (MSCE’10, PhDCE’13) won the 2014 American Concrete Institute (ACI) Young Professional Essay Contest. ACI honored her essay on correcting misconceptions about sustainability in concrete structures, bridges and pavements. “Although we have developed many things that help build today’s world, we have overlooked some key principles of sustainability,” Yurdakul said. Her essay raises [Continue Reading…]

Rick Fosse was a Master of Disaster (Relief)

During his 11 year tenure as Iowa City’s public works director, Rick Fosse has had to deal with a tornado, three of the four largest floods the city has ever seen and a massive landfill fire. Fosse, 55, will be hanging up his hat on Wednesday after 33 years in public service, 31 of those [Continue Reading…]