Three alumni honored with Professional Progress in Engineering Award

Michael Determan

The College of Engineering recently recognized three engineering alumni under the age of 46 who have achieved outstanding professional progress, personal development and distinguished community service. Michael Determan (B.S. Chemical Engineering and Economics ’01 and Ph.D. Chemical Engineering ‘06), Kendall Griffith (B.S. Construction Engineering ‘92)  and Venkat Raman (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering ’03) received the Professional [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Laflamme to innovate structural cladding

Simon Laflamme, assistant professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering, will conduct a nationally funded research project on repurposing a building’s architectural envelope to one that structurally protects it from natural and manmade hazards. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Laflamme $500,000, in partnership with Lehigh University professors James Ricles and Spencer Quiel, to [Continue Reading…]

Chase, Greenwood named to Iowa State University Construction Engineering Hall of Fame

Jerry Chase

Two leaders – Jerry Chase and Don Greenwood – in the Iowa construction industry will soon be named to the Iowa State University Construction Engineering Hall of Fame. The hall of fame was established in 2010 to recognize individuals who have played a significant role in the construction industry and who have contributed to the [Continue Reading…]

Three CCEE students named Iowa State Learning Community Exemplary Peer Mentors

Joe Hahn, construction engineering senior

Iowa State University Learning Communities help students build technical skills and social skills within their major and throughout campus. Three civil, construction and environmental engineering (CCEE) students exemplify peer mentorship that makes these Learning Communities some of the best in the nation. Construction engineering senior Joe Hahn, construction engineering senior Peter von Qualen, and civil [Continue Reading…]

Haircuts to fundraise for homeless shelter

Christopher Hoffmann, Eric Anderson and Chris Grow all have been growing their hair out for the "Like a Fool Fundraiser for ERP." The money that is raised will go to the Emergency Residence Project in Ames and the highest contributors will get to choose how the three students will have to cut their hair. (Jessica Kalahar, Iowa State Daily)

Many would not consider another’s outrageous styling suggestions when it comes to getting a haircut, but for three ISU students, there will be no shame when it comes to styling their hair for charity. Chris Grow, Eric Anderson and Christopher Hoffman are currently sporting full beards and luscious locks, only to be trimmed and clipped [Continue Reading…]

Frontier Communications Corporation promotes civil engineering alumnus to executive vice president of field operations

Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) announced today that John Lass has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Field Operations. In his new position, which became effective April 3rd, Mr. Lass is responsible for Frontier‘s operations throughout 28 states, Network Operations, and Carrier and Wholesale Operations. Most recently, Mr. Lass was based in Fort Wayne, Indiana as [Continue Reading…]

Five engineering alumni named STATEment Makers by Alumni Association

Iowa ‘STATEment Makers’ is an honor that recognizes the early personal and professional accomplishments and contributions to society of Iowa State University’s young alumni (graduates 32 years of age and under). Nominations are sought annually for‘STATEment Makers’ who have made differences in their own lives, the lives of others, their communities, and/or their professions through ambitious [Continue Reading…]

Civil engineering alumnus offers ‘cures’ for road worries in Minnesota

Anna Conda feared encountering snakes on the highway. Fuzzy I. Site had bouts of blurry vision during winter driving. S. Patrick Day wondered why his skin was turning green. Ready with a cure for these unusual ailments and a dose of transportation-related wisdom is the “Highway Doctor,” otherwise known as Doug Fischer, longtime Anoka County [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Gopalakrishnan co-edits textbook on sustainable pavements

Kasthurirangan "Rangan" Gopalakrishnan, research associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering

Kasthurirangan “Rangan” Gopalakrishnan, a civil, construction and environmental engineering research associate professor at Iowa State University, recently edited a textbook on pavement sustainability. Co-editors include John Harvey (University of California-Davis) and Wynand Steyn (University of Pretoria, South Africa) with individual chapters contributed by several colleagues. The book, titled “Climate Change, Energy, Sustainability and Pavements,” dives [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State construction engineering, College of Design partner in industry mentoring program

Construction engineering senior Chad Tenold leads a tour in a Town Engineering Building soil technology lab.

Construction engineering sophomore Devin Gaudette remembers touring Town Engineering Building and the College of Design while a student at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. “I though the Jellinger Lab was cool, which opened my eyes to industry mentorship,” he said. In high school, Gaudette participated in the Architecture-Construction-Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of [Continue Reading…]

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

Chris Williams

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

Michael Colby

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

Joseph Pape

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′

JoNette Kuhnau (BSCE'00, MSCE'01)

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

Lauren Ruchti

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.