Col. Martin designs flight experience around technology, teamwork

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Dr. Richard Wlezien, chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, wanted to make a required flight experience class something students would remember long after their time in the department. In order to do that, he hired someone who could bring that vision to life. At the end of a long hallway in the basement of [Continue Reading…]

Karen Haman has Iowa State “homecoming” as new CBE lecturer

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Dr. Karen Haman enjoyed two summers of undergraduate research in Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State. Now, as a newly-hired lecturer in Chemical and Biological Engineering, the native of nearby Huxley, Iowa said she is ready to embrace a return to ISU. “This is like a homecoming for me,” said Haman, who recently completed [Continue Reading…]

Thomas Mansell brings passion for engineering human health to Iowa State CBE

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Medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity and depression can be addressed through the engineering of bacterial communities that already exist within the human body. And Dr. Thomas Mansell wants to develop the ways to do that through research that he will now bring to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State as [Continue Reading…]

Workshop trains students to think like astronauts

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A total of 12 students are learning life lessons from a retired astronaut. Clayton Anderson, senior lecturer and retired U.S. astronaut, said his goal isn’t to necessarily train the next generation of astronauts, but to teach students to think in ways they haven’t before. Ten students from Iowa State University and two from Tuskegee University [Continue Reading…]

Spaceflight workshop gives glimpse into astronaut life

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Twelve college students will get a chance this week to catch a glimpse into the life of an astronaut, without actually having to go through the two-and-a-half years of training. Iowa State University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering is holding its second Spaceflight Operations Workshop from Aug. 10 to 16. Ten students from Iowa State and [Continue Reading…]

Flipped classroom video pre-lab project comes to MSE department

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Facing overcrowded labs and enrollment growth, Larry Genalo and Michelle Grawe knew something needed to change. The overcrowding led to an “overlapping of sections and multiple classes using the same space at the same time,” said Grawe, the teaching laboratory coordinator for materials science and engineering. “It was hard to manage, and not as safe [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State researchers mentor high school student in river contaminant flow study

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Diana Rodriguez, incoming senior at Hoover High School in Des Moines, Iowa, took advantage of an opportunity that most high school students don’t experience – develop research at Iowa State University. Throughout summer 2015, Chris Rehmann, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State, and Lauren Schwab, Iowa State master’s student in [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State Traffic Operations Lab partners civil engineering, Institute for Transportation, Iowa DOT

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Many Iowa State University students, faculty researchers, and engineers at the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) have partnered to develop traffic solutions for Iowa’s highways. Neal Hawkins, director of the Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE) and adjunct lecturer of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State, and Mike Jackson, state traffic [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Jeong named Construction Industry Institute Distinguished Professor

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David Jeong, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, has received the Construction Industry Institute (CII) 2015 Distinguished Professor Award. He will officially accept the honor at the 2015 CII Annual Conference, held this August in Boston, Mass. Jeong is honored for consistent efforts and active application of CII-sponsored research [Continue Reading…]

CCEE professors Jim Alleman, Say Kee Ong awarded 2015 Cerwick Medallion

From left to right: President Steven Leath, award recipients Say Kee Ong and Jim Alleman, and award donors Judy and Joel Cerwick following the award ceremony.

Last fall Jim Alleman and Say Kee Ong were appointed Cerwick Faculty Professors – an award that recognizes and promotes the excellence of the faculty in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University. At a May 4 ceremony, Alleman and Ong received their Cerwick Medallions from President Steven Leath. [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State students apply construction engineering theory to electrical boards

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Thirty-nine students, divided into seven teams, compile power drills, load centers, pull wire, screws, circuit breakers, and light bulbs to assemble them onto 2-by-4-foot plywood boards. They build scaled-down building electrical systems – an exciting project in CON E 353, the electrical systems for building course in Iowa State University’s construction engineering program. Jenny Baker, [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Jenny Baker named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer ‘40 under 40’

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Jenny Baker, senior lecturer in civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, was recently named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) magazine’s “40 under 40.” Baker will officially be recognized at a CSE awards ceremony in Chicago Sept. 29. CSE’s “40 under 40” recognizes 40 industry professionals age 40 and younger who stand out in all [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State freshmen build multidisciplinary research, 3D printing technology experience

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Three freshman honors students used 3D printing technology and more to conduct structural engineering research with Simon Laflamme, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University. Students involved in the project were mechanical engineering freshman Heather Murphy, pre-industrial design freshman Derek Coulter, and industrial engineering freshman Connor Theisen. They participated in [Continue Reading…]

Agricultural and biosystems engineering’s new assistant professor researches systems modeling after working in agricultural and construction industry

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Mehari Tekeste says international and industry experience will shape his teaching at ISU Originally from the small nation of Eritrea in the Horn of Africa, Mehari Tekeste has literally traveled the world before coming to Iowa State as an assistant professor this spring. All of his ventures have had one central theme – improving the [Continue Reading…]

CBE grad student Kiva Forsmark earns Teaching Excellence Award

Kiva Forsmark (right) celebrates her Teaching Excellence Award with Chemical and Biological Engineering Department Chair Dr. Andy Hillier (left) and Dr. Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, who nominated her for the award.

Chemical and Biological Engineering graduate student Kiva Forsmark has been presented with an Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award for her work as a Teaching Assistant in ChE 381, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics. Her nomination was initiated by Professor Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, with Professors Matthew Panthani and Yue Wu co-signing the nomination. Forsmark was assigned to work [Continue Reading…]

Emerging Leaders class announced

Thirty-two faculty and staff have been chosen to participate in the next cohort of Iowa State’s Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA). ELA is an academic-year initiative to develop faculty and P&S staff currently serving in leadership roles at Iowa State, or who aspire to hold leadership positions. Beginning in August, participants attend monthly sessions on leadership [Continue Reading…]

Faculty receive special recognition

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Ten Iowa State faculty members received special awards for the 2015-16 academic year. Three faculty each have been named Distinguished and University Professor, and four have been named Morrill Professor. They, along with other university and regent award recipients, will be honored Sept. 21 at the annual faculty and staff awards ceremony. Distinguished Professor The [Continue Reading…]

Ana-Paula Correia named ELO Faculty Fellow

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Ana-Paula Correia, associate professor in the School of Education and faculty member of the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) program, has been selected as a Faculty Fellow in ISU’s Engineering-LAS Online Learning (ELO) for 2015-2016. As ELO’s first Faculty Fellow, Correia will work to establish a research framework to support Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) [Continue Reading…]

Wlezien elected to AIAA Board of Directors

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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced today the results of its 2015 Board of Directors election. Richard Wlezien, department chair of aerospace engineering, has been elected to vice president-elect of education. The newly elected board members will begin their terms of office on May 7. President-Elect James “Jim” Maser, Pratt & Whitney Vice President-Elect, [Continue Reading…]

Guest post: Collaborating in Kenya

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Martin Thuo is an assistant professor in the materials science and engineering department. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Kenyatta University in chemistry and mathematics. In this guest blog post, he talks about a new collaborative opportunity between Iowa State and students and faculty in Kenya. After moving to the United States, I [Continue Reading…]

Three CCEE students named Iowa State Learning Community Exemplary Peer Mentors

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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…]

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

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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…]

EM Success Center meets the needs of today’s students

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Think of it as one-stop shopping for all your studying needs: the Engineering Mechanics Success Center. Aerospace engineering lecturer Jenny Johannsen and other aerospace engineering professors have created and enhanced a space for students to receive supplemental help, feedback on homework and where other study resources are made available. This service has been around for [Continue Reading…]

Nearly 700 Iowa school students to show off research at state science and tech fair

Eric Koehlmoos of South O'Brien High School in northwest Iowa explains his "Grass to Gas" research project in the Rose Garden during the 2015 White House Science Fair. (Photo courtesy of Eric Koehlmoos.)

Eric Koehlmoos knows just how far a science project can take an Iowa student. On Monday, the senior at Paullina’s South O’Brien High School was at the 2015 White House Science Fair explaining his “Grass to Gas” FFA research project to Bill Nye the Science Guy. Koehlmoos has learned that treating switchgrass with sulfur can [Continue Reading…]