Sritharan partners internationally on NSF-NEES project

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Sri Sritharan, Wilson Engineering Professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, leads a National Science Foundation (NSF) project with international collaboration in earthquake engineering. The concept for the project began in early 2000, when former graduate student Sriram Aaleti pursued research in rocking structural wall systems. Through the next few years, Sritharan and Aaleti developed [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State transportation engineering student wins top ITE paper award

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Brendan Russo, an Iowa State University transportation engineering doctoral student, was recently awarded the Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Russo was recognized for his paper, titled “An Empirical Analysis of Critical Headway for Drivers Turning Right-On-Red at Signalized Intersections,” at the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit, held [Continue Reading...]

Gearing up for a new academic year, and reflections on last year

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Summer seemed to quickly pass by as it does every year. I hope everyone was able to enjoy some relaxation and fun. Many of us in the College of Engineering spent July and August moving out of Marston Hall in preparation for the start of the major renovation project. We have relocated to different buildings [Continue Reading...]

Civil, chemical engineering partner with industry to commercialize biopolymers

R. Chris Williams, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering

Iowa State University’s Departments of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) have worked together to foster research partnerships with industry over the past several years. Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor in Engineering Chris Williams, CBE Associate Professor Eric Cochran, and their research groups have led efforts to develop a family [Continue Reading...]

University and College of Engineering have another year of record enrollment

The 2014-2015 academic year is keeping with the recent trend in growth for Iowa State University and the College of Engineering as more students than ever before are enrolled. This fall, the college has an enrollment of 8,789 total students, surpassing last year’s record enrollment of 8,284. Undergraduate enrollment of 7,523 is up from 7,123 [Continue Reading...]

Anuj Sharma: Direct impact through civil engineering

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New CCEE associate professor’s work improves efficiency and safety of transportation “One of the most satisfying parts of my career is working on real problems people are facing and seeing that work implemented in the field, making a difference,” says Anuj Sharma. Sharma, who joined Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering as [Continue Reading...]

White, team partner with 11 states to revolutionize soil compaction technology

Intelligent soil compaction technology detects soil stiffness, which correlates to soil strength. Green indicates high stiffness, while red indicates low stiffness.

  Richard L. Handy Professor David White implements a technology that revolutionizes more than 80 years of soil compaction testing. On a typical road and building construction site, soil is compacted to properly support the structure built above it. Manual quality assurance tests, which are traditionally done with handheld instruments, test soil density, thickness and [Continue Reading...]

ISU’s IT-Olympics touted as great way to prepare students for cyber-jobs – and cyber-warfare

The 2014 IT-Olympics held this past spring at Iowa State were mentioned in an article posted to The Fiscal Times and The Week. The story talks about how activities like the IT-Olympic’s Cyber Defense Competition “improve cyber education at the high school level at a time when the United States is falling behind in STEM education.” Doug Jacobson, an [Continue Reading...]

2015 U.S. News rankings: Iowa State undergraduate engineering program is tied for 23rd among public universities

U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 “American’s Best Colleges” rankings are out, and Iowa State’s College of Engineering ties for 23rd among public universities whose highest degree is a doctorate. Among all national universities, Iowa State’s undergraduate engineering program ranks 41st (a seven-way tie) overall. Last year, Iowa State was 20th among public programs and in an eight-way [Continue Reading...]

Civil engineering alumna builds integral Iowa DOT-Iowa State University partnerships

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­ Sandra (Albertson) Larson (BSCE’88, BSBiology’75) has played an integral role in building partnerships between Iowa State University (ISU) and the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT). Born in Kirksville, Mo., Larson has spent most of her life in Iowa. She grew up in Ames, and then enrolled at ISU in 1971 – in biology [Continue Reading...]

An Chen to bring environment, energy efficiency research to structural engineering

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An Chen grew up in Jiangsu Province, China, where much construction and expansion took place. He recognized the abundance of civil engineers, managers, technicians, and other labor who worked together to make urban construction possible. Chen, a new assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University, built upon these experiences [Continue Reading...]

Smadi brings national partnerships, teaching passion to Iowa State transportation engineering

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Omar Smadi, a new associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University, builds upon a lifelong passion for transportation research. Smadi’s expertise is transportation infrastructure asset management and safety. Everything from pavements to bridges to road signs, his research uses data-based decision making to monitor components of America’s highway system. [Continue Reading...]

New Iowa State engineering professor nationally acclaimed for traffic safety research, teaching

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Peter Savolainen, a new associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, is inspired by new challenges traffic safety and traffic operations bring. Savolainen joined Iowa State in August 2014. “I was attracted to the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) and its reputation as a national leader in transportation research,” he said. [Continue Reading...]

New Iowa State civil engineering professor promotes big data-seismic engineering research

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In Ho Cho, a new assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, saw a future in earthquake engineering through virtual reality video games. In particular, puzzle building games he played in high school inspired his future research, which combines structural engineering and computational science. “While playing puzzle games, I video-taped [Continue Reading...]

New graduate program offers advanced engineering degree for those with an interest in the energy industry

Iowa State’s interdisciplinary, coursework-only, online master’s of engineering in energy systems engineering launches this fall As the world’s population grows, so does a need for sustainable energy sources. With that need comes a demand for knowledge in a variety of energy-related areas and training for professionals working in these areas. Engineering professors at Iowa State [Continue Reading...]

Guest post: The best way to spend the summer

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Camille Sloan Schroeder, who oversees K-12 community outreach for Iowa State’s College of Engineering, talks about the enjoyment of providing kids and teachers with a summer full of creativity, learning and fun.  How was your summer? In Engineering Community Outreach we have a simple, one-word answer that sums it all up: Busy. While the K-12 schools are out of [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State geotech student presents asphalt research in Spanish

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Ka Lai Ng Puga, an Iowa State University geotechnical engineering doctoral student, recently presented – in Spanish – at the 9th International Conference of Asphalt. Ng developed a presentation on the modification of asphalt-rubber binders and mixes with polyoctenamer, based on geotechnical engineering research under the direction of Professor Chris Williams. “There is an international push [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State collaborative structural research published in Polymer

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Hussam Saleem, an Iowa State University doctoral student in structural engineering, is lead author of an article in The International Journal for the Science and Technology of Polymers (Polymer), one of the world’s top journals in polymer science. Saleem, Assistant Professor Simon Laflamme, materials science and engineering postdoctoral research associate Mahendra Thunga, Washington State University [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State research on Iowa flood damage a top US transportation project

Iowa State researchers used a 3-D laser scanner (left) to scan a flood-breached embankment to rapidly and accurately estimate volumetrics of the 2011 Missouri River breach. Field performance testing was used to determine flood damage and recommend assessment, repair and mitigation methods (Pottawattamie County, Iowa).

Iowa State University’s Center for Earthworks Engineering Research (CEER) recently received national recognition for roadway flood damage research. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) identified an Iowa State research project, “Western Iowa Missouri River Flooding – Geo-Infrastructure Damage Assessment, Repair and Mitigation Research,” as a 2014 Sweet 16 High Value Research [Continue Reading...]

APEX for Engineers helps incoming multicultural students adjust to university life

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Twenty-two engineering students are getting a jump-start on their Iowa State experience through a summer bridge program. When Alexis Moreno was preparing for his freshman year at Iowa State a year ago, he was nervous about the transition from high school to college. Moreno, who is originally from Chicago, says he was looking forward to [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State’s Laflamme, MIT professor co-author structural engineering textbook

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Civil, construction and environmental engineering Assistant Professor Simon Laflamme and his former Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) thesis supervisor, Professor Jerome Connor, recently co-authored a textbook on structural motion engineering. The book, aptly titled “Structural Motion Engineering,” reviews formulas and theory based on several topics: calibration of the stiffness of structural columns and beams, passive [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State is first U.S. student team to win international data mining competition

A team of Iowa State University graduate students topped 98 other universities from 28 countries to capture first place in the 15th annual Data Mining Cup. Read more about the competition here. 

Guest post: A new home for ABE

Treasures found in Davidson Hall

Steve Mickelson, department chair of agricultural and biosystems engineering, gives an update on the department’s move into Elings and Sukup halls.  Ask anyone who has ever been associated with the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and they’ll all say the same thing – our new building was a long time coming. For years, the department [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State partners engineering with arts to develop hybrid courses

Charles Jahren, W. A. Klinger Teaching Professor in civil, construction and environmental engineering

Iowa State University’s construction engineering program has partnered engineering students, a multimedia expert, and an alumnus to pilot hybrid learning course development. From 2012 to 2014, W. A. Klinger Teaching Professor Charles Jahren and his team of engineering students and multimedia experts developed a hybrid learning model that efficiently combines online and in-classroom course content. [Continue Reading...]

Guest post: A visit back to campus shows an impressive display of learning and growing

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C G “Turk” Therkildsen, a Department of Industrial Engineering alumnus, reflects on how the IMSE department has grown over the years. My return to Iowa State for the Class of ‘59 Alumni Days became an awesome experience. I had emailed IMSE after reading the news article about Bob Walkup and his father’s motto, “Engineers can [Continue Reading...]