Guest post: Disruptive technologies … implications on education

David Slump

David Slump (BSEE’91) is executive vice president and president of automotive services for HARMAN. In this guest blog post, he talks about ways educational programs can provide students with the skills they need to navigate the world of ever-changing technology.   Since 1965, we have continued to see Moore’s Law actualized well beyond semi-conductors, impacting [Continue Reading…]

Engineering graduate students present research, attract 150+

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The Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) department hosted the 4th Annual CCEE Graduate Research Showcase and Poster Competition on Dec. 2. More than 150 students, faculty, and staff attended the event held on the second floor of Town Engineering Building. The CCEE Graduate Student Council organized activities. The event showcased research of 25 graduate [Continue Reading…]

Civil engineering alumnus named American Council of Engineering Companies chairman

The following is a passage from a Nov. 14, 2014, press release from TranSystems: Peter Strub (BSCE’81), a principal at TranSystems, has been selected as the next Chair Elect/Chairman for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). His term as Chair Elect will begin in April 2015, and as Chairman he is set to preside [Continue Reading…]

Guest post: Maximizing the broader impacts of faculty research

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As an engineering professor, educating the next generation of engineers and advancing important research go hand in hand. Finding ways to integrate those two priorities is a unique challenge, but one that we at Iowa State have worked hard to cultivate and improve. In 2011, I joined a team led by the vice president for [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State teams place first in Midwest construction competition

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Two teams of Iowa State University construction engineering students placed first in the 22nd Annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region IV Student Competition, held Oct. 23-25, 2014, in Nebraska City, Neb. Six-person teams had 18 hours to develop comprehensive proposals for a mock request for proposals (RFP). Teams then gave a 20-minute presentation to [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State student receives national design-build leadership award

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Iowa State University construction engineering senior Brandon Mai was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Award at the Design-Build Conference and Expo, held Oct. 8 in Dallas, Texas. The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) gave the national award to only three individuals this year: an academic professional, an industry professional, and a student. To win [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State construction engineering alumnus named top international building code official

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Brian Bishop, a 2004 Iowa State University construction engineering alumnus, was recently named the Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year by the International Code Council. Bishop was particularly recognized for his leadership in creating two programs: the Iowa Building Safety Assessment and Failure Evaluation (B-SAFE) Team and Iowa’s first energy code enforcement team. [Continue Reading…]

Guam-native Iowa State students typically study civil engineering

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Iowa State University not only attracts students from all over the country, but all over the world. With growing programs and opportunities, Iowa State is the top choice for prospective students—especially those interested in civil engineering. Among those who chose Iowa State as their college, six are from Guam. Of those six, five study civil [Continue Reading…]

‘Parade of Trades’ a popular method to teach construction management

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Shift plastic chips, and roll a single die. Do your part to maintain flow of a project. These are methods Iowa State University construction engineering students use in Parade of Trades, a game that demonstrates “how the consistent flow of work, or inconsistent flow work, impacts the progress of a construction project,” said Larry Cormicle, [Continue Reading…]

Celebrating the completed Biorenewables Complex

Ribbon cutting from the ISU dedication of Elings Hall and Sukup Hall

On September 25, a special event took place on the Iowa State campus – the official dedication of Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, the new home for our Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE). The new facilities provide 100,000+ square feet of research labs, classrooms, student spaces and offices – providing a state-of-the-art learning [Continue Reading…]

Contributing to society through research

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New electrical and computer engineering associate professor investigates nanotechnologies Long Que always thought he wanted to be a physicist. But after receiving his bachelor’s in physics from Peking University, his dreams changed. He began researching at the Institute of Optics and Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, a top engineering research institution in China. That’s when [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Walton named ASCE Iowa Section Outstanding Civil Engineer

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Marlee Walton, a senior lecturer in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University, recently received the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Iowa Section Outstanding Civil Engineer Award. Walton was recognized primarily for her leadership as ASCE Iowa Section president from 2008 to 2009. In this role she developed [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State wins ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge

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A student team from the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University won the 2014 ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge, held Sept. 28, 2014, in Chicago, Ill. ELECTRI International and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) challenged collegiate teams throughout the U.S. to an energy audit and retrofit plan of [Continue Reading…]

Alumnus elected NCEES president-elect, promotes professional engineering licensure

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Civil engineering alumnus Mike Conzett (BSCE’76, MSCE’78) brings more than 35 years of experience to lead the nation’s top group for engineering licensure. Conzett was elected president-elect of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) at the NCEES 2014 Annual Meeting in August. He has been actively involved in NCEES since 2004, [Continue Reading…]

ISU dedicates Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, the new home for Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

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More than 450 people attended the Sept. 25 dedication of Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, two new buildings that serve as the home for Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. “I’m pleased to dedicate Elings and Sukup halls as the anchors of our beautiful Biorenewables Complex,” said ISU President Steven Leath. “They [Continue Reading…]

A glimpse into the completed Biorenewables Complex

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Steve Mickelson, chair of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, sat down with The Des Moines Register to talk about the newly constructed Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, which now house ABE on the campus’ west end. The Register also featured the artwork, “Floating World,” which is a tribute to agricultural progress hanging [Continue Reading…]

Toby Cruz: NASA intern, Air Force ROTC cadet, civil engineering student

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Civil engineering senior Toby Cruz has experienced a notable internship and extracurricular activities while pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University. Soon after completing final exams in December 2013, Cruz completed a NASA internship application and gathered faculty recommendations within one weekend. One month later, NASA offered him two internships during summer 2014. He accepted [Continue Reading…]

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

Sarah Rajala

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…]