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

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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…]

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…]

Guest post: Flipping?

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Tom Brumm is the professor-in-charge of Engineering-LAS Online Learning. In this post, he talks about a different way of teaching coursework called flipping.  Good teaching can take many forms. There are many ways to promote student learning and not one method is appropriate nor effective for all situations. Let me share with you a method of teaching that [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…]

Iowa State doctoral student wins national scholarship in asphalt technology

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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 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…]

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…]

Developing the next generation of solar-powered robotic systems

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Ran Dai earns NSF CAREER award to design unmanned vehicles for long-duration, high-efficiency missions Using renewable energy to power aerial and ground vehicles could change the way we handle aspects of environmental monitoring, search and rescue missions, surveillance, and agricultural practices. To navigate these sorts of dynamic environments, Ran Dai, an assistant professor in aerospace [Continue Reading…]

Guest post: From a freshman looking for an internship to a recruiter hiring Cyclone Engineers

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Sheela Halbur (BSME ’04) is a senior engineer at Caterpillar. She was recently back on campus as a recruiter for her company at the Engineering Career Fair and took a few minutes to reflect on the value the event offers to both students and recruiters. I always look forward to recruiting trips back to Ames, [Continue Reading…]

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…]

Iowa State’s Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory partners with National Renewable Energy Laboratory in nationwide advanced composite institute

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Engineering researchers will provide expertise on designing wind blades for manufacturability as part of a new manufacturing innovation hub announced by the White House. The U.S. Department of Energy recently selected a collaborative research team that included Iowa State University for a large initiative focused on advanced composites. The White House announced the new Institute [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…]

Guest post: So, what is CIRAS?

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Jeff Eckhoff is communications manager for the Center for Industrial Research and Service. He spent 21 years as a newspaper journalist at the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and the Des Moines Register before joining CIRAS at the end of 2013. In this guest blog post, he talks about the economic value CIRAS provides [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…]

ME ROTC graduate to enter leadership role

On Dec. 20, 2015, three cadets concluded their ROTC journeys during a ceremony on campus. They are now beginning new paths as commissioned second lieutenants in the United States Army. Second Lt. Derrick Hill, a recent graduate in mechanical engineering, will go on to be an engineer officer. Additionally, Second Lt. Trenton Speer, graduate in interdisciplinary [Continue Reading…]

Guest post: Disruptive technologies … implications on education

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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…]