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…]

Influential Chemical Engineering professor Tom Wheelock saluted on 90th birthday

Tom Wheelock (right) chats with CBE professors Chuck Glatz (left) and Kurt Hebert at his 90th birthday reception.

The department of Chemical and Biological Engineering recognized one of its most influential members on his 90th birthday. Dr. Thomas (Tom) Wheelock, University Professor Emeritus, was honored with a reception, and was joined by many well-wishers from not only from his department, but other corners of the university as well. Wheelock has had a 70-year [Continue Reading…]

Reflections from the dean on another successful academic year

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One of the great satisfactions for college deans is seeing their students awarded diplomas on graduation day. The Iowa State commencement ceremonies on May 8 and 9 were as exciting for me as they were for our students and their families. Another group of future engineering leaders will move on to their successful careers or [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 chemical engineering graduate is soldier for biorenewables

Knox speaks at the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department's Pre-Commencement Reception on graduation day.

It’s been a seven-year, often interrupted college journey for Kidron Knox, who received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State this month. It hasn’t been easy; but then again, the education Knox has received hasn’t all been what you’ll find in a college catalog — because in that time Knox has also [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State alumnus earns prestigious ASCE award for engineering education

Raymond “Paul” Giroux (BSConE’79), a senior engineer at Kiewit Bridge and Marine, is a recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Cleveland Section’s G. Brooks Earnest Annual Technical Lecture Award. Giroux will officially be recognized this October at ASCE Cleveland Section’s Award Dinner. The G. Brooks Earnest Annual Technical Lecture Award is presented [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…]

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…]

Three alumni honored with Professional Progress in Engineering Award

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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

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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…]

Iowa State University student named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar

Iowa State University student named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar

Iowa State University student Catherine Meis, Le Mars, has been named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar, the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Meis is a third-year student, majoring in materials engineering with a minor in bioengineering. Two other Iowa State students earned Honorable Mention in this year’s competition. They are Samuel [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

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…]

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

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 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…]