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Ashlock earns Iowa State civil engineering’s first NSF CAREER award

Assistant Professor Jeramy Ashlock
Assistant Professor Jeramy Ashlock

Jeramy Ashlock, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, has just received one of the nation’s top research awards for early career faculty.

The National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (NSF CAREER) awarded Ashlock $400,000 over five years to develop a research program for integrated computational and physical simulation of dynamic soil-pile interaction.

“I am honored to join the ranks of previous esteemed NSF CAREER award winners,” Ashlock said. “I look forward to unifying comprehensive education, outreach and training activities while growing my research program.”

Ashlock is the first faculty member from the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) to receive this award. “This is a significant accomplishment for Dr. Ashlock,” said Dr. Terry Wipf, Pitt-Des Moines Professor of Civil Engineering and CCEE chair. “Jeramy is an exceptional researcher with creative ideas that will advance research in the geotechnical area. I am very pleased that his efforts are being recognized as breakthrough research by the NSF CAREER program.”

Ashlock will develop an integrated research and education program that will advance knowledge on dynamic pile-soil interaction for pile groups. The work will employ multi-modal and random-vibration experimental testing techniques, 3-D computational modeling of multiple multi-layered soil domains, and more. The project also includes integration of undergraduate teaching, graduate teaching and research, and K-12 outreach that introduces geotechnical engineering as a career path.

Funding will support undergraduate students, graduate students, geotechnical site investigation and testing, construction of test piles, research materials and supplies, development of teaching modules and Ashlock as principal investigator.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

Read Ashlock’s award abstract at