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Terry Wipf

Former ISU CCEE department chair to retire after years of service

After more than 36 years of service to Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE), Professor Terry Wipf has announced his retirement as of Dec. 31, 2019. A former Greenwood Department Chair in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (2015-2018), Wipf started his career at ISU in 1983 as an assistant … Continue reading Former ISU CCEE department chair to retire after years of service

Retaining students through relationship-building

The origin of ISU ABE’s successful learning community is rooted in long-term retention efforts  In the fall of 1997, Iowa State University’s Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering (ISU ABE) Department saw a 33% decline in retaining incoming students. This threw a then-new associate chair of teaching into a sticky situation. Steve Mickelson needed to find the … Continue reading Retaining students through relationship-building

Rescue in action

Grain storage fatalities account for a large percentage of agricultural-related deaths in the United States. Researchers at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering are trying to find ways to decrease this number of fatalities.

Schaefer selected for Academy of Distinguished Alumni at Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech

Vernon Schaefer, James M. Hoover Professor in Geotechnical Engineering at Iowa State University, has been selected for induction into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni for the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Schaefer’s award citation states: “The Academy of Distinguished Alumni recognizes alumni of the Via Department … Continue reading Schaefer selected for Academy of Distinguished Alumni at Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech

2019 James M. Hoover Distinguished Lecture explores the makeup of soils

On Nov. 14, 2019, Roman Hryciw gave the 2019 James M. Hoover Distinguished Lecture at Iowa State University. The topic of his presentation was optical characterizations of granular soils. Hryciw is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Michigan and has interests in site characterization, in-situ testing, instrument development, image analysis, soil properties, … Continue reading 2019 James M. Hoover Distinguished Lecture explores the makeup of soils

ITec Club receives 2019 Outstanding ATMAE Student Chapter Award

Iowa State University’s (ISU)  Industrial Technology Club (ITec) received the 2019 Outstanding Student Chapter Award at the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Annual Conference, held Nov. 6-8 in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is the second year ISU’s ITec Club has received this honor. From ATMAE’s website: “Outstanding student chapters are recognized based … Continue reading ITec Club receives 2019 Outstanding ATMAE Student Chapter Award

Chair of ABE receives ATMAE Faculty Excellence Award

Steve Mickelson is the 2019 recipient of the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Faculty Excellence Award. Mickelson is the current chair of Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ISU ABE). He has held this position for eight consecutive years. This award recognizes the superior performance and achievement of up … Continue reading Chair of ABE receives ATMAE Faculty Excellence Award

Friedmann recieves Excellence Award from Engineers Without Borders

Michelle Friedmann is a graduate student at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ISU ABE). Friedmann received the Excellence Award from Engineers Without Borders (EWB) USA at the group’s national conference on Nov. 9. The award recognizes individuals’ exceptional leadership skills and qualities within EWB. Friedmann is being recognized for her efforts … Continue reading Friedmann recieves Excellence Award from Engineers Without Borders

100 years of the American Society of Civil Engineers at Iowa State University

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at Iowa State University is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2020. This chapter exposes members to real-life work challenges of civil engineering. ASCE promotes civil engineering professions by facilitating interactions of students, faculty and industry professionals. The club provides guest speakers, educational field trips and informational meetings on … Continue reading 100 years of the American Society of Civil Engineers at Iowa State University

How an Iowa farm boy became one of San Francisco’s elite structural engineers

This is one in a series of stories related to the 150th anniversary of civil engineering at Iowa State University. From the small town of Manning, Iowa, Henry J. Brunnier went on to accomplish big things in structural engineering. In 1900, Brunnier became the first person in his town to attend Iowa State College (now … Continue reading How an Iowa farm boy became one of San Francisco’s elite structural engineers

Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT) selects CCEE graduate students for scholarship recognition

The Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists selects four candidates every year for their nationwide awards and scholarships. Mohammed Ali Notani and Parnian Ghasemi have been selected as runners-up for the 2019 AAPT Early Ph.D. Scholarship and 2019 AAPT Late Ph.D. Scholarship, respectively. Notani and Ghasemi are both graduate students studying civil engineering materials in Iowa … Continue reading Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT) selects CCEE graduate students for scholarship recognition

A unique lab experience for systems engineering students

“I wish I had learned that in school.” Recent graduates ask themselves this many times in the first years of their professional career. But at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ISU ABE), faculty members like Matt Darr and Bob McNaull are determined to bring the industry experience to the students. Hands-on … Continue reading A unique lab experience for systems engineering students

Larry Cormicle

Senior lecturer leaves lasting legacy of mentoring and service

Larry Cormicle, Dave and Katy Pepper Senior Lecturer in Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE), is retiring this May. Cormicle has been teaching at ISU since 2002, has a 24-year career in the construction industry and has been a construction educator for nearly 29 years. He is a registered … Continue reading Senior lecturer leaves lasting legacy of mentoring and service

After 18 years, Freeman finishes long-term commitment with ISU Faculty Senate

After years of serving on the Iowa State University (ISU) Faculty Senate, University Professor Steve Freeman has decided to step down from his senate duties this spring. Freeman has been involved in the senate since 2001 and served as senate president during the 2011-2012 term. “Steve has shown great commitment to service through his long-time … Continue reading After 18 years, Freeman finishes long-term commitment with ISU Faculty Senate