ISU MCA awarded 2017 Chapter of Excellence Grant

Iowa State student organization plans events, scholarships made possible through grant from national association This month, Iowa State University’s Mechanical Contractors Association (ISU MCA) Student Chapter earned a 2017 Chapter of Excellence Grant from the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA). The grant totals $7,500 and will be used for student scholarships and chapter operations. … Continue reading ISU MCA awarded 2017 Chapter of Excellence Grant

Chris Levandowski (pictured) is a graduate student in structural engineering.

Iowa State structural engineering graduate student earns Freeman Fellowship

With fellowship from American Society of Civil Engineers, graduate student explores uses of Ultra High Performance Concrete Chris Levandowski, a graduate student in structural engineering at Iowa State University (ISU), has been awarded the Freeman Fellowship from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The fellowship was established in 1924 by former ASCE President John … Continue reading Iowa State structural engineering graduate student earns Freeman Fellowship

Taylor’s research shows that, by improving concrete mixture processes to eliminate premature failure, the life of concrete structures could be increased by nearly double the amount of years. In the graph, this is shown through the comparison of projects including premature failures (all data points with blue best fit line) and non-failure projects (orange data points with orange best fit line). (Graph provided by Peter Taylor)

Iowa State researchers take new long-lasting highway findings on the road

Transportation engineers plan efforts to teach new concrete specifications to states in effort to cut delays, extend life of roadways It is hard to imagine a summer without the delays of road construction; however, researchers at Iowa State University (ISU) are finding new ways to keep the slow-downs to a minimum. To do so, they … Continue reading Iowa State researchers take new long-lasting highway findings on the road

ISU CCEE alumna Sandra Larson retires from leadership at Iowa Department of Transportation

While summing up duties as systems operations bureau director for the State of Iowa, alum keeps university collaboration top priority This month, Sandra Larson (B.S. CE’88) will retire from her position as the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Systems Operations Bureau Director. She has spent 29 years managing the smooth facilitation of day-to-day traffic on … Continue reading ISU CCEE alumna Sandra Larson retires from leadership at Iowa Department of Transportation

Nicole Schmidt is the newest chair of the Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors. (Photo courtesy Nicole Schmidt).

Engineering alumna chosen to chair Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors

Nicole Schmidt (B.S.ConE 2009, M.S.CE 2013) assumes responsibilities as chair, shares advice for getting involved On May 19, Nicole Schmidt officially accepted the chair position for the Iowa State University Alumni Association (ISUAA) Board of Directors. The ISUAA recognized Schmidt during the 2017 ISUAA Annual Meeting, held in concurrence with the 2017 ISUAA Inspiration Awards … Continue reading Engineering alumna chosen to chair Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors

Engineering students take learning global with Great Britain study abroad

Transportation engineering course caps off with trips to Scotland, London Young engineers got a glimpse of medieval and modern engineering practices last month during a nearly two-week study abroad experience in Great Britain. The group of 25 civil and construction engineering students from Iowa State University (ISU) toured sites in Scotland and England for the course … Continue reading Engineering students take learning global with Great Britain study abroad

Both Ikuma (left) and Da'er work with algae samples to develop cost-effective wastewater treatment systems.

Interdisciplinary student seeks solutions to overseas water crisis

With a scholarship opportunity, Yemeni doctoral researcher Sahar Da’Er pursues education to combat humanitarian disaster After waking up in her home in Sana’a, Yemen, Sahar Da’Er would turn on the faucet. She couldn’t rely on anything coming out of the pipe, though. “We’d wake up in the morning and, sometimes, you’d open the tap and … Continue reading Interdisciplinary student seeks solutions to overseas water crisis

Herrera pilots a drone while at work.

Drones take off as trend in engineering industries – a CCEE alumni feature

Technology is changing the way engineers tackle challenges in the field. Iowa State civil, construction engineering alums weigh in. Editor’s Note: This past winter, the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University (ISU) released a survey to construction engineering alumni concerning possible changes to a program publication. In that survey, alums … Continue reading Drones take off as trend in engineering industries – a CCEE alumni feature

The setup for recent research tests conducted by Alipour and Sarkar. Photo courtesy Alice Alipour.

Civil, aerospace engineering faculty team up for NCHRP-sponsored IDEA project

Joint research looks to uncover a design for longer-lasting traffic signal structures When you’re Alice Alipour, you go to the source of the problem. That’s exactly what the structural engineer is doing for her latest project. The Project Profs. Alice Alipour and Partha Sarkar This month, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) informed Alipour … Continue reading Civil, aerospace engineering faculty team up for NCHRP-sponsored IDEA project

Pepper Construction’s Dave Pepper named 2017 inductee to Iowa State University Construction Engineering Hall of Fame

Ames, Iowa – Dave Pepper, a 1985 graduate of Iowa State University, is this year’s inductee into the Iowa State University Construction Engineering (ISU ConE) Hall of Fame. Pepper is chairman of Pepper Construction Group. He accepted the nomination during the ISU Associated General Contractors Banquet on April 21 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference … Continue reading Pepper Construction’s Dave Pepper named 2017 inductee to Iowa State University Construction Engineering Hall of Fame

CCEE graduate student published in “2016 Highlights of Measurement Science and Technology”

For second year running, structural engineer Austin Downey’s work makes the cut for highlights of prestigious scholarly journal For the second year in a row, Measurement Science and Technology has selected the work of an Iowa State University (ISU) graduate student for its research highlights of 2016. Doctoral student Austin Downey is lead author of the … Continue reading CCEE graduate student published in “2016 Highlights of Measurement Science and Technology”

Emily Bowers, Academic Adviser (Photo by Kate Tindall)

CCEE adviser earns spot on Iowa State University Professional and Scientific Council

Academic Adviser Emily Bowers takes up duties as councilor representing Iowa State University staff The civil, construction and environmental engineering department at Iowa State University congratulates Emily Bowers on her recent election to the university’s Professional and Scientific (P & S) Council. Bowers is an academic adviser of civil and construction engineering students. She is … Continue reading CCEE adviser earns spot on Iowa State University Professional and Scientific Council