College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Alumni are honored at CCEE awards banquet

With a plethora of engineering expertise and impact, alumni from Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) are being recognized at the 2022 Civil and Environmental Engineering Awards Banquet this September. These alumni are renowned for their high professional achievements, service to the profession, community and/or the department and a high degree of character and integrity.

Iowa State College of Engineering selects first Kiewit Scholars Program cohort

AMES, Iowa – This spring, Iowa State University’s Kiewit Scholars Program selected 18 students for the inaugural cohort for the Kiewit Scholars Program at Iowa State. This first group of scholars includes nine incoming freshmen and nine currently enrolled Iowa State students.

Cutting-edge research in an ever-changing field: ABE 410 brings the future of ag automation into the classroom 

In ABE 410, class is about more than machine design – it’s about learning how to design, communicate and operate projects in an ever-changing and always advancing field: ag automation. Agriculture is one of the fastest moving fields in regards to technology – designing successful autosteer features for tractors as early as 1999.

CCEE Researcher Sri Sritharan tests a sprayable form of UHPC, a ‘blend of concrete and steel fibers’

Iowa State University researchers have been studying a new material known as UHPC (Ultra-High Performance Concrete) for nearly two decades. UHPC – a combination of cementitious material and steel fibers – is significantly more durable than concrete and can extend the service life of bridges beyond 75 years. But now, they are exploring the use of sprayable/pumpable UHPC to accelerate bridge construction.

CCEE’s Cassie Rutherford receives $300,000 grant creating adaptive climate change strategies for Alaskan community

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) professor and researcher Cassie Rutherford recently received a planning grant from the National Science Foundation for $300,000 through the ‘Navigating the New Arctic’ project to work with communities, stakeholders and government officials to find ways to adapt to the ever-changing environment to help communities battle climate change.

Remembering Sue Ziegenbusch: A bright light in ABE

Known for her contagious enthusiasm and passion for helping others, Sue Ziegenbusch was a bright light as an academic advisor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.

On June 1st, 2022, Sue passed away and left behind a legacy of laughter and passion for putting students first. Many remember Sue for her laugh, her enthusiasm and her ability to solve problems with her humor and knowledge.

CCEE’s Joe Charbonnet Designs Communication Method for Identifying PFAS, the ‘Forever Chemicals’

Known as ‘forever chemicals,’ per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are compounds that impact our lives daily. Waterproof, durable, and long-lasting, PFAS are commonly used to repel water and grease. The chemicals are found in Teflon™-coated pans, fast food wrappers, and even in the firefighting industry.

Joe Charbonnet holds a sample of concentrated fire-fighting foam. This foam includes many PFAS, likely including undiscovered compounds in need of confident identification.

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