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Clean and green

A number of products you use in your home contain resins. Resins are materials that act as a glue between polymers, and polymers make up synthetic organic materials like plastics and fibers. Chris Williams, a professor in civil engineering, is working on a collaborative project that could replace resins with cleaner, more efficient biomaterials. “It … Continue reading Clean and green

Civil engineering researcher’s work creates newer and faster technologies for high-rate systems (text only)

We don’t yet drive hypersonic vehicles, but someday these fast-moving modes of transportation may be one more engineering innovation improved by the work of Iowa State researcher Simon Laflamme. New technologies and algorithms enable quicker decision making for high-rate engineering systems that will improve safety mechanisms and performance. For Laflamme, an associate professor in civil … Continue reading Civil engineering researcher’s work creates newer and faster technologies for high-rate systems (text only)

Research could lead to less time spent in roadway construction traffic (text-only)

The expression goes that there are two seasons in Iowa: winter and construction season. Ashley Buss, an assistant professor in Iowa State University’s Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department (ISU CCEE) is hoping to help stretch that time between construction (or rehabilitation) and needed repairs to roadways. “Our roadway systems are facing challenges of aging … Continue reading Research could lead to less time spent in roadway construction traffic (text-only)

ISU CCEE research turns analytical eye to building energy efficiency (text-only)

Kristen Cetin, an assistant professor in Iowa State University’s Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department (ISU CCEE), is improving the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings. The main focus of Cetin’s research lies in developing comprehensive tools to evaluate the energy savings and reliability of occupancy sensors for commercial and residential buildings, including determining … Continue reading ISU CCEE research turns analytical eye to building energy efficiency (text-only)

ISU CCEE research team works to produce engineering design for saturated buffers on Iowa farms (text-only)

Nitrate transport is an issue of growing importance to the economy of the tall corn state. Michael Perez, a construction engineering assistant professor in Iowa State University’s Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department (ISU CCEE), wants to gain a deeper understanding of saturated riparian buffers. “We will be collecting field data and using lab testing … Continue reading ISU CCEE research team works to produce engineering design for saturated buffers on Iowa farms (text-only)

ISU CCEE faculty member aids U.S. Forest Service in efforts to reduce effects of misapplied fire retardant (text-only)

Chris Rehmann, associate chair of undergraduate affairs and a water resources associate professor in Iowa State University’s Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE) Department, is currently conducting research to aid the U.S. Forest Service in its efforts to reduce the effects of misapplied fire retardant. “Even though the aerial drops have a small miss rate, the large … Continue reading ISU CCEE faculty member aids U.S. Forest Service in efforts to reduce effects of misapplied fire retardant (text-only)

ISU CCEE researcher explores possibility of saving time, money through environmentally-specific road materials (text-only)

Peter Taylor, director of the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center at Iowa State University (ISU), is studying preventative maintenance for concrete roads. His approach calls for the use and implementation of materials that are known for their long-term performance qualities in specific environments. “The intent is that, by making delivery and construction of concrete more … Continue reading ISU CCEE researcher explores possibility of saving time, money through environmentally-specific road materials (text-only)

Research from CCEE professor could help decrease time spent at stop lights (text-only)

If you’ve been held up at a poorly-organized intersection, Chris Day has a solution to your frustration. Day, a transportation engineering assistant professor in Iowa State University’s Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department (ISU CCEE), has teamed up with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help monitor the operations of traffic signals. Day’s project looks to develop tools … Continue reading Research from CCEE professor could help decrease time spent at stop lights (text-only)

Construction engineering faculty member searches for best disaster response strategy (text-only)

Connections and institutional effectiveness shape how different communities respond to post-disaster housing reconstruction. A key example is Puerto Rican communities rebuilding after the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. Cristina Poleacovschi, an assistant professor in construction engineering, wants more effective reconstruction. “Identifying the institutional challenges that household members experience when a disaster hits emphasizes the organizational … Continue reading Construction engineering faculty member searches for best disaster response strategy (text-only)