College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Contributing to civil engineering education one scholarship at a time

Iowa State University alum Richard Gumtau had a more than five-decade career as a highway engineer which took him all over the country and even other parts of the world. Gumtau’s journey is an aspiring one though it almost ended before it even started because of the academic and financial hurdles he faced his freshman year of college. This would eventually inspire him to support students so they would not need to encounter the hardship he endured.

Hagenson professorship ceremony honors CBE’s Eric Cochran

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering professor Eric Cochran has been officially recognized as Mary Jane Skogen Hagenson & Randy L. Hagenson Professor in a medallion ceremony on the Iowa State University campus.

Two with CCEE ties elected to the National Academy of Construction

Two Cyclone Engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Construction 2021 class. Vilas S Mujumdar, professor of practice in civil, construction and environmental engineering, and alumnus Rao Surampalli (’85 PhD civil engr) are being recognized for their outstanding contributions to the field.

Building for the Future

Thanks to a $42 million gift commitment from C.G. “Turk” and Joyce A. McEwen Therkildsen, the department will have a new facility that will serve as its home and provide technically enhanced research laboratory and learning spaces where industrial engineering students can gain the knowledge to design tomorrow’s innovative, nimble and intelligent processes needed now more than ever across all industrial sectors.

Emily Johnson: From Cyclone Engineering Ph.D. to Notre Dame faculty

Emily Johnson completed her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and wind energy science, engineering, and policy this summer. This fall, she started at the University of Notre Dame as an assistant professor in the aerospace and mechanical engineering department.  In her time at Iowa State, Johnson was an author on 10 publications with 101 citations, ranging …Continue reading “Emily Johnson: From Cyclone Engineering Ph.D. to Notre Dame faculty”

In memory of CBE alum, hall of fame member John G. McDonald

John G. McDonald, a 1957 B.S. graduate of Iowa State’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) and member of the department’s inaugural Hall of Fame class, passed away July 14 at the age of 86. Originally from Ohio, McDonald came to Iowa State University through a Navy ROTC scholarship. After receiving his chemical engineering …Continue reading “In memory of CBE alum, hall of fame member John G. McDonald”

ABE alumni and faculty win Davidson Prize for innovative grain-drying technology

Haber Technologies received the Davidson Prize at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers during the Virtual Commodity Classic for their DRI-Stack grain-drying and aeration system. The DRI-Stack system dries and manages grains in grain bins using ambient air or heated air in a data-driven, innovative, section-by-section approach. Their design helps cut energy costs …Continue reading “ABE alumni and faculty win Davidson Prize for innovative grain-drying technology”

2021 CCEE Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Inductees

As part of Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering’s (CCEE) 150-year anniversary celebration, 26 alumni of the CCEE department are being recognized for their professional achievements, service to the profession, community and/or the department, and their high degree of character and integrity. There are two different recognitions: Hall of Fame and Distinguished …Continue reading “2021 CCEE Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Inductees”

Serving his country by teaching armed service members

Ben McFarland was inspired by the good teachers he had as a student at Iowa State University and now he’s looking to pay it forward in his capacity as a college instructor. McFarland grew up in Nevada, Iowa and developed an interest in STEM at an early age because of his father, Pat, who worked …Continue reading “Serving his country by teaching armed service members”

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