Category: Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Spanning then and now: engineering engages a state in history and recreation on the High Trestle Trail

Want to hear the accompanying podcast? Listen here. Did you know that the High Trestle Trail Bridge is exactly half a mile long? Brenna Fall sure knows. It’s just one engineering detail that Fall (civil engineering B.S. 2003) can point out. Now the capital improvement program manager for the City of Cedar Rapids, Fall was … Continue reading Spanning then and now: engineering engages a state in history and recreation on the High Trestle Trail

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

Paving the way with soy

A biopolymer using high-oleic soybean oil could soon be replacing petroleum-based products in asphalt. Iowa State University research engineers have good news for soybean growers: a soy oil polymer for asphalt paving.

Dean of engineering message regarding campus climate

President Wendy Wintersteen recently sent two letters to the campus community condemning racist acts at Iowa State University. A forum was held on Nov.7 with Students Against Racism in which the ISU leadership team outlined 10 actions to help address the campus climate. I want you to know I am strongly supportive of these actions and expect our students, faculty and staff to join me in also condemning racism, white supremacy, anti-Semitism and xenophobia.

ISU Biographical Dictionary: John S. “Jack” Dodds and his work at Camp Marston

Dodds, John S. “Jack” (August 10, 1885-November 3, 1950) —professor of civil engineering, founder of Camp Marston—was born in Northfield, Minnesota, on Aug. 10, 1885. At an early age, Dodds showed an intent interest in engineering. After high school, Dodds joined a group conducting government surveys in North Dakota. In 1904, Dodds enrolled at Carleton … Continue reading ISU Biographical Dictionary: John S. “Jack” Dodds and his work at Camp Marston

Design-Build Institute of America team advances from regionals, competes at nationals

In October, the Iowa State chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) was selected to compete at the National DBIA Student Competition. The ISU team that advanced to the first round of the national competition was not selected to compete in the second and final round. Those teams selected to advance were teams from … Continue reading Design-Build Institute of America team advances from regionals, competes at nationals

Associated Schools of Construction Iowa State competition team wins big at Region 4 Competition

The Associated Schools of Construction competition team from Iowa State University (ISU) just returned from their Region 4 Competition with awards in tow. The teams placed as follows: Design-Build – 1st place Specialty – 1st place Commercial – 2nd place Heavy-Civil – 4th place Each year in October, the North Central Region of the ASC … Continue reading Associated Schools of Construction Iowa State competition team wins big at Region 4 Competition

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

PODCAST: From blue roofs to rebuilds: why communities can (or cannot) construct after catastrophes

A hurricane hits. You survive the storm, but your house doesn’t. And to complicate matters, you don’t have the documentation to prove the house was actually yours to begin with. What do you do? Construction engineering doctoral student Jess Talbot recently traveled to Puerto Rico, a country still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Maria back in 2017. Along with her mentor, Assistant Professor Cristina Poleacovschi, Jess studied how communities are … or are not … able to reconstruct after a catastrophic event. Be sure to listen to the latest episode of our new podcast series “Factor Analysis” and click SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts. Special acknowledgement to the research team of Cristina Poleacovschi and Jess Talbot, including:

Sara Hamideh (Stonybrook University), collaborating professor
Carlos Santos, undergraduate student
Luis Gallardo & Alison Chopel, Habitat for Humanity

And thank you to the multiple UPR students and the stakeholders and community members who shared their stories with us.