Category: Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

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.

How an Iowa farm boy became one of San Francisco’s elite structural engineers

This is one in a series of stories related to the 150th anniversary of civil engineering at Iowa State University. From the small town of Manning, Iowa, Henry J. Brunnier went on to accomplish big things in structural engineering. In 1900, Brunnier became the first person in his town to attend Iowa State College (now … Continue reading How an Iowa farm boy became one of San Francisco’s elite structural engineers

Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT) selects CCEE graduate students for scholarship recognition

The Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists selects four candidates every year for their nationwide awards and scholarships. Mohammed Ali Notani and Parnian Ghasemi have been selected as runners-up for the 2019 AAPT Early Ph.D. Scholarship and 2019 AAPT Late Ph.D. Scholarship, respectively. Notani and Ghasemi are both graduate students studying civil engineering materials in Iowa … Continue reading Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT) selects CCEE graduate students for scholarship recognition

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ISU through a new lens: graduate student in European exchange program participates in structural engineering research

Researching in a new country takes a lot more than packing your bags and grabbing your passport. Hasan Borke Birgin, a structural engineering doctoral student and researcher, traveled from Europe to study at Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE) during the summer as a part of the European Commission … Continue reading ISU through a new lens: graduate student in European exchange program participates in structural engineering research

McLaren, Taylor, Gronewold, and Shah with their Student Chapter of the Year trophy. Photos courtesy ISU MCA.

Iowa State Mechanical Contractors Association earns Chapter of Excellence Grant

This month, the Iowa State University chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) was awarded a Chapter of Excellence Grant. This grant is awarded by the Mechanical Contractors Association of America. This means that the chapter will get $2500 for operating expenses and $5000 for scholarships for the students in the chapter. The chapter at … Continue reading Iowa State Mechanical Contractors Association earns Chapter of Excellence Grant

New interdisciplinary research project tackles incomplete datasets

In-Ho Cho, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation program. The nearly $600,000 award will cover a 3-year period. The project, “Elements: Development of Assumption-Free Data Curing Service for Robust Machine Learning and Statistical Prediction” will start in the fall. … Continue reading New interdisciplinary research project tackles incomplete datasets