Calculated 3D micro-tentacle shape that can mimic the patient’s cochlear structure. Image courtesy In-Ho Cho.

Hear me now? Iowa State researchers begin work on new, improved hearing aid

Multi-disciplinary engineering faculty look to develop device to minimize damage to ear while maximizing amount of sound available to hearing impaired In-Ho Cho makes a spiral motion with his hand, demonstrating the coiled shape of the human ear’s cochlear structure. Located inside the inner ear, the cochlear structure is critical to a person’s hearing ability. … Continue reading Hear me now? Iowa State researchers begin work on new, improved hearing aid

Iowa State engineering researchers transform teaching of structural analysis through mobile augmented reality

Multi-disciplinary team aims to bring new tech tools to the classroom in effort to prepare students for real-world challenges (From left to right): Faculty members Aliye Karabulut, Chuck Jahren and An Chen “Students are motivated when things make sense and are relevant,” says Chuck Jahren, Iowa State University’s (ISU) Construction Engineering Professor-in-Charge. Jahren has been … Continue reading Iowa State engineering researchers transform teaching of structural analysis through mobile augmented reality

Students in CE 382 hold their books high after class with instructors Chris Williams and Ashley Buss. (Photo by Kate Tindall).

Asphalt Institute Foundation donates textbooks for civil engineering course

Students pay $0 for textbooks, thanks to start-of-school donation Ninety civil engineering students taking Design of Concretes (CE 382) this semester will not spend a penny on textbooks thanks to a generous gift from the Asphalt Institute Foundation (AIF). Professor Chris Williams and Assistant Professor Ashley Buss teach geotechnical/materials engineering at Iowa State University’s Department … Continue reading Asphalt Institute Foundation donates textbooks for civil engineering course

World War II veteran, emeritus faculty member honored with Quilt of Valor

Iowa State emeritus faculty member Richard Montag was awarded a Quilt of Valor on Aug. 12. Montag lives in Colo, Iowa. He was an associate professor of engineering during his time at Iowa State. According to the article “Colo man awarded Quilt of Valor,” printed in the Aug. 23 edition of the Story County Sun, Montag … Continue reading World War II veteran, emeritus faculty member honored with Quilt of Valor

Kristen Cetin stands in front of the Iowa State University Power Plant. Her research on energy production would impact facilities like this one during times of peak usage. Photo by Kate Tindall.

Iowa State researchers awarded National Science Foundation grant to assess impact of extreme weather on energy production

Construction Engineering Assistant Professor Kristen Cetin seeks ways to decrease demand on load during dog days of summer Turning up the air conditioner is the first move you make when you come in from a hot summer day. The hotter the outdoor temperatures, the lower you crank the thermostat. Multiply that by thousands of people … Continue reading Iowa State researchers awarded National Science Foundation grant to assess impact of extreme weather on energy production

(From left to right)Engineering alumni Jenny Ruddy, Lance Aldrich and Kris Evans stand in the operations gallery of the new City of Ames Water Treatment Plant. Photo by Kate Tindall.

Iowa State University alumni take leading roles building new City of Ames Water Treatment Plant

At the closure of a nearly 10-year project, three local environmental engineers make lasting impact on Ames community Engineers Kris Evans, Lance Aldrich and Jenny Ruddy will have a big effect on Ames citizens for years to come. Whenever someone turns on the faucet, he or she will come into direct contact with the work … Continue reading Iowa State University alumni take leading roles building new City of Ames Water Treatment Plant

Beth Hartmann (middle) with her mentee group gathered around her. Photo courtesy Beth Hartmann.

Iowa State civil, construction engineering faculty attend 2017 ExCEEd Teaching Workshops

Hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers, ExCEEd offers on-point critique of teaching skills Three Iowa State University (ISU) engineering faculty took part in 2017 ExCEEd Teaching Workshops during the month of July. The American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE, sponsors the ExCEEd program. ExCEEd stands for Excellence in Civil Engineering Education. Participants … Continue reading Iowa State civil, construction engineering faculty attend 2017 ExCEEd Teaching Workshops

ISU MCA awarded 2017 Chapter of Excellence Grant

Iowa State student organization plans events, scholarships made possible through grant from national association This month, Iowa State University’s Mechanical Contractors Association (ISU MCA) Student Chapter earned a 2017 Chapter of Excellence Grant from the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA). The grant totals $7,500 and will be used for student scholarships and chapter operations. … Continue reading ISU MCA awarded 2017 Chapter of Excellence Grant

Chris Levandowski (pictured) is a graduate student in structural engineering.

Iowa State structural engineering graduate student earns Freeman Fellowship

With fellowship from American Society of Civil Engineers, graduate student explores uses of Ultra High Performance Concrete Chris Levandowski, a graduate student in structural engineering at Iowa State University (ISU), has been awarded the Freeman Fellowship from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The fellowship was established in 1924 by former ASCE President John … Continue reading Iowa State structural engineering graduate student earns Freeman Fellowship

Taylor’s research shows that, by improving concrete mixture processes to eliminate premature failure, the life of concrete structures could be increased by nearly double the amount of years. In the graph, this is shown through the comparison of projects including premature failures (all data points with blue best fit line) and non-failure projects (orange data points with orange best fit line). (Graph provided by Peter Taylor)

Iowa State researchers take new long-lasting highway findings on the road

Transportation engineers plan efforts to teach new concrete specifications to states in effort to cut delays, extend life of roadways It is hard to imagine a summer without the delays of road construction; however, researchers at Iowa State University (ISU) are finding new ways to keep the slow-downs to a minimum. To do so, they … Continue reading Iowa State researchers take new long-lasting highway findings on the road