Poleacovschi earns fall 2017 PIRS Research Seed Grant for micropolitan resilience studies

Interdisciplinary research explores ways that communities recover from economic shock and methods for struggling populations to adapt Last week, Iowa State University announced the recipients of the fall 2017 Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed (PIRS) Grant Program. Cristina Poleacovschi, assistant professor of construction engineering and principal investigator of the research project, “Resilient Micropolitan Areas: Evaluating Coping … Continue reading Poleacovschi earns fall 2017 PIRS Research Seed Grant for micropolitan resilience studies

Nicole Schmidt is the newest chair of the Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors. (Photo courtesy Nicole Schmidt).

Ask a Cyclone engineer: Nicole Schmidt

Iowa State University Alumni Association (ISUAA) Board of Directors Chair Nicole Schmidt answers questions from engineering students concerning professional goals and work-life balance Note: Earlier this month, students from Iowa State University’s College of Engineering (ISU CoE) submitted questions for Nicole Schmidt, ISU engineering alumna and chair of the ISUAA Board of Directors. Questions could … Continue reading Ask a Cyclone engineer: Nicole Schmidt

Elmina Wilson – pioneering engineer and women’s suffrage leader

This article is part of a series of stories for Women’s History Month. To learn about other pioneering female engineers from Iowa State, click here. Elmina Tessa Wilson became the first female graduate of Iowa State’s civil engineering department when she completed her bachelor’s degree in 1892. Wilson was born in Harper, Iowa on Sept. … Continue reading Elmina Wilson – pioneering engineer and women’s suffrage leader

Downey right and Laflamme discuss research in a laboratory. Photo by Tindall.

Creative thinking in research: undergraduate opportunities shape career of civil engineering graduate student

With ingenuity, this civil engineering doctoral candidate earned a patent for research that he completed as an outstanding undergraduate student. If you ask Austin Downey whether undergraduate research affected his goals, you will probably hear this: “It made my career.” “I loved it,” Downey, who is a doctoral candidate studying civil engineering at Iowa State … Continue reading Creative thinking in research: undergraduate opportunities shape career of civil engineering graduate student

Old meets new to make one of ISU’s newest centers a reality

A new research center at Iowa State is making new and innovative discoveries in one of the campus’s oldest buildings. The Iowa Board of Regents in December 2017 elected to give official “center” status to the Center for Multiphase Flow Research and Education, also known as CoMFRE. In order to gain the status of “center” … Continue reading Old meets new to make one of ISU’s newest centers a reality

Anuj Sharma (second from left) with his research team. The team will work on InterchangeSE for the next three years. Photo by Kate Tindall.

Iowa State researchers formulate InterchangeSE project to study interactions between different modes of travel

Researchers explore stress levels of people interacting in traffic systems through use of augmented reality techniques When you drive through an accident scene, do you feel nervous? Perhaps stressed by the cars swerving in and out, slowing to a crawl and then speeding up. And does your stress affect the traffic situation around you? Researchers … Continue reading Iowa State researchers formulate InterchangeSE project to study interactions between different modes of travel

Kevin Prince (middle, in yellow shirt) walks with children in Ullo. EWB members spend time getting to know the community members while working on water distribution centers. Photos courtesy Kevin Prince.

Engineers Without Borders – Iowa State University Chapter brings water to Ullo, Ghana

Civil engineering students work with university student organization to drill mechanized wells for safe water sources in Northern Ghana Ullo is a small village. So small, in fact, that you may have trouble finding it with a Google Maps search. This small village in the northern region of Ghana is where two civil engineering students … Continue reading Engineers Without Borders – Iowa State University Chapter brings water to Ullo, Ghana

Iowa State’s Engineers Without Borders constructs drinking water system in Ghana

Iowa State University’s Engineers Without Borders has returned to the village of Ullo, in northwest Ghana, to continue a project to extend the availability of drinking water from the four-month “wet season” to a year-round supply. “”To say that my life has been changed by this opportunity seems like such an understatement,” said Kelsey Brandt, a senior in chemical engineering, who also travelled to Ullo both in 2014 and 2016. “The second my feet hit that dusty ground, I felt at home.”

A number of construction engineering faculty gather for a group photo. Faculty members include (front row, from left) Jennifer Shane, Aliye Karabulut-Ilgu (civil/construction engineering faculty member), Brad Perkins. (Middle row) Charles Jahren, Cristina Poleacovschi, Larry Cormicle. (Back row) Michael Perez, Kristen Cetin, David Jeong.

Equity and equality among construction engineering faculty at Iowa State

In a historically male-dominated field, faculty of Iowa State’s Construction Engineering Program demonstrate progressively diverse backgrounds Engineering faculty at Iowa State are united when it comes to turning out tomorrow’s problem-solvers. The 2017-2018 school year marks the first time regular faculty positions in Iowa State University’s Construction Engineering Program (ISU ConE) are equally filled by … Continue reading Equity and equality among construction engineering faculty at Iowa State

Members of AGC gather at the entrance to Hope Village in West Virginia during their fall 2017 volunteer trip. Photo Courtesy Nathan Pals.

Iowa State Associated General Contractors Student Chapter earns first place at 2017 Outstanding Chapter Contest

Construction engineering students bring home national honor for eleventh time Early this month, Iowa State University’s Associated General Contractors (ISU AGC) Student Chapter won first place in the 2017 AGC Outstanding Student Chapter Contest. The contest is organized by the Associated General Contractors of America. Within the application, a major focus is put on the … Continue reading Iowa State Associated General Contractors Student Chapter earns first place at 2017 Outstanding Chapter Contest

CCEE graduate student earns prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship

Jacob Warner presents critical analysis of speed limits on Iowa Interstate System at annual Transportation Research Board Conference in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has chosen Jacob Warner, a graduate student studying transportation engineering at Iowa State University’s Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department (ISU CCEE), as a recipient of the Dwight … Continue reading CCEE graduate student earns prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship

ECpE Professor Dong develops wearable sensors for plants, enabling measurements of water use in crops

Read the full coverage from Iowa State’s News Service here. Iowa State University’s Liang Dong, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is leading development of graphene-based, sensors-on-tape that can be attached to plants and can provide data to researchers and farmers about water use in crops. The technology could have many other applications, including … Continue reading ECpE Professor Dong develops wearable sensors for plants, enabling measurements of water use in crops