Two CoE researchers receive funding to improve energy efficiency in buildings

Kristen Cetin and Soumik Sarkar recently received research funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. Cetin, an assistant professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering with a courtesy appointment in mechanical engineering, is the lead for a project entitled “Simulation, Challenge Testing & Validation of Occupancy Recognition & CO2 Technologies.” Cetin’s project falls within Category … Continue reading Two CoE researchers receive funding to improve energy efficiency in buildings

ISU DBIA's student competition team gathers for a photo at the top of The Rocky Steps in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy Trent Cork.

Iowa State Design-Build Institute of America student team takes fourth place in national competition

Collaboration is key for new segment of construction engineering industry Members of the Iowa State University Design-Build Institute of America (ISU DBIA) student competition team took fourth place during this month’s 2017 DBIA National Student Competition. Competition events were hosted at the annual Design-Build Conference and Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To qualify for national competition, … Continue reading Iowa State Design-Build Institute of America student team takes fourth place in national competition

Mujumdar (center) with Dean Rajala (left) and Sritharan (right) following reception events. Photo by Bill Beach.

Mujumdar donates start-up funds for innovative Iowa State Hazard Mitigation and Community Resilience Program

Generous donation leads to greater collaborative research and multi-disciplinary approach to managing disasters Vilas Mujumdar has made a generous donation to the Hazard Mitigation Community and Resilience Program (HMCR) at Iowa State University (ISU). The College of Engineering hosted a reception in Marston Hall today to recognize Mujumdar’s gift. “This program will strengthen our cross-campus … Continue reading Mujumdar donates start-up funds for innovative Iowa State Hazard Mitigation and Community Resilience Program

Students members of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), along with friends, gather up for a group photo during Sunday's compost project. Photos by Kate Tindall.

Changing Town Engineering: students host green initiative with future in mind

Students, faculty take a new look at using compost on campus during volunteer opportunity Iowa State University (ISU) produces between 3,500 and 4,000 tons of compost every year. * Where does it all go? Students and faculty in the civil, construction and environmental engineering department (CCEE) are finding a new way to use this pure … Continue reading Changing Town Engineering: students host green initiative with future in mind

Three Cyclone Engineers named to Iowa Farm Bureau Farm Strong Squad

Cyclone Engineers are hardworking, community-minded leaders in the classroom, in the lab…and on the playing field. Three College of Engineering student athletes are members of this year’s Iowa Farm Bureau Farm Strong Squad, chosen for exemplifying the determination, strength, and character of Iowa’s farmers.

Team members of the ISU ASC Competition Teams show off their winnings. Photos courtesy Phil Barutha and Charlie Sweeney.

Iowa State teams take top honors in ASC Region IV Student Competition

Engineering students uphold winning tradition while teaching team skills “Our success or failure entirely depends on how we work as a team,” says Michael Feste, a junior in construction engineering. That statement could not be more true. For the past two years, Feste has been a part of Iowa State University’s Associated Schools of Construction … Continue reading Iowa State teams take top honors in ASC Region IV Student Competition

Melsa awarded Anson Marston Medal by ISU College of Engineering

James L. Melsa, alumnus of Iowa State University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECpE) and Dean Emeritus of Iowa State’s College of Engineering, was awarded the Anson Marston Medal at the ISU Honors and Awards Ceremony, held during Homecoming week. The medal, named in honor of Anson Marston, former professor of civil engineering and dean … Continue reading Melsa awarded Anson Marston Medal by ISU College of Engineering

Cyclone Energy after its presentation at the 2017 Green Energy Challenge. Photo courtesy Beth Hartmann.

ISU NECA wins Green Energy Challenge for fourth year running, finds volunteer calling

While working to win the Electri International/NECA Green Energy Challenge, students discover ways to give back Can a competition be something more? Beth Hartmann’s answer is “yes!” “It’s a learning curve,” she says. Hartmann is a faculty adviser for the Iowa State University Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, or ISU NECA. This month, … Continue reading ISU NECA wins Green Energy Challenge for fourth year running, finds volunteer calling

Recruiters from Mortenson talk with students and view resumes.

Trends and buzzwords: CCEE alumni lend insight for success at career fairs

With the 2017 Iowa State University (ISU) Fall Engineering Career Fair one for the books, civil, construction and environmental engineering alums weigh in with do’s and don’ts Following the career fair, you probably contacted employers with thank you emails and constantly gripped your phone in hopes that recruiters would ring with news of an internship … Continue reading Trends and buzzwords: CCEE alumni lend insight for success at career fairs

(From left to right) ISU researchers Benjamin Ahn (aerospace engineering), Kristen Cetin and Bora Cetin (both of civil, construction and environmental engineering) are working to develop better teaching methods for the engineering students of tomorrow. Photo by Kate Tindall.

Iowa State researchers explore ways to better prepare students for industry

Construction, civil engineering faculty explore the art of problem solving to prepare graduates for real-world challenges on the job Complex … these words describe the types of problems that Kristen Cetin knows engineers face on the job site. “There’s no one solution,” she says, explaining the concept of ill-structured problems. “In addition to that, there’s … Continue reading Iowa State researchers explore ways to better prepare students for industry

Hartmann and Laflamme honored at Iowa State Annual Awards

  Congratulations to Simon Laflamme and Beth Hartmann for being honored at the Iowa State University Annual Awards. Laflame is an associate professor with the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE), who also holds a courtesy appointment with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received the Award for Early Achievement in Research, … Continue reading Hartmann and Laflamme honored at Iowa State Annual Awards

Winter is coming. What if roads and runways could de-ice themselves?

From NPR’s All Tech Considered: “Last year, Halil Ceylan, a professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, installed two 15-by-13.5-foot slabs of conductive concrete at a corner of a hangar at Des Moines International Airport. It’s in an area for smaller planes, and Ceylan can turn on the heated pavement with an … Continue reading Winter is coming. What if roads and runways could de-ice themselves?

Crews lay high RAP asphalt pavement on a section of road in Crawford County, Iowa. This RAP mixture uses an innovative new rejuvenator.

Iowa State University engineers use innovative rejuvenator to recycle asphalt pavement

Researchers explore greener methods for incorporating high-percentage recycled asphalt pavement mixture into roadways Late last month, a team of Iowa State University (ISU) researchers and industry partners gathered in Crawford County, Iowa, for the unveiling of an exciting development in how engineers use renewable resources in jobsites. Chris Williams is a professor of geotechnical/materials engineering … Continue reading Iowa State University engineers use innovative rejuvenator to recycle asphalt pavement

ISU CCEE faculty honored during 2017 College of Engineering Convocation, 35th Annual Civil Engineering Fall Banquet

Civil, construction and environmental engineering faculty earn honors during yearly celebrations of achievement Iowa State University’s College of Engineering held its annual Convocation on Sept. 7. James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering Sarah Rajala opened the ceremony with a welcoming address and yearly update that included college achievements and upcoming goals for … Continue reading ISU CCEE faculty honored during 2017 College of Engineering Convocation, 35th Annual Civil Engineering Fall Banquet