Category: Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

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

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.

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