College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Thivani Senathiraja’s passion for taking on problems is leading to grand successes

Senathiraja is working with Chris Cornelius, the Dr. Thomas D. McGee and Dr. Ick-Jhin Rick Yoon Department Chair in Materials Science and Engineering/Wilkinson Chair in Materials Science and Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering, by courtesy, to promote green energy by optimizing and increasing the performance and durability of hydrogen fuel cell membranes. Her research and leadership have resulted in her receiving several awards, including the local Guiding Start Award from the Graduate Society of Women Engineers.

Here to make a change: Grad student Grace Carey receives Brown Graduate Fellowship, empowered to study sustainable agriculture

One of only twelve awardees at Iowa State University, and housed in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, microbiology student Grace Carey received the $10,000 prestigious Brown Graduate Fellowship. Carey’s path to where she is today, a third-year, successful doctoral student, was a hard-earned path paved with her drive for environmental justice and passion for sustainable agriculture.

CCEE’s Cassie Rutherford receives $300,000 grant creating adaptive climate change strategies for Alaskan community

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) professor and researcher Cassie Rutherford recently received a planning grant from the National Science Foundation for $300,000 through the ‘Navigating the New Arctic’ project to work with communities, stakeholders and government officials to find ways to adapt to the ever-changing environment to help communities battle climate change.

Changing the Narrative: Distinguished CCEE Alumna Beth Duyvejonck is Building a Better Future for Women in Construction

For more than two decades, Beth Duyvejonck, 1997 Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) graduate, has focused passionately on building a better future for women in the construction industry.

Chemical engineering grad student, Abigail Koep, awarded Graduate Research Fellowship from prestigious NSF program

Abigail Koep, entered the chemical and biological engineering Ph.D. program in 2022 and is one of only three ISU students to receive the illustrious Graduate Research Fellowship this year.

ME/HCI grad student to advance VR research with support from prestigious NSF grant

Roselynn Conrady, Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering (ME) and human computer interaction (HCI), has been accepted into the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. She is one of just five students from Iowa State University to receive this honor. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.

Preparing Communities for Climate Change: CCEE’s Lu Liu Receives Grant to Determine Climate Change Vulnerabilities in Rural and Urban Communities

From small farms to big cities, natural disasters, rising temperatures and other factors of climate change impact everyone. Lu Liu, assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, is using modeling to look into the future on the long-term impacts of climate change for two different ends of the population spectrum: urban and rural communities.

Celebrating Women in CCEE: Sadie Brockett

Celebrating Women’s History Month this March, Iowa State University Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering is highlighting past, present and future women in engineering. Sadie Brockett is a senior in Construction Engineering and the President of the Associated General Contractors of America, Iowa State Chapter. Growing up around construction engineering influenced her initial interest, but her passion and skills have allowed her to flourish in the field and her education.

CCEE senior Hannah Jeffrey Receives Prestigious Dean’s Student Leadership Award

One of only three students in the College of Engineering, Iowa State University Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering senior Hannah Jeffrey received the College of Engineering Dean’s Student Leadership Award. This award is known for ‘recognizing outstanding leadership by undergraduate engineering students during their junior or senior years,’ and for students who ‘exhibit exemplary leadership in a broader arena than a single department or student organization.’

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