College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Former ISU CCEE chair retires after years of service

After 14 years of service to Iowa State University (ISU), Cerwick Faculty Professor James (Jim) Alleman has decided to leave the university. Alleman is a faculty member of ISU’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) and served as the department chair from 2005-2011. “During his time at Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, …Continue reading “Former ISU CCEE chair retires after years of service”

ISU environmental engineer researches the most effective methods to clean water

This research feature is part of a series highlighting the work of ISU CCEE faculty. For more information, visit our website, Also, follow ISU CCEE on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and LinkedIn (search “Iowa State University Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering” and “ISUConE”). Text-only version available.

Faculty positions announced for 2016-17

The state Board of Regents approved 58 faculty promotions and tenure applications for the 2016-17 year during its April 21 meeting in Council Bluffs. The full list of faculty can be found here. The new titles and promotions take effect in July for A-base (12-month) faculty and in August for B-base faculty. Nine College of …Continue reading “Faculty positions announced for 2016-17”

Greenwood gift will establish endowed department chair in College of Engineering

Iowa State University’s College of Engineering has established the Greenwood Department Chair in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. This prestigious position will further enhance the college’s reputation as an academic leader in educating future engineers. This gift was made possible by Donald and Sharon Greenwood who elevated previous donations to the $2 million level required …Continue reading “Greenwood gift will establish endowed department chair in College of Engineering”

Iowa State civil engineering alum stresses importance of licensed engineering

For Mike Conzett, promoting engineering licensure is an incredibly important means of guaranteeing a standard of professionalism in the field. Conzett, an Iowa State University civil engineering alumnus, has been a licensed professional engineer since 1982. “It’s taking your work and standing behind it,” he says. And he’s made it a personal and professional goal …Continue reading “Iowa State civil engineering alum stresses importance of licensed engineering”

Qun Wang: developing functional materials for a cleaner, healthier world

Qun Wang, an assistant professor with a joint appointment in CCEE and CBE, is using his multidisciplinary background in environmental, chemical, and petroleum engineering to create novel functional materials—materials specifically designed to possess certain properties or functions—to improve human and public health. “Some of the most challenging problems in the fields of medicine and healthcare …Continue reading “Qun Wang: developing functional materials for a cleaner, healthier world”

Dong researches ways to expand electric car market

Jing Dong, a new assistant professor in the civil, construction, and environmental engineering department, believes transportation engineering is a multidisciplinary field necessary to solving fundamental challenges. “Transportation research deals with everyday problems—moving people or freight from one place to another—yet it involves some of the most complex systems,” says Dong. “As a transportation researcher, I …Continue reading “Dong researches ways to expand electric car market”

Iowa State engineers load new Iowa Falls bridge with damage-detection gauges

Iowa State University engineers are working with the Iowa Department of Transportation to develop and test a comprehensive monitoring system on the new bridge near downtown Iowa Falls. The system will take continuous, real-time measurements of corrosion, strain, surface conditions, moisture within the bridge’s steel arch and structure movements over time. Brent Phares, interim director …Continue reading “Iowa State engineers load new Iowa Falls bridge with damage-detection gauges”

Engineering in Africa: Iowa State professor makes a global impact

Situated near the northern border of a country with a long history of violence, political instability, and disease is the Bilingual Christian University of Congo (UCBC), a school offering promise and hope to a community that has endured years of loss and strife. Launched in 2007, the university is part of the Congo Initiative, which …Continue reading “Engineering in Africa: Iowa State professor makes a global impact”

White and Mickelson receive medallions

Two professors recently received medallions to commemorate their holding named professorships. David White holds the Richard L. Handy Professorship and Steve Mickelson the Charles R. and Jane F. Olsen Professorship in Engineering. Read the Innovate article.

CoE welcomes new faculty

With the fall semester in full swing, this year’s new faculty members are busy teaching and researching at Iowa State’s College of Engineering. As a group, they bring a wide range of expertise and skill, ranging from biomaterials to alternative energy, and they also add value to the successful interdisciplinary teaching and research within the …Continue reading “CoE welcomes new faculty”

CCEE adds geotechnical engineer to faculty

Jian Chu, a researcher and consultant well established in Southeast Asia, became the James M. Hoover Chair in Geotechnical Engineering in Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering this fall. Chu’s most recent venture was director of the Centre for Infrastructure Systems in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Nanyang Technological …Continue reading “CCEE adds geotechnical engineer to faculty”

Laflamme brings structure expertise to CCEE

Born in Montreal, Canada, new CCEE Assistant Professor Simon Laflamme has devoted the last several years to research in structural control. He even has a patent pending for an elastomeric skin that locates and diagnoses structural damage. Laflamme earned both a bachelor of commerce with an emphasis in economics and finance, and a bachelor of …Continue reading “Laflamme brings structure expertise to CCEE”