College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Paving the way with soy

A biopolymer using high-oleic soybean oil could soon be replacing petroleum-based products in asphalt. Iowa State University research engineers have good news for soybean growers: a soy oil polymer for asphalt paving.

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”

CCEE’s Elkashef awarded Karas Award from ISU Graduate College

Postdoctoral researcher earns first Karas Award in history of Iowa State’s Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department (CCEE) Mohamed Elkashef has been selected by Iowa State University’s Graduate College as the recipient of the 2018 Karas Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the mathematical and physical sciences and engineering discipline. The award recognizes a superior dissertation …Continue reading “CCEE’s Elkashef awarded Karas Award from ISU Graduate College”

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”

Asphalt Institute Foundation donates textbooks for civil engineering course

Students pay $0 for textbooks, thanks to start-of-school donation Ninety civil engineering students taking Design of Concretes (CE 382) this semester will not spend a penny on textbooks thanks to a generous gift from the Asphalt Institute Foundation (AIF). Professor Chris Williams and Assistant Professor Ashley Buss teach geotechnical/materials engineering at Iowa State University’s Department …Continue reading “Asphalt Institute Foundation donates textbooks for civil engineering course”

Adding bio-oil to asphalt leads to demonstration project for CCEE’s Williams

Associate Professor Christopher Williams was just trying to see if adding bio-oil to asphalt would improve the hot- and cold-weather performance of pavements. What he found was a possible green replacement for asphalt derived from petroleum.

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