A new sensory skin developed by a group of researchers is the first scalable monitoring technology capable of automatically detecting, localizing and quantifying fatigue cracks in bridges – something that is nearly impossible for inspectors to see during a routine visual inspection. The team, comprised of civil and mechanical engineers from Iowa State University, The …Continue reading “Sensory “skin” detects cracks in bridges”
Researchers in the CCEE department are utilizing Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) in bridges and to develop non-proprietary mixes of UHPC. Contributors to the project include Terry Wipf, Behrouz Shafei, Katelyn Freeseman, and others. Click on the link above to see the video feature of this work.
Neal Garver stepped off the train with only a suitcase, prior experience as a school teacher, a certificate from a second-grade teacher in hand and a dream of becoming a civil engineer. Four years later he graduated with a degree in civil engineering and went on to create Garver, a multi-disciplined engineering, planning, architectural and environmental services firm in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Former chair of CCEE department leaves lasting legacy for student support and advanced structural engineering research Finding ways to build the best bridges and ensure public safety was a large part of Lowell Greimann’s work at Iowa State University (ISU). For some who worked with the structural engineering professor and former CCEE department chair, that …Continue reading “Celebration of life and work: Former CCEE Chair Lowell Greimann”
Structural engineer authors book series highlighting engineering opportunities Bridge building is Stuart Nielsen’s passion and an experience he wants to share. “I was trying to think of how I could help in my little way,” Nielsen said. “I thought of engineering books for little kids, so that they could see what we do.” Nielsen is …Continue reading “Bridging a gap between STEM and fun”
When Mike LaViolette was eight years old, he would spend afternoons at his grandpa’s farm watching construction workers operate cranes and place concrete as they built a bridge across a nearby county road. Later on, he went on family-driving vacations that often journeyed across bridges to reach the destination, which includes crossing the Mackinac Bridge …Continue reading “Civil engineering alumnus bridges gaps across the world”
Iowa State University engineers know bridge construction projects can create driving headaches. You can’t just move traffic to the shoulder. You have to detour traffic for miles and, sometimes, for months. “That creates additional societal costs,” said Brent Phares, the director of Iowa State’s Bridge Engineering Center and an adjunct assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering. …Continue reading “Iowa State Bridge Engineering Center part of new U.S. DOT transportation center”
Professor Terry Wipf will serve as interim chair for the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) beginning August 16. He succeeds Professor Jim Alleman, who will return to the faculty to pursue his teaching and research interests in environmental engineering and wastewater treatment. Wipf came to Iowa State in 1983 after finishing his …Continue reading “Wipf named interim department chair of CCEE”