Chuck Jahren (right) answers Brandon Sleep's (left) question during ConE 322 (Photo by Tindall)

“Ahead of the game:” Active and hybrid learning take foothold in CCEE curriculum

Professors use newest learning models to encourage real-world problem-solving Brandon Sleep preps thoroughly for any construction engineering (ConE) 322 lecture. He doesn’t mind watching video lectures outside of class. That’s because ConE 322 is a hybrid learning classroom. Students have to come prepared. “We do the homework in class, and we have a guide from the lectures … Continue reading “Ahead of the game:” Active and hybrid learning take foothold in CCEE curriculum

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Safety takes front seat in second phase of national highway program

Iowa State transportation engineering faculty hit high gear analyzing highway safety data in part two of second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) This semester will be busy, as Iowa State University (ISU) researchers propose traffic safety models for SHRP2, or the second Strategic Highway Research Program. “This is all about saving lives,” says Sandra Larson. … Continue reading Safety takes front seat in second phase of national highway program

Eco-friendly lighting improves research facilities at CCEE

Sustainable LED lights increase reliability of tests while reducing energy consumption and creating safer work environment Picture this: you are in a research lab working on an experiment. The results are crucial to your work. You want be as precise as possible, right? Recent updates to three different research areas of Town Engineering Building will … Continue reading Eco-friendly lighting improves research facilities at CCEE

Sandra Larson with Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award (Credit: Iowa Department of Transportation)

CCEE alumna receives Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award

Sandra Larson honored for outstanding achievements in highway research This January, Sandra Larson (BSCE’88, BSBIOL’75) received the Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award. This award is given by the Transportation Research Board (TRB). According to the board, the award recipient is recognized for “outstanding research in the field of transportation research.” Larson, the director of … Continue reading CCEE alumna receives Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award

Two-time Eisenhower Fellow earns national recognition for research

Master’s student excels during Transportation Research Board presentation Patricia Thompson is not just a two-time Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellow. This month, the transportation engineering master’s student earned best oral presentation at the 2017 Transportation Research Showcase. “Receiving the award means, to me at least, that I was able to make people take an interest … Continue reading Two-time Eisenhower Fellow earns national recognition for research

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Graduate student council launches exCYted lecture series

Graduate student council launches exCYted lecture series Work-life balance takes priority at first event in newest engineering lecture The Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) Graduate Student Council hosted the first event in a new speaker series, exCYted, on Jan. 19. Establishing a successful professional career while setting aside personal time was the topic of … Continue reading Graduate student council launches exCYted lecture series

CCEE students honored with University Graduate College Academic Awards

Three graduate students earn honors for achievements in research, teaching The department of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University (ISU CCEE) selected three graduate students for top university awards in research and teaching this semester. Two students, Zhen Cui and Liang Cao, earned the Graduate College Research Excellence Award. This award, which … Continue reading CCEE students honored with University Graduate College Academic Awards

A portion of the ISU AGC gift donations (Photo courtesy Nathan Pals)

In time of giving, local families receive gifts from ISU AGC

Iowa State University Associated General Contractors (ISU AGC) members mark season with donations to those in need When Nathan Pals organizes Iowa State University Associated General Contractor’s, or ISU AGC, donations during the winter season, the college sophomore has two standard questions he asks local families. “You ask them not only what they need, but what … Continue reading In time of giving, local families receive gifts from ISU AGC

Fall class of 2016 civil engineering graduates (photo by Kate Tindall)

CCEE celebrates fall class of 2016 graduates

More than 90 graduates were recognized during the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering’s (CCEE) Fall 2016 Pre-commencement Celebration. The celebration, held on Saturday morning at the Iowa State Center Scheman Building, commended the success of the fall class of 2016. Both civil and construction engineering graduates were honored during the event. Each student present … Continue reading CCEE celebrates fall class of 2016 graduates

Twitter and cars don’t mix: students explore transportation topics for Freshman Research Initiative

Civil engineering freshman explore safety on the roads through one of Iowa State’s newest research programs It’s not difficult to hook Carter Bohle on research. Just mention a driving simulator. “Dr. Savolainen said one day in class that people have used the driving simulator before,” Bohle said. “That caught our attention right away. We were … Continue reading Twitter and cars don’t mix: students explore transportation topics for Freshman Research Initiative

Bridge Engineering Center receives $2.1m University Transportation Center grant for second year

Iowa State University engineers earn grant for innovative research of accelerated bridge construction (ABC) For the second year, Iowa State University’s Bridge Engineering Center has been chosen to be a partner in a United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Tier I University Transportation Center (UTC) grant. The grant brings $2.1 million to the research … Continue reading Bridge Engineering Center receives $2.1m University Transportation Center grant for second year

Ophoff (left) earns first place in the Exhibition Showcase category at the Sixth Annual CCEE Graduate Student Research Showcase and Poster Competition. Dr. Jennifer Shane (right) giving award. (Photo by Kate Tindall)

Ophoff recognized by College of Engineering Honors Program for capstone project

Undergraduate researcher earns engineering capstone project award at University Honors Poster Presentations When Brandon Ophoff presents his research, he can’t help but learn something new. “Each time, people ask questions and then it makes me think a little bit deeper,” Ophoff said. “So as I’m presenting, I’m learning more.” Ophoff has had multiple opportunities to … Continue reading Ophoff recognized by College of Engineering Honors Program for capstone project