CCEE graduate student earns Graduate and Professional Student Senate Teaching Award

Teaching remains a top priority for doctoral candidate Last week, engineering graduate student Alireza Sassani earned the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Teaching Award. Sassani, who studies geotechnical/materials engineering at Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE), earned this award for his work as a teaching assistant for the course … Continue reading CCEE graduate student earns Graduate and Professional Student Senate Teaching Award

Iowa State students hold up under pressure in Steel Bridge Competition

Campus chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ISU ASCE) takes third place overall at 2017 ASCE Midwest Steel Bridge Competition Late last month, students in Iowa State University’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, or ISU ASCE, brought home third place overall at the society’s Midwest Steel Bridge Competition. The 36-member team … Continue reading Iowa State students hold up under pressure in Steel Bridge Competition

Students test out an early version of one structural engineering app (Photo courtesy Aliye Karabulut-Ilgu

CCEE-ME professors pursue use of augmented reality in structural engineering curriculum

Three faculty members awarded Miller Faculty Fellowship from Iowa State University for augmented reality research Starting in Fall 2017, some students could find themselves using iPads and apps in traditional engineering courses. Three professors from Iowa State’s College of Engineering are teaming up to bring augmented reality into civil engineering courses. Drs. Aliye Karabulut-Ilgu, An … Continue reading CCEE-ME professors pursue use of augmented reality in structural engineering curriculum

(From left) Drs. David Jeong, Jennifer Shane and Chuck Jahren

Construction engineering faculty take lead in ASCE Construction Institute

Three ISU faculty members tackle real-world engineering issues in committee chair positions With the election of construction engineering (ConE) professor David Jeong earlier this month, faculty of Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) now claim three leadership positions within the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Construction Institute (ASCE CI). “We are … Continue reading Construction engineering faculty take lead in ASCE Construction Institute

Joint CBE-CCEE Bio-Polymer Facility celebrates first production run

The Iowa State University Bio-Polymer Processing Facility, which opened in 2015, has celebrated a major milestone: It recently launched its first production run of biopolymers – plastics that are made from the conversion of fats and vegetables. Construction of the plant, which is located in the ISU BioCentury Farm, was spearheaded by Department of Chemical … Continue reading Joint CBE-CCEE Bio-Polymer Facility celebrates first production run

Paul Giroux (Photo by Jim Tkatch for ASCE)

CCEE alumnus receives Roebling Award from ASCE

Raymond “Paul” Giroux (BSConE’79) earns prestigious honor for “contributions to construction engineering” When comparing résumés, it’s easy to see how Paul Giroux stands out from the crowd. After all, how many engineers can list the new San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge or Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge within their portfolios? This month, the Iowa State University … Continue reading CCEE alumnus receives Roebling Award from ASCE

AGC members take a quick break for a photo outside one residential work site (Photo courtesy Kurtis Schreck)

Construction engineering students aid South Carolina families in post-hurricane destruction

Members of Iowa State University’s Associated General Contractors use spring break to volunteer in North Charleston area A disabled veteran. A widowed grandmother raising three grandchildren. A single mom working two jobs. John Raimer can list family after family that has benefited this month from the work of Iowa State’s Associated General Contractors Student Organization. … Continue reading Construction engineering students aid South Carolina families in post-hurricane destruction

ISU researchers work to develop a better system to manage traffic incidents

Iowa State traffic researchers are developing technology that will take the huge amounts of data collected by the Iowa Department of Transportation, sort through it all and identify problems. The goal is early detection of traffic incidents and better traffic management. That would improve safety and mobility on Iowa’s roads and highways. To read the … Continue reading ISU researchers work to develop a better system to manage traffic incidents

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

Flags placed on rural road traffic signs

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