Retirement: Iowa State CCEE’s Doug Gransberg

Construction engineering professor makes an impact on graduate experience at Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE) Engineering is in Doug Gransberg’s genes. He is an engineer, his father was an engineer, his sons are engineers – even Gransberg’s ancestors constructed bridges. “I never thought of doing anything else,” Gransberg, … Continue reading Retirement: Iowa State CCEE’s Doug Gransberg

Nick Kuhn pictured wants The Kitchen and The Hall working in tandem, with ten percent of food proceeds going to support The Kitchen. Photos by Kate Tindall.

Building community: CCEE alumnus takes philanthropic approach to new Valley Junction beer hall and eatery

Pairing community experience with food truck fare, Nick Kuhn (B.S. CE’94) finds creative way to help those in need The Hall You can hear the rumble of hundreds of conversations long before you enter The Hall. That’s what Nick Kuhn and his business associates are calling their newest beer hall and restaurant, located in The … Continue reading Building community: CCEE alumnus takes philanthropic approach to new Valley Junction beer hall and eatery

ISU DBIA's student competition team gathers for a photo at the top of The Rocky Steps in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy Trent Cork.

Iowa State Design-Build Institute of America student team takes fourth place in national competition

Collaboration is key for new segment of construction engineering industry Members of the Iowa State University Design-Build Institute of America (ISU DBIA) student competition team took fourth place during this month’s 2017 DBIA National Student Competition. Competition events were hosted at the annual Design-Build Conference and Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To qualify for national competition, … Continue reading Iowa State Design-Build Institute of America student team takes fourth place in national competition

Mujumdar (center) with Dean Rajala (left) and Sritharan (right) following reception events. Photo by Bill Beach.

Mujumdar donates start-up funds for innovative Iowa State Hazard Mitigation and Community Resilience Program

Generous donation leads to greater collaborative research and multi-disciplinary approach to managing disasters Vilas Mujumdar has made a generous donation to the Hazard Mitigation Community and Resilience Program (HMCR) at Iowa State University (ISU). The College of Engineering hosted a reception in Marston Hall today to recognize Mujumdar’s gift. “This program will strengthen our cross-campus … Continue reading Mujumdar donates start-up funds for innovative Iowa State Hazard Mitigation and Community Resilience Program

Students members of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), along with friends, gather up for a group photo during Sunday's compost project. Photos by Kate Tindall.

Changing Town Engineering: students host green initiative with future in mind

Students, faculty take a new look at using compost on campus during volunteer opportunity Iowa State University (ISU) produces between 3,500 and 4,000 tons of compost every year. * Where does it all go? Students and faculty in the civil, construction and environmental engineering department (CCEE) are finding a new way to use this pure … Continue reading Changing Town Engineering: students host green initiative with future in mind

Team members of the ISU ASC Competition Teams show off their winnings. Photos courtesy Phil Barutha and Charlie Sweeney.

Iowa State teams take top honors in ASC Region IV Student Competition

Engineering students uphold winning tradition while teaching team skills “Our success or failure entirely depends on how we work as a team,” says Michael Feste, a junior in construction engineering. That statement could not be more true. For the past two years, Feste has been a part of Iowa State University’s Associated Schools of Construction … Continue reading Iowa State teams take top honors in ASC Region IV Student Competition

Kristen Cetin stands in front of the Iowa State University Power Plant. Her research on energy production would impact facilities like this one during times of peak usage. Photo by Kate Tindall.

Iowa State researchers awarded National Science Foundation grant to assess impact of extreme weather on energy production

Construction Engineering Assistant Professor Kristen Cetin seeks ways to decrease demand on load during dog days of summer Turning up the air conditioner is the first move you make when you come in from a hot summer day. The hotter the outdoor temperatures, the lower you crank the thermostat. Multiply that by thousands of people … Continue reading Iowa State researchers awarded National Science Foundation grant to assess impact of extreme weather on energy production

Taylor’s research shows that, by improving concrete mixture processes to eliminate premature failure, the life of concrete structures could be increased by nearly double the amount of years. In the graph, this is shown through the comparison of projects including premature failures (all data points with blue best fit line) and non-failure projects (orange data points with orange best fit line). (Graph provided by Peter Taylor)

Iowa State researchers take new long-lasting highway findings on the road

Transportation engineers plan efforts to teach new concrete specifications to states in effort to cut delays, extend life of roadways It is hard to imagine a summer without the delays of road construction; however, researchers at Iowa State University (ISU) are finding new ways to keep the slow-downs to a minimum. To do so, they … Continue reading Iowa State researchers take new long-lasting highway findings on the road

ISU CCEE alumna Sandra Larson retires from leadership at Iowa Department of Transportation

While summing up duties as systems operations bureau director for the State of Iowa, alum keeps university collaboration top priority This month, Sandra Larson (B.S. CE’88) will retire from her position as the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Systems Operations Bureau Director. She has spent 29 years managing the smooth facilitation of day-to-day traffic on … Continue reading ISU CCEE alumna Sandra Larson retires from leadership at Iowa Department of Transportation

Nicole Schmidt is the newest chair of the Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors. (Photo courtesy Nicole Schmidt).

Engineering alumna chosen to chair Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors

Nicole Schmidt (B.S.ConE 2009, M.S.CE 2013) assumes responsibilities as chair, shares advice for getting involved On May 19, Nicole Schmidt officially accepted the chair position for the Iowa State University Alumni Association (ISUAA) Board of Directors. The ISUAA recognized Schmidt during the 2017 ISUAA Annual Meeting, held in concurrence with the 2017 ISUAA Inspiration Awards … Continue reading Engineering alumna chosen to chair Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors

Pepper Construction’s Dave Pepper named 2017 inductee to Iowa State University Construction Engineering Hall of Fame

Ames, Iowa – Dave Pepper, a 1985 graduate of Iowa State University, is this year’s inductee into the Iowa State University Construction Engineering (ISU ConE) Hall of Fame. Pepper is chairman of Pepper Construction Group. He accepted the nomination during the ISU Associated General Contractors Banquet on April 21 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference … Continue reading Pepper Construction’s Dave Pepper named 2017 inductee to Iowa State University Construction Engineering Hall of Fame

Emily Bowers, Academic Adviser (Photo by Kate Tindall)

CCEE adviser earns spot on Iowa State University Professional and Scientific Council

Academic Adviser Emily Bowers takes up duties as councilor representing Iowa State University staff The civil, construction and environmental engineering department at Iowa State University congratulates Emily Bowers on her recent election to the university’s Professional and Scientific (P & S) Council. Bowers is an academic adviser of civil and construction engineering students. She is … Continue reading CCEE adviser earns spot on Iowa State University Professional and Scientific Council

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

Iowa State EERI team and their adviser, Dr. Jeramy Ashlock, at 2016 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition (photo courtesy Bin Cai)

Students prep for 2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute at Iowa State seeks donations to compete in March competition On March 7-10, Iowa State University’s Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) student organization will travel to Portland, Oregon, to compete in the 2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. The team is currently seeking donations from individuals and companies to defray the cost … Continue reading Students prep for 2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition