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

CCEE associate professor implements new techniques for classroom learning

Associate Professor Peter Savolainen embraces team-based learning, flipped classroom method to stretch students’ abilities New teaching methods are flipping traditional classroom learning on its head. Team-based learning (TBL) helping students learn from peers. Flipped learning methods lead students to review materials outside of the classroom. Class time is then used for questions, discussion and projects. These methods … Continue reading CCEE associate professor implements new techniques for classroom learning

Iowa State engineers succeed at FOX Engineering, stay connected to their alma mater

Three alums receive national honors in environmental engineering industry.    If you walk into FOX Engineering, you probably won’t be surprised if you see a lot of cardinal and gold. Nearly three-quarters of the environmental engineering firm’s employees have degrees from Iowa State. FOX Engineering, which is well known for its focus on water and … Continue reading Iowa State engineers succeed at FOX Engineering, stay connected to their alma mater

Chen, Laflamme awarded $200K from NSF for multi-purpose structural system research

“How can you multi-purpose—re-think—structural systems?” Iowa State University (ISU) researchers have a new theory to answer that question. Earlier this month, the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded ISU professors An Chen and Simon Laflamme more than $200,000 in research funding. The project, “Multifunctional Structural Panel for … Continue reading Chen, Laflamme awarded $200K from NSF for multi-purpose structural system research

Engineering students named Wallace E. Barron Scholars

Angadbir Singh, a senior in mechanical engineering, and Kaitlyn Aldrich, a senior in civil engineering, will be named Wallace E. Barron Scholars’ for their remarkable achievements in academics and leadership. The Wallace E. Barron Award was established by the Iowa State University Alumni Association to recognize outstanding seniors who display high character, outstanding achievements in academics, and promise for continuing these qualities as alumni.

Cyclone Energy comes full circle in Green Energy Challenge

In 2009, a five-person team of students from Iowa State’s civil, construction and environmental engineering department decided to participate in the Green Energy Challenge. The competition, which is sponsored by the ELECTRI International Foundation, challenges student chapters across the nation to create a proposal for sustainable updates to a building in their community. The students, … Continue reading Cyclone Energy comes full circle in Green Energy Challenge