ISU’s Bio-Polymer Processing Facility featured in global publication

Iowa State University’s Bio-Polymer Processing Facility, which involves research by Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering educators and students, has received worldwide news coverage in a recent article published by CEP magazine, a publication of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). CEP is AIChE’s flagship magazine and reaches more than 30,000 readers globally. “Catalyzing … Continue reading ISU’s Bio-Polymer Processing Facility featured in global publication

Lowell F. Greimann, former CCEE chair, awarded Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award

From the Iowa State University Foundation. Read the full article. Lowell F. Greimann of Ames, Iowa, was posthumously awarded the Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award. The award recognizes individuals or couples who are current or retired Iowa State University faculty or staff members for their substantial commitment to promoting and expanding philanthropy at … Continue reading Lowell F. Greimann, former CCEE chair, awarded Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award

Poleacovschi earns fall 2017 PIRS Research Seed Grant for micropolitan resilience studies

Interdisciplinary research explores ways that communities recover from economic shock and methods for struggling populations to adapt Last week, Iowa State University announced the recipients of the fall 2017 Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed (PIRS) Grant Program. Cristina Poleacovschi, assistant professor of construction engineering and principal investigator of the research project, “Resilient Micropolitan Areas: Evaluating Coping … Continue reading Poleacovschi earns fall 2017 PIRS Research Seed Grant for micropolitan resilience studies

Kevin Prince (middle, in yellow shirt) walks with children in Ullo. EWB members spend time getting to know the community members while working on water distribution centers. Photos courtesy Kevin Prince.

Engineers Without Borders – Iowa State University Chapter brings water to Ullo, Ghana

Civil engineering students work with university student organization to drill mechanized wells for safe water sources in Northern Ghana Ullo is a small village. So small, in fact, that you may have trouble finding it with a Google Maps search. This small village in the northern region of Ghana is where two civil engineering students … Continue reading Engineers Without Borders – Iowa State University Chapter brings water to Ullo, Ghana

Graduate and undergraduate students on the steps of the Boone County Courthouse after completing their presentation for the county board of commissioners. Photos courtesy Omar Smadi.

Civil engineering students take transportation studies on the road

Graduate and undergraduate students take part in real-world engineering study in Boone County, Iowa If you have ever had to make a decision based on your best estimates, you will understand the following statement. “Engineers have to make decisions with incomplete information. It’s a fact of life.” That is Omar Smadi speaking. Smadi is an … Continue reading Civil engineering students take transportation studies on the road

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 and Community 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