(From left to right)Engineering alumni Jenny Ruddy, Lance Aldrich and Kris Evans stand in the operations gallery of the new City of Ames Water Treatment Plant. Photo by Kate Tindall.

Iowa State University alumni take leading roles building new City of Ames Water Treatment Plant

At the closure of a nearly 10-year project, three local environmental engineers make lasting impact on Ames community Engineers Kris Evans, Lance Aldrich and Jenny Ruddy will have a big effect on Ames citizens for years to come. Whenever someone turns on the faucet, he or she will come into direct contact with the work … Continue reading Iowa State University alumni take leading roles building new City of Ames Water Treatment Plant

Beth Hartmann (middle) with her mentee group gathered around her. Photo courtesy Beth Hartmann.

Iowa State civil, construction engineering faculty attend 2017 ExCEEd Teaching Workshops

Hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers, ExCEEd offers on-point critique of teaching skills Three Iowa State University (ISU) engineering faculty took part in 2017 ExCEEd Teaching Workshops during the month of July. The American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE, sponsors the ExCEEd program. ExCEEd stands for Excellence in Civil Engineering Education. Participants … Continue reading Iowa State civil, construction engineering faculty attend 2017 ExCEEd Teaching Workshops

Chris Levandowski (pictured) is a graduate student in structural engineering.

Iowa State structural engineering graduate student earns Freeman Fellowship

With fellowship from American Society of Civil Engineers, graduate student explores uses of Ultra High Performance Concrete Chris Levandowski, a graduate student in structural engineering at Iowa State University (ISU), has been awarded the Freeman Fellowship from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The fellowship was established in 1924 by former ASCE President John … Continue reading Iowa State structural engineering graduate student earns Freeman Fellowship

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

Both Ikuma (left) and Da'er work with algae samples to develop cost-effective wastewater treatment systems.

Interdisciplinary student seeks solutions to overseas water crisis

With a scholarship opportunity, Yemeni doctoral researcher Sahar Da’Er pursues education to combat humanitarian disaster After waking up in her home in Sana’a, Yemen, Sahar Da’Er would turn on the faucet. She couldn’t rely on anything coming out of the pipe, though. “We’d wake up in the morning and, sometimes, you’d open the tap and … Continue reading Interdisciplinary student seeks solutions to overseas water crisis

Herrera pilots a drone while at work.

Drones take off as trend in engineering industries – a CCEE alumni feature

Technology is changing the way engineers tackle challenges in the field. Iowa State civil, construction engineering alums weigh in. Editor’s Note: This past winter, the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University (ISU) released a survey to construction engineering alumni concerning possible changes to a program publication. In that survey, alums … Continue reading Drones take off as trend in engineering industries – a CCEE alumni feature