Celebration of life and work: Former CCEE Chair Lowell Greimann

Former chair of CCEE department leaves lasting legacy for student support and advanced structural engineering research Finding ways to build the best bridges and ensure public safety was a large part of Lowell Greimann’s work at Iowa State University (ISU). For some who worked with the structural engineering professor and former CCEE department chair, that … Continue reading Celebration of life and work: Former CCEE Chair Lowell Greimann

Associated General Contractors –Iowa State Chapter gives time to build homes in West Virginia

Students take days during fall break to build housing for those devastated by flooding When you think about the act of volunteering, does the word “connections” come to mind? It does for Alex Stadtmueller. “It connects you to different communities,” Stadtmueller, who is a freshman in construction engineering, says. Stadtmueller was one of nearly 50 … Continue reading Associated General Contractors –Iowa State Chapter gives time to build homes in West Virginia

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

Cyclone Energy after its presentation at the 2017 Green Energy Challenge. Photo courtesy Beth Hartmann.

ISU NECA wins Green Energy Challenge for fourth year running, finds volunteer calling

While working to win the Electri International/NECA Green Energy Challenge, students discover ways to give back Can a competition be something more? Beth Hartmann’s answer is “yes!” “It’s a learning curve,” she says. Hartmann is a faculty adviser for the Iowa State University Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, or ISU NECA. This month, … Continue reading ISU NECA wins Green Energy Challenge for fourth year running, finds volunteer calling

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

Bissell Road closure will impact Sweeney, BRL; info for drivers, bus riders

Closure of a segment of Bissell Road will affect traffic and bus routes in the vicinity of Sweeney Hall and the Biorenewables Research Laboratory June 12-June 26. Bissell will close to through traffic from Osborn Drive to the entrances to Parking Lots 3 and 8 (just south of Howe and Hoover Halls). Motorists should detour … Continue reading Bissell Road closure will impact Sweeney, BRL; info for drivers, bus riders

Engineering students take learning global with Great Britain study abroad

Transportation engineering course caps off with trips to Scotland, London Young engineers got a glimpse of medieval and modern engineering practices last month during a nearly two-week study abroad experience in Great Britain. The group of 25 civil and construction engineering students from Iowa State University (ISU) toured sites in Scotland and England for the course … Continue reading Engineering students take learning global with Great Britain study abroad

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

Jim Hill retires from CBE after 46 years of research, education and outreach

Chemical and Biological Engineering University Professor James (Jim) Hill has announced his retirement, and was honored with a reception hosted by the department. Hill has been part of the CBE faculty since 1971 and served as department chair from 2005-2009. His work as a researcher, educator and advocate for students through the renowned ISU solar … Continue reading Jim Hill retires from CBE after 46 years of research, education and outreach

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