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

CCEE graduate student published in “2016 Highlights of Measurement Science and Technology”

For second year running, structural engineer Austin Downey’s work makes the cut for highlights of prestigious scholarly journal For the second year in a row, Measurement Science and Technology has selected the work of an Iowa State University (ISU) graduate student for its research highlights of 2016. Doctoral student Austin Downey is lead author of the … Continue reading CCEE graduate student published in “2016 Highlights of Measurement Science and Technology”

CBE peer mentors, staff, faculty all honored at Learning Community ceremony

A group of CBE students and advisers has been honored for their efforts in the department’s learning communities. They were recognized with the Outstanding Innovation Award for the new transfer student learning community and international student learning community, which were introduced during the fall 2016 semester. The award was presented at the 19th Annual Iowa … Continue reading CBE peer mentors, staff, faculty all honored at Learning Community ceremony

CBE senior Le Denmat tops Engineering Honors Program poster presentation

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering undergraduate and Engineering Honors Program student Catherine Le Denmat has received top honors from the college for her capstone research project presentation. It was selected as best in the program’s recent poster symposium, which involves students from different College of Engineering departments. The award has been given to one … Continue reading CBE senior Le Denmat tops Engineering Honors Program poster presentation

CBE grad students honored with research, teaching awards

Four chemical engineering graduate students have been honored with the department’s annual Research Excellence and Teaching Excellence Awards. Jose Miguel Suástegui (Fall 2016) and John Matthiesen (Spring 2017) received awards for effort and results in their respective research projects, while Benjamin Schlichtmann (Fall 2016) and Li Zhe (Spring 2017) were honored for their engagement with … Continue reading CBE grad students honored with research, teaching awards

ISU AGC works on securing the beams of their house (Courtesy AGC)

Iowa State Chapter of Associated General Contractors (ISU AGC) donates $5K to Appalachia Service Project

With winnings from Race to Build, Iowa State students keep on giving If you received $5,000 right now, how would you use it? Though some of us may struggle with this question, the choice for students in the Iowa State University Chapter of Associated General Contractors (ISU AGC) is clear. Give it to someone who … Continue reading Iowa State Chapter of Associated General Contractors (ISU AGC) donates $5K to Appalachia Service Project