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

(From left to right) ISU researchers Benjamin Ahn (aerospace engineering), Kristen Cetin and Bora Cetin (both of civil, construction and environmental engineering) are working to develop better teaching methods for the engineering students of tomorrow. Photo by Kate Tindall.

Iowa State researchers explore ways to better prepare students for industry

Construction, civil engineering faculty explore the art of problem solving to prepare graduates for real-world challenges on the job Complex … these words describe the types of problems that Kristen Cetin knows engineers face on the job site. “There’s no one solution,” she says, explaining the concept of ill-structured problems. “In addition to that, there’s … Continue reading Iowa State researchers explore ways to better prepare students for industry

Crews lay high RAP asphalt pavement on a section of road in Crawford County, Iowa. This RAP mixture uses an innovative new rejuvenator.

Iowa State University engineers use innovative rejuvenator to recycle asphalt pavement

Researchers explore greener methods for incorporating high-percentage recycled asphalt pavement mixture into roadways Late last month, a team of Iowa State University (ISU) researchers and industry partners gathered in Crawford County, Iowa, for the unveiling of an exciting development in how engineers use renewable resources in jobsites. Chris Williams is a professor of geotechnical/materials engineering … Continue reading Iowa State University engineers use innovative rejuvenator to recycle asphalt pavement

ISU CCEE faculty honored during 2017 College of Engineering Convocation, 35th Annual Civil Engineering Fall Banquet

Civil, construction and environmental engineering faculty earn honors during yearly celebrations of achievement Iowa State University’s College of Engineering held its annual Convocation on Sept. 7. James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering Sarah Rajala opened the ceremony with a welcoming address and yearly update that included college achievements and upcoming goals for … Continue reading ISU CCEE faculty honored during 2017 College of Engineering Convocation, 35th Annual Civil Engineering Fall Banquet

ISU CCEE team members compete in the 2017 Big Beam Competition. Photo courtesy Chris Levandowski.

ISU CCEE students bring home 4th place in Big Beam Competition

ISU CCEE students took 4th place in this year’s Engineering Student Design (Big Beam) Competition. The competition received 24 concrete beam reports. Each concrete beam submitted measured 22 feet in length. More teams compete by submitting designs alone (excluding the big beam). According to competition rules, students must include information related to the structural design … Continue reading ISU CCEE students bring home 4th place in Big Beam Competition

Calculated 3D micro-tentacle shape that can mimic the patient’s cochlear structure. Image courtesy In-Ho Cho.

Hear me now? Iowa State researchers begin work on new, improved hearing aid

Multi-disciplinary engineering faculty look to develop device to minimize damage to ear while maximizing amount of sound available to hearing impaired In-Ho Cho makes a spiral motion with his hand, demonstrating the coiled shape of the human ear’s cochlear structure. Located inside the inner ear, the cochlear structure is critical to a person’s hearing ability. … Continue reading Hear me now? Iowa State researchers begin work on new, improved hearing aid

Iowa State engineering researchers transform teaching of structural analysis through mobile augmented reality

Multi-disciplinary team aims to bring new tech tools to the classroom in effort to prepare students for real-world challenges (From left to right): Faculty members Aliye Karabulut, Chuck Jahren and An Chen “Students are motivated when things make sense and are relevant,” says Chuck Jahren, Iowa State University’s (ISU) Construction Engineering Professor-in-Charge. Jahren has been … Continue reading Iowa State engineering researchers transform teaching of structural analysis through mobile augmented reality

Students in CE 382 hold their books high after class with instructors Chris Williams and Ashley Buss. (Photo by Kate Tindall).

Asphalt Institute Foundation donates textbooks for civil engineering course

Students pay $0 for textbooks, thanks to start-of-school donation Ninety civil engineering students taking Design of Concretes (CE 382) this semester will not spend a penny on textbooks thanks to a generous gift from the Asphalt Institute Foundation (AIF). Professor Chris Williams and Assistant Professor Ashley Buss teach geotechnical/materials engineering at Iowa State University’s Department … Continue reading Asphalt Institute Foundation donates textbooks for civil engineering course

ISU chemical engineers discover key to unlocking performance of hydrogenation catalysts

Carbon-supported metal nanoparticles have been used for decades as catalysts for the industrial production of chemicals. Yet, little is known about the role the carbon support plays on the performance of these materials. The choice of a support (activated carbon, carbon black, etc.) for a given process remains mostly based on trial and error. However, … Continue reading ISU chemical engineers discover key to unlocking performance of hydrogenation catalysts

Record number of chemical engineering graduate students choose Iowa State

A record number of graduate students are being welcomed by Iowa State’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering this fall, with 85 individuals from more than a dozen countries pursuing advanced degrees in chemical engineering. Twenty of the students are new to Iowa State this semester. Both new and returning graduate students gathered recently for … Continue reading Record number of chemical engineering graduate students choose Iowa State