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

CBE graduate, ChemE grad student benefit from Pappajohn Center Cystarters program

An Iowa State chemical engineering graduate student and a May 2017 chemical and biological engineering (CBE) B.S. grad are both setting their sights on entrepreneurial goals – with the help of the university’s Pappajohn Center for Entreprenuership CYstarters program. Grad student Dillon Hurd — who is pursuing his Ph.D. by developing a wireless heart assist … Continue reading CBE graduate, ChemE grad student benefit from Pappajohn Center Cystarters program

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

Gift from ADM will boost chemical engineering student group

The Iowa State University chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has received a $2,500 gift from Archer Daniels Midland. AIChE is an international organization of chemical engineers and includes a large roster of undergraduate student groups at colleges and universities. It is the largest student group in Iowa State’s Department of Chemical … Continue reading Gift from ADM will boost chemical engineering student group

CBE’s John Burnett-Larkins joins Professional & Scientific Council

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) communication specialist John Burnett-Larkins has become a member of Iowa State’s Professional & Scientific Council. He becomes the second person in CBE to serve on the council, with academic adviser Tonia Baxter elected to the group in 2016. Burnett-Larkins’ membership on the council became official with its July … Continue reading CBE’s John Burnett-Larkins joins Professional & Scientific Council

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

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

ME’s Hashemi wins Early Career Engineering Faculty Research Award

Nicole Hashemi – an assistant professor of mechanical engineering – is the 2017 recipient of the College of Engineering’s Early Career Engineering Faculty Research Award. This honor is awarded “[i]n recognition of superior, early achievements in research by young engineering faculty members as evidenced by demonstrated ability to conduct original research, by scholarly contributions to the literature, … Continue reading ME’s Hashemi wins Early Career Engineering Faculty Research Award

ME’s Heise wins Superior Engineering Extension Award

Jim Heise – a senior lecturer in mechanical engineering – is the 2017 recipient of the College of Engineering’s Superior Engineering Extension Award. This honor is awarded “[i]n recognition of demonstrated superior extension performance as shown by responsiveness to client needs, innovative and resourceful programming, appropriate use of delivery methods, client satisfaction, and dedication to … Continue reading ME’s Heise wins Superior Engineering Extension Award

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”