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

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

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

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 MCA awarded 2017 Chapter of Excellence Grant

Iowa State student organization plans events, scholarships made possible through grant from national association This month, Iowa State University’s Mechanical Contractors Association (ISU MCA) Student Chapter earned a 2017 Chapter of Excellence Grant from the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA). The grant totals $7,500 and will be used for student scholarships and chapter operations. … Continue reading ISU MCA awarded 2017 Chapter of Excellence Grant

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

Iowa State alumnus receives ENR—ACE Outstanding Mentor Award

From planning to finished project, Josh Braby (B.S. ConE 2006) knows engineering is best learned by doing On Tuesday, Engineering News-Record (ENR) and the Architecture-Construction-Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of America recognized construction engineering alumnus Josh Braby as a 2017 ENR-ACE Outstanding Mentor. Braby, who is a project manager at Neumann Brothers, Inc. in Des Moines, … Continue reading Iowa State alumnus receives ENR—ACE Outstanding Mentor Award

CCEE graduate student earns Graduate and Professional Student Senate Teaching Award

Teaching remains a top priority for doctoral candidate Last week, engineering graduate student Alireza Sassani earned the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Teaching Award. Sassani, who studies geotechnical/materials engineering at Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE), earned this award for his work as a teaching assistant for the course … Continue reading CCEE graduate student earns Graduate and Professional Student Senate Teaching Award