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

Different forms of the same art: Iowa State student combines passion for music with engineering

Civil engineering student finds similarities between engineering and piano performance in college adventure “You never have enough time.” For Iowa State junior Adam Hu, lack of time is a way of life. You can see this if you take a moment to watch him practice piano. His concentration is focused fully, making emotion flow from thoughts … Continue reading Different forms of the same art: Iowa State student combines passion for music with engineering

Iowa State students hold up under pressure in Steel Bridge Competition

Campus chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ISU ASCE) takes third place overall at 2017 ASCE Midwest Steel Bridge Competition Late last month, students in Iowa State University’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, or ISU ASCE, brought home third place overall at the society’s Midwest Steel Bridge Competition. The 36-member team … Continue reading Iowa State students hold up under pressure in Steel Bridge Competition

(From left) Drs. David Jeong, Jennifer Shane and Chuck Jahren

Construction engineering faculty take lead in ASCE Construction Institute

Three ISU faculty members tackle real-world engineering issues in committee chair positions With the election of construction engineering (ConE) professor David Jeong earlier this month, faculty of Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) now claim three leadership positions within the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Construction Institute (ASCE CI). “We are … Continue reading Construction engineering faculty take lead in ASCE Construction Institute

Joint CBE-CCEE Bio-Polymer Facility celebrates first production run

The Iowa State University Bio-Polymer Processing Facility, which opened in 2015, has celebrated a major milestone: It recently launched its first production run of biopolymers – plastics that are made from the conversion of fats and vegetables. Construction of the plant, which is located in the ISU BioCentury Farm, was spearheaded by Department of Chemical … Continue reading Joint CBE-CCEE Bio-Polymer Facility celebrates first production run

Paul Giroux (Photo by Jim Tkatch for ASCE)

CCEE alumnus receives Roebling Award from ASCE

Raymond “Paul” Giroux (BSConE’79) earns prestigious honor for “contributions to construction engineering” When comparing résumés, it’s easy to see how Paul Giroux stands out from the crowd. After all, how many engineers can list the new San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge or Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge within their portfolios? This month, the Iowa State University … Continue reading CCEE alumnus receives Roebling Award from ASCE

Civil engineering alum’s career inspired by 4-H project

Described in the March 15, 2017, article “Award-winning engineer’s career inspired by 4-H project,” Rachel Pichelmann (BSCE2009) recalls one test in particular in high school. “I remember taking some sort of career aptitude test and it showed that I should pursue some sort of science or technology career,” Pichelmann said. “I still remember thinking, ‘Oh, whatever … Continue reading Civil engineering alum’s career inspired by 4-H project

Chuck Jahren (right) answers Brandon Sleep's (left) question during ConE 322 (Photo by Tindall)

“Ahead of the game:” Active and hybrid learning take foothold in CCEE curriculum

Professors use newest learning models to encourage real-world problem-solving Brandon Sleep preps thoroughly for any construction engineering (ConE) 322 lecture. He doesn’t mind watching video lectures outside of class. That’s because ConE 322 is a hybrid learning classroom. Students have to come prepared. “We do the homework in class, and we have a guide from the lectures … Continue reading “Ahead of the game:” Active and hybrid learning take foothold in CCEE curriculum

Flags placed on rural road traffic signs

Safety takes front seat in second phase of national highway program

Iowa State transportation engineering faculty hit high gear analyzing highway safety data in part two of second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) This semester will be busy, as Iowa State University (ISU) researchers propose traffic safety models for SHRP2, or the second Strategic Highway Research Program. “This is all about saving lives,” says Sandra Larson. … Continue reading Safety takes front seat in second phase of national highway program

Jake Uglem (Photo by Craig Carrol Photography)

Iowa State construction engineering student earns spot on Team USA

Cyclone Hockey’s Jake Uglem strikes a balance on the ice and in class If the first round of semester tests is stressful for you, imagine navigating class responsibilities while balancing an athletic schedule. Jake Uglem doesn’t have to imagine. Balancing responsibilities is a regular thing for the Cyclone Hockey defenseman. Uglem, an Iowa State University (ISU) junior … Continue reading Iowa State construction engineering student earns spot on Team USA

Iowa State EERI team and their adviser, Dr. Jeramy Ashlock, at 2016 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition (photo courtesy Bin Cai)

Students prep for 2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute at Iowa State seeks donations to compete in March competition On March 7-10, Iowa State University’s Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) student organization will travel to Portland, Oregon, to compete in the 2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. The team is currently seeking donations from individuals and companies to defray the cost … Continue reading Students prep for 2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition