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…]

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…]

How to succeed at Iowa State’s Engineering Career Fair

Industry partners share tips for making your next career fair one for the books Every year, thousands of students attend Iowa State University’s (ISU) two Engineering Career Fairs. So in the bustle to get résumés printed off or get that interview outfit ready, remember these top tips from industry partners.  Research, research, research Every industry [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State, Air Force Research Laboratory develop real-time structural health monitoring technology

Iowa State University (ISU) and Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW) explore the fastest methods of detecting damage to next-generation systems In January, researchers at Iowa State University and the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate began collaboration to develop the fastest methods of conducting high-rate state estimation for complex systems, including aircraft, spacecraft [Continue Reading…]

Eco-friendly lighting improves research facilities at CCEE

Sustainable LED lights increase reliability of tests while reducing energy consumption and creating safer work environment Picture this: you are in a research lab working on an experiment. The results are crucial to your work. You want be as precise as possible, right? Recent updates to three different research areas of Town Engineering Building will [Continue Reading…]

CCEE alumna receives Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award

Sandra Larson honored for outstanding achievements in highway research This January, Sandra Larson (BSCE’88, BSBIOL’75) received the Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award. This award is given by the Transportation Research Board (TRB). According to the board, the award recipient is recognized for “outstanding research in the field of transportation research.” Larson, the director of [Continue Reading…]

Two-time Eisenhower Fellow earns national recognition for research

Master’s student excels during Transportation Research Board presentation Patricia Thompson is not just a two-time Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellow. This month, the transportation engineering master’s student earned best oral presentation at the 2017 Transportation Research Showcase. “Receiving the award means, to me at least, that I was able to make people take an interest [Continue Reading…]

Graduate student council launches exCYted lecture series

Graduate student council launches exCYted lecture series Work-life balance takes priority at first event in newest engineering lecture The Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) Graduate Student Council hosted the first event in a new speaker series, exCYted, on Jan. 19. Establishing a successful professional career while setting aside personal time was the topic of [Continue Reading…]

SMART BRICK reduces risks from seismic events

CCEE associate professor joins in international collaboration to preserve Europe’s oldest infrastructure, increase safety for residents Just because a building survives an earthquake doesn’t mean it’s safe. “About 60 percent of Italian buildings, including those belonging to the historic heritage, are made of brick masonry,” said Filippo Ubertini, an associate professor of structural design at Italy’s University [Continue Reading…]

NSF CAREER recipient Cassandra Rutherford joins CCEE

New assistant professor stays on the “edge” of geotechnical engineering research Cassandra Rutherford doesn’t want the easy answer. That’s the reason she was drawn to engineering. “I thought that it was a challenging specialty,” Rutherford explained. “You were seeking new answers and trying to answer a question that hadn’t been answered before.” This January, Rutherford [Continue Reading…]

CCEE associate professor implements new techniques for classroom learning

Associate Professor Peter Savolainen embraces team-based learning, flipped classroom method to stretch students’ abilities New teaching methods are flipping traditional classroom learning on its head. Team-based learning (TBL) helping students learn from peers. Flipped learning methods lead students to review materials outside of the classroom. Class time is then used for questions, discussion and projects. These methods [Continue Reading…]

A wireless micro: New technology monitors concrete pavement health