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ISU CCEE researcher explores ways to produce more sustainable residential building materials

A number of products you use in your home contain resins. Resins are materials that act as a glue between polymers, and polymers make up synthetic organic materials like plastics and fibers. Chris Williams, a professor in civil engineering, is working on a collaborative project that could replace resins with cleaner, more efficient biomaterials.

Clean and green

A number of products you use in your home contain resins. Resins are materials that act as a glue between polymers, and polymers make up synthetic organic materials like plastics and fibers. Chris Williams, a professor in civil engineering, is working on a collaborative project that could replace resins with cleaner, more efficient biomaterials. “It …Continue reading “Clean and green”

Civil engineering researcher’s work creates faster technologies for high-rate systems

This research feature is part of a series highlighting the work of ISU CCEE faculty. For more information, visit our website, www.ccee.iastate.edu/research/. Also, follow ISU CCEE on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and LinkedIn (search “Iowa State University Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering” and “ISUConE”). Text-only version available.

New study finds bacterial enzymes could help prevent earthquake damage

A new study published in Canadian Geotechnical Journal suggests that an enzyme derived from bacteria could be used to enhance the stability of certain soils.

By women, for women: Ames historic building designed by early civil engineering graduate

Today, women teaching at Iowa State University (ISU) probably don’t worry about finding a place to live near campus. Students, faculty and alums may be surprised to find that, prior to 1922, both female students and faculty members sometimes struggled to find housing.

ISU CCEE’s Sharma appointed Pitt-Des Moines Inc. Professor in Civil Engineering

Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE) has named Anuj Sharma the Pitt-Des Moines Inc. (PDM) Professor in Civil Engineering. “Contributions such as these form stepping stones to explore transformative solutions for next generation civil infrastructure systems,” Sharma said of the professorship. Sharma is an associate professor of transportation engineering …Continue reading “ISU CCEE’s Sharma appointed Pitt-Des Moines Inc. Professor in Civil Engineering”

ISU CCEE’s Laflamme appointed Waldo W. Wegner Professor in Civil Engineering

Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE) has appointed Simon Laflamme the Waldo W. Wegner Professor in Civil Engineering. “This professorship enables innovative research projects that could yield exciting opportunities for our department,” Laflamme said. Laflamme is an associate professor of structural engineering. His research interests include structural health monitoring, …Continue reading “ISU CCEE’s Laflamme appointed Waldo W. Wegner Professor in Civil Engineering”

Centennial Celebration: A glimpse at civil engineering alumnus Neal Garver

Neal Garver stepped off the train with only a suitcase, prior experience as a school teacher, a certificate from a second-grade teacher in hand and a dream of becoming a civil engineer. Four years later he graduated with a degree in civil engineering and went on to create Garver, a multi-disciplined engineering, planning, architectural and environmental services firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Winners announced for Eighth Annual ISU CCEE Graduate Student Research Showcase

On Jan. 24, the Iowa State University Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE) Graduate Student Council hosted its annual research showcase and poster competition. The competition was held in Howe Hall Atrium on Iowa State University’s campus. It was the eighth consecutive year that the ISU CCEE Graduate Student Research Showcase has taken place. The …Continue reading “Winners announced for Eighth Annual ISU CCEE Graduate Student Research Showcase”

ENR Midwest recognizes ISU CCEE grad as top professional, “teaching star”

Islam El-adaway (PhDCE2008) was recently recognized by Engineering News-Record (ENR) Midwest as a top young professional of 2019. From the article … El-adaway earned his bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in his native Egypt in 2003. He was then hired as a contract administrator for Nile Aster International …Continue reading “ENR Midwest recognizes ISU CCEE grad as top professional, “teaching star””

Iowa State Associated General Contractors volunteer nearly 2,000 hours during university break

The Iowa State University chapter of Associated General Contractors (AGC) is fresh back from its semester service trip. This year, 48 students traveled to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and gave a total of nearly 2,000 hours to local families. The group left Iowa State on Nov. 14 and returned on Nov. 20. It’s a long-standing tradition with …Continue reading “Iowa State Associated General Contractors volunteer nearly 2,000 hours during university break”

Iowa State team earns first place in Design-Build Institute of America Student Competition

It’s a week of firsts for Iowa State University’s Design-Build Institute of America (ISU DBIA) Student Chapter. On Friday, the team earned first place at the Design-Build Institute of America Student Competition. READ: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY WINS 2018 NATIONAL DESIGN-BUILD STUDENT COMPETITION  The team is comprised of five students. Trent Cork, Gus Marty and Brett Poulsen …Continue reading “Iowa State team earns first place in Design-Build Institute of America Student Competition”

Charles Jahren inducted into National Academy of Construction

San Diego, CA ― The National Academy of Construction (NAC) has elected Charles “Chuck” Jahren, the W. A. Klinger Teaching Professor, construction engineering division leader, and associate department chair in Iowa State University’s Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Department, as a member of its 2018 class. He was inducted on Oct. 11 at the academy’s …Continue reading “Charles Jahren inducted into National Academy of Construction”

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