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Iowa State University College of Engineering launches new environmental engineering major for fall 2020

Iowa State University’s College of Engineering is introducing a bachelor of science degree program in environmental engineering. The new major – approved by the state’s Board of Regents at its April 1 meeting – will begin in the fall of 2020. The environmental engineering program will be part of the college’s Department of Civil, Construction …Continue reading “Iowa State University College of Engineering launches new environmental engineering major for fall 2020”

CCEE alum receives Young Engineer of the Year award

Cyclone Engineer Rebekkah Sandt (’06 civil engr) was recently awarded the Young Engineer of the Year for the Texas American Public Works Association (APWA), Southeast Branch. Sandt works as a project manager for HR Green’s Water business line located in Houston, Texas. Her career is focused on working with small communities to improve their wastewater …Continue reading “CCEE alum receives Young Engineer of the Year award”

Incoming ME faculty member returns to his roots

Some kids grow up wanting to be an astronaut or a doctor or any other number of careers. This wasn’t the case for Cody H. Fleming. He admits that growing up he was more interested in sports than his schoolwork. However, because of the persistence and encouragement from some of his teachers and mentors, he …Continue reading “Incoming ME faculty member returns to his roots”

Schaefer selected for Academy of Distinguished Alumni at Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech

Vernon Schaefer, James M. Hoover Professor in Geotechnical Engineering at Iowa State University, has been selected for induction into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni for the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Schaefer’s award citation states: “The Academy of Distinguished Alumni recognizes alumni of the Via Department …Continue reading “Schaefer selected for Academy of Distinguished Alumni at Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech”

ISU CCEE associate professor works with Science Journal for Kids to educate young STEM enthusiasts about bed bug infestations

Creepy crawly bed bugs are the stuff of homeowner nightmares. ISU CCEE’s Chris Rehmann has been working with a team of researchers to explore the best practices to help both landlords and tenants deal with this pest. In a recent edition of Science Journal for Kids, Rehmann’s work was featured.

Cyclone Energy sweeps Electri-International Green Energy Challenge for sixth year running

Civil engineering student lands career-changing NASA Internship

Senior in STEM takes on out-of-this-world experience with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) With her feet planted firmly on the ground, Lauren Wibe’s professional career is taking off thanks to her involvement in the elite NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program (IEP). Starting last fall, Wibe worked in NASA’s Environmental Protection and Management Division within …Continue reading “Civil engineering student lands career-changing NASA Internship”

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.

Study: requiring landlords to disclose bedbugs cuts infestations, creates long-term savings

Policies requiring landlords to disclose a rental unit’s history with bedbugs may raise costs to landlords over the short-term, but over the long-term they are an effective way to reduce infestations and lower costs, according to a just-published study.

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”

Civil engineering alumna takes role as first female general manager of Island Water Association

Greenwood Department Chair inducted to UT Austin Academy of Distinguished Alumni

On Friday, Sept. 28, the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) inducted Greenwood Department Chair David Sanders into its Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Sanders earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees at UT Austin in 1986 and 1990, respectively. Induction ceremonies took place at UT Austin’s Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. …Continue reading “Greenwood Department Chair inducted to UT Austin Academy of Distinguished Alumni”

ISU CCEE faculty member celebrates 60th anniversary with Lanzhou Jiaotong University

Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Timothy (Tim) Ellis participated this month in the 60th anniversary of Lanzhou Jiaotong University (LZJTU) in China. Ellis is a faculty member in Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE). Ellis gave a speech at the celebration of the anniversary. Along with fellow ISU faculty members, …Continue reading “ISU CCEE faculty member celebrates 60th anniversary with Lanzhou Jiaotong University”

Romal joins ISU CCEE as environmental engineering laboratory and safety manager

John Romal is the environmental lab and safety manager at Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE). In his current duties, Romal is responsible for research and teaching laboratory operations, including sample preparation for undergraduate students, equipment maintenance, user supervision and training, safety inspections and general operations. He also collaborates …Continue reading “Romal joins ISU CCEE as environmental engineering laboratory and safety manager”

Have a voice at Iowa State – Engineer at ISU CCEE

Environment for listening and voicing ideas is crucial to graduate student’s Iowa State experience Lauren Schwab wasn’t considering graduate school after she completed her undergraduate degree at Iowa State. But then she found a faculty mentor that was unique for a specific quality. Chris Rehmann, a professor of environmental engineering, listened to her ideas. “There’s …Continue reading “Have a voice at Iowa State – Engineer at ISU CCEE”

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