Tag: Iowa Department of Transportation

Civil engineering researcher looks to improve safety on the road

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.  

Civil engineering researcher looks to improve safety on the road – text only

Friction and Function You hardly think about the complex relationship between your car’s tires and the pavement on which you spend your morning and evening commute. But for Omar Smadi, an associate professor in civil engineering, the interaction between tires and pavement surfaces shares a fascinating dynamic that can lower the possibility of car accidents. … Continue reading Civil engineering researcher looks to improve safety on the road – text only

(From left) Schussler, Perez, and co-principle investigator/ISU CCEE Assistant Professor Bora Cetin at a research site in Tama County, Iowa. Photo courtesy Schussler.

Engineering researchers explore preventative measures to limit waterbody contamination from construction sites

Iowa State construction engineering faculty member looks to minimize erosion and sediment discharge into Iowa’s waterways When does a body of water become too polluted to use for recreation or drinking? Take a look at this map of Iowa impaired waterbodies, prepared by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 2016, and you’ll see impaired … Continue reading Engineering researchers explore preventative measures to limit waterbody contamination from construction sites

ISU CCEE alumna Sandra Larson retires from leadership at Iowa Department of Transportation

While summing up duties as systems operations bureau director for the State of Iowa, alum keeps university collaboration top priority This month, Sandra Larson (B.S. CE’88) will retire from her position as the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Systems Operations Bureau Director. She has spent 29 years managing the smooth facilitation of day-to-day traffic on … Continue reading ISU CCEE alumna Sandra Larson retires from leadership at Iowa Department of Transportation

ISU researchers work to develop a better system to manage traffic incidents

Iowa State traffic researchers are developing technology that will take the huge amounts of data collected by the Iowa Department of Transportation, sort through it all and identify problems. The goal is early detection of traffic incidents and better traffic management. That would improve safety and mobility on Iowa’s roads and highways. To read the … Continue reading ISU researchers work to develop a better system to manage traffic incidents

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

Sandra Larson with Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award (Credit: Iowa Department of Transportation)

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 CCEE alumna receives Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award

Bridge Engineering Center receives $2.1m University Transportation Center grant for second year

Iowa State University engineers earn grant for innovative research of accelerated bridge construction (ABC) For the second year, Iowa State University’s Bridge Engineering Center has been chosen to be a partner in a United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Tier I University Transportation Center (UTC) grant. The grant brings $2.1 million to the research … Continue reading Bridge Engineering Center receives $2.1m University Transportation Center grant for second year

CCEE students sweep awards at regional, national Intelligent Transportation Systems contests

Tingting Huang says transportation engineering data analysis can be daunting. “After we’ve collected this data, how do we know if the data is good enough, is good for the research or application?” Huang said. Pranamesh Chakraborty works with massive quantities of data from freeway sensors. He, too, knows that real-world analysis presents challenges. “It’s a huge … Continue reading CCEE students sweep awards at regional, national Intelligent Transportation Systems contests

Institute for Transportation research takes novel approach to integrating climate into transportation planning

The following post was originally published by the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation on Nov. 23, 2015. Iowa State University climate researchers have led the development of a new method that could help transportation departments to better plan for excessive flooding, the type of which has closed and damaged some of Iowa’s and the … Continue reading Institute for Transportation research takes novel approach to integrating climate into transportation planning

Iowa State Traffic Operations Lab partners civil engineering, Institute for Transportation, Iowa DOT

Many Iowa State University students, faculty researchers, and engineers at the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) have partnered to develop traffic solutions for Iowa’s highways. Neal Hawkins, director of the Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE) and adjunct lecturer of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State, and Mike Jackson, state traffic … Continue reading Iowa State Traffic Operations Lab partners civil engineering, Institute for Transportation, Iowa DOT