Mujumdar (center) with Dean Rajala (left) and Sritharan (right) following reception events. Photo by Bill Beach.

Mujumdar donates start-up funds for innovative Iowa State Hazard Mitigation and Community Resilience Program

Generous donation leads to greater collaborative research and multi-disciplinary approach to managing disasters Vilas Mujumdar has made a generous donation to the Hazard Mitigation Community and Resilience Program (HMCR) at Iowa State University (ISU). The College of Engineering hosted a reception in Marston Hall today to recognize Mujumdar’s gift. “This program will strengthen our cross-campus … Continue reading Mujumdar donates start-up funds for innovative Iowa State Hazard Mitigation and Community Resilience Program

ISU CCEE team members compete in the 2017 Big Beam Competition. Photo courtesy Chris Levandowski.

ISU CCEE students bring home 4th place in Big Beam Competition

ISU CCEE students took 4th place in this year’s Engineering Student Design (Big Beam) Competition. The competition received 24 concrete beam reports. Each concrete beam submitted measured 22 feet in length. More teams compete by submitting designs alone (excluding the big beam). According to competition rules, students must include information related to the structural design … Continue reading ISU CCEE students bring home 4th place in Big Beam Competition

Students in CE 382 hold their books high after class with instructors Chris Williams and Ashley Buss. (Photo by Kate Tindall).

Asphalt Institute Foundation donates textbooks for civil engineering course

Students pay $0 for textbooks, thanks to start-of-school donation Ninety civil engineering students taking Design of Concretes (CE 382) this semester will not spend a penny on textbooks thanks to a generous gift from the Asphalt Institute Foundation (AIF). Professor Chris Williams and Assistant Professor Ashley Buss teach geotechnical/materials engineering at Iowa State University’s Department … Continue reading Asphalt Institute Foundation donates textbooks for civil engineering course

Kristen Cetin stands in front of the Iowa State University Power Plant. Her research on energy production would impact facilities like this one during times of peak usage. Photo by Kate Tindall.

Iowa State researchers awarded National Science Foundation grant to assess impact of extreme weather on energy production

Construction Engineering Assistant Professor Kristen Cetin seeks ways to decrease demand on load during dog days of summer Turning up the air conditioner is the first move you make when you come in from a hot summer day. The hotter the outdoor temperatures, the lower you crank the thermostat. Multiply that by thousands of people … Continue reading Iowa State researchers awarded National Science Foundation grant to assess impact of extreme weather on energy production

Taylor’s research shows that, by improving concrete mixture processes to eliminate premature failure, the life of concrete structures could be increased by nearly double the amount of years. In the graph, this is shown through the comparison of projects including premature failures (all data points with blue best fit line) and non-failure projects (orange data points with orange best fit line). (Graph provided by Peter Taylor)

Iowa State researchers take new long-lasting highway findings on the road

Transportation engineers plan efforts to teach new concrete specifications to states in effort to cut delays, extend life of roadways It is hard to imagine a summer without the delays of road construction; however, researchers at Iowa State University (ISU) are finding new ways to keep the slow-downs to a minimum. To do so, they … Continue reading Iowa State researchers take new long-lasting highway findings on the road

Engineering students take learning global with Great Britain study abroad

Transportation engineering course caps off with trips to Scotland, London Young engineers got a glimpse of medieval and modern engineering practices last month during a nearly two-week study abroad experience in Great Britain. The group of 25 civil and construction engineering students from Iowa State University (ISU) toured sites in Scotland and England for the course … Continue reading Engineering students take learning global with Great Britain study abroad

Herrera pilots a drone while at work.

Drones take off as trend in engineering industries – a CCEE alumni feature

Technology is changing the way engineers tackle challenges in the field. Iowa State civil, construction engineering alums weigh in. Editor’s Note: This past winter, the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University (ISU) released a survey to construction engineering alumni concerning possible changes to a program publication. In that survey, alums … Continue reading Drones take off as trend in engineering industries – a CCEE alumni feature

Tumblin’ down: Former ChemE buildings reduced to rubble; photo album posted

The demolition of Old Sweeney Hall, the original home of Iowa State’s chemical engineering department, was carried out May 17 & 18. An addition that was later installed and enjoins the current Sweeney Hall remains standing, and will be demolished at a date to be determined. The Nuclear Engineering Building, originally constructed as an additional … Continue reading Tumblin’ down: Former ChemE buildings reduced to rubble; photo album posted

Jim Hill retires from CBE after 46 years of research, education and outreach

Chemical and Biological Engineering University Professor James (Jim) Hill has announced his retirement, and was honored with a reception hosted by the department. Hill has been part of the CBE faculty since 1971 and served as department chair from 2005-2009. His work as a researcher, educator and advocate for students through the renowned ISU solar … Continue reading Jim Hill retires from CBE after 46 years of research, education and outreach

Pepper Construction’s Dave Pepper named 2017 inductee to Iowa State University Construction Engineering Hall of Fame

Ames, Iowa – Dave Pepper, a 1985 graduate of Iowa State University, is this year’s inductee into the Iowa State University Construction Engineering (ISU ConE) Hall of Fame. Pepper is chairman of Pepper Construction Group. He accepted the nomination during the ISU Associated General Contractors Banquet on April 21 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference … Continue reading Pepper Construction’s Dave Pepper named 2017 inductee to Iowa State University Construction Engineering Hall of Fame

CBE peer mentors, staff, faculty all honored at Learning Community ceremony

A group of CBE students and advisers has been honored for their efforts in the department’s learning communities. They were recognized with the Outstanding Innovation Award for the new transfer student learning community and international student learning community, which were introduced during the fall 2016 semester. The award was presented at the 19th Annual Iowa … Continue reading CBE peer mentors, staff, faculty all honored at Learning Community ceremony

CBE senior Le Denmat tops Engineering Honors Program poster presentation

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering undergraduate and Engineering Honors Program student Catherine Le Denmat has received top honors from the college for her capstone research project presentation. It was selected as best in the program’s recent poster symposium, which involves students from different College of Engineering departments. The award has been given to one … Continue reading CBE senior Le Denmat tops Engineering Honors Program poster presentation

CBE grad students honored with research, teaching awards

Four chemical engineering graduate students have been honored with the department’s annual Research Excellence and Teaching Excellence Awards. Jose Miguel Suástegui (Fall 2016) and John Matthiesen (Spring 2017) received awards for effort and results in their respective research projects, while Benjamin Schlichtmann (Fall 2016) and Li Zhe (Spring 2017) were honored for their engagement with … Continue reading CBE grad students honored with research, teaching awards

Iowa State alumnus receives ENR—ACE Outstanding Mentor Award

From planning to finished project, Josh Braby (B.S. ConE 2006) knows engineering is best learned by doing On Tuesday, Engineering News-Record (ENR) and the Architecture-Construction-Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of America recognized construction engineering alumnus Josh Braby as a 2017 ENR-ACE Outstanding Mentor. Braby, who is a project manager at Neumann Brothers, Inc. in Des Moines, … Continue reading Iowa State alumnus receives ENR—ACE Outstanding Mentor Award