Before the wrecking ball, memories of “Old Sweeney” have their time

While not as iconic as its landmark neighbor the Marston Water Tower, a historic structure that has been part of the College of Engineering landscape for many decades is about to meet its end. Known as “Old Sweeney,” the structure that extends from the southeast corner of the current Sweeney Hall, along with the nearby … Continue reading Before the wrecking ball, memories of “Old Sweeney” have their time

CCEE graduate student earns Graduate and Professional Student Senate Teaching Award

Teaching remains a top priority for doctoral candidate Last week, engineering graduate student Alireza Sassani earned the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Teaching Award. Sassani, who studies geotechnical/materials engineering at Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE), earned this award for his work as a teaching assistant for the course … Continue reading CCEE graduate student earns Graduate and Professional Student Senate Teaching Award

Chemical Engineering alumna Gayle Roberts joins CBE Hall of Fame

Gayle A. Roberts, P.E., an Iowa State University Chemical Engineering alumna, was officially inducted into the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Hall of Fame during a banquet April 12. Since 2007 Roberts has been president of Stanley Consultants, a global engineering firm that provides planning, design, consulting, construction and management services to clients around … Continue reading Chemical Engineering alumna Gayle Roberts joins CBE Hall of Fame

CBE’s Balaji Narasimhan named Anson Marston Distinguished Professor

Dr. Balaji Narasimhan, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor and Vlasta Klima Balloun Chair, has been named Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering at Iowa State University. The title of Anson Marston Distinguished Professor honors outstanding achievement in advancing engineering science, technology or policy having national and international impact in academics, industry, public service, … Continue reading CBE’s Balaji Narasimhan named Anson Marston Distinguished Professor

High honor for CBE’s Mallapragada; inducted as National Academy of Inventors Fellow

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s (CBE) Dr. Surya Mallapragada has joined an elite group of research and academic officials following her official induction as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The honor was bestowed at the Sixth Annual NAI Conference in Boston. Dr. Pat Halbur, DVM, executive director of the … Continue reading High honor for CBE’s Mallapragada; inducted as National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Students test out an early version of one structural engineering app (Photo courtesy Aliye Karabulut-Ilgu

CCEE-ME professors pursue use of augmented reality in structural engineering curriculum

Three faculty members awarded Miller Faculty Fellowship from Iowa State University for augmented reality research Starting in Fall 2017, some students could find themselves using iPads and apps in traditional engineering courses. Three professors from Iowa State’s College of Engineering are teaming up to bring augmented reality into civil engineering courses. Drs. Aliye Karabulut-Ilgu, An … Continue reading CCEE-ME professors pursue use of augmented reality in structural engineering curriculum

ISU Chem-E Car team advances to nationals; part of strong regional student conference effort

For the second consecutive year, a team of Iowa State students is set to “go racing” at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) national conference in the organization’s Chem-E Car competition. In the recent AIChE Mid-America Student Regional Conference for chemical engineering undergraduates at the University of Tulsa, ISU’s “Lime-E Lanterns” team took first … Continue reading ISU Chem-E Car team advances to nationals; part of strong regional student conference effort

Joint CBE-CCEE Bio-Polymer Facility celebrates first production run

The Iowa State University Bio-Polymer Processing Facility, which opened in 2015, has celebrated a major milestone: It recently launched its first production run of biopolymers – plastics that are made from the conversion of fats and vegetables. Construction of the plant, which is located in the ISU BioCentury Farm, was spearheaded by Department of Chemical … Continue reading Joint CBE-CCEE Bio-Polymer Facility celebrates first production run

Giroux (center) accepts the Roebling Award at ASCE's Construction Research Council. ISU Construction Engineering Program Professor-in-Charge Chuck Jahren (left) and ISU Construction Engineering Professor Doug Gransberg (right) accompany him to accept the award. Photo courtesy Paul Giroux

CCEE alumnus receives Roebling Award from ASCE

Raymond “Paul” Giroux (BSConE’79) earns prestigious honor for “contributions to construction engineering” When comparing résumés, it’s easy to see how Paul Giroux stands out from the crowd. After all, how many engineers can list the new San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge or Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge within their portfolios? This month, the Iowa State University … Continue reading CCEE alumnus receives Roebling Award from ASCE

Important NSF fellowship for chemical engineering grad student Deon Ploessl

Iowa State University chemical engineering graduate student Deon Ploessl has been named a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Ploessl was an Iowa State Chemical and Biological Engineering undergraduate who received his B.S. in May of 2016 and then entered the graduate program. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes … Continue reading Important NSF fellowship for chemical engineering grad student Deon Ploessl

Chuck Jahren (right) answers Brandon Sleep's (left) question during ConE 322 (Photo by Tindall)

“Ahead of the game:” Active and hybrid learning take foothold in CCEE curriculum

Professors use newest learning models to encourage real-world problem-solving Brandon Sleep preps thoroughly for any construction engineering (ConE) 322 lecture. He doesn’t mind watching video lectures outside of class. That’s because ConE 322 is a hybrid learning classroom. Students have to come prepared. “We do the homework in class, and we have a guide from the lectures … Continue reading “Ahead of the game:” Active and hybrid learning take foothold in CCEE curriculum