Dick Handy (left) and Nat Fox during a conference in Egypt. Photo courtesy Dick Handy.

Innovative Geopier® Systems gets start with ISU alum: Mentoring has lasting impact for CCEE student and professor

Do you have a mentor? This civil engineering alumnus and emeritus professor know how to keep an innovative relationship going strong for decades. When you walk down Engineering Row on Bissell Road that runs along the west side of Iowa State University’s (ISU) campus, you will notice a large construction site just west of Marston … Continue reading Innovative Geopier® Systems gets start with ISU alum: Mentoring has lasting impact for CCEE student and professor

Retirement: Iowa State CCEE’s Doug Gransberg

Construction engineering professor makes an impact on graduate experience at Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE) Engineering is in Doug Gransberg’s genes. He is an engineer, his father was an engineer, his sons are engineers – even Gransberg’s ancestors constructed bridges. “I never thought of doing anything else,” Gransberg, … Continue reading Retirement: Iowa State CCEE’s Doug Gransberg

Associated General Contractors –Iowa State Chapter gives time to build homes in West Virginia

Students take days during fall break to build housing for those devastated by flooding When you think about the act of volunteering, does the word “connections” come to mind? It does for Alex Stadtmueller. “It connects you to different communities,” Stadtmueller, who is a freshman in construction engineering, says. Stadtmueller was one of nearly 50 … Continue reading Associated General Contractors –Iowa State Chapter gives time to build homes in West Virginia

Nick Kuhn pictured wants The Kitchen and The Hall working in tandem, with ten percent of food proceeds going to support The Kitchen. Photos by Kate Tindall.

Building community: CCEE alumnus takes philanthropic approach to new Valley Junction beer hall and eatery

Pairing community experience with food truck fare, Nick Kuhn (B.S. CE’94) finds creative way to help those in need The Hall You can hear the rumble of hundreds of conversations long before you enter The Hall. That’s what Nick Kuhn and his business associates are calling their newest beer hall and restaurant, located in The … Continue reading Building community: CCEE alumnus takes philanthropic approach to new Valley Junction beer hall and eatery

ISU DBIA's student competition team gathers for a photo at the top of The Rocky Steps in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy Trent Cork.

Iowa State Design-Build Institute of America student team takes fourth place in national competition

Collaboration is key for new segment of construction engineering industry Members of the Iowa State University Design-Build Institute of America (ISU DBIA) student competition team took fourth place during this month’s 2017 DBIA National Student Competition. Competition events were hosted at the annual Design-Build Conference and Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To qualify for national competition, … Continue reading Iowa State Design-Build Institute of America student team takes fourth place in national competition

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

Students members of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), along with friends, gather up for a group photo during Sunday's compost project. Photos by Kate Tindall.

Changing Town Engineering: students host green initiative with future in mind

Students, faculty take a new look at using compost on campus during volunteer opportunity Iowa State University (ISU) produces between 3,500 and 4,000 tons of compost every year. * Where does it all go? Students and faculty in the civil, construction and environmental engineering department (CCEE) are finding a new way to use this pure … Continue reading Changing Town Engineering: students host green initiative with future in mind

Team members of the ISU ASC Competition Teams show off their winnings. Photos courtesy Phil Barutha and Charlie Sweeney.

Iowa State teams take top honors in ASC Region IV Student Competition

Engineering students uphold winning tradition while teaching team skills “Our success or failure entirely depends on how we work as a team,” says Michael Feste, a junior in construction engineering. That statement could not be more true. For the past two years, Feste has been a part of Iowa State University’s Associated Schools of Construction … Continue reading Iowa State teams take top honors in ASC Region IV Student Competition

Cyclone Energy after its presentation at the 2017 Green Energy Challenge. Photo courtesy Beth Hartmann.

ISU NECA wins Green Energy Challenge for fourth year running, finds volunteer calling

While working to win the Electri International/NECA Green Energy Challenge, students discover ways to give back Can a competition be something more? Beth Hartmann’s answer is “yes!” “It’s a learning curve,” she says. Hartmann is a faculty adviser for the Iowa State University Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, or ISU NECA. This month, … Continue reading ISU NECA wins Green Energy Challenge for fourth year running, finds volunteer calling

Recruiters from Mortenson talk with students and view resumes.

Trends and buzzwords: CCEE alumni lend insight for success at career fairs

With the 2017 Iowa State University (ISU) Fall Engineering Career Fair one for the books, civil, construction and environmental engineering alums weigh in with do’s and don’ts Following the career fair, you probably contacted employers with thank you emails and constantly gripped your phone in hopes that recruiters would ring with news of an internship … Continue reading Trends and buzzwords: CCEE alumni lend insight for success at career fairs

Crews lay high RAP asphalt pavement on a section of road in Crawford County, Iowa. This RAP mixture uses an innovative new rejuvenator.

Iowa State University engineers use innovative rejuvenator to recycle asphalt pavement

Researchers explore greener methods for incorporating high-percentage recycled asphalt pavement mixture into roadways Late last month, a team of Iowa State University (ISU) researchers and industry partners gathered in Crawford County, Iowa, for the unveiling of an exciting development in how engineers use renewable resources in jobsites. Chris Williams is a professor of geotechnical/materials engineering … Continue reading Iowa State University engineers use innovative rejuvenator to recycle asphalt pavement

Calculated 3D micro-tentacle shape that can mimic the patient’s cochlear structure. Image courtesy In-Ho Cho.

Hear me now? Iowa State researchers begin work on new, improved hearing aid

Multi-disciplinary engineering faculty look to develop device to minimize damage to ear while maximizing amount of sound available to hearing impaired In-Ho Cho makes a spiral motion with his hand, demonstrating the coiled shape of the human ear’s cochlear structure. Located inside the inner ear, the cochlear structure is critical to a person’s hearing ability. … Continue reading Hear me now? Iowa State researchers begin work on new, improved hearing aid

Iowa State engineering researchers transform teaching of structural analysis through mobile augmented reality

Multi-disciplinary team aims to bring new tech tools to the classroom in effort to prepare students for real-world challenges (From left to right): Faculty members Aliye Karabulut, Chuck Jahren and An Chen “Students are motivated when things make sense and are relevant,” says Chuck Jahren, Iowa State University’s (ISU) Construction Engineering Professor-in-Charge. Jahren has been … Continue reading Iowa State engineering researchers transform teaching of structural analysis through mobile augmented reality

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

(From left to right)Engineering alumni Jenny Ruddy, Lance Aldrich and Kris Evans stand in the operations gallery of the new City of Ames Water Treatment Plant. Photo by Kate Tindall.

Iowa State University alumni take leading roles building new City of Ames Water Treatment Plant

At the closure of a nearly 10-year project, three local environmental engineers make lasting impact on Ames community Engineers Kris Evans, Lance Aldrich and Jenny Ruddy will have a big effect on Ames citizens for years to come. Whenever someone turns on the faucet, he or she will come into direct contact with the work … Continue reading Iowa State University alumni take leading roles building new City of Ames Water Treatment Plant