Poleacovschi earns fall 2017 PIRS Research Seed Grant for micropolitan resilience studies

Interdisciplinary research explores ways that communities recover from economic shock and methods for struggling populations to adapt Last week, Iowa State University announced the recipients of the fall 2017 Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed (PIRS) Grant Program. Cristina Poleacovschi, assistant professor of construction engineering and principal investigator of the research project, “Resilient Micropolitan Areas: Evaluating Coping … Continue reading Poleacovschi earns fall 2017 PIRS Research Seed Grant for micropolitan resilience studies

A number of construction engineering faculty gather for a group photo. Faculty members include (front row, from left) Jennifer Shane, Aliye Karabulut-Ilgu (civil/construction engineering faculty member), Brad Perkins. (Middle row) Charles Jahren, Cristina Poleacovschi, Larry Cormicle. (Back row) Michael Perez, Kristen Cetin, David Jeong.

Equity and equality among construction engineering faculty at Iowa State

In a historically male-dominated field, faculty of Iowa State’s Construction Engineering Program demonstrate progressively diverse backgrounds Engineering faculty at Iowa State are united when it comes to turning out tomorrow’s problem-solvers. The 2017-2018 school year marks the first time regular faculty positions in Iowa State University’s Construction Engineering Program (ISU ConE) are equally filled by … Continue reading Equity and equality among construction engineering faculty at Iowa State

Members of AGC gather at the entrance to Hope Village in West Virginia during their fall 2017 volunteer trip. Photo Courtesy Nathan Pals.

Iowa State Associated General Contractors Student Chapter earns first place at 2017 Outstanding Chapter Contest

Construction engineering students bring home national honor for eleventh time Early this month, Iowa State University’s Associated General Contractors (ISU AGC) Student Chapter won first place in the 2017 AGC Outstanding Student Chapter Contest. The contest is organized by the Associated General Contractors of America. Within the application, a major focus is put on the … Continue reading Iowa State Associated General Contractors Student Chapter earns first place at 2017 Outstanding Chapter Contest

CCEE graduate student earns prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship

Jacob Warner presents critical analysis of speed limits on Iowa Interstate System at annual Transportation Research Board Conference in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has chosen Jacob Warner, a graduate student studying transportation engineering at Iowa State University’s Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department (ISU CCEE), as a recipient of the Dwight … Continue reading CCEE graduate student earns prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship

Graduate and undergraduate students on the steps of the Boone County Courthouse after completing their presentation for the county board of commissioners. Photos courtesy Omar Smadi.

Civil engineering students take transportation studies on the road

Graduate and undergraduate students take part in real-world engineering study in Boone County, Iowa If you have ever had to make a decision based on your best estimates, you will understand the following statement. “Engineers have to make decisions with incomplete information. It’s a fact of life.” That is Omar Smadi speaking. Smadi is an … Continue reading Civil engineering students take transportation studies on the road

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