College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Senior lecturer leaves lasting legacy of mentoring and service

Larry Cormicle, Dave and Katy Pepper Senior Lecturer in Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE), is retiring this May. Cormicle has been teaching at ISU since 2002, has a 24-year career in the construction industry and has been a construction educator for nearly 29 years. He is a registered …Continue reading “Senior lecturer leaves lasting legacy of mentoring and service”

Iowa State Associated General Contractors volunteer nearly 2,000 hours during university break

The Iowa State University chapter of Associated General Contractors (AGC) is fresh back from its semester service trip. This year, 48 students traveled to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and gave a total of nearly 2,000 hours to local families. The group left Iowa State on Nov. 14 and returned on Nov. 20. It’s a long-standing tradition with …Continue reading “Iowa State Associated General Contractors volunteer nearly 2,000 hours during university break”

Find community at Iowa State – Engineer at ISU CCEE

On campus and in Ames community, construction engineering senior shares ways to give back Julie “JP” Penton’s day is made when she can help someone else. “If you can make someone else feel better, then that in itself is the best thing that you can do,” she says. It’s a defining part of her ISU …Continue reading “Find community at Iowa State – Engineer at ISU CCEE”

CCEE students lend a hand to Ames Emergency Residence Project

Associated General Contractors student organization pitches in to refurbish low finance housing in Ames Think of all the things a home provides … security, shelter, a place to relax or have fun. So what if you went home one day, just to find you had no place to go home to? Members of ISU AGC, …Continue reading “CCEE students lend a hand to Ames Emergency Residence Project”

“Helping people is the best satisfaction:” ISU Associated General Contractors volunteer during fall break

When it comes to re-making houses into homes, these Iowa State students get the job done Why would a student give up fall break? Nic Schneider, who is a first-semester freshman at Iowa State University (ISU), has a simple—but touching—answer. “Helping people is the best satisfaction.” In the past weeks, members of Iowa State University’s …Continue reading ““Helping people is the best satisfaction:” ISU Associated General Contractors volunteer during fall break”

CCEE students substitute AGC service trip for spring break

Leaky roofs, chipping paint … Jack Viverito paints a vivid picture of houses devastated by storms in Oklahoma City. “You could just see, some of the houses were a complete mess,” Viverito said. “You couldn’t believe [people] were still living in them, when you look next door and [the house] is perfectly fine.” The construction …Continue reading “CCEE students substitute AGC service trip for spring break”

Iowa State students return to help rebuild Dry Creek

A group of student volunteers are rolling up their sleeves and strapping on their tool belts to help rebuild a community devastated by August flood water. This makes the second time students from Iowa State University made the trek from Ames, Iowa, to Washington County, Tennessee. A group came earlier last fall to work on …Continue reading “Iowa State students return to help rebuild Dry Creek”

Construction engineering students spring break in Joplin

More than 25 Iowa State University construction engineering students spent spring break (March 2012) helping to rebuild tornado-torn Joplin, Mo. KCCI story Video courtesy of KSNF TV, Joplin, Mo. KFJX (FOX) KOAM (CBS)  

The engineering experience

Recently, a colleague and I were speaking about the “Iowa State experience” and why practical knowledge and leadership opportunities are such an important part of our institutional identity. What he said about Iowa State’s tradition of student engagement reflects what I see every day: that with more than 800 student clubs and organizations, a strong …Continue reading “The engineering experience”

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