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ISU through a new lens: graduate student in European exchange program participates in structural engineering research

Researching in a new country takes a lot more than packing your bags and grabbing your passport. Hasan Borke Birgin, a structural engineering doctoral student and researcher, traveled from Europe to study at Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE) during the summer as a part of the European Commission … Continue reading ISU through a new lens: graduate student in European exchange program participates in structural engineering research

Promoted associate professors teach “cutting edge” engineering in ISU CCEE Department

Professors have multiple responsibilities. That’s how Iowa State Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering’s (CCEE) Simon Laflamme describes his work. “I think there are two distinct jobs that we do—teaching and research,” Laflamme said. “These are very different.” This July, Laflamme and fellow CCEE Department Professor Jeramy Ashlock earned promotions from assistant to associate … Continue reading Promoted associate professors teach “cutting edge” engineering in ISU CCEE Department

CCEE collaborative research recognized in Measurement Science and Technology’s “Highlights of 2015”

Simon Laflamme knows both his study and the place in which he works. “We do a lot of work on energy in Iowa—wind energy—and at Iowa State,” Laflamme said. For about six years, the Iowa State University assistant professor has been researching soft elastomeric capacitors, or SECs. This May, that research was recognized. Laflamme, along with students … Continue reading CCEE collaborative research recognized in Measurement Science and Technology’s “Highlights of 2015”

New damping system puts brake on building movement

Research is set to begin this summer for a system, inspired by car brake technology, that is designed to both decrease damage and increase usability for buildings during wind and seismic events. The research and ideation, aided by a grant from the National Science Foundation, originated from Simon Laflamme, a civil, construction and environmental engineering … Continue reading New damping system puts brake on building movement

‘Sensing skin’ for turbines could reduce the cost of wind energy

A project that started out as a side experiment to monitor bridge damages has since evolved into a revolutionary, cost-saving solution in the world of wind energy. Simon Laflamme, assistant professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering at Iowa State, began developing a damage-detecting polymer “skin” as a student at MIT. The skin, which is … Continue reading ‘Sensing skin’ for turbines could reduce the cost of wind energy