Sritharan, alumni, collaborators receive honors from Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers

Outstanding things come in threes. At least, that’s the case for Sri Sritharan and his team of Iowa State University (ISU) alumni and industry collaborators. Earlier this year, the ISU professor learned that he and research partners had earned three prestigious awards: the T.Y. Lin Award, the Martin P. Korn Award, and the George D. … Continue reading Sritharan, alumni, collaborators receive honors from Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers

Sri Sritharan named interim assistant dean for strategic initiatives for Iowa State University’s College of Engineering

The College of Engineering recently appointed Sri Sritharan as interim assistant dean for strategic initiatives. Sritharan is the Wilkinson Chair in the College of Engineering and a professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering. In this new role, Sritharan will provide leadership in the area of wind energy and assist the college with strategic planning … Continue reading Sri Sritharan named interim assistant dean for strategic initiatives for Iowa State University’s College of Engineering

ISU CCEE team sweeps student UHPC beam competition

Chris Levandowski knows what makes a team work. “The most important things in developing a successful beam and team are dedication and communication,” the structural engineering student said. Last week, Iowa State CCEE students took first place in the First International Interactive Symposium on Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) Student Competition. Levandowski was one member of that … Continue reading ISU CCEE team sweeps student UHPC beam competition

Students earn International Bridge Conference recognition for accelerated bridge construction research

Zhao Cheng knows first-hand the serious effects of earthquakes. “I experienced the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in high school,” Cheng said. “So I desire to construct a bridge that can resist an earthquake well.” Through his research at Iowa State University, that’s what Cheng and fellow graduate assistant Robert Peggar are doing. The two ISU Department of … Continue reading Students earn International Bridge Conference recognition for accelerated bridge construction research

Iowa scientists help drive energy transformation

Expecting a baby with the new year, Iowa State University engineering doctoral student Marty Haverly has been thinking a lot about the climate challenges future generations face. Haverly and his wife, Julie, a senior business analyst at the Ames-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, think they have the opportunity to address those challenges head-on.

2015 Iowa Energy Center Impact Award Winners Announced

Every year the Iowa Energy Center selects four leaders in energy research and innovation, one for each of our main focus areas: bioenergy, education and outreach, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Two of these winners are members of Iowa State’s College of Engineering faculty.

Iowa leads in wind

At the end of the 2014 year, Iowa produced 28.5 percent of its electricity from wind energy, making it No. 1 in wind energy throughout the nation. Sri Sritharan, professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering as well as associate head for graduate study and research says the state’s success comes from its ability to produce all three components locally.

Energy Department supports Iowa State studies of concrete for taller wind turbine towers

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Iowa State engineers $1 million to study how high-strength concrete can be used to build taller wind turbine towers. “I think this will revolutionize wind energy,” said Sri Sritharan, Iowa State University’s Wilson Engineering Professor in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and leader of the College of Engineering’s Wind Energy Initiative. “We won’t … Continue reading Energy Department supports Iowa State studies of concrete for taller wind turbine towers

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Dean’s Research Initiatives see successes in second year

Two years into their work, leaders of the Dean’s Research Initiatives (DRIs) presented their progress in an open forum held April 22. In 2011, the College of Engineering established the initiative and awarded $500,000 to three interdisciplinary teams to help the groups pursue larger funding opportunities in important research areas. Initiative for a Carbon Negative … Continue reading Dean’s Research Initiatives see successes in second year

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Sritharan offers earthquake building design expertise in panel discussion

Sri Sritharan, the Wilson Engineering Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, was a panelist for a Science Center of Iowa Cafe Scientifique discussing the recent crisis in Japan. He focused his presentation on earthquake building design. The panel included Iowa scientists and emergency response specialists and covered the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters. The … Continue reading Sritharan offers earthquake building design expertise in panel discussion

Time to listen

For all the incredible work that engineers perform each day to make our lives better, it seems that we often don’t hear much about them unless we’re faced head-on with a crisis. We hear of “scientific discoveries” and “engineering disasters.”  The general public’s knowledge of what engineers do is limited. We just know that our … Continue reading Time to listen