Taylor’s research shows that, by improving concrete mixture processes to eliminate premature failure, the life of concrete structures could be increased by nearly double the amount of years. In the graph, this is shown through the comparison of projects including premature failures (all data points with blue best fit line) and non-failure projects (orange data points with orange best fit line). (Graph provided by Peter Taylor)

Iowa State researchers take new long-lasting highway findings on the road

Transportation engineers plan efforts to teach new concrete specifications to states in effort to cut delays, extend life of roadways It is hard to imagine a summer without the delays of road construction; however, researchers at Iowa State University (ISU) are finding new ways to keep the slow-downs to a minimum. To do so, they … Continue reading Iowa State researchers take new long-lasting highway findings on the road

CCEE students sweep awards at regional, national Intelligent Transportation Systems contests

Tingting Huang says transportation engineering data analysis can be daunting. “After we’ve collected this data, how do we know if the data is good enough, is good for the research or application?” Huang said. Pranamesh Chakraborty works with massive quantities of data from freeway sensors. He, too, knows that real-world analysis presents challenges. “It’s a huge … Continue reading CCEE students sweep awards at regional, national Intelligent Transportation Systems contests

Brown Appointed to Iowa Energy Plan Working Group

BEI director Robert C. Brown has been appointed to the “Iowa’s Energy Resources” working group for the Iowa Energy Plan. The plan aims to set state priorities and provide strategic guidance for decision-making while working to encourage energy, economic, and environmental benefits. It’s a joint initiative between the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Dept. of Transportation.

Iowa State wins 2015 TRB Best Paper relating auto crashes, lane widths

A team of students from the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University recently received a best paper award through the 2015 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Data Contest. The award was presented at the 2015 TRB Annual Meeting, held Jan. 11-15 in Washington, D.C. The Iowa State team comprised seven … Continue reading Iowa State wins 2015 TRB Best Paper relating auto crashes, lane widths

Brian Roper, CCEE alumnus

Civil engineering alumnus manages megaproject for Wisconsin Department of Transportation

For Brian Roper, being accountable for the design and construction of more than $2 billion in major highway projects is simply part of the job. It’s an assignment he takes very seriously, but it’s not something that intimidates him. In fact, he says he’s right where he wants to be—in the middle of projects that … Continue reading Civil engineering alumnus manages megaproject for Wisconsin Department of Transportation

U.S. DOT awards Iowa State $2.6 million to establish Midwest Transportation Center

The U.S. Department of Transportation is supporting establishment of a Midwest Transportation Center based at Iowa State University with a two-year grant of $2,592,500. The center will focus its research on data-driven performance measures of transportation infrastructure, traffic safety and project construction, said Shauna Hallmark, the leader of the grant, the interim director of Iowa … Continue reading U.S. DOT awards Iowa State $2.6 million to establish Midwest Transportation Center

Dong researches ways to expand electric car market

Jing Dong, a new assistant professor in the civil, construction, and environmental engineering department, believes transportation engineering is a multidisciplinary field necessary to solving fundamental challenges. “Transportation research deals with everyday problems—moving people or freight from one place to another—yet it involves some of the most complex systems,” says Dong. “As a transportation researcher, I … Continue reading Dong researches ways to expand electric car market

Iowa State’s external funding hits record $305.2 million in FY2009

The College of Engineering at Iowa State is responsible for attracting much of the record funding during fiscal year 2009. Projects range from the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals to rapid highway renewal, biofuels research, a clean gasification system, energy and transportation infrastructures, and solar energy. Read more .