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Iowa State University College of Engineering launches new environmental engineering major for fall 2020

Iowa State University’s College of Engineering is introducing a bachelor of science degree program in environmental engineering. The new major – approved by the state’s Board of Regents at its April 1 meeting – will begin in the fall of 2020. The environmental engineering program will be part of the college’s Department of Civil, Construction …Continue reading “Iowa State University College of Engineering launches new environmental engineering major for fall 2020”

CCEE alum receives Young Engineer of the Year award

Cyclone Engineer Rebekkah Sandt (’06 civil engr) was recently awarded the Young Engineer of the Year for the Texas American Public Works Association (APWA), Southeast Branch. Sandt works as a project manager for HR Green’s Water business line located in Houston, Texas. Her career is focused on working with small communities to improve their wastewater …Continue reading “CCEE alum receives Young Engineer of the Year award”

2020 recipients of Guy and Giese Graduate Student Fellowship

Five students were awarded the annual Guy and Giese Graduate Student Fellowship. The Giese Graduate Fellowship was created in memory of Henry Giese, professor of structures and environment areas for Iowa State University’s Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department (ISU ABE). The Harold and Katherine Guy Graduate Fellowship was designed to promote research done in soil and water conservation. 

Can Iowans speed up water conservation efforts?

ISU ABE Professor Matt Helmers weighs in on a pressing question: can Iowa speed up its water conservation efforts? And at what point is it too late to make a change?

Corporate Cannabis Cultivation

Maurice Washington spends his days analyzing the environmental impact of legal marijuana cultivation in the largest cannabis-producing region in the U.S. He recently talked with us about the new challenges, how they’re really old challenges, and how they allow better control of California’s watershed.

ISU environmental engineer researches the most effective methods to clean water

This research feature is part of a series highlighting the work of ISU CCEE faculty. For more information, visit our website, www.ccee.iastate.edu/research/. Also, follow ISU CCEE on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and LinkedIn (search “Iowa State University Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering” and “ISUConE”). Text-only version available.

Winners announced for Eighth Annual ISU CCEE Graduate Student Research Showcase

On Jan. 24, the Iowa State University Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE) Graduate Student Council hosted its annual research showcase and poster competition. The competition was held in Howe Hall Atrium on Iowa State University’s campus. It was the eighth consecutive year that the ISU CCEE Graduate Student Research Showcase has taken place. The …Continue reading “Winners announced for Eighth Annual ISU CCEE Graduate Student Research Showcase”

ME grad student receives industry award

A mechanical engineering graduate student has been recognized by an international optical component manufacturer for his research on microplastic contamination in water. Anthony LoCurto, a Ph.D. candidate in ME, is a recipient of Edmund Optics’ (EO) 2018 Education Award. The “award is given in recognition of outstanding undergraduate and graduate optics programs in science, technology, …Continue reading “ME grad student receives industry award”

ISU CCEE faculty member celebrates 60th anniversary with Lanzhou Jiaotong University

Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Timothy (Tim) Ellis participated this month in the 60th anniversary of Lanzhou Jiaotong University (LZJTU) in China. Ellis is a faculty member in Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE). Ellis gave a speech at the celebration of the anniversary. Along with fellow ISU faculty members, …Continue reading “ISU CCEE faculty member celebrates 60th anniversary with Lanzhou Jiaotong University”

Engineering researchers explore preventative measures to limit waterbody contamination from construction sites

Iowa State construction engineering faculty member looks to minimize erosion and sediment discharge into Iowa’s waterways When does a body of water become too polluted to use for recreation or drinking? Take a look at this map of Iowa impaired waterbodies, prepared by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 2016, and you’ll see impaired …Continue reading “Engineering researchers explore preventative measures to limit waterbody contamination from construction sites”

ISU CCEE faculty member aids U.S. Forest Service in efforts to reduce effects of misapplied fire retardant

This research feature is a part of a series highlighting the work of ISU CCEE faculty. For more information, visit our website, www.ccee.iastate.edu/research/. Also, follow ISU CCEE on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and LinkedIn (search “Iowa State University Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering” and “ISUConE”). Text-only version available.     

NSF grant aims to train research-based graduate students for various career paths

A National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to an interdisciplinary team led by an industrial engineering faculty member will combine elements of engineering with agriculture, economics and sociology to prepare research-based graduate students for an array of career paths. Sarah Ryan, Joseph Walkup Professor in industrial engineering (IE), will serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) …Continue reading “NSF grant aims to train research-based graduate students for various career paths”

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