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Undergraduate Student Enrollment (fall) Research Expenditures (calendar year) 837

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Civil Engineering



Sustainability + Intelligent Infrastructure Systems + Complex Construction

The research themes of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University are sustainability, intelligent infrastructure systems, and complex construction. These are ideals crucial to the success of global civil and construction engineering industries. Themes are illustrated by the cover through the leaf-like images (sustainability), computer hardware concealed in each image (intelligent infrastructure systems) and a blueprint of Town Engineering Building, home of the Iowa State University civil, construction and environmental engineering programs (complex construction).

WHAT’S INSIDE Faculty Successes Page 3 Highlighted Research Page 5 Undergrad Program Successes Page 11

We love to study abroad. Page 13

Alumni Honors Page 14

Graduate Program Successes Page 12

ANNUAL UPDATE 2011-2012 Interim Department Chair Terry Wipf

Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Education Say Kee Ong

Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Affairs Chris Rehmann

Outreach Manager Katy Rice

Communications Specialist Chris Neary

Communications Intern Brady Rebhuhn


Hello, and welcome to the Iowa State CCEE department.


n August 2011, I was pleased to be appointed interim chair of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University. This is the opportunity of a lifetime…a chance to collaborate with a community of talented students, faculty, technicians, staff, external partners and alumni. This annual update highlights just some of our CCEE community’s significant achievements. On the undergraduate education front, you will see that increasing enrollments continue to stretch our resources; however, students and faculty rise to the challenge and prove that hard work and perseverance breed success! Go to page 11 to see how our students “dream, design and build” in the classroom, as well as through student organization projects and research experiences.

Terry Wipf is a longtime faculty member in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University. His teaching and research focuses on various engineering fields. He has served as the director of the Bridge Engineering Center and director of the National Center for Wood Transportation Structures.

Our graduate students continue to amaze us as they demonstrate their research at conferences worldwide. From pavements…to structures…to vehicle emissions— the students relentlessly work to improve our nation’s infrastructure and environment. Examples of some of their efforts can be found on page 12. At the heart of learning and discovery are our outstanding faculty members. Certainly, CCEE students at Iowa State would not be so highly recruited without the guidance and mentoring of our faculty. Note some of their top achievements on pages 3 and 4. In addition, CCEE faculty pursued groundbreaking research to the tune of $11 million in construction, geotechnical, materials, transportation, structural and environmental/ water resources in 2011. Recently, CCEE adopted three interdisciplinary research focus areas: sustainability, intelligent infrastructure, and complex construction. Extraordinary collaborations internally and externally have resulted in a number of advancements in these areas. Learn more about our research on pages 5-10. We are extremely proud of our alumni! CCEE alums representing academia, industry, entrepreneurial


enterprises and the military are highlighted on pages 14-17. Please take some time to read about their outstanding contributions and achievements. In addition, our “Alumni Feature” highlights the efforts of Paul Giroux, who has led the efforts in celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. Though we are sad to see them leave, we congratulate Steve Jones and Tom Stout on their recent retirements (see page 4). They will be sorely missed! At the same time, we are very excited to welcome a number of new faculty and staff (see back inside cover) to the CCEE community. Finally, I continue to be impressed at the commitment to service demonstrated by our students, faculty and staff. From participating in United Way’s Day of Caring in the local community…to reconstructing homes in Joplin after the EF5 tornado devastated the town in May 2011…to faculty and students traveling to developing countries to help struggling communities. Again, this makes my job as interim chair an opportunity of a lifetime. Thank you to all who have supported CCEE in so many ways. I invite you to keep in touch, whether through, its social media pages, or simply mailing a note. Take good care,

Terry J. Wipf, PhD Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Iowa State University

Iowa State University Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Faculty inspire us. Let’s note their recent top achievements. ASCE recognizes Professor James Alleman as Fellow Less than five percent of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) members claim to be ASCE Fellows, which Professor James Alleman can now claim. Alleman’s service as an environmental engineering officer in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, and more than 30 years of academic and research experience in environmental engineering, contributed to the selection. Before coming to Iowa State in 2005 as professor and CCEE department chair, Alleman held teaching and research positions at Purdue University and University of Maryland. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Technical University of Crete (Greece), and a visiting professor at University of Leeds (United Kingdom).

Photo by Hongtao Dang

In terms of research, Alleman currently works on a concrete mix containing titanium oxide, which creates a selfcleaning reaction with the air. He is the first person to test this concrete on full-scale pavement in the U.S. which has been applied to a highway in St. Louis, Mo.

ISU honors Klaiber, the late Hoover for inaugural Faculty-Staff Inspiration Awards Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Emeritus F. Wayne Klaiber and the late Professor Emeritus James Hoover were each nominated by one of their former students to recognize their significant influence on students’ lives while serving as Iowa State faculty members. They were two of six inaugural recipients of the university award. Ben Biller (BSCE’81, MSCE’82), a member of the Civil Engineering External Advisory Council and associate vice president of infrastructure at Burns & McDonnell, nominated Klaiber. Klaiber retired as Anson Marston distinguished professor emeritus in 2007, but is now a contract associate for CCEE. Dr. Craig Denny (BSCE’71, MSCE’73), senior principal engineer at Terracon Consultants and also a member of the Civil Engineering External Advisory Council, posthumously nominated Hoover. Hoover died in 1994. (Left) Photo retrieved from F. Wayne Klaiber. (Right) CCEE archive photo.

Professor Charles Jahren accepts ASCE Torrens Award Having served as editor-in-chief of American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, W. A. Klinger Teaching Professor Charles Jahren was awarded the Richard R. Torrens Award from the ASCE. The award honors a distinguished volunteer ASCE editor for outstanding contributions to the ASCE publications program. In his executive role for the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management from 2006-11, Jahren recruited young members to the journal’s editorial board to build mentoring relationships with early and late-career board members. He also created a board executive committee to ensure uninterrupted board leadership during transitions. Also under his command, the number of article submissions to the journal more than doubled. Jahren currently is chair of the editorial board. At Iowa State he serves as the professor-in-charge for the construction engineering program. Photo retrieved from Charles Jahren

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More CCEE faculty achievements Cormicle named ASC Outstanding Educator Senior Lecturer Larry Cormicle was named Outstanding Educator by the international Associated Schools of Construction. The honor pays tribute to Cormicle’s tremendous leadership of Iowa State construction engineering students. Officially, ASC honored him for his contribution to construction education, excellence in teaching, service to the ASC and dedication to the construction profession. Cormicle received the award at the 48th Annual ASC International Conference at the Birmingham School of the Built Environment at Birmingham City University in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Pictured is Cormicle (right) displaying the award with Dr. Richard Bruce, ASC Region IV director. ASC Region IV comprises of Iowa State and 14 other construction engineering schools in Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri and Nebraska. Photo retrieved from Lecturer Larry Cormicle

Cormicle advises the nationally acclaimed Associated General Contractors Iowa State Student Chapter.

CCEE’s Stephen Jones and Tom Stout retired. Family, colleagues and friends bid “Happy Retirement!” to Stephen Jones, CCEE extension civil engineer for many years. Jones was honored with a retirement reception May 11 in Scheman Building.

Lecturer Tom Stout retired May 15 after working seven years in academics and 33 years in industry. Co-workers honored him with a department luncheon May 7 in Town Engineering Building.

As extension civil engineer, he informed the civil engineering professional community about many important environmental engineering topics: biological wastewater treatment systems, municipal water treatment, drinking water treatment and more.

From 1971 to 2004, Stout was a civil engineer throughout Indiana, Nebraska and in Des Moines, Iowa. In 2004 he devoted himself to academics at Iowa State, where he earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering in 2005.

We welcomed Wendy Robinder, Julie Roseman and Jenny Simba. Wendy Robinder became a CCEE academic adviser III on June 1, 2012. She plans to simultaneously complete her PhD in educational leadership from Iowa State University within the next year. Robinder brings more than 10 years of student services experience in Wyoming and Minnesota and three years graduate assistantship within the Iowa State University Dean of Students Office. She received her BS in business and marketing at Ferdonia State College (New York) and her MEd, emphasizing in college counseling and student affairs, at University of Buffalo (New York). Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Robinder resides in Ames. Julie Roseman became the CCEE fiscal coordinator on December 1, 2011. Before starting her Iowa State position she acquired 20 years of accounting experience in health care and private industries. Roseman earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Iowa in 1991. Originally from Davenport, Iowa, she now lives in Johnston. Roseman is a certified public accountant.


Jenny Simba became a CCEE academic adviser II on July 20, 2012. Simba has acquired more than 12 years teaching and advising experience in Virginia, Florida and Georgia. She earned her MA in applied English linguistics at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also earned her BS in international relations and Spanish, minoring in Latin American studies, at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Originally from Marshalltown, Iowa, she currently resides in Ames. Iowa State University Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

highlighted research intelligent infrastructure systems Iowa State leads movement on geotechnical infrastructure

Driver error tested in simulator to influence roadway design

Visioned as Integrated Earthwork Operations (IE-Ops), Richard L. Handy Associate Professor David White leads a comprehensive effort to develop, introduce and maintain innovative geotechnical technologies for industry and government agencies. Through collaborations with academia and industry, a research platform for machine-integrated sensors has been established for use in construction equipment. The smart technology is crucial for productive, sustainable and longDavid White lasting development of earth-based infrastructure. From a Associate Professor research standpoint, Iowa State and its collaborators aim to Geotechnical Engineering improve performance characterization of earth materials, non-destructive evaluation and sensor development, data analysis/optimization of earth materials, communication systems and geospatial data visualization.

The Iowa State University Institute for Transportation aims to test various driving situations and road designs without fear of injury to a driver or damage to a vehicle. They have achieved this with a mobile, quarter-cab, mini-driving simulator (MiniCYm). It features a regular vehicle driver’s seat, column gear shifter, acceleration and brake pedals, and concurrent real-time driving simulations. Led by Professor Shauna Hallmark, researchers test innovative highway designs, Shauna Hallmark J-turns at high-speed expressway intersections, and potential Professor roundabout designs — all before the designs are built. The Transportation Engineering Human Computer Interaction (HCI) program on the driving simulator also supports studies of distracted drivers, including those who drive while texting. Other factors that the program tests are helmets, gears and clothing color on motorcyclists to make them and motorcycles more visible on the road. While traditional research methods are based on roadways themselves, researchers on the MiniCYm focus on human error while considering the design of roadways.

The Center for Earthworks Engineering (CEER) carries out these activities in various ways. First, the truly unique Geotechnical Mobile Lab tests onsite for engineering properties of soil, literally the base of improving earthwork construction quality. Second, CEER and the Iowa State College of Engineering established K-12 outreach programs at high schools in Iowa and Minnesota to enlighten future engineers to the crucial earth-based infrastructure improvement. In addition, more than 2,000 people representing government agencies, industry and the military have adopted the Iowa State-led geotechnical infrastructure movement. Core External Collaborators: Colorado School of Mines, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Nottingham, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, University of Kansas, University of Southern Mississippi, The Transtec Group, Inc., Snyder and Associates, Ammann Group, BOMAG Americas, Inc., Case Construction Equipment, Inc., Caterpillar, Inc., Cemex, Inc., Dynapac USA, Inc., Martin Marrieta Aggregates, McAninch Corporation, Sakai America, Inc., Federal Highway Administration, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, State DOTs (Iowa, California, Colorado, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York).

Image retrieved from David White


 Researchers utilize 3D spatial visualization for rollerintegrated compaction, which illustrates soil strengths when laying asphalt or concrete at a construction site.

Because the driving simulator is mobile, it can be taken to schools, public meetings and traffic safety workshops for demonstration. Core External Collaborator: University of Iowa

‚ The MiniCYm driving simulator allows our engineers to test driving hazards, including texting, without going on the road. Photo by Brady Rebhuhn

Our infrastructure is smarter than what you may think. Structural health monitoring gets smarter from a skin

Simon Laflamme Assistant Professor Structural Engineering

Assistant Professor Simon Laflamme’s current research aims at developing the next generation of structural monitoring methods through a patent-pending sensing skin. The skin is made of a nanocomposite material that contains a matrix of capacitancebased strain gauges, which are highly sensitive to cracks. It uniquely both diagnoses and localizes structural damage over large areas of deployment. This technology replaces the traditional visual inspection of structures, allowing a more cost-effective and more high-tech approach to structural health monitoring.

Core External Collaborators: University of Potsdam Institute of Physics and Astronomy (Germany), Heartland Energy Solutions, Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND)

Photo retrieved from Assistant Professor Simon Laflamme

 Pictured is the test setup for demonstrating the capability of a structural health monitoring sensing skin in detecting small changes in strain, developed by Assistant Professor Dr. Simon Laflamme. With further research, the elastomeric skin can be applied to larger structures to better predict the structural health of buildings, bridges and even wind turbine blades — all at an affordable price.


Real-time assessment inspires safer, more durable bridges Because many U.S. bridges are older than their original design life, researchers at the CCEE Bridge Engineering Center have been developing techniques for real-time assessment of behavior/condition information for bridges. Sensors installed in and on bridges use algorithms to autonomously detect damage, which provides insight to building safer and more reliable bridges in the future. Core External Collaborators: Iowa Department of Transportation, CALTRANS, Illinois Department of Transportation, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Ohio Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, USDA, Forest Products Laboratory, HNTB, MicronOptics, Jenoptik Brent Phares Director II at Institute for Transportation

Photo retrieved from Institute for Transportation’s Bridge Engineering Center

 Brent Phares’ most recent project is studying the structural health of the U.S. Highway 65/Oak Street Bridge near Iowa Falls, Iowa. Real-time assessment data will help him and others assess bridge damage over time, ultimately providing input for damage prevention and better built bridges in the future.

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highlighted research sustainability Automated Borehole Shear Test improves economy and efficiency

Jeramy Ashlock Assistant Professor Geotechnical Engineering

Iowa State leads the charge in geotechnical engineering, particularly through experimental, analytical and computational methods of research and application. Through improved equipment design led by Assistant Professor Jeramy Ashlock, geotechnical practitioners and researchers can test on fewer natural resources and in less time. One such improved design that Iowa State developed is the Automated Borehole Shear Test.

The Borehole Shear Test is sought after by the global geotechnical engineering community to measure soil shear strength and assess the factor of safety against landslides, and by the USDA to continually monitor stream-bank stability. The automated version of the Borehole Shear Test develops soil-strength test data in one hour, compared to potentially several days of traditional laboratory testing. A dynamic version is also being developed to improve earthquake engineering design and mitigate earthquake hazards, such as casualties and property damage. Iowa State geotechnical researchers currently focus on testing foundations for bridges, buildings and, most recently, wind turbines. Core External Collaborators: Purdue University, University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, University of California-Los Angeles, The Citadel

Anammox system treats wastewater more efficiently

Shihwu Sung Professor Environmental Engineering

More than 75 percent of U.S. coastal areas and about half of all other U.S. bodies of water contain excess nitrogen and phosphorus caused by surface runoff and wastewater from human activity, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In often high amounts, this is lethal to aquatic life. Iowa State researchers, led by Professor Shihwu Sung, engineer treatments for wastewater using an anammox system, an energy efficient method to remove excess nitrogen and phosphorus from sewage and agriculture runoff.

Anammox, short for anaerobic ammonia oxidation, bacteria remove unwanted nitrogen and oxygen from wastewater. Ammonia are digested to yield nitrogen gas, a harmless byproduct that makes up about 80 percent of the earth’s atmosphere. This process is innovative because it is less complex and more environmentally friendly than traditional carbon-based wastewater treatment. Based on ongoing research, 62.5 percent less energy is needed with an anammox wastewater treatment versus a traditional carbon-based treatment. No one in the world has yet integrated the anammox process for commerical organic carbon, phosphorus and nitrogen wastewater treatment. Core External Collaborator: National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan)

ƒ An automated borehole shear tester can save geotechnical engineering researchers and practitioners days of laboratory work and resources, since the machine develops data right on the work site.

ƒ Anammox bacteria (tan globs resting on top) removes excess nitrogen and phosphorus, which is harmful to aquatic life in high amounts, from wastewater. Less than half the energy is required to use an anammox wastewater treatment than a traditional carbon-based treatment.

Photo retrieved from Jeramy Ashlock Photo by Chris Neary

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We engineer responsibly for your prosperous tomorrow. Projects prepare transportation systems for sustainable use

Iowa’s biorenewable additives to be used in asphalt

Assistant Professor Konstantina “Nadia” Gkritza leads Iowa State civil engineering in two projects that prepare America’s transportation systems for sustainable use. The first is the National Energy and Transportation Sustainability, Cost and Resiliency (NETSCORE21) Research Project, which studies interdependencies between energy, freight and passenger transportation systems. Gkritza represents Iowa State University on a collaboration that aims to provide a Nadia Gkritza national blueprint and modeling process that will impact Assistant Professor Transportation Engineering energy policy for state and federal research and investment for the next 40 years. It also aims to transform engineering educational programs by creating a new breed of 21st century engineers who will possess multidisciplinary skills. Core External Collaborators: Iowa Lakes Community College, National Science Foundation Power Systems Engineering Research Center’s Industry & University Cooperative Research Program The second project considers transportation systems for Iowa’s biofuel and wind power industries. The comprehensive analysis and plan develops the infrastructure needs to build Iowa’s biofuel and wind power industries. Items include traffic and fiscal assessments and predictions for current and future infrastructure needs, vehicle size and load templates, public policy recommendations for adequate infrastructure support, and a plan for technology transfer.

Chris Williams Professor Materials Engineering

Fundamental research currently focuses on developing new materials that are renewable, cost-effective alternatives to crude petroleum-derived products. Such products include asphalt the styrene-butadiene family of polymers, which are commonly used in asphalt materials. Researchers obtain Iowa grown biomass, like corn stover, switch grass and soybeans. Then they conduct fast pyrolysis to use biomass components for bioasphalt, biopolymers and bioelastomers. These are used in production of asphalts and pavements.

Using biomass reduces fuel and energy consumption, as well as improved air quality, at production plants. And, it ultimately improves the life cycle of asphalt materials and pavements. Biomass components run through fast pyrolysis can be applied to many commercial uses. With an abundance of biobased materials in Iowa, this process can stimulate the state’s economy and national competiveness in biorenewable materials. Core External Collaborators: University of Minnesota, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin, Texas A&M University, Michigan Technological University, Oregon State University, Consultant Debra Haugen

ƒ These thermoplastic bioelastomers are between 6090 percent soybean oil, making them a cleaner, less-expensive element in asphalt pavements and other polymer-based consumer products.

Core External Collaborators: Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Highway Research Board

Photo retrieved from Nadia Gkritza

Photo retrieved from Iowa State chemical engineering Assistant Professor Eric Cochran

 Assistant Professor Nadia Gkritza considers the transportation systems required to build Iowa’s biofuel and wind power industries.


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highlighted research complex construction HIGHLIGHTED RESEARCHERS

Doug Gransberg Professor Construction Engineering

Jennifer Shane Associate Professor Construction Engineering Core External Collaborators University of Oklahoma Northeastern University Texas A&M University University of Canterbury University of Waterloo Colorado State University Kimley Horn Trauner Consulting PBS&J ARA Consulting

Donald F. and Sharon A. Greenwood Chair Doug Gransberg is an expert in improved construction project delivery methods. As principal investigator, his latest project analyzes a Construction Manager-at-Risk (CMR) project delivery system. This method addresses risk management, improves construction schedule delivery, and enables collaboration on project design decisions. He and his research team will develop a guidebook for initiating and implementing a CMR system for highway projects at transportation agencies. Associate Professor Jennifer Shane developed a five-dimensional project management paradigm, an evolution of the construction industry’s “iron triangle” that includes critical project success factors, contract selection based on project outcomes, an owner-driven project team, an early cost model and finance plan, and a political action plan. She also is the Iowa State prinicipal investigator for research on project management strategies for complex rapid renewal projects. Here she develops a comprehensive training and development program to enable project partners to work more cooperatively on rapid renewal projects.

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Construction engineering faculty build strong academic-industry network Iowa State University construction engineering faculty collaborate to develop synergy amongst undergraduate, graduate and research programs, as well as departmental, college and university-level partners. Other collaborations include representatives of industry, government, professional and trade associations, as well as charitable institutions. The undergraduate program is the base of the department’s complex construction philosophy. Students learn fundamental construction engineering technologies and management techniques — crucial to the development of a well-rounded and well-connected construction engineer.

 Along with the highlighted researchers, Iowa State faculty members who contribute to nationally acclaimed construction engineering student success are (from left) Lecturer Jenny Baker, Senior Lecturer Larry Cormicle, Lecturer Beth Hartmann, Professor-in-Charge Charles Jahren and Senior Lecturer Brad Perkins.

Interlocking components that build upon the undergraduate experience are student organizations (see undergraduates on page 11) and student competition success, including the 2011 sweep of the Associated Schools of Construction Region IV Student Competition and a final spot in the 2012 NECA/ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge. Extracurricular activities test construction knowledge and communication to complement what is taught in the classroom and improve students’ competitiveness when they look for career jobs and/or research opportunities. Senior Lecturer Larry Cormicle and Lecturer Beth Hartmann are instrumental in preparing students for these accolades. In addition to traditional program methods, the Iowa State construction engineering online graduate program has a national and international presence. It is only one of a few programs in the world that rigorously address construction process design, especially contractor-designed temporary structures. Graduate programs include a master of science with a specialization in construction engineering, master of engineering with a specialization in construction engineering (no thesis), online master’s degree with a specialization in construction engineering and management, and online construction management graduate certificate. Recently Professor-in-Charge Charles Jahren received substantial funding to develop a hybrid learning course model. This teaching method efficiently combines classroom and online lessons; stimulating small group class discussions and offering traditional lecture notes online. “This active learning approach reinforces Iowa State University’s land-grant philosophy by providing hands-on, personalized and pragmatic education,” Jahren says.


Iowa State University construction engineering builds synergy. ƒ COMPLEX NETWORK—Iowa State University construction engineering has built, and continues to build, an extensive network of students, faculty and College of Engineering partners. 1) It all revolves around the undergraduate program, where students learn and practice the most up-to-date construction engineering and management concepts. 2) From there students excel in extracurricular competitions, especially the 2011 sweep of the Associated Schools of Construction Region IV competition. 3) and 4) Projects led by talented faculty, and assisted by passionate graduate students and staff, make Iowa State the go-to program for innovative construction engineering and management research. 5) Professor-in-Charge Charles Jahren introduces hybrid teaching and student learning concepts conducive to team building—a quality every construction team desires. Below is an example of undergraduate students going beyond their academic duty. They team with the University of CaliforniaChico to rebuild four homes in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., during 2012 Spring Break.






1) Photo by Chris Neary. 2) Photo retrieved from Lecturer Larry Cormicle. 3) Photo retrieved from Professor Charles Jahren. 3) Photo by Chris Neary. 4) Photo by Chris Neary.


Photo retrieved from Associated General Contractors of America Iowa State student chapter

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Neila Seda

Undergraduate students dream, design and build.

Photo retrieved from AGC of America ISU chapter

 The Iowa State student chapter of Associated General Contractors of America was named U.S.’s most outstanding. The honor recognizes the group’s relentless outreach and volunteering — 4,400 service hours in the 2010-11 academic year.

Photo retrieved from ISU News Service

 Five CCEE students were part of the Cyclone Battalion named the best Army ROTC program in the Midwest. The award is given to best overall training performance and success among 40 Midwest Army ROTC programs.

Photo retrieved from ASCE ISU chapter

 Students of the American Society of Civil Engineers Iowa State chapter placed second in the 2012 Midwest Regional Concrete Canoe Competition. They designed, built and raced a concrete canoe, fostering team building and competitiveness.

May 2012 civil engineering BS graduate Neila Seda was one of four Iowa State University students to receive the Alliant Energy/Erroll B. David Jr. Achievement Award. The Puerto Rico native was recognized for her achievement, leadership and service as a graduating senior in engineering. Experiences that demonstrate her excellence include undergraduate research at Iowa State and Carnegie Mellon University; chapter secretary and president of Society of Hispanic and Professional Engineers and Mexican-American Engineers and Scientists; chapter vice president of the Puerto Rican Student Association; and mentor and role model for the Women in Science and Engineering learning community. Her pursuit for a PhD at the University of Connecticut feeds her passion to make safe drinking water plentiful for everyone.

Photo by Chris Neary

 National Electrical Contractors Association Iowa State chapter is a finalist in the 2012 NECA/ ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge. They present their energy retrofit plan of Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum Sept. 29 at the NECA Convention in Las Vegas, Nev.


Photo retrieved from Nicole Oneyear

 The Transportation Student Association Iowa State chapter won the Institute for Transportation Engineers 2012 Student Section Activities Award for the Midwestern district. The Iowa State chapter tops schools in 11 states for this honor.


Photo by Chris Neary

 May 2012 civil engineering BS graduate Tim Sheets led sponsor funding for the 2012 Iowa State University/Story County Relay for Life. His efforts, and those of Iowa State’s Colleges Against Cancer, helped raise nearly $90,000 for cancer research.



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Alexandra Bruns

Graduate students build passion in their research.

The determination of concurrent BS/MS environmental engineering student Alexandra Bruns is something to model. Consider her nontraditional role as a full-time student, mother of Aunika, 4, and wife to Raymond. Before she started on the BS civil engineering track in 2009, she spent more than decade working in elderly and mentally disabled assistance in-home care. Three of those years she lived in a hunting shack in rural Proctor, Minn.

Photo retrieved from Ashley Buss

 Geotech/Materials PhD Candidate Ashley Buss presents warm mix asphalt research at the RILEM 7th International Conference on Cracking in Pavements, held in Delft, The Netherlands, June 19-22. She has worked under Professor Chris Williams in asphalt pavement research since 2009, and earned an MS in civil engineering at Iowa State in 2010.

Photo by Chris Neary

 Jessica Garder, a structures MS student, demonstrates pressure tests on bridge piles made of ultra high performance concrete. She presented the best research poster at CCEE’s Graduate Student Research Showcase and Poster Competition. Garder works with Wilson Engineering Professor Sri Sritharan on this project.

ƒ Structures MS student Grant Schmitz received the William C. Bailey Scholarship from the Post-Tensioning Institute on May 8, 2012. His research, which entails reinforced concrete used in wind turbines, is under Wilson Engineering Professor Sri Sritharan. The scholarship assists Schmitz with $2,500 of educational expenses. Photo retrieved from Grant Schmitz

ƒ Transportation Engineering MS graduate student, turned assistant scientist, was one of 27 students named Executive Fellows to the International Road Federation Road Scholar Program in Washington, D.C. The 63rd class of Executive Fellows came from 11 countries to get a better sense of the transportation engineering business and gain further leadership skills.

Photo by Professor Say Kee Ong

 Environmental PhD candidate Joel Sikkema installs titanium oxide pavement samples on a highway in Missouri. This type of pavement reduces air pollution from motor vehicles by converting airborne nitrogen oxide from vehicle emissions to harmless nitrates. This is the first application of its kind in the United States. Sikkema conducts this research under Professor James Alleman and Professor Say Kee Ong.


Photo retrieved from Marcia Brink


„ Enter “Nontraditional engineering student inspires as student, mother, wife” on your web search engine to read the entire Alex Bruns story. Photo by Nirmal Majumdar of The Ames Tribune

Although she had nursinglike experience, Bruns favored engineering. She grew up with an environmentally conscious household that often took trips to wind turbines in Iowa and Minnesota. Her curiosity of the environment and what she can do to make it better, and the fact that her grandparents attended Iowa State, led her to CCEE. After graduating with a BS in civil engineering in December 2011, she pursues an MS that focuses on environmental engineering. She enjoys geographic information systems and surveying. “I just love learning. After all, three lives are directly affected by my decisions.”

We are internationally engaged. Here’s where and how Iowa State CCEE students study abroad.

A Volunteer in the Congo

Sasha Jo Weir, pictured middle in front row, and Caitlin O’Loughlin, pictured at far right right, are the first civil engineering students to participate in the Zheijang Summer Program in China. As a part of the progam, students go to a university in China for one month and are required to take a Chinese culture class in addition to one mechanical engineering course. In the Chinese culture class, students are able to visit museums, see performances Germany and engulf themselves in the Chinese culture.

Christine Yee (second from right) participated in the Spring 2011 program in Singapore, after having already studied in Spain to Turkey support her second major, Spanish. Yee was able to meet people from all over the world and take various trips to travel around the area. Because Singapore is a large city, as seen in the skyline pictured, it was especially exciting for Yee to study there as a civil engineering student.

Associate Professor Tim Ellis went to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last February to help build a water/wastewater treatment plant for the Bilingual Christian University of Congo (UCBC). Ellis joined ten engineers and architects, all unpaid for this project, from the U.S. and Canada to develop various parts of UCBC.

Rebecca Tow (second from left) is also working on Spanish as her second major and participated in a study abroad program in Caceres, Spain, to merge Spanish with her first major, civil engineering. She previously had an internship with civil engineering firm Intranac. Here, she got to do some translation work as well as engineering. Tow has an interest in sustainability and international development. She currently is a student officer in the Iowa State chapter of Engineers Without Borders.


Launched in 2007, the university is part of the Congo Initiative, which promotes higher education, Christian leadership development, and community transformation to the formerly oppressed people in the DRC. With approximately 400 students enrolled, UCBC is looking at an expansion to accommodate 3,000.

Australia All photos retrieved from ISU Engineering International Engagement

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CCEE ALUMNI MAKE ISU PROUD Within the next few pages, the CCEE department notes recent major achievements of 15 of its civil engineering and construction engineering graduates. While Ames, Iowa, was their student home, they now reside in areas across the United States.

Elizabeth Anderlik (honorary alumna) — Minnesota James Cable — Iowa Jeffrey Coleman — Minnesota Milt Dakovich — Iowa Craig Denny — Kansas W. Samuel Easterling — Virginia Bret Farmer — Minnesota Willie Hennings — Iowa Steve Lavrenz — Indiana Michael Manatt (posthumous) — Iowa Krista Morris — Iowa Wendell Nedderman — Texas Robert Paulsen — Tennessee Len Rodman — Kansas T. Leslie Youd — Utah


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Alumni Successes | Entrepreneurial Robert Paulsen

The CCEE department welcomed alumnus Robert Paulsen (BSCE’74) April 23 and 24, 2012 as Executivein-Residence. From a business executive standpoint, he shared his 35 years of industry experience in the civil engineering profession. He retired from Atkins in May 2012 as president/CEO of their North American operations and continues to do consulting work with AE Guidance, LLC (Nashville, Tenn.).

Len Rodman

Photo retrieved from Robert Paulsen

Photo retrieved from Len Rodman

Len Rodman (BSCE’71), chairman, president and chief executive officer of Black & Veatch, received the Iowa State University Distinguished Alumni Award. During his leadership, Black & Veatch evolved from a general partnership of 160 partners to an employee-owned corporation that is included in the Forbes list of largest private companies. The global engineering, consulting and construction company has expanded its global reach under Rodman’s leadership and is ranked No. 1 in both power and telecommunications.

Alumni Successes | Military Willie Hennings & Krista Morris May 2012 civil engineering graduates Willie Hennings and Krista Morris will soon begin the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps program. They train 12 weeks in Officer Candidate School, 13 weeks in Civil Engineer Corps Officer School, and serve at least four years in various civil engineering roles in the U.S. Navy.

Photos by Chris Neary and Hongtao Dang

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Alumni Successes | Academic

James Cable


W. Samuel Easterling

Photo by CCEE Professor James Alleman

Iowa State Geotechnical/Materials Engineering Professor Emeritus Dr. James Cable (BSCE’64, MSCE’76) awarded a $5,000 graduate fellowship in his name to environmental engineering PhD candidate Joel Sikkema, pictured at right.

Steve Lavrenz

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Steve Lavrenz, a fall 2011 graduate with a master’s degree in civil engineering and a minor in statistics, was awarded both the fall 2011 Iowa State Research Excellence Award and a prestigious doctoral fellowship at Purdue University.

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Dr. W. Samuel Easterling (PhDCE’87), professor and department head of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, was given the Educator Special Achievement Award of the American Institute of Steel Construction.

Wendell Nedderman

Photo retrieved from Arlington Citizen-Journal article

T. Leslie Youd

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Dr. Wendell Nedderman (BSCE’43, Dr. T. Leslie Youd (PhDCE’67), PhDCE’51), former University of professor emeritus in the Department Texas at Arlington president, saw the of Civil and Environmental completion of a $78 million campus Engineering at Brigham Young arena, College Park Center, which University, earned an Iowa State he pioneered. The Center’s roots Professional Achievement Citation go back to Nedderman’s 20-year in Engineering (PACE) Award. reign as president of UT-Arlington. Iowa State University Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Jeffrey Coleman

Craig Denny

Elizabeth Anderlik

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Photo retrieved from Master Builders of Iowa

Jeffrey Coleman (BSCE’76, MSCE’77), professional engineer and Principal Partner in the law firm Coleman, Hull & van Vliet, PLLP, Minneapolis, Minn., was elected to serve on the American Concrete Institute Board of Direction for a 3-year term beginning at the Spring 2012 Convention.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) chose Dr. Craig Denny (BSCE’71, MSCE’73) for the 2011 Citizen Engineer Award, an honor designated to only four civil engineers in the U.S. this year. Denny also is a current member of the Iowa State Civil Engineering External Advisory Council.

Elizabeth “Betty” Anderlik, wife of the late Joseph Anderlik (BSCE’54), received the ISU Alumni Association Honorary Alumni Award. Although not an alumna, she and her late husband invested in Iowa State in many ways, including the Anderlik Teaching Laboratory for environmental engineering.

Bret Farmer Bret Farmer, (BSCE’91, BSConE’92), vice president for rail at TKDA, received the 2012 President’s Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC/MN). He was recognized for his significant contributions and time for the benefit of ACEC/M and the engineering profession.

Michael Manatt, Milt Dakovich Milt Dakovich (BSCE’76, BSConE’77) and the late Michael Manatt (BSCE’75) were inducted into the Associated General Contractors of Iowa (AGC of Iowa) Hall of Fame. The AGC of Iowa Hall of Fame inducts only those who have “exhibited extraordinary leadership and commitment to the betterment of the highway, bridge and municipal and utility construction industry” in Iowa.

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Photo retrieved from Coleman, Hull & van Vliet, PLLP, webpage


Alumni Feature

Alumnus leads Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary dedication May 2012 marked the 75th anniversary of the completion of San Francisco’s magnificent Golden Gate Bridge. During the recent celebrations surrounding the event, Raymond “Paul” Giroux (BSConE’79) told a gathering of assembled dignitaries: “We are standing Paul Giroux here today because the Golden (BSConE’79) Gate Bridge represents one of District Quality Manager Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. the most important chapters in the history of civil engineering.” Giroux is the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Chair of the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary. On a sunny afternoon on May 25, 2012, following remarks by ASCE President Andy Herrmann, Giroux told the remarkable story of the bridge’s principal designer Charles Alton Ellis. Historical records indicate that Ellis was the engineering genius and technical brains behind the design of the bridge. He worked tirelessly during 1930 and 1931 to complete Golden Gate Bridge design and construction documents. However, the professional relationship between Ellis and Chief Engineer Joseph Strauss strained, and for reasons that are still unclear, Strauss fired Ellis in late 1931. Giroux explained that through the efforts of the bridge’s Resident Engineer Russell G. Cone, and later his son, Russ Cone, the true story resurfaced in the 1980’s.

Giroux told the crowd, “Sometimes the wheels of justice turn slowly.” Through the efforts of Giroux and others, Ellis’ contributions were finally recognized 75 years after the bridge’s 1937 opening. Giroux began his efforts in late 2008 and was instrumental in organizing the plaque dedication at Golden Gate Plaza to ensure that Ellis’ engineering legacy would be cast in a bronze plaque in his honor. The Charles Ellis dedication was one of 75 tributes made by national, California and San Francisco area organizations in honor of the bridge’s 75th anniversary. Giroux led several other activities in honor of the bridge’s anniversary including organizing an ASCE bridge history docent corps. Also on May 25, Giroux presented “Building Golden Gate Bridge,” a detailed engineering history of the bridge utilizing dynamic animation and historic photographs. The talk was presented to a large enthusiastic crowd at an ASCE San Francisco Section dinner held at the Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco. On May 24, Giroux spoke on a panel at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco regarding the bridge’s history. California State Librarian Emeritus Dr. Kevin Starr, Chief Historian of Chevron Corporation John Harper, and he discussed the political, aesthetic and scientific history of the Golden Gate Bridge. The panel session video can be viewed at

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 1979 Iowa State construction engineering alumnus Raymond “Paul” Giroux (right) and American Society of Civil Engineers President Andrew Herrmann dedicate the Golden Gate Bridge on May 25 to restore honor to Charles Alton Ellis, the original chief designer of the bridge.

In addition to his Golden Gate Bridge Anniversary roles, Giroux has similarly represented ASCE at the Brooklyn Bridge 125th Anniversary (2008) and Hoover Dam 75th Anniversary (2010). Giroux has been employed with Kiewit for the past 32 years and is currently the district quality manager for Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., based in Fairfield, Calif.

ƒ Charles Alton Ellis was the original chief designer of the Golden Gate Bridge. He was fired (unknown reasons) in 1931, six years before the bridge opened. However, his structural engineering expertise made the bridge appearance and strength an icon of San Francisco.


Photo originally from CBS/Mary Cone

Hello from the CCEE advisory councils.

Tammy Nicholson, Chair Director, Office of Rail Transportation Iowa Department of Transportation (BSCE’89)

Civil Engineering External Advisory Council

Construction Engineering Industry Advisory Council

The members of the Civil Engineering External Advisory Council and I are honored to provide service to the Iowa State CCEE department by providing a connection between the university and industry professionals. During our fall 2011 meeting, we participated in a review of the fall 2012 ABET accreditation preparations and met with students in the American Society of Civil Engineers, Chi Epsilon and the new Civil Ladies group. During our spring 2012 meeting we held student interviews with all levels of students to gain an understanding of the strengths and challenges faced by the department based on the students’ perspectives. Each interaction with Iowa State civil engineering students reinforces to the council the tremendous achievements of Iowa State students and CCEE department.

It was a great year for Iowa State University construction engineering. Students won the commercial, design-build, heavy/civil and residential divisions at the Associated Schools of Construction Region IV Student Competition. In March, 26 ConE students spent their spring break rebuilding homes devastated by tornadoes in Joplin, Mo. Rear Adm. Katherine Gregory of the U.S. Navy visited campus in February to talk about the roles today’s engineers play in the U.S. military’s peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts. And, we added two members to the Iowa State University Construction Engineering Hall of Fame: Ken Gethmann (posthumously) and Jack Gethmann (BSConE’63).

Other members of council William Anderson, The Council of Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards Benjamin Biller, Burns & McDonnell Robert Crandall, Black & Veatch Corp. Craig Denny, Terracon Consultants, Inc. Matt Garber, Clapsaddle-Garber Associates Paul Giroux, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. Mike Helms, Stanley Consultants, Inc. Les Kempers, Rocky Mountain Prestress Sandra Larson, Iowa Dept. of Transportation

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Jack McGuire, The Boeing Co. Shashi Nambisan, Iowa State University Michelle Scherer, University of Iowa Ron Tekippe, HGM Associates, Inc. Rick Tollakson, Hubbell Realty Mike Vander Wert, Calhoun-Burns and Associates, Inc. Denton ‘Red’ Voss, Black and Veatch Corp. Scott Werner, EFCO Corp.

Kent Meyn, Chair Director of Construction Management ACI Mechanical, Inc. (BSConE’85)

Other members of council John Adam, Iowa Dept. of Transportation Ken Bonus­, Bonus Homes, LLC Sean Brummer, Turner Construction Co. Douglas Clark, Peterson Contractors, Inc. Robert Cramer, Cramer & Associates, Inc. Steve Daxon, Estes Construction Beth Duyvejonck, Opus Design Build, LLC Mike Espeset, Story Construction Co. Paul Francois, Pepper Construction Co. of Ohio Michael Gawley, Oakview dck, LLC Richard Greenlee, Engineering Partners Int’l, LLC Mike Guetzko, Seedorff Masonry, Inc. Paul Higgins, The Beck Group Larry Hopp, Kiewit Construction Co. Stephen Jackson, Cedar Valley Corp. Colleen Ladd, Flannery Construction

Chad Layland, Baker Electric Chris Lindhart, The Beck Group Dean McCormick, Iowa State University Mark McDermott, Black & Veatch Corp. T. J. Meiners, Nelson Electric Company Dave Miller, The Waldinger Corp. Josh Miltenberger, Ryan Companies US, Inc. Cork Peterson, Peterson Contractors, Inc. Gene Postma, Western States Fire Protection Co. Matt Ralston, Burns & McDonnell Dirk Schafer, J. E. Dunn Construction Rick Schultze, ARCO Design Build Ken Sorenson, M. A. Mortenson Co. James Stauch, Kiewit Building Group, Inc. Mike Tousley, The Weitz Co. Brian Wessels, Greiner Construction Co.


Thank you to those who recently gave to CCEE. INDIVIDUALS John (1980) and Penny Adam David (1958) Ahrens Richard (1978) and Corinne Alexander Harry (1961) Allender Steven (1978) Amento Greg (1984) Anderson Larry (1962) Anderson Mark and Ann Anderson Roger (1982) Anderson Bruce (1974) Banister Susan Barkhurst Conrad and Jeannette Baumler Brent (1974) and Jean Bean Carol (1978) Becker Jerry (1958) and Leona Bergren Marianne Berhow Richard Berndt Thomas (1997) and Kirsten Binder Douglas Black Harry (1951) Blizzard Carl (1949) Blomgren Ronald (1987) Borden Gary (1986) Boring David (1980) Bosshart Jim (1978) Bosshart Clark (2010) Bowden Daniel (1979) and Sandra Brennecke Robert (1973) and Barbara Britson William and Bobbi Brockmann Jason (1997) and Jean Brown Krista (1975, 1978) Brown Joseph (1985) Carsky Robert (1980) Carson Joel (1966, 1968) and Judy Cerwick Robert (1948) Chadwick Arnold (1952) and Elizabeth Chantland Gerald (1983) and Sara Chase Eduardo (1992, 1994) Choquis Kollrich Scott (1982) and Diane Cicciarelli Jeff and Leslie Clauson Ronald (1960) Coene Michael (1984) Coluccy David (1945) Comann Daniel (1982) Conley John (1995) and Colleen (1994) Connor Mike (1976, 1978) and Valerie Conzett


Ashley (2009, 2010) Cook William (1972, 1974) Cook Brent (1991) Cooper Wayne (1962) Craney Lawrence (1984) and Sarah Crawford Robert (1957) Crosby Eric and Martha (2001) Davis Craig (1971, 1973) and Terry Denny John (1972) and Gwen Detlefsen Gregor Dougal and Connie Howard Clarence (1972) Drennon Leonard (1955) Dueker Shawn (1996) Dziedzic John (1959) Egan Cynthia Einck Ronald (1978) Elsner Bryce (1983) Erickson David (1958) and Judith Everds Lance (1981) and Julie Eybers Robert (1977) and Gretchen Fett Richard (1957) Fidlar Loren (1981) Field Eric (2001) and Jessie Fink James (1997) and Heidi Flamming Leonard (1956) Follmann Dennis (1982) Ford Rick (1982) and Karen Fosse Donald (1981) Foster James (1978) Fritcher Gloria Frost Thomas (1986) Gallenbach Kirk Geist Jack (1963) Gethmann Larry and Shirley Good Aaron (2009) Graber Janice Graham Rich (1966) Greenlee Paul (1958) Gregson Tim (1972) and Mary Anne Greif Wilhelm (1959) Groskurth Kyle (2009) Grunder Angela (2004) Guggisberg Jack (1970) Guinn Richard (1964, 1972) Gumtau Kenneth (2011) Gutowski Patricia Haensly Harold (1953) and Elaine Hall Timothy (1979) Hamer Leo (1976, 1978) and Mary Handfelt Daniel and Christine Hankins John (1957) Hanson

Robert (1973) Hanson Dave (1977) and Kay Harpole John (1962, 1964) and Linda Harris Wayne (1966) and Carol Hartwig Thomas and Christine Hayden John Hecklsmiller David (1967) and Louise Hegseth Douglas (1953) and Marie Heins Michael (2005) Heitzman Dorothy Heley Ekberg Bonnie Henrich Nick (1989) Herrig William (1979) and Anita Heston Jack (1967) Hogan Eugene Hohenshell Mitchell (2005) and Emily Holtz Cornie (1941, 1949, 1953) Hulsbos Mary (1947) Hurd Marjorie Inman Thomas and Sally Jacob Bruce (1982) Jacobs Thomas (2009) Jantscher Douglas (1974) Jensen Erik (2009) Johansen Brent (1983) Johnson David (1970) Johnson Brent (1988) Johnston Thomas (1965) Jones Michael (1973) and Nancy Kammerer Greg and Keelyn Kanz Mary Kaufman C. Gary (1970, 1972) and Linda Kellogg Sarah (1982) Kerr Herbert (1948) Ketelsen George (1956) Keyes David (1959) Kleveter William and Mary Kline Harold (1986) Koenigs Daniel (1994) Konczak Travis (2004) Konda and Ursula Deza (2011) George (1988) Kotlers Gary (1989) Krage Daniel Krogman Scott and Tina Kueter Joakim (1955, 1962) Laguros John (1966) Lander Mel (1946, 1962) and Darlene Larsen Oscar (1952) Larsen Philip (1982) and Rachelle Larson John (1975) Lauterbach

Joe (1988) Leahy James and Janette Lee Ti-Ta (1958) Lee Michael (1968) Lindebak A. (1999) Loss Gerald (1949, 1956) Love Robert (1972) Lowndes Michael (1978, 1980) and Susan Lustig Bill Mack Richard (1988) Madson John (1987) Mahlstede Richard (1958) and Evelyn Marr George (1981) Martens Todd (1982) Mattison John (1978) and Cindy McClannahan Jack (1963) McGuire Kevin (2010) McLain Charles (1959) and Ria Meyer Paul (2002) Meyer Kenneth (1957) Milford Albert (1975) and Lois Miller Scott and Natalie Miller Thomas (1980) Miller Roger (1964) and Sharon Mohror Dale (1970, 1971) and Cheryl Moore Shahzad (1983, 1986) and Shahrzad Moosa Scott (1981) Morton Janice Murphy Jeffrey (1975) and M. Jayne Myhre Wayne Naber John (1986) and Linda (1993) Narigon Christopher (1998) and Anne Nelson Mark (1988) and Stephanie Nelson Eugene (1950) and Helen Niebuhr Robert (1977) and Terri Nielsen Ron (1971) Norby Thomas (1981) Novak and Debra Johannes-Novak Dick (1960) Olin Jerry (1958) and Audrey Olson Paul (1950) Ombruni and Joanne Hartman-Ombruni Michael and Sandra O’Neal Robert (1963) Ooten Edward Patterson Lester Paul Lowell (1983) Penning

David (1989, 1991) and Jolyn Petermeier Cork (1966) Peterson Steve (1972) Phillips Joyce Pierce Scott (2004) and Christine Poska Howard (1972) Preston and Laurie McGinnis Bill and Dixie Preuss Richard (1947) and Dort Pride Gus (1976) and Mary PsihoyosDaniel Quartell James (1989) Quarve Victor (1964) Randecker Terry (1985) and Timie Rasmussen Maurice (1940) Reid James (1992) Renoe Kevin (1988, 1989, 1994) and Amy (1988) Rens Nicholas (2010) Roberts James (1977) Robinson Allan (1966) and Nancy Rockne Matthew (2008, 2010) Roling Michael (1968) Roth Dorothy Rotolo Eugene (1965) and Mary Russell Robert (1961) Ryken Charles (1962) Sapp Dirk (1980) Schafer Joseph and Amy (1996) Schaffer Raen (2002) and Erin Schechinger Myron and Carolyn Scheibe Flora Schmidt Thomas Schoellen Russell (1987) and Pamela Schroeder Dwight (1970) and Claudia Schwertley Carol Sherman Craig (1956) Shirey Allen (2011) Shue Paul (1991) and Shelli Slack Scott (1980) Smiley Donavan (2004) Smith Meggan Snyder Gust (1981) and Rita Soteropulos Russell (1979, 1981) and Janet Stammer Andrew (1995) and Lorri (1994) Stapleton John and Diane (2002, 2004) Strawn Theresa (1999) Stromberg- Murphy

All listed donors reflect the records of the Iowa State University Foundation for those who gave to the Iowa State CCEE department between October 16, 2011, and July 15, 2012. Thank you!

Douglas (1983) Struss Nick Sutton Donald (2002) Swanson Larry (1984) Tegtmeyer Timothy (1988) and Jody Tempel Earl Terp and Joan Hastings Terp James (1984) and Theresa Thiesse Jerome Thompson Francis (1973, 1992) Todey Brad (1998) and Debra Uitermarkt Robert (1963) and Kay Ulrich David (1973) Upmeyer Justin (2006) VanCoughnett Lowell (1948) Vander Hamm David (1951, 1956, 1959) VanHorn Bob (1971, 1973) and Molly Veenstra Joel Wagner Craig (1980) and Jackie Wallace Barbara Watkins Dennis (1975, 1976) and Barbara Waugh Stephen (1976) Weber David (1957) Weiss Lynn (1978) Wenger Gregory and Katie White Jonathan (2007) Wiegand Robert (1949) Wilde James (1939) Williams Keith (1961) Wilson Steven (2003) Winters Craig (1971, 1973) and Joan Woods Thomas (1967) Youd Dwight (1956) and Dolores Young Jacob Young and Sharon Crosheck

ORGANIZATIONS ACI Mechanical Corporation AGC of Iowa Alliant Energy Foundation Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa Assurant Foundation ATK Foundation BAE Systems Barr Engineering Company Black & Veatch Building A World of Difference Foundation Burgess Construction, Inc. Burns & McDonnell Foundation C.E. Floyd Company Inc.

Caterpillar Foundation Concrete Pipe Association of Iowa ConocoPhillips Company Design-Build Institute of America Mid-America Chapter, Inc. Drainage Guy, LLC Engineering Partners International, LLC Exelon Corporation Furman Corporation Greater Des Moines Chapter of Women in Construction HCBeck Heavy Constructors Leasing Co., Inc. Home Builders Association of Iowa Integrity Construction Services Iowa Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Assocation J.E. Dunn Construction Company Organization John Deere Foundation Jon Hunziker Construction, Inc. Kiewit Building Group, Inc. Kiewit Companies Foundation Kinzler Construction Services, Inc. John Klinger Companies, Inc. Craig M.A. Mortenson Co. Monarch Cement Company Mullenbach Construction, Inc. National Housing Endowment Occidental Petroleum Corp. Pepper Construction Company of Ohio, LLC Pinnacle Properties Plasma Arc Consultants, Inc. Power Construction Company, LLC Principal Financial Group Foundation Inc. Sunderland Foundation Turner Construction Company Waldinger Corp. Cassey Weitz Company, Inc. Western Iowa Radon Services, Inc. Whitfield & Eddy P.L.C. Xcel Energy Organization Ziegler, Inc.

Iowa State University Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

CCEE welcomes three faculty members to the department. Jing Dong Assistant Professor Transportation Engineering

Hyung Seok Jeong Associate Professor Construction Engineering

Dr. Dong recently was a research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee before accepting an assistant professor position at CCEE. She earned a PhD in civil and environmental engineering at Northwestern University, an MS in systems engineering at Tsinghua University (China) and a BS in automation at Tsinghua University.

Dr. Jeong earned a PhD in civil engineering and MS in civil engineering at Purdue University. He earned a BS in civil engineering at Seoul National University (South Korea). He was an associate professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering before taking his Iowa State position.

Yelda Turkan Assistant Professor Construction Engineering

Dr. Turkan recently graduated from University of Waterloo with a PhD in civil engineering, studying automation in construction progress tracking using 3D imaging technologies. She also attended Istanbul Technical University (Turkey), where she earned an MS in civil engineering, as well double majored in civil engineering and geomatics engineering.

Mission, Vision, and Objectives

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University promotes intellectual, social, and ethical development of civil and construction engineers, as well as creates and communicates engineering concepts and technology. The vision of Iowa State University’s CCEE department is to be a world-class source of civil, construction engineers and their concepts and technologies. By three to five years after graduation, graduates of the civil engineering program will have: 1) established themselves in successful careers in civil engineering or a related field, 2) collaborated effectively on multi-disciplinary teams to address the needs of society and the environment, and 3) pursued lifelong learning, professional development, and registration as appropriate for their employers.

Degree tracks offered

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - Environmental Emphasis Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Concurrent Bachelor of Science, Master of Science Concurrent Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Emphases in Construction, Environmental, Geotechnical/Materials, Structural or Transportation Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (no specialization, coursework only) Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering - Specialization in Materials, Construction, Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural or Transportation (coursework only) Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Construction Engineering and Management Emphasis (online) Doctor of Philosophy Graduate Certificate in Construction Management (online) Graduate Certificate in Environmental Engineering (online) Graduate Certificate in Nondestructive Evaluation (online)

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