Staff News Archive

Help honor longtime InTrans collaborator James Cable

July 10, 2018

James (“Jim”) Cable, a Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Emeritus, passed away July 10, 2018.

He was widely known for his 30-year career supporting advances in the concrete pavement engineering ...

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New ISU study predicts roosting habitats of threatened bats under bridges

July 06, 2018

Engineers and scientists rarely get together to talk about bats, but when they do, they have unprecedented research to share.

Researchers from the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) at Iowa State University have completed a unique ...

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Longtime PCC lab manager retires

July 02, 2018

Robert (Bob) Steffes has skillfully guided ISU students and faculty through thousands of concrete tests, exams, and procedures at the ISU Portland Cement Concrete Research Laboratory (PCC Lab). At the end of July, 2018, Bob retired ...

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Classroom visit brings BEC research to high school students

May 08, 2018

Everyone can play a part in fostering the future leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

That includes the staff at the Bridge Engineering Center (BEC) at Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation ...

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STEM change agent: Shauna Hallmark

May 02, 2018

Shauna Hallmark proudly describes herself as a “geek” in school. She knew she wanted to work in the STEM fields.

Fast forward, and Hallmark is now the director of Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation ...

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InTrans’ Anuj Sharma spotlights big data research at TRB

February 28, 2018

One of the biggest questions in technological fields today is how to use all of the data that is now readily available to implement practical solutions to pressing problems.


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Chris Day joins InTrans in ‘big data’ projects

February 12, 2018

Chris Day already knows “big data” is a big deal. The next step is researching how to use those figures to make roadway systems safer and more efficient.

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Five Questions with...Gordon Smith

December 18, 2017

Gordon Smith is the associate director for the National Concrete Pavement Technology (CP Tech) Center at ISU’s Institute for Transportation (InTrans). He has been associated ...

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InTrans mourns loss of Lowell Greimann

December 11, 2017

Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation (InTrans) is mourning the loss of Lowell Greimann, who passed away on Thanksgiving 2017 at the age of 75.

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BEC’s Freeseman promoted to assistant director

November 16, 2017

Katelyn Freeseman, a research engineer for the Bridge Engineering Center, has been promoted to assistant director of the center.


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Sustaining the nation: NCWTS builds the value of timber bridge construction practices

October 18, 2017

According to the most recent National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) listing, there are approximately 25,000 bridges across the State of Iowa, and about 10% of them are timber bridges.

“And of those approximately 2,500 timber ...

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Impacting the future of transportation construction: CMAT supports DBEs and small cities/counties across Iowa

October 16, 2017

Jennifer Shane is looking forward to a future full of “movement.”

People are always moving, sometimes just down the road or sometimes across the state, and that means that transportation construction plays a key role in how ...

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The more you know: Teamwork and collaboration key strengths of Statewide MDST Program

October 12, 2017

At a dozen locations around Iowa, people are meeting in the name of traffic safety. That’s good news for Theresa Litteral, tasked with helping keep the local meetings relevant and the participants talking.

“So far, so good,” ...

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Five Questions with...David Veneziano of Iowa LTAP

September 22, 2017

David Veneziano is the Safety Circuit Rider for the Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation. He develops and leads transportation-related training and workshops and conducts outreach ...

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Gordon Smith joins National CP Tech Center as associate director

August 28, 2017

Gordon Smith has been associated with the National Concrete Pavement Technology (CP Tech) Center since the late 1990s. A CP Tech Center board member throughout its existence, he played roles in the Center’s founding and in building its long-term ...

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Making work zones ‘work’: FHWA awards $1.5M safety grant to ISU-InTrans

March 06, 2017

Introducing changes to the normal driving experience presents a variety of safety risks, and work zones are no exception to this rule. While work zone fatalities have been trending down since reaching a high of 1,186 in 2002, a recent plateau has ...

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Safety takes front seat in second phase of national highway program

March 02, 2017

Iowa State SHRP2, or second Strategic Highway Research Program, projects deal with pressing safety issues like rural intersection crash risk, driver behavior, and driver/roadway characteristics during crash or near-crash situations.

In ...

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5 Questions with Travis Hosteng concerning the National Center for Wood Transportation Structures

February 14, 2017

Working primarily with the Bridge Engineering Center at Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation, Travis Hosteng serves as the lead timber research engineer for bridges and structures, working with practitioners in ...

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Professor Peter Savolainen joins Presidential Flipped and Hybrid Course Initiative

January 09, 2017

ISU’s classrooms aren’t stuck in the past. Instead of learning curriculum content through a lecture and then homework outside of class, students at Iowa State are engaging in the classroom like never before.

Because of the ...

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Asphalt Academic: Chris Williams featured in Asphalt Institute's magazine

August 11, 2016

Institute for Transportaiton (InTrans) researcher Chris Williams is interviewed in "Asphalt," the Asphalt Institute's magazine, about his work.

Williams is the Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor in Civil Engineering at Iowa ...

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Savolainen studying effectiveness, efficiency of Iowa’s Interstate median cable barriers

May 06, 2016

Studies show Interstate highway median cable barriers save lives. The braided metal cables effectively keep vehicles from crossing medians into oncoming traffic and out of harm’s way of head-on collisions.

Now the state’s ...

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Women engineers today: Meet Shauna Hallmark

December 07, 2015

Shauna Hallmark, director of ISU’s Institute for Transportation (InTrans), talks about being a woman in engineering in Go!, InTrans’s online magazine for youth with stories on education and career opportunities in transportation.

Modern engineering is helping preserve historic covered bridges for years to come

November 13, 2015

The United States has more than 800 historic covered timber bridges, which come in many styles and lengths. The ones still open to vehicular traffic, however, share the need to be load rated to determine how much weight each can safely carry, just ...

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Bridge engineers team with U. of Iowa and Korean engineers on bridge made with new ultra-high performance concrete

November 12, 2015

InTrans in the news: Bridge Engineering Center researchers from Iowa State join University of Iowa and Korean engineers on new bridge made with ultra-high performance concrete.

Read the full story here.

Phares appointed to national bridge committee

October 07, 2015

Brent Phares, director of the Bridge Engineering Center at Iowa State University, has been appointed a member of the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) new Bridge Data Analysis Working Group.

The working group is a standing ...

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New Iowa State facility ramps up bio-polymer production for asphalt

October 01, 2015

Petroleum-based polymers have been added to asphalt since the 1990s. Soft, rubbery polymer compounds improve asphalt by adding resilience and durability to the pavement. Iowa State University professor Chris Williams is confident the polymers in ...

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Three engineers with InTrans affiliations were issued patents in 2014

July 20, 2015

Three researchers affiliated with Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation (InTrans) were among the 30 ISU faculty who earned United States patents for ISU in 2014, according to a report recently released by the National Academy ...

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June 30, 2015

The MTC and the Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC) at Florida International University are partnering with the Iowa DOT to pilot the AASHTO TRAC™& RIDES programs in Iowa schools (TRAC:Transportation ...

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Peter Taylor assumes leadership of CP Tech Center

April 10, 2015

The board of directors for the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center at Iowa State University announces that Dr. Peter Taylor has been appointed as the center’s director effective April 10. He replaces Mr. Tom Cackler, the director ...

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Halil Ceylan’s pavement-warming technology project is generating heat

March 06, 2015

Halil Ceylan, InTrans faculty affiliate in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering and director of the Program for Sustainable Pavement Engineering and Research at InTrans, and other ISU faculty are developing pavement ...

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Students receive best paper award at TRB

January 28, 2015

A team of students led by Peter Savolainen, safety engineer at InTrans and associate professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University, recently received a best paper award through the 2015 Transportation ...

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Bob Sperry receives 2014 Special Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety

April 15, 2014

Bob Sperry, Local Roads Safety Liaison for Iowa LTAP, has been given the 2014 Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner's Special Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety. The award, one of three given this year, recognizes safety leaders ...

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Shauna Hallmark named InTrans director

February 13, 2014

InTrans is pleased to announce that its new director will be Shauna Hallmark.

Shauna has served as interim director of InTrans since 2012 and has been a transportation engineer with InTrans’ Center for Transportation Research and ...

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InTrans mourns the loss of Tom McDonald

October 30, 2013

InTrans faculty and staff are mourning the loss of our colleague and friend Tom McDonald, 72, who died Monday, October 28, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. We send heartfelt condolences to his wife, Judy, and their children and grandchildren.

Born ...

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PROSPER director Halil Ceylan featured in FHWA's Public Roads magazine

October 14, 2013

Halil Ceylan, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) and Director of InTrans' Program for Sustainable Pavement Engineering and Research (PROSPER), discussed Iowa's efforts to improve ...

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Wang elected ACI Fellow

April 26, 2013

Kejin Wang was elected to the 2013 class of American Concrete Institute (ACI) Fellows. ACI Fellows are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the production or use of concrete materials, products, and structures in the areas of education, ...

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TR News Profiles InTrans Associate Director

March 16, 2011

Reginald ("Reg") Souleyrette, InTrans associate director and Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor of Civil Engineering at Iowa State University, is profiled on page 40 of the September-October 2010 issue of  TR News, the ...

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Hybrid-electric Bus Project is National News

March 16, 2011

National Public Radio's Morning Edition recently aired a story featuring research by Shauna Hallmark, InTrans transportation engineer, director of the Midwest Transportation Consortium, and associate professor of civil and construction ...

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InTrans Staff are Making a Difference around the World

March 16, 2011

Several InTrans personnel are taking research and technology transfer activities across the globe. Here are recent examples:

Neal Hawkins, associate director for traffic operations, and Omar Smadi, research ...

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Jennifer Shane Receives National Leadership Award

March 16, 2011

Jennifer S. Shane, assistant professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering and InTrans affiliate, was the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Award from Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) in the faculty ...

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Recent Retirements

March 16, 2011

Last year four long-time employees said goodbye to InTrans and hello to retirement, whether for some well-deserved R&R or new professional adventures or both.

Diane Love, accounting clerk, joined InTrans in 1992 (almost 30 years ...

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World-Renowned Researcher Named Greenwood Chair

March 16, 2011

On Friday, Feb. 18, ISU President Gregory L. Geoffroy presented a medallion to Douglas Gransberg, ConE faculty member and InTrans faculty affiliate, as the inaugural holder of the Donald F. and Sharon A. Greenwood Chair in Construction Engineering.
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