CTRE  en route

Summer 2007

CTRE en route is published twice a year to inform readers about CTRE's projects and programs.

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CTRE Communications:
Marcia Brink
CTRE en route editor:
Michele Regenold

CTRE is an Iowa State University center.

Iowa State University: Becoming the best


Travis Konda

Travis Konda accepting his award.

TRB Eldon J. Yoder outstanding paper award

Travis Konda (ISU PhD Structural Engineering, 2004) is the lead author of the outstanding paper at the 2007 Transportation Research Board Low Volume Road Conference held June 24–27, 2007, in Austin, Texas. Konda works for HNTB Corporation in Kansas City.

The paper, “Precast Modified Beam in Slab Bridge System: An Alternative Replacement for Low-Volume Roads,” is based on research sponsored by the Iowa DOT. Other authors include Terry Wipf, director of the Bridge Engineering Center, F. Wayne Klaiber, distinguished professor of civil engineering, and T.P. Schoellen, Howard County Engineer.

National technical communication award

Congratulations to CTRE technical writer Oksana (Opsomer) Gieseman and graphic designer Alison Weidemann!

Oksana Opsomer and Alison Weidemann hold their award-winning document

Oksana (Opsomer) Gieseman (left) and Alison Weidemann

Last winter they won the highest award given at the regional competition for their work on the Toolbox to Address Safety and Operations on School Grounds and Public Streets Adjacent to Elementary and Middle Schools in Iowa. Consequently, their project was automatically forwarded to the national competition where it earned a "Merit" award. Dowload the report (8 mb *pdf) or read a project abstract.

This is the second time CTRE has won a national award for its technical communication products. The first was in 2003 by webmaster Michele Regenold for CTRE's research web page.