The next time you’re sitting at a red light and cursing traffic, remember: it could be significantly worse. In fact, it would be worse for a number of major commuting corridors in the Atlanta area — if not for the efforts of people like two Georgia Tech civil engineering alumni who are involved in a pacesetting state program to make traffic flow more smoothly.
A leading standards-setting transportation organization has named a project by Georgia Tech and Georgia Department of Transportation researchers one of the year’s most valuable. The work developed a new steel to reinforce concrete bridge piles in marine environments that withstands corrosion and lasts well beyond the expected 100-year lifespan of the structures.
Just more than a year ago, Meg Pirkle took over as the chief engineer at the Georgia Department of Transportation. Pirkle sat down with us late in 2015 to talk more about her 26 years at the agency and share some thoughts about the importance of transportation engineering.
Meg Pirkle takes over as the Georgia Department of Transportation’s chief engineer January 1, the agency’s commissioner announced Dec. 11. Pirkle, M.S. 1996, is the first woman to serve in the position.