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CEEatGT Update: April 2016

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Students collecting water samples along Bolivia's Choqueyapu River.
A dozen students spent Spring Break in Bolivia with Assistant Professor Joe Brown researching water issues. Their goals were to assess the quality of the Choqueyapu River, measure the bio-aerosols around open sewage channels, look at mercury accumulation in fish, and compare several low-cost water tests. Follow the students’ journey through their own words and pictures.

Capstone successTeam Stryd Transportation at the spring 2016 Capstone Design Expo
Four teams of CEE students competed in the spring 2016 Capstone Design Expo, showing off their work on road projects, wind-load analysis, and structural design. It’s just the second time the School has sent senior design projects to the campus-wide expo. The prize-winning team designed a tricky roundabout for the Cobb County Department of Transportation.

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Georgene Geary and Laura Mast

NSF Fellows Two graduate students have won ultra-competitive NSF fellowships to support their Ph.D. research. Georgene Geary studies the maintenance and rehabilitation of concrete pavements. Laura Mast works to extract rare earth elements from coal fly ash.

Aaron Bivins

Right place, right time That will be the case for Aaron Bivins, who’s headed to India for a year now that he’s won a Fulbright grant. The money means Bivins can be on the ground as a community implements a new continuous water supply, allowing him to study how that improves residents’ health.

Associate Chair Susan Burns and senior April Gadsby

WIE awards CEE cleaned up at this year’s Women in Engineering awards. Senior April Gadsby won the organization’s premiere honor, the Helen Grenga Award, in recognition of her academic success and her leadership and involvement across campus. Eighteen other students received scholarships from corporate sponsors

Howard T. Tellepsen Jr.

Hall of Fame Alumnus Howard Tellepsen joined the Georgia Tech Engineering Hall of Fame this year, an honor reserved for graduates who’ve had a significant impact on society and the Institute. Alumni Bill Higginbotham and Jimmy Mitchell also were honored at the College of Engineering Alumni Awards.

Charles "Wick" Moorman

As luck would have it Retired Norfolk Southern Chairman and CEO Wick Moorman attributes much of his success in railroading to good fortune. And he says a big part of all that good luck was finding his way to Georgia Tech in the early 1970s.

Daniella Remolina

Engineer to consultant Daniella Remolina has turned her civil engineering degree into a position at one of the world’s largest and most-respected consulting firms. She says she wouldn’t have been ready for the challenges of a consulting career if she’d chosen some other field of study. Remolina finished her degree in December.

Genevieve Pezzola

Job, guaranteed How’s this for a nice setup: money to pay for the remainder of your doctorate and a guaranteed job with the Department of Defense when you’re done. That’s the scenario for Ph.D. student Genevieve Pezzola after she won a SMART fellowship from the DoD. She studies blast retrofits made of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer.

Natalia Cardelino

Concrete fellowship Ph.D. student Natalia Cardelino has received the Daniel P. Jenny Fellowship from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. It’s Cardelino's second award this spring for her studies on using limestone cement in self-consolidating concrete.

Georgia Tech ASCE concrete canoe team

Cardboard hydraulics Students in Georgia Tech’s American Society of Civil Engineers chapter took first place in the hydraulics competition at this year’s Carolinas Regional Conference. Their take on the challenge incorporated a bit of Tech tradition.

Assistant Professor Lauren Stewart in her lab.

Booming career She started her career in earthquake engineering, but the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks pushed Assistant Professor Lauren Stewart into research about blast effects on structures. She’s never looked back.

Lake Mendota near Madison, Wisconsin

Healing lakes A first-of-its-kind model of how microbes interact in healthy lakes has the potential to help scientists better understand what’s wrong with sick lakes. Kostas Konstantinidis and his colleagues across campus were able to model the interactions of some 18,000 different species in a Wisconsin lake.

Research Horizons illustration for autonomous vehicles story

Roadway robots Georgia Tech’s newest Research Horizons magazine includes Associate Professor Michael Hunter’s work on autonomous vehicles. Among the areas of concern Hunter has identified are the potential for the self-driving vehicles to actually disrupt traffic and create bottlenecks on surface streets.

  Assistant Professor Chloe Arson

Promoted Congratulations to Chloe Arson, who has earned a promotion to associate professor as well as tenure, effective later this year.

 

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