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CEEatGT Update: January 2015

Clean water for Oloo
A team from the Georgia Tech chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled to Uganda during the winter break to install a new well for a remote village. The well and hand-operated pump are the first phase of a distribution system that will eventually serve about 1,200 villagers.

Protecting buildings, saving lives (video)
The NSF’s Science Nation program highlighted Reginald DesRoches’ work testing new ways to retrofit and strengthen reinforced concrete buildings during earthquakes. The project involves shaking a full-scale model building specially constructed at the School’s Structures Lab.
 
‘Do no harm’

Alumnus Andy Phelps receives an ASCE Lifetime Achievement Award later this spring. He was just elected a fellow in the organization, too. His career has literally spanned the globe, working on oil-spill cleanup during the first Gulf War to restructuring and privatizing the British nuclear energy industry.
Hyatt registration open

Former Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough will deliver the inaugural Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Lecture March 24, 2015. Get your name on the reservation list here.

Triple threat Matthias Uhrig has had a distinguished run as a triple-jumper in Germany. Now he has come to Tech for one year to compete with the track team while he also earns his second master’s degree in civil engineering.

Paulino elected a fellow The new Jones Chair, Glaucio Paulino, has been elected fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics. It’s quite an honor: the academy picks only one member to join the fellows each year.

2 degrees, 5 years CEE has inked a deal with Tongji University in China that will bring a small number of students to Tech each year to finish their Tongji bachelor’s degree. Then they’ll stay an additional year and end up with a Georgia Tech master’s. The first students will likely arrive in the fall.
Top 20 Engineering News Record Southeast named Christy Jeon to it’s Top 20 Under 40 list for 2015. She earned her doctorate from CEE a few years ago and now works at Parsons as a traffic engineer and planner.
Most influential Two of the School’s alumni are considered among the most influential people in Georgia: Keith Golden, the just-retired commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation, and Doug Hooker, executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Distinguished scientist John Crittenden will spend a few weeks this year visiting China for in-depth discussions with scholars and graduate students after the Chinese Academy of Sciences named him a President’s Distinguished Scientist.
 
A new path After three decades as an engineer, including running her own engineering and surveying firm, Anna Shmukler decided to turn her entrepreneurial interests in an unusual new direction. She was featured early this month in Entrepreneur Magazine.
 

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