CEEatGT Update: November 2015

A loyal Yellow Jacket
After a couple of years working for the Department of Energy, Sheng Dai is back. The former Ph.D. student has returned to the School as our newest faculty member, and he’s anxious to make an impact on the world.

People you need to meet
Why? Because they’re successful, well-placed alumni who are volunteering their time to help CEE maintain its long record of excellence. And they have some interesting things to say about why their careers are important to them and what students need to be thinking about.

Our best and brightest
CEE’s annual awards ceremony is a chance to honor some of the School’s top teachers, researchers and staff members. See this year’s winners.

WATCH: Gen. Philip Breedlove’s Hyatt Lecture
If you missed the talk from NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, the full video is online now.

Dreamliner, dream job Stacie Sire came to CEE interested in structural engineering. It wasn’t until a chance conversation with a professor after class that she turned that interest into a job at Boeing working on airplane structure. Now her fingerprints are all over the company’s marquee plane, the 787 Dreamliner.

A distilled focus Emily Ferrando spent last summer in Nicaragua living with a host family and working for a nonprofit that builds solar power for remote communities. The experience reminded her why she wanted to become an engineer in the first place.

Outstanding research The journal Materials and Structures selected Ph.D. student Gun Kim’s paper on detecting carbonation in concrete as one of its best articles in 2015. Kim developed a new approach using ultrasound without making contact with the concrete.

A burning question The Times of India and the Wall Street Journal picked up on some interesting work from Ted Russell and his colleagues quantifying exactly how much garbage is burned every day in some Indian cities. Turns out, waste-burning is especially widespread near the Taj Mahal, which contributes to the brownish discoloration that plagues the landmark.

Landfills and redevelopment Atlanta’s new Major League Soccer team just abandoned plans to build its headquarters in DeKalb County. Geotechnical reports discovered an old landfill on the site, complicating remediation. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reached out to Susan Burns to understand the difficulty of redeveloping atop an old landfill.

Cleaner cooking Alumnus Andrew Foote says charcoal briquettes made from biomass have enormous potential to reduce the hazards of cooking in Kenya. They burn far cleaner than traditional charcoal or wood and can greatly reduce indoor air pollution. Foote makes his case in a guest blog on the National Geographic website.

Inaugural fellow Associate Chair Donald Webster is among the first researchers named fellows by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography. The honor is recognition of his years of contributions to the aquatic sciences.

Design-build leader The Design-Build Institute of America has recognized Baabak Ashuri with one of 12 Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards this year. The group praised Ashuri for integrating design-build principles into his curriculum and for boosting the Georgia Department of Transportation’s use of the practice.

Army collaborations Lauren Stewart has been exploring new collaborations with the U.S. Army Research Lab, including talking with the lab’s director about a new program that gives outside researchers access to some of the Army’s unique facilities. Stewart and two graduate students toured some of those facilities early this month.

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