CEEatGT Update: September 2015

Unfolding the possibilities of origami engineering
Glaucio Paulino and his research team have come up with a new origami configuration that could reshape structural engineering. Their “zippered tube” arrangement folds flat but still holds considerable weight. (You have to watch the video to see how it works; it’s amazing.)

More reliable infrastructure
The National Science Foundation is supporting a project led by Iris Tien to create a new kind of computer model to improve the reliability of the nation’s infrastructure systems. Her project, which also involves public policy and computing researchers, will create a model that accounts for all the parts of infrastructure systems as well as the interactions between them.

Safer construction sites
Construction is one of the deadliest jobs in America, with three deaths every workday from jobsite related dangers. Yong Cho and his team are using building information modeling, sensors and even smart phones to reduce those dangers, saving lives and millions of dollars.

Register now for the next Hyatt Lecture
Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove oversees all of NATO’s armed forces in Europe, so the 1977 civil engineering alumnus knows all about leading on an international scale. He shares his thoughts on leadership in the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series Oct. 26. Register now to reserve your seat at this can’t-miss event.

Best in the country The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s undergraduate programs remain among the best the United States has to offer, according to the newest U.S. News and World Report rankings released this month. Where do we stand? The civil engineering program is No. 3; environmental engineering is No. 6.

Tsunami warning Just days after an earthquake rattled the capital and coastline of Chile, Hermann Fritz was in the country. He talked about the country’s remarkable response on CNN Chile. (Spanish-language video)

Fracking in Georgia? Could hydraulic fracturing come to Georgia? Chloe Arson joined WABE’s mid-day program Closer Look to explain how the process of extracting natural gas and oil from rocks works as well as the potential risks and benefits to Georgia.

The real deal If you haven’t taken the Geomatics course sometime in the last two decades, you may never have seen or met Bill Daniel and Jon Drysdale. But these two engineers take time away from their busy practice twice a week to teach the next generation and bring them a healthy dose of what it’s like to practice surveying and engineering on a daily basis.

The engineer’s voice President Emeritus Wayne Clough says engineers must be part of the broader conversation about the challenges facing our global society in the 21st century. In a new video for the academic journal Elementa, Clough says engineers need to develop their public-facing voice on the big issues that do (and will) confront our communities.

Culture shock Environmental engineering undergraduate Shannon Evanchec spent six weeks doing research in India this summer, thanks to the Joe S. Mundy Global Learning Endowment. She calls her experiences there “life changing.”

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