FALL 2014 UPDATE - School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech



QUARTERLY UPDATE : FALL 2014

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Welcome (Back) to Campus
The relatively quiet halls of Mason, SEB, ES&T and Daniel Lab crackled back to life with the beginning of the fall semester this August. CEEatGT welcomed about 300 new freshmen, master's and doctoral students with the beginning of the new academic year...


New Dickerson Chair brings big ideas

Ram Pendyala has joined CEEatGT as the new Dickerson Chair in Transportation Systems. And he’s bringing some interesting ideas to the table...


Welcome Iris Tien

There’s a new face in CEEatGT's structures group this fall. Iris Tien answers 10(ish) questions about her research and what brought her to Georgia Tech...


New leadership minor focuses on global issues, ethics, problem-solving
Faculty members are developing a new minor for undergraduates interested in learning more about global issues and becoming leaders in solving those problems. The Global Engineering Leadership Development minor adds communication, cultural skills and ethics to the technical proficiency students learn. The first class for the minor, underway this fall, is Global Health and Sanitation...

NSF awards $2.5M to multidisciplinary infrastructure research
John Crittenden will lead a $2.5 million project to look at how water, energy and transportation infrastructure systems interact in urban areas and how resilient they are to growth and climate-change impacts. The multidisciplinary work includes researchers from nine Georgia Tech schools and the Georgia Tech Research Institute...

Yiacoumi, Tsouris win Energy Dept. funding to improve uranium extraction from seawater
Researchers Sotira Yiacoumi and Costas Tsouris have won funding for their work to optimize the performance of a new adsorbent developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to extract uranium from the world's oceans. Their project was part of a batch of U.S. Department of Energy funding for nuclear energy research and development projects...

Civil program No. 2, environmental No. 3 in U.S. News annual rankings
The new rankings from U.S. News and World Report for undergraduate engineering schools are out and CEEatGT remains among the best in the nation. The civil engineering program climbed to No. 2 in the U.S. The environmental engineering program maintained its strong position at No. 3...

Smith-Colin: Planning better transportation, harvesting the next generation of engineers
Doctoral student Janille Smith-Colin says studying with CEEatGT's transportation group is right where she wants to be...

Poet? Engineer? In conversation with students, Richard Blanco says he's both
During a recent visit, Richard Blanco told CEEatGT students why he thinks art and science aren't as incompatible as they might seem and how he realized "language was engineered, like everything else"...

Driverless cars in Georgia?
Could some cars on Atlanta's Downtown Connector adjacent to Georgia Tech soon be driving themselves? State lawmakers are considering the implications of self-driving cars, and CEEatGT's Michael Hunter offered some food for thought at a recent hearing. He also wrote an Atlanta Journal-Constitution guest column outlining the possibilities and challenges...

Crowdsourcing could lead to better water in rural India
Using mobile phones and super-cheap water tests, Joe Brown is working to develop a whole new way to test for E. coli contamination in India's millions of water sources...

Mission: Antarctica
Researchers traveled to the bottom of the globe in search of a tiny mollusk that can help us understand how the oceans are changing as a result of climate change. What's the engineering hook? It's all about how the little guys move through the water...

Girl Scouts' camp a test bed for turning tides into electricity
Girl Scouts, Georgia's coast and tidal power. Kevin Haas is tying all of those together as his team works on turning the ebb and flow of tides into modest amounts of electricity...

What do more acidic oceans mean for microbes?
Kostas Konstantinidis has won an NSF grant to help answer that question. His work is part of a large round of funding for ocean-acidification research...

CEE degree = Good jobs, good pay
A survey from salary-data website Payscale.com found civil and environmental engineers are the LEAST likely to be underemployed. In other words, a CEE education teaches students what they really need to know to get a job, and the jobs they get pay well...





EERI student chapter jumps into top 10 in seismic design competition

Georgia Tech's Earthquake Engineering Research Institute student chapter rocked at this year's national Seismic Design Challenge. Or, more to the point, the model structure they built DIDN'T. EERI placed sixth out of more than 30 teams...


Hebeler wins Prakash Prize for Excellence in Geotechnical Engineering

The Shamsher Prakash Foundation gave alumna Tammy Hebeler its 2014 Prize for Excellence in Geotechnical Engineering for her contributions to the field...

 


Nelsons' Gulf Terminal Project Wins Excellence Award

The company run by alumni Charles and Ken Nelson has won a highly competitive Project Excellence Award from ASCE's Coasts, Oceans, Ports & Rivers Institute. The award recognizes the new Gulf Gateway Terminal in New Orleans...


Academic rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Student demographic statistics (fall 2014) from School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Student Services. ROI via The Wall Street Journal and PayScale.com.

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