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April 2017

Professor Kimberly Kurtis has been named interim chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, effective July 1, when current chair Reginald DesRoches departs for Rice University. Kurtis has been associate dean for faculty development and scholarship in the College of Engineering since 2014. (File Photo: Gary Meek)
Students learn about a rainwater collector in the El Campo community from a local engineering during their Spring Break research trip to Bolivia. The trip, part of the Environmental Technology in the Developing World class, included days of collecting water samples and surveying residents as well as days learning how rural communities have developed their own water systems. (Photo: Donald Smith)
Winnie Zambrana took home a Georgia Tech Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher award April 18 for her work with Joe Brown's research group. (Courtesy: Brown Water Group on Twitter)
Three School of Civil and Environmental Engineering students have won National Science Foundation graduate fellowships. Hannah Greenwald, left, is a graduating senior. April Gadsby, middle, and Rebecca Nylen are in the early stages of the graduate studies. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Reginald DesRoches, chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will become dean of Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering  effective July 1. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Joe Brown won the 2017 Women in Engineering Teaching Excellence Award April 11 for the postitive impact he's had on the lives of Georgia Tech's female engineering students. Two faculty members are recognized each year based on a survey of undergrad women in the College of Engineering. (File Photo)
Hannah Greenwald poses for the traditional senior photo with the Georgia Tech Ramblin' Reck. Greenwald has won the top honor for Tech engineering students, the Davidson Family Tau Beta Pi Senior Engineering Cup. (Courtesy: Hannah Greenwald)
Christopher Pappas is this year’s recipient of the Leadership Award for Outstanding Corporate Reinvention from the American Chemical Society’s Chemical Marketing and Economics group. (Courtesy: Business Wire)
Despina Tsementzi has won the Sigma Xi Best Ph.D. Dissertation award for 2017. (Courtesy: Despina Tsementzi)
Members of the ASCE steel bridge team put together their design at the Carolinas Regional Conference for student chapters April 1. The team, led by Colin Martin and Mihai Mavrodin, won first place and advance to national competition in May. (Photo: Thomas S. Teichmann)
The cover of "The Connector" in "Atlanta" magazine featuring the MARTA Army. (Courtesy: "Atlanta" magazine)

March 2017

Lauren Stewart talks with WSB-TV's Tom Regan about the Interstate 85 bridge collapse in Atlanta. Stewart said coordinated investigationsof the cause, cleanup of the site, and reconstruction of the highway will likely take months. She was among a handful of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers who offered their engineering expertise to Atlanta and national media in the wake of the disaster. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Junior Arjun Bir’s work to improve lives in his native India and in the developing world has earned him the 2017 Alvin M. Ferst Leadership and Entrepreneur Award from Georgia Tech.
Ph.D. student Heng Chi has been selected as one six finalists to compete for the prestigious Robert J. Melosh Medal in April.
Alumnus Falak Shah has been named to a select group of young leaders who represent the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ next generation, the Young Professionals Ambassadors. (Photo Courtesy: Falak Shah)
Professor Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy (Photo: Zonglin "Jack" Li)
Yannis Dialynas defended his Ph.D. thesis in January and hasn’t even celebrated his graduation. Yet he’s been working on the second State of the Carbon Cycle Report’s soils chapter, contributing insight from his doctoral research on the influence of soil erosion and carbon burial on the global carbon cycle.
Art Williams talks with students at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's first scholarship and fellowship lunch. Williams and his family created the F. Everett Williams Scholarship for civil engineering students. (Photo: Joshua Stewart)
Screenshot of GPB web page featuring the March 16 segment on self-driving cars that included Michael Hunter.
The Eno Center for Transportation has selected Stephanie Amoaning-Yankson for its 2017 class of fellows. The fifth-year Ph.D. student will attend the center's Future Leaders Development Conference this summer to hear from federal officials, transportation policymakers, and business leaders. (Photo Courtesy: Stephanie Amoaning-Yankson)
CEE's graduate civil engineering program is No. 2 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2018 survey. Graduate environmental engineering ranked No. 7. (Image: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Team TruePani reacts after they're announced as the People's Choice Award winners at the 2016 InVenture Prize finals. The team designed an antimicrobial cup and water storage device that makes drinking water safer. Shannon Evanchec and Samantha Becker have been working full-time for the last year to turn their winning invention into a viable business. (Photo: Fitrah Hamid)
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers have found that bacteria present in only small numbers in freshwater systems contain key genes that help the broader microbial community respond to environmental changes such as pollution or oil spills. The team used water from Lake Lanier northeast of Atlanta to test how microbial communities respond to common organic compounds. (Photo Courtesy: PBT1981 via Wikimedia Commons)

February 2017

Professor Emeritus Bruce Ellingwood
Assistant Professor Joe Brown has won an Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. These so-called CAREER grants recognize promising young faculty with funds to help them establish the research director of their careers. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Suzanne Shank delivers the spring 2017 lecture for the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Kenneth Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series. (Photo: Zonglin "Jack" Li)
Marc and Kate Sanborn are working on doctorates in civil engineering with Lauren Stewart. The couple, married since 2012, are majors in the U.S. Army and need advanced degrees to continue their careers teaching at the U.S. Military Academy. (Photo: Missy Jurick)
Michael Rodgers
Kari Watkins and Phanish Suryanarayana, who have earned tenure and will be promoted to the rank of associate professor this summer. (Photos: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents recently named Kim D. Jones a regents professor. (Photo: Texas A&M-Kingsville)
Headphones and a sound board before a recording for the first edition of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's new "Field Notes" podcast. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Georgia Power Distinguished Professor Susan Burns

January 2017

Junior Maimuna Jallow at the Lake of Love in Bruges, Belgium. Jallow studied at Georgia Tech-Lorraine in the fall with help from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Joe S. Mundy Global Learning Endowment. (Photo Courtesy: Maimuna Jallow)
Arjun Bir talks about low-cost water tests at UNICEF in Bolivia. (Photo Courtesy: Arjun Bir)
Associate Professor Kevin Haas, one of the inaugural Provost Teaching and Learning Fellows.
Howard T. Tellepsen Chair Armistead "Ted" Russell (Photo: Justen Clay/Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine)
Professor Terry Sturm, who has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Sturm elected an ASCE fellow
January 12, 2017
Water drop

December 2016

Alesa Stallman accepts a scholarship from the International Concrete Repair Institute Georgia Chapter Dec. 6. (Photo Courtesy: Alesa Stallman)
K.P. Reddy, co-founder of The Combine and a 1994 civil engineering graduate. (Photo: The Combine)
Master's students Himanshu Wad and Helen Heindl. (Photo: Rob Felt)
A screencapture from civil engineering senior Raunac Khandaker's "Tech Reflections" audio slideshow.
John E. Taylor, the new Frederick L. Olmsted Profession in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson, seated left, signed an agreement in a ceremony in Shenzhen, China, Dec. 2 to create a new collaboration with the City of Shenzhen and Tianjin University. Co-signers with Peterson are Vice Mayor Yihuan Wu of Shenzhen Municipal People's Government, center, and Tianjin University President Denghua Zhong, right.
A group of Georgia Tech and Georgia Department of Transportation researchers after they received an AASHTO Sweet Sixteen award from DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry Dec. 8. Their work on corrosion-resistant concrete piles for marine environments has been used on bridges in Georgia and is being tested for use in nearby states.
U.S. Department of Transportation map showing all of the newly funded University Transportation Centers and the affiliated universities.
Aaron Bivins and Rebecca Yoo (Photo: StoryCorps Atlanta)
Microbiologists use next-generation sequencing technology to identify a bacterial DNA fingerprint. (Photo: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

November 2016

Professor Emeritus Wilton W. King
Georgia Tech senior Maya Goldman at Machu Picchu in Peru. The structure behind her shows how Inca engineers used terraces as retaining walls. "Being in Machu Picchu inspired me like no other place on Earth to continue my study of civil engineering," Goldman said, "to follow in the footsteps of those before me, and to build a future based on sharing knowledge and closely observing environmental processes, just like Incan engineers." (Photo Courtesy: Maya Goldman)
Students from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering learn OSHA guidelines for worksite safety in early November. The Atlanta office of JE Dunn provided the training — and lunch — to the group of nearly two dozen undergraduate and graduate students. (Photo: Yong Cho)
CEE Awards Plaques (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Veterans John Temple and Mike Anderson in one of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering server rooms. The pair now provide information technology support to the School's students, faculty and staff. (Photo: Joshua Stewart)
New External Advisory Board members Jim Anderson, John Kelley, Edward Metzger, Stephen Mulva, Frank Rucker and Deborah Staudinger.
Yang Wang and students in his research group install sensors on a bridge in Bartow County, Georgia, in July 2016. Wang, Francesco Fedele and Rafi Muhanna in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering will use data from instruments like these to feed a new interval-based optimization approach to assess structural systems and detect damage. (Photo Courtesy: Yang Wang)
Sierra Magazine story about the explosion at a gas pipeline in Alabama.
Screen shot of Ph.D. student Simon Berrebi's interview with WSB-TV in Atlanta about his group's effort to crowdfund trash cans for East Point bus stops.
WTA Atlanta scholarship winners Xiaodan Xu, Stephanie Amoaning-Yankson and Cindy Bledsoe.
G. Wayne Clough with National Academy of Construction President Hugh Rice. Clough was inducted into the academy's 2016 class of new members Oct. 20. (Photo Courtesy: National Academy of Construction)
Ph.D. student Stephanie Amoaning-Yankson.

October 2016

Ocean Science and Engineering webpage screenshot
Ph.D. student Osvaldo Broesicke, right, with Latinos in Science and Engineering President Will Davis. Broesicke won the organization's highest honor for students, the Padrino Scholarship and Medalla de Plata, or silve medal. (Photo Courtesy: Osvaldo Broesicke)
Ph.D. student Chloe Johansen meets with her TI:GER program group in October 2016 to talk about their project. (Photo: Joshua Stewart)
Ph.D. student Fikret Atalay will be part of a five-student delegation from the United States at next year's International Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference in South Korea.
Ph.D. student Sangy Hanumasagar will attend the International Research Association on Large Landslides meeting in China this month for two weeks of workshops and high-level courses on landslides.
SEC Country website screen shot of a story looking at the effects of major hurricanes on college football stadiums.
The Taj Mahal (Photo: Michael Bergin)
Reginald DesRoches, the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Karen and John Huff School Chair
Hermann Fritz, right, talks with people in Haiti on one of his research trips after an earthquake wreaked havoc on the island nation in 2010. Fritz told public radio's Marketplace the temporary communities that have since sprung up on the country's hillsides are now at risk from flooding and landslides in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. (Photo: Jean Vilmond Hilaire, Université de Quisqueya)

September 2016

The city of Bluefields, Nicaragua, and Bluefields Bay. Environmental engineering undergraduate Kelsey Eichbauer spent eight weeks this summer working in this community with the nonprofit blueEnergy. She helped design and build simple water-filtration systems to reuse so-called "greywater" — all the semi-clean wastewater that comes from everywhere except the toilet. (Photo: Kelsey Eichbauer)
Professor Paul Mayne
In the fall 2016 Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Lecture, Emmy Montanye, BCE 1982, offered five essential skills for young engineers to develop as they pursue their careers: Be curious and keeping learning, develop your personal brand, learn the business of engineering, develop your personal board of directors, develop others. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Screenshot of Rebeeca Yoo's first-place ForeCAST Competition video, "TOHL Centers: A Sustainable approach for Rural Water Supply."
U.S. News and World Report ranks Georgia Tech's civil engineering program No. 2 in the nation and the environmental engineering program No. 4.
Patricia Mokhtarian, the new Susan G. and Christopher D. Pappas Professor
Donald Webster
Logo for ARCS Foundation
Pointivo co-founder Habib Fathi, Ph.D. 2013.
Screenshot of Line//Shape//Space story on coastal engineering and sea level rise.

August 2016

Screen capture of the new leadership video.
Iris Tien, left, with Gwinnett County middle school teacher Kathylee McElroy and Jamila Cola after Tien and McElroy won awards for their collaboration on engineering lesson plans for McElroy's science classes. They've been working together for two years through a program made possible by the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Research, Innovation, and Multi-Scale Engineering. Cola is the director of that program. (Photo Courtesy: Iris Tien)
The International Disaster Reconnaissance Studies class on the Great Wall of China, one of their first stops during their two-week trip to China and Japan.
Civil engineering undergrad Andrew Melissas diving during his semester studying abroad in Australia. (Photo Courtesy: Andrew Melissas)
Rudy Bonparte and John Taylor, two of the new faces in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering this fall.
Charles "Wick" Moorman
Ph.D. student Christine Dykstra in her lab.
Assistant Professor Kari Watkins added the title of Frederick L. Olmsted Junior Faculty Professor this summer, becoming the first faculty member to occupy the newly created position. Watkins studies multi-modal and sustainable transportation as well as using technology to improve transportation systems. (Photo: Rob Felt)
Reginald DesRoches stands with the ruptured cinder block wall one of his Ph.D. students destroyed while testing different kinds of masonry infill designed to strengthen similar structures in the Caribbean. DesRoches will draw on decades of earthquake research like this for the University of California, Davis, College of Engineering distinguished lecture he'll deliver in September. (Photo: Rob Felt)
Researchers Liz Robertson from the University of Southern Denmark and Josh Manger from the University of California, San Diego, ready a sample collector off Mexico's Pacific coast. They’re part of a research team that discovered bacteria making oxygen minimum zones in the ocean even deader by sucking up all life-giving nitrogen molecules. (Photo: Heather Olins)
Col. Tom Rickard, BSCE 1990, assumed command of the U.S. Army’s Fort George G. Meade August 4. During the change of command ceremony, Rickard passes the garrison colors to Command Sergeant Major Rodwell L. Forbes.

July 2016

A neighborhood on the Westside of Atlanta, an example of the premise that has been stuck in Iris Tien's mind recently: how the infrastructure civil and environmental engineers build — or the lack thereof in areas like this — influences the surrounding community. (Photo: Iris Tien)
Screen shot of Perimeter Center traffic solutions story featuring Michael Hunter.
Young person driving
2016 Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship recipients Jack Cebe, Calvin Clark, April Gadsby, Alice Grossman, Janille Smith-Colin and Elliot Sperling
Susan Burns
Reginald DesRoches, Karen and John Huff School Chair
Ph.D. student Aaron Bivins
Jim Hamilton, BSCE 1977

June 2016

A simulated landslide splashes into a wave basin at Oregon State University.
A MARTA train in the Edgewood-Candler Park transit station.
A large wave towers astern of the NOAA ship Delaware II in the Atlantic Ocean in 2005. (Photo: Delaware II Crew/NOAA)
ShanghaiRankings Academic Program Ranking: Civil Engineering No. 7
Professor Paul Mayne
John Kelley, BSCE 1992, at the Avalon development in Alpharetta, Georgia
The Atlanta Streetcar near the original Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Georgia Tech researchers have developed a way to improve the timing of the streetcar, eliminating the need for schedules and reducing passenger wait time. (Photo: Spmarshall42 / Wikimedia Commons)
Rendering of SunTrust Park, scheduled to open in spring 2017. (Image: Atlanta Braves)
Braves’ New World
June 10, 2016
IndustryWeek website screen shot
Yannis Dialynas, a hydrology Ph.D. student in Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Georgia Tech Provost Rafael L. Bras, discuss a model of soil erosion. This research is studying the role of erosion on carbon cycling. (Photo: Rob Felt)
Senior Maggie Lindsey in Costa Rica with one of the young students who will attend a primary school she helped design and build.
Prescribed burn near Griffin, Georgia
The Sustainable Transportation Abroad class outside the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Hurricane Isabel, the strongest storm of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season. (Photo: NASA)

May 2016

Cover of Science special issue on urban issues.
Ph.D. student Yannis Dialynas
Professor Aris Georgakakos with Philip Sarris, BSCE 1952.
A screenshot of the Poets&Quants website naming master's student Trevor Clark on the nation's best MBA students.
Alumnus and former faculty member James R. Wallace (1938-2016)
The Haitian Roundtable's 2016 1804 List of Changemakers and Ones to Watch.
Associate Professor Yong Cho and Dimitri Seneca Snowden with the robot Snowden has donated to Cho's research lab.
Coral reef off Kiritimati Island. (Photo: Pamela Grothe)

April 2016

Research Horizons illustration for Rolling Robots story
Helen Grenga Award winner April Gadsby with Associate Chair Susan Burns.
The winning CEE team at the spring 2016 Capston Design Expo pictured with Assistant Professor Kari Watkins, left: Lilian Ayala, Sage Roberts, John Bolen and Ryan Liu.
The four projects School of Civil and Environmental Engineering teams will present at the 2016 Capstone Design Expo.
Daniella Remolina, who graduated in December and started work this month with the Boston Consulting Group.
ASCE Georgia Tech Chapter at 2016 Carolinas Regional Conference
Ph.D. student Natalia Cardelino
Howard Tellepsen speaks at the College of Engineering Alumni Awards April 16. Tellepsen, BSCE 1966, was inducted into the College's Hall of Fame.
Charles "Wick" Moorman (Photo: Gary Meek)
Georgene Geary and Laura Mast, winners of NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Genevieve Pezzola
Assistant Professor Lauren Stewart in her lab.
A Booming Career
April 11, 2016
Lake Mendota near Madison, Wisconsin. Georgia Tech researchers used long-term data on the lake’s microbial communities to develop what may be the largest-ever dynamic model of how those communities interact. The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Kostas Konstantinidis says that could help restore sick lakes and may one day help scientists better understand the human body’s microbiome. (Photo: Good Free Photos)
Aaron Bivins
Chloe Arson
Students collecting water samples along Bolivia's Choqueyapu River.

March 2016

Lauren Stewart in her lab. (Photo: Gary Meek)
Senior April Gadsby
Brittany Bruder, Ph.D. 2015
Graduate students Jack Cebe and Atiyya Shaw, who will attend the Eno Center's Future Leaders Development Conference this year.
Team True Pani: Samantha Becker, civil engineering; Naomi Ergun, business administration; Shannon Evanchec, environmental engineering; and Sarah Lynn Bowen, business administration. (Photo: Fitrah Hamid)
U.S. News and World Report Graduate Program Rankings: Civil #4, Environmental #5
Samantha Becker, left, and Shannon Evanchec film a segment about their water purification system ahead of the live-televised finals of the InVenture Prize. Their team, TruePani, will compete with five other finalists for $20,000, a free patent filing, and a place in a Georgia Tech startup incubator at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. (Photo: TruePani)
Growth of Mycobacterium isolated on a plate of culture medium. (Photo: Stacey Pfaller, EPA)
CEE Graduate Programs Manager Robert Simon
Master's student Annie Blissit, one of the American Council of Engineering Companies' 2016 Young Professionals of the Year.
Charles "Wick" Moorman after delivering the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Lecture. (Photo: Zonglin "Jack" Li)
A concept of what the Charleston Lowcountry Lowline could look like once it's built. (Image: Friends of the Lowcountry Lowline)
Third-year environmental engineering major Hannah Greenwald
Elizabeth and Bill Higginbotham Professor David Frost
Aaron Bivins explains his Ph.D. research as part of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's new video series, "30 Second Thesis."

February 2016

Students examine construction plans in a tunnel. (Photo: Rob Felt)
Meg Pirkle, MSCE 1997
Glaucio Paulino and Evgueni Filipov with models of their zippered tube origami configuration. (Photo: Rob Felt)
Hongyu Guo, Rodney Weber and Ted Russell on their research platform atop the Ford Environmental Science & Technology Building.
A sea butterfly (Limacina helicina). Photo: EOL Learning and Education Group via Flickr.
Seung Ho Hong in the Donovan Hydraulics Laboratory with the flume used in his study.
Professor Donald Webster working with students on a problem.
Diagram of the TruePani drinking cup invented by a team that includes CEE undergrads Samantha Becker and Shannon Evanchec.
Professor David Frost
Screen shot of tunnel corrosion story featuring Professor Emeritus Larry Kahn.
Charles "Wick" Moorman
Engineering Georgia magazine spread featuring alumnus Tom Gambino
Kathrine Udell in a transportation research lab

January 2016

Andrew Melissas
Elizabeth and Bill Higginbotham
Chloe Arson and Phanish Suryanarayana, winners of CAREER awards from the NSF.
I am CEEatGT video series, featuring five undergraduates and their experiences as civil and environmental engineering students.
Karen and John Huff School Chair Reginald DesRoches (Photo: Gary Meek)

December 2015

The sidewalk along North Avenue in Atlanta. Photo: Jennifer Tyner
Professor Aris Georgakakos explains his models of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system to CBS46's Sally Sears.
Glaucio Paulino, Raymond Allen Jones Chair and Professor
Screen shot of CityLab story about parking in Los Angeles.
Cover of MRS Bulletin December 2015 special issue
Screen shot of the San Francisco Chronicle article that includes Professor Emeritus Lawrence Kahn.

November 2015

Stacie Sire on the flight deck of the 787 Dreamliner during a test flight in 2011.
CEE Award Plaque
Emily Ferrando in the Somoto Canyon in Nicaragua.
Cleaner-burning biomass fuel briquettes produced by Sanivation to replace firewood or charcoal for cooking.
AJC screen shot: Old landfill forced Atlanta United to flee DeKalb
Associate Professor Baabak Ashuri
New CEE External Advisory Board Members Montanye, Houlihan and Selman.
Assistant Professor Sheng Dai in his lab.

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