2017-2018 CEEatGT Annual Report

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Creating the Next: A Conversation with Donald Webster

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Fizza Hassan, center, stands in front of the Sensoji Buddhist Temple in Tokyo's Asakusa neighborhood. Hassan, a civil engineering master's student, traveled to the city with her classmates from an origami engineering course she took at Georgia Tech in the fall taught by Glaucio Paulino. The class visited attractions around Japan and learned about origami principles from Paulino's collaborators in the country. (Photo Courtesy: Fizza Hassan)
Origami Engineering: Week in Japan takes students to the roots and pioneers of their subject
The Yoshi Group used a single Miura-ori based Yoshimura origami pattern to design four unique structures. From left, Phoebe Edalatpour, Jared Williams, Maria Yagnye and Emanuel Ferro hold models of their designs. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Origami Engineering: Using origami for social good
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Diana Chumak gets a ride from classmate Brittney Vidal during their month studying structural engineering in London. (Photo Courtesy: Brittney Vidal)
Varun Elaprolu and Jimmy Mitchell fistbump. They were one of the first pairings through the GOLD mentoring program. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
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The Design Thinkers

Rachel Brashear, a fourth-year civil engineering undergraduate, stands in front of the Van Leer Building and the under-construction Interdisciplinary Design Commons. Brashear has been working as the project's on-site engineer with Gilbane Building Company. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Rachel: She started as an intern, now Rachel Brashear is helping build Tech's newest maker space
3-D printed models of the deep-pile foundations seventh-graders from Atlanta’s Drew Charter School designed as part of a STEM outreach program through the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the NSF-funded Center for Bio-Mediated and Bio-Inspired Geotechnics. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Drew: 7th-graders design, 3D print, test bio-inspired foundations
Ted Turner Drive in Downtown Atlanta, which is currently a three- and four-lane, one-way street surrounded by parking lots and concrete. (Photo: Luke Xinjing Xu)
Ted: Students offer Dutch-inspired ideas to create a resilient gateway to downtown Atlanta
A Google Maps view of the interchange at Interstate 20 and Interstate 285 west of Atlanta. (Courtesy: Google Maps)
Cypress: Capstone Expo winners create a simple solution that saves drivers tons of time at I-20 and I-285 in west Atlanta


More on Our Research

Professor Arash Yavari stands in front of his packed bookcase in his Mason Building office. Yavari has embarked upon a four-year research project to lay the mathematical foundations for cloaking structures from earthquakes and other stress waves. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Vanishing act: Yavari’s new project will lay a mathematical foundation for cloaking structures
Georgia Tech and Georgia Department of Transportation researchers have earned an award for their work to automatically detect cracks, ruts and other pavement issues on the state's highways. Their system uses lasers and artificial intelligence to also detect and catalog roadside signs. This image shows an automatically detected pavement rut modeled in 3-D. (Image: James Tsai)
Automated assessments: National group honors research using lasers and AI to automatically assess health of highway pavement and catalog road signs
Power plant smoke stacks. A new study led by Tellepsen Chair Armistead "Ted" Russell found that power plant and motor vehicle pollution regulations resulted in better air quality and fewer emergency hospital visits for Atlanta area residents for respiratory problems. (Photo Courtesy: Nick Humphries via Flickr.)
Healthy skies, healthy people: Study shows air quality and health improved in metro Atlanta after power plant and motor vehicle pollution controls
Claudio Martinez from the Dominican Republic’s Oficina Nacional de Meteorologia in Matancitas with local resident Patria, right, who took Martinez and Georgia Tech’s Hermann Fritz back to the site of a 1946 tsunami in the area. Patria remembered how high waters had reached at this palm tree, helping the team reconstruct the tsunami’s impacts more than seven decades after it happened. (Photo Courtesy: Hermann Fritz)
Total recall: Eyewitness accounts fill in details of 1946 Dominican Republic tsunami
A hexagon grid overlaying Houston shows the reductions in Twitter activity the day following Hurricane Harvey's landfall in August 2017, with darker red hexagons high levels of deviation. Ph.D student Rachel Samuels is working with John E. Taylor on a National Science Foundation project to use Twitter activity to help first-responders identify developing crises after a storm while also helping civilians more effectively plug in to disaster response efforts. (Image Courtesy: Rachel Samuels)
Silence to sound: Looking at Twitter posts from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey shows lack of activity can tell first responders where trouble’s brewing
Pensacola Beach in the Florida Panhandle, one of the areas where oil washed ashore after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010. (Photo Courtesy: Smruthi Karthikeyan)
The oil eaters: Research uncovering a new oil-eating microbe wins accolades at Gulf oil spill conference
The stern of the El Faro is shown on the ocean floor where it came to rest after sinking in Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. (Photo Courtesy: National Transportation Safety Board)
Going rogue: Fedele's rogue wave analysis supports investigation of the El Faro sinking
Sheng Dai holds a collection of rock samples in his lab. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Earth energy: Far below the earth's surface, hot rocks combine with water to create clean power
Xing Xie is developing super-absorbent polymer beads like this for environmental sampling. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has funded an exploratory project to use the beads to preserve biological samples for transport to testing labs. This dry bead is roughly 500 micrometers and can absorb about 100 times its weight. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Shelf life: Extending the life of biological samples to improve diagnostic test results around the globe
An aerial view of Lake Lanier in north Georgia. (Photo: Luke Xinjing Xu)
Waste in the water: Georgia Water Resources Institute leads effort to understand how residential septic systems impact Lake Lanier water quality
Several chickens walking on a leaf and stick-covered area in Hapeville, Georgia. Joe Brown and a team of Georgia Tech researchers have received a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study how antibiotic use on poultry farms might impact waterways near and downstream from the farms. They will collect samples in north Georgia to measure antibiotic resistance genes and resistant pathogens in the environment. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Poultry pathogens: CDC-sponsored research seeks to understand water-related risks of antibiotic use in agriculture
Interstates 75 and 85 — a.k.a. the Downtown Connector — adjacent to Georgia Tech's campus and Midtown Atlanta. (Photo: Luke Xinjing Xu)
Traffic tech: Coogan wins CAREER grant to build mathematical foundation for modeling and predicting traffic flow
Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Researchers will use data from the city's North Avenue Smart Corridor and the Commute Warrior smartphone app to improve traffic-signal timing and driving routing decisions after big events at the stadium. (Photo: Luke Xinjing Xu)
Smart streets: Data from North Avenue smart corridor to improve traffic, safety, energy use
A stand of Georgia pine trees. (Photo: Luke Xinjing Xu)
Timber for troops: Forest Service funds project using Georgia timber for stronger Army barracks
An assortment of origami structures that can be designed in new software created by Glaucio Paulino and graduate student Ke Liu. (Photo: Rob Felt)
Fast folds: New software speeds origami structure designs