64 years later, Philip Sarris gets the diploma he earned

Professor Aris Georgakakos with Philip Sarris, BSCE 1952.

When Philip Sarris finished his civil engineering degree at Georgia Tech, he already had a job waiting. Actually, in many ways, he had two jobs waiting. One was with Southern Railway, where Sarris had worked as a co-op student throughout his time at Tech. The other was with the United States Army, which drafted him and sent him off to Korea. All of that meant Sarris didn’t cross the stage and officially collect his diploma in 1952.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Remembering alumnus, former faculty member James Wallace (1938-2016)

Alumnus and former faculty member James R. Wallace (1938-2016)

Former students and colleagues are celebrating James R. Wallace’s life this week after news reached the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering community that he died May 11. He was 77 years old.

Friday, May 20, 2016

How to turn a civil engineering degree into a job with one of the country’s ‘big 3’ consulting firms

Daniella Remolina, who graduated in December and started work this month with the Boston Consulting Group.

This month, Daniella Remolina started work at one of the world’s largest consulting firms, the Boston Consulting Group. It’s an unexpected, but certainly welcome, turn of events for Remolina, who finished an internship with the company and her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in December.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tellepsen joins College of Engineering Hall of Fame; Higginbotham and Mitchell win alumni awards

Howard Tellepsen speaks at the College of Engineering Alumni Awards April 16. Tellepsen, BSCE 1966, was inducted into the College's Hall of Fame.

The Georgia Tech College of Engineering honored three School of Civil and Environmental Engineering alumni April 16. The recognition came at the College’s annual alumni awards.

Monday, April 18, 2016

As luck would have it: Wick Moorman found serendipity in a life of railroading

Charles "Wick" Moorman (Photo: Gary Meek)

Luck seems antithetical to engineering. There are no equations, statistics or models for luck — there is no control. But to Wick Moorman, BSCE 1975, the recently retired chairman and CEO of railroad company Norfolk Southern, luck matters. It has, he insists, been a central force of his career.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Hyatt Lecture: From co-op to CEO, Wick Moorman shares lessons from a life in railroading

Charles "Wick" Moorman after delivering the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Lecture. (Photo: Zonglin "Jack" Li)

Charles “Wick” Moorman talked about railroads, his experiences at Georgia Tech, and some of the things he learned as he rose to leadership of one of the nation’s five large railroad companies during the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Lecture March 9.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Meet the new Higginbotham Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering: David Frost

Elizabeth and Bill Higginbotham Professor David Frost

Professor David Frost has been named the Elizabeth and Bill Higginbotham Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. School Chair Reginald DesRoches made the appointment after the Higginbotham family created the new professorship earlier this year.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Building for the future: Undergrad construction program completes transition to CEE

Students examine construction plans in a tunnel. (Photo: Rob Felt)

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering began an important new chapter in its century-long history in the fall when Georgia Tech’s undergraduate building construction curriculum officially became part of the civil and environmental engineering program. With the change, all undergraduates who wish to study construction will earn a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, marrying the technical excellence the School is known for with a broad array of courses specifically tailored to construction engineering and management careers.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Georgia DOT’s chief engineer on making history, why she loves her work, and why engineers need communication skills

Meg Pirkle, MSCE 1997

Just more than a year ago, Meg Pirkle took over as the chief engineer at the Georgia Department of Transportation. Pirkle sat down with us late in 2015 to talk more about her 26 years at the agency and share some thoughts about the importance of transportation engineering.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Alumnus Wick Moorman among the newest members of the National Academy of Engineering

Charles "Wick" Moorman

Charles “Wick” Moorman has received one of the highest professional honors for an engineer: He is now a member of the National Academy of Engineering. The academy announced 80 new members February 8 as well as 22 new foreign members.

Monday, February 8, 2016


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