Water Quality

Spring Break travelers reflect on disaster recovery, a different approach to transportation, and water quality challenges after week abroad

Students from the International Disaster Reconnaissance Studies course walk through ruined buildings in Old Beichuan, China. The city has been left as a memorial to those killed when it was rocked by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in central China. The site was one of the places students visited in China and Japan over Spring Break as they considered the impact of disasters and how communities rebuilt. (Photo Courtesy: Lynnae Luettich and Katie Popp)

For several dozen School of Civil and Environmental Engineering students, Spring Break was a packed week of mind- and perspective-stretching experiences in South America, Europe and Asia. The students worked and explored alongside professors and graduate students as part of three classes affiliated with Tech’s global engineering leadership minor.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Crittenden to receive ASCE’s Freese Award for his work solving water quality problems

Professor John Crittenden

The American Society of Civil Engineers has named John Crittenden the recipient of the 2020 Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture, recognizing "extraordinary accomplishments" in solving challenging water quality problems.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Simple, low-cost E. coli test wins MIT Water Innovation Prize

Civil engineering senior Arjun Bir and his Oasis team, center, won the $15,000 grand prize in the MIT Water Innovation Prize competition April 4. The team created a simple, inexpensive test for detecting E. coli in drinking water in India. (Photo: Andi Sutton/Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab at MIT)

Civil engineering undergrad Arjun Bir won MIT's Water Innovation Prize for his $3 E. coli test designed for his native India.

Monday, April 9, 2018

40 students, 3 continents, 9 days. Experience engineering classes' spring break abroad in the travelers' own words and pictures

Students collect samples along the Choqueyapu River in La Paz, Bolivia, over spring break. They were one of three classes that traveled to three different continents this year. (Photo Courtesy: Joe Brown)

Dozens of CEEatGT students spent their Spring Break traveling to three very different parts of the globe to experience sustainable transportation in the Netherlands, learn about disaster recovery and resilience in China, and understand urban water quality in Bolivia. Share their journey through the pictures and words they sent back from abroad.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Georgia Water Resources Institute leads effort to understand how residential septic systems impact Lake Lanier water quality

Google Earth view of Lake Lanier from Buford Dam. Gwinnett County is to the right of the dam. (Image Courtesy: Google, Landsat/Copernicus)

Water researchers from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering will lead a three-year effort to understand how septic systems in Gwinnett County, Georgia, impact Lake Lanier. The massive reservoir northeast of Atlanta serves as a drinking water supply for the county as well as the metro area.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Water, water everywhere: In the world of water research, underserved communities provide the ultimate learning ground for undergrads

Water, water everywhere: In the world of water research, underserved communities provide the ultimate learning ground for undergrads.

As if singlehandedly leading a dozen undergraduates at a time in the realm of real-world research isn’t enough of a challenge, Joe Brown ups the ante, carrying his undergrads to conduct fieldwork overseas — in a foreign-language country.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Changed: Students just back from Bolivia research trip talk about how it shifted their thinking in latest podcast

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)

A dozen School of Civil and Environmental Engineering students will travel to New York this weekend to present their findings from a recent research trip to Bolivia. We’re not talking graduate students who’ve been doing research for months or years. No, this is a group of undergrads who spent just over a week abroad as part of a course they’ve been taking with Joe Brown called Environmental Technology in the Developing World.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bir wins 2017 Buchberg Scholarship from SGH

Arjun Bir talks about low-cost water tests at UNICEF in Bolivia. (Photo Courtesy: Arjun Bir)

Engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger has selected civil engineering junior Arjun Bir for the 2017 Buchberg Scholarship. The award recognizes academic success as well as involvement beyond the classroom. It’s named for School of Civil and Environmental Engineering alumnus Brandon Buchberg.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bivins wins EPA fellowship to study water quality in rural Alabama

Ph.D. student Aaron Bivins

By almost any measure, Aaron Bivins’ spring was a successful one. First, he learned in early April he won a grant from the Fulbright program to work for nearly a year in India. Now comes word that the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. student also will get support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for work closer to home.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Fulbright Program sends Bivins to India for ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ research opportunity

Aaron Bivins

What’s that old saying about being in the right place at the right time? For Ph.D. student Aaron Bivins, news last week that he has won a Fulbright Scholarship means he’ll get to experience the reality of that maxim.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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