CEEatGT Update: April 2018

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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.)
Cleaner, healthier air?
That’s the question Ted Russell asked with the support of the Health Effects Institute: Did pollution controls for power plants and motor vehicles truly make Atlanta’s air cleaner and residents healthier? His analysis of two decades of air quality and models of expected emergency room visits from respiratory problems offered a clear answer: Yes.

Atlanta Cypress Engineering won the civil and environmental engineering award at the spring 2018 Capstone Design Expo. The team poses with the winning check. From right: Blane Solomon, Andrew Pofahl, Buzz, Alex Hare, and Ramiro Santana along with senior design professor John Koon. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

A year, every day Senior design team Atlanta Cypress Engineering has proposed a handful of small changes to the interchange at I-285 and I-20 on Atlanta’s Westside with the potential for big improvements. Their ideas could save 50,000 drivers seven to 10 minutes every afternoon — a year’s worth of combined time every day. Their project, one of 13 CEE teams, won top prize at the spring Capstone Design Expo. See all the teams.

The ASCE concrete canoe team launches their vessel for the women’s sprint race, where chapter president Caroline Stanton and conference chair Alesa Stallman placed second after winning their heat. (Photo: Vy Le)

ASCE shines The American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter brought home the top overall award this month at their regional conference and competition, the culmination of hours and hours (and hours) of preparation and planning. The chapter also won the hydraulics, transportation and environmental competitions.

The Living Building from the northwest, showing the building's "porch" opening to the Eco-Commons to the west. (Image Courtesy: The Miller Hull Partnership and Lord Aeck Sargent)

Blitzed How can Skanska use Building Information Modeling to “radically” improve the construction process for the Georgia Tech Living Building? Teams of students and industry professionals spent a day developing some ideas at the School’s first-ever Tech Blitz — a showcase of the ways the construction and infrastructure systems engineering program can drive technological change for the industry.

Ph.D. student Abby Francisco, who has received a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Energy feedback Ph.D. student Abby Francisco studies energy feedback systems and encourages people to act more sustainably by helping them understand their energy use. She received some feedback of her own recently — from the National Science Foundation, no less. Francisco won an NSF fellowship, coveted and prestigious funding that gives her flexibility and resources to finish her degree.

Professor Don White, who has received a lifetime achievement award from the American Institute of Steel Construction.

Lifetime achievement Professor Don White has long contributed to national standards and research for steel construction. The American Institute of Steel Construction recognized his efforts with a lifetime achievement award, highlighting his sustained excellence and contributions to the profession.

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)

Simply effective An easy-to-use, cheap, effective water test won a Georgia Tech team the MIT Water Innovation Prize. Led by civil engineering undergraduate Arjun Bir, Oasis has developed a simple test for E. coli contamination and is marketing it in rural India. “Our test can be performed by anyone, anywhere,” Bir said.

Ph.D. student David Ederer, who has been selected for the 2018 class of the Eno Center for Transportation Future Leaders Development Conference.

Insiders Ph.D. student David Ederer will learn from transportation insiders this summer when he travels to the Future Leaders Development Conference as an Eno Center for Transportation fellow. He’s one of 20 students from around the nation invited to Washington for the week-long immersion in policymaking and conversations with officials.

Professor Paul Mayne, who will be the 2018-2019 Cross-USA Lecturer for the American Society of Civil Engineers' Geo-Institute.

Frequent flier Professor Paul Mayne takes his expertise on the road next year for stops in cities across the country as the ASCE Geo-Institute Cross-USA Lecturer. The group selects a distinguished professional to serve as a national expert each year. Mayne said he’ll likely offer presentations on several topics related to his work on cone penetration testing.

Alumnus Leo Vecellio speaks after his induction into the Georgia Tech College of Engineering Hall of Fame April 21. (Photo: Gary Meek)

Hall of Famer The College of Engineering honored four civil and environmental engineering alumni this month, including inducting Leo Vecellio into the Engineering Hall of Fame. The College also gave the first Dean’s Impact Award to a company co-founded by environmental engineering alumnus Andrew Foote. Sanivation provides clean and safe sanitation services in East Africa and uses waste to produce a clean-burning cooking fuel, too.