CEEatGT Update: August 2015

NSF funds two game-changing projects
Professors David Frost and Ted Russell are key leaders in two big National Science Foundation projects announced this month. Russell will co-direct a network of researchers setting out to build the healthy, sustainable, livable cities of the future. Frost and his colleagues are reinventing geotechnical engineering using nature as their guide. Both endeavors promise exciting developments in the coming years.

New beginnings
About 250 budding civil and environmental engineers joined us this month with the beginning of the fall semester. This new academic year marks the School’s 117th.

Post-Katrina perspectives Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and cities along the Gulf Coast, some of the researchers who went to the area in the aftermath say the storm taught us important lessons. They also say we still have more to learn when it comes to preparing for disasters.

Big project, Tech leadership “Megaproject” might not do justice to the work alumni Steve Curtis and Justin Norman are doing. “Breathtaking” might not quite capture the venue, either. Travel high into the Andes Mountains to learn about their work on a remote copper mine that is remaking the surrounding rural area.

Cleaner power Tech researchers are doing their part to improve lives in developing countries where power plants produce significant air pollution. Ted Russell and colleagues across campus have developed a new way to help power companies make on-the-fly changes that will keep air cleaner.

Saving water Ching-Hua Huang’s water reuse project with Gwinnett County in metro Atlanta could end up being a model for communities around the nation. The project is evaluating a method of turning wastewater in potable water that would ultimately be cheap and reliable while conserving water resources.

Eisenhower fellows Four graduate students have won coveted Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships to support their work this year, including several repeat recipients. The awards are among the most competitive and prestigious for transportation-focused graduate students.

ARCS scholars The School is also well represented among Georgia Tech’s ARCS scholarship winners for 2015-2016. Three doctoral students earned the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, including first-time winner Anna Skipper.

England bound Stefanie Brodie successfully defended her dissertation and found out where she’ll spend the next year in the course of about 24 hours this month. She’s headed to the University of Nottingham as a Marie Sklodowski-Curie Fellow for the next year.

An NSF adviser Karen and John Huff School Chair Reginald DesRoches joins the advisory committee for the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Directorate this fall. The group offers advice, recommendations and oversight.

BeltLine impact An idea that started as a graduate student thesis is transforming the City of Atlanta. The BeltLine is creating new parks and trails, fostering economic development, and serving as a model for a city’s reinvigoration. Learn the story behind the BeltLine and see what’s still ahead.

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