CEEatGT Update: August 2016

Disaster recon in Asia
The International Disaster Reconnaissance Studies class on the Great Wall of China, one of their first stops during their two-week trip to China and Japan.
During two weeks in China and Japan, students in International Disaster Reconnaissance Studies mixed engineering, sightseeing, and cultural experiences. The result was what they called a once-in-a-lifetime trip that saw them scale the tallest peak in Japan and study how Chinese engineers — today and thousands of years ago — have dealt with landslides and flooding.

Australian impressions
Civil engineering undergrad Andrew Melissas diving during his semester studying abroad in Australia. (Photo Courtesy: Andrew Melissas)
Undergrad Andrew Melissas spent the spring semester studying in Australia, thanks to the Mundy Global Learning Endowment. He came home impressed with the country’s culture and thinking in new ways about his career.

Leading by example
Screen capture of the new leadership video.
Our latest video features some of our faculty and most-successful alumni explaining what it means to be a leader and putting leadership in the context of civil and environmental engineering. Their insight makes it clear that leadership in the field manifests in many — and occasionally unexpected — places.

Save Your Seat
Emmy Montanye, BSCE 1982, senior vice president at Kimley-Horn and Associates and the fall 2016 Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Speaker. Click to reserve your seat! You’ve seen Emmy Montanye’s work all over Atlanta: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, SunTrust Park, Buckhead Atlanta, Piedmont Park’s Northwoods Expansion, the College Football Hall of Fame and much more. You don't want to miss what she has to say. Save your seat now!

Rudy Bonparte and John Taylor, two of the new faces in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering this fall.

New year, new faces The new academic year started with some new professors joining the School’s faculty. John E. Taylor arrived in July as the first Frederick L. Olmsted Professor. Rudy Bonaparte brings decades of experience as president and CEO of Geosyntec Consultants to the classroom as a professor of the practice.

Researchers Liz Robertson from the University of Southern Denmark and Josh Manger from the University of California, San Diego, ready a sample collector off Mexico's Pacific coast. They’re part of a research team that discovered bacteria making oxygen minimum zones in the ocean even deader by sucking up all life-giving nitrogen molecules. (Photo: Heather Olins)

Dead zone A team of Georgia Tech scientists has discovered a new type of bacteria thriving in ocean areas with no oxygen. These microbes, identified for the first time as part of a group of bacteria known as SAR11, play a major role in also depleting the nitrogen in these dead zones.

Assistant Professor Kari Watkins added the title of Frederick L. Olmsted Junior Faculty Professor this summer, becoming the first faculty member to occupy the newly created position. Watkins studies multi-modal and sustainable transportation as well as using technology to improve transportation systems. (Photo: Rob Felt)

Olmsted’s footsteps Assistant Professor Kari Watkins has been appointed the inaugural Frederick L. Olmsted Junior Faculty Professor in the School. A member of the CEEatGT faculty since 2011, Watkins now has new resources and a new platform to advance Olmsted’s ideals of livable, sustainable and functional public spaces.

Col. Tom Rickard, BSCE 1990, assumed command of the U.S. Army’s Fort George G. Meade August 4. During the change of command ceremony, Rickard passes the garrison colors to Command Sergeant Major Rodwell L. Forbes.

Change of command The U.S. Army has installed a civil engineering alumnus as the new base commander for Fort Meade in Maryland. Col. Tom Rickard earned his bachelor’s degree in 1990. Since then, he has made a career as an Army infantryman, including two deployments to Afghanistan and a tour in Iraq.

Charles "Wick" Moorman

Back on the rails It’s been less than a year since Charles “Wick” Moorman, BSCE 1975, retired as chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern. Now the lifelong railroader is going back to work as the new president and CEO of Amtrak, bringing his successful private career to the public sector.

Ph.D. student Christine Dykstra in her lab.

WEF scholar Ph.D. student Christine Dykstra has won the Canham Graduate Studies Scholarship from the Water Environment Federation. The funding will help her wrap up her studies on turning carbon dioxide in biogas into methane. It’s technology that can make a wastewater treatment byproduct a more-useful source of carbon-neutral energy.

  Iris Tien, left, with Gwinnett County middle school teacher Kathylee McElroy and Jamila Cola after Tien and McElroy won awards for their collaboration on engineering lesson plans for McElroy's science classes. They've been working together for two years through a program made possible by the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Research, Innovation, and Multi-Scale Engineering. Cola is the director of that program. (Photo Courtesy: Iris Tien)

Middle school engineering Iris Tien’s work to incorporate engineering concepts into middle school science lessons has won her an achievement award from Georgia Tech’s CEISMC. Tien has collaborated for two years with Gwinnett County teacher Kathylee McElroy to develop lesson plans for McElroy’s science classes.

Reginald DesRoches stands with the ruptured cinder block wall one of his Ph.D. students destroyed while testing different kinds of masonry infill designed to strengthen similar structures in the Caribbean. DesRoches will draw on decades of earthquake research like this for the University of California, Davis, College of Engineering distinguished lecture he'll deliver in September. (Photo: Rob Felt)

Distinguished lecturer The University of California, Davis, will host School Chair Reginald DesRoches this fall for a College of Engineering distinguished lecture. DesRoches will talk about his earthquake research efforts and how scientists are working to minimize the impacts of ‘quakes.