CEEatGT Update: August 2017

Summer abroadStudents in Kari Watkins' Sustainable Transportation Abroad class ride bicycles in the kind of bike lanes that permeate the Netherlands. The class spent nearly two weeks riding across the country and exploring the Dutch approach to transportation. (Photo: Anna Nord)
Two groups of students traveled to London and the Netherlands this summer to explore in real life the concepts and ideas they studied in the classroom. The classes are affiliated with the School’s global engineering leadership minor, fulfilling the program’s goals of giving students a global perspective, teaching them about different cultures, and exposing them to the grand engineering challenges facing the world.
Going with the Flow: On their entrepreneurial quest to make drinking water safe for all, two new Tech alumnae stand as testimony to the gumption and perseverance necessary to sustain a startup. Undergraduate Maggie Lindsey, left, with structural engineer Priyanka Singh in the main room of the Gaddi Baithak in Kathmandu, Nepal. Lindsey was an intern with Miyamoto International in the country during spring 2017, where she worked on a project to restore the 100-year-old palace. (Photo: Binod Shrestha) Screenshot of the BET Black Girls Rock! 2017 webpage, featuring alumna Suzanne Shank and other winners, Issa Rae, Maxine Waters, Natalie and Derrica Wilson, Roberta Flack, and Yara Shahidi.

Andy Phelps will deliver the fall 2017 lecture in the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series. Oct. 3, 10:55 a.m. Mason 1133. Click to RSVP.


WABE webpage for story featuring Kari Watkins, 'Do the "slow down" signs around Atlanta work?'

Slowing speeders Perhaps you’ve seen the signs around the city: “Drive like your kids live here” or “Slow Down! #ATLSlowDown.” Atlanta NPR station WABE wondered if they actually work, so they visited a particularly unusual sign in Kari Watkins’ neighborhood to ask her.

Associate Professor David Scott, right, accepts a President's Award from American Society of Civil Engineers Georgia Section President Shaukat Syed. (Photo Courtesy: John Pierson)

ASCE awards The American Society of Civil Engineers Georgia Section honored three members of the CEE community this month. Master’s student Maya Goldman and Associate Professor David Scott received President’s Awards for their service to the Georgia group. Master’s student Annie Blissit received the Young Civil Engineer of the Year award.

Social media flyer for Arcadis Global Shapers 2017 in Malaysia. Three people smiling at laptops and a photo of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.

Global Shapers Three recent alumnae will travel to Malaysia in October as part of a group of promising young professionals at engineering firm Arcadis. They’re among 100 “Arcadians” invited to be part of the Global Shapers program to create connections, share knowledge, and improve the company.

New faculty member Xing Xie stands in the lobby of the Ford Environmental Science and Technology Building. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Xing Xie found his passion almost by accident, but he’s pursued that serendipity, turning it into a two-pronged approach to environmental engineering that combines environmental microbiology with materials science. Xie, the new Carlton S. Wilder Assistant Professor, is working to clean water by killing the bad microbes and harnessing the power of useful ones.


Sam Coogan joins the Georgia Tech faculty this fall as an assistant professor in both the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Sam Coogan joins the Georgia Tech faculty this fall with one foot in electrical engineering and another in civil engineering. He’s working to make sure the transportation systems of the future can accommodate all the different demands they will face, from self-driving cars to technologies we haven’t even imagined yet.


Eric Marks joined the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Aug. 1 as a professor of the practice — a homecoming of sorts, since Marks earned his Ph.D. in the School a few years ago.

Eric Marks joined the School Aug. 1 as a professor of the practice — a homecoming of sorts, since Marks earned his Ph.D. in the School a few years ago. He said he looks forward to bringing the construction site into the classroom for his students.

Post-doctoral researcher Neda Mohammadi is one of the few early career women invited to MIT's Rising Stars workshop in October. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Rising star Post-doctoral researcher Neda Mohammadi will join an exclusive group of civil and environmental engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Rising Stars workshop in October. MIT invites just a handful of early career women to the gathering each year to encourage networking and help them build their careers.

Ph.D. student Anna Skipper, who will spend several months doing research at the University of Cambridge this fall as a Crighton Fellow.

Fall at Cambridge Ph.D. student Anna Skipper has won a fellowship to spend three months this fall working on research at the University of Cambridge in England. As one of just four David Crighton Fellows for 2017, Skipper will conduct experiments for a project that focuses on the spray that develops behind a spinning disk, like a bike tire, when it splashes through water.

Ph.D. student Rodrigo Borela, who is a 2017 fellow of the Geosynthetics Institute.

GSI Fellow The Geosynthetics Institute has named Ph.D. student Rodrigo Borela one of its 2017 fellows. He joins 10 other students from around the world as this year’s fellows. He’s also just the second Georgia Tech student to receive a GSI fellowship.

Benjamin Hurwitz, Alexandra Muscalus, and Youngjun Son, the three civil and environmental engineering students who are part of the inaugural class of the ocean science and engineering Ph.D. program.

First class Ten students begin studies this fall in Georgia Tech’s new ocean science and engineering Ph.D. program. The interdisciplinary program’s first class includes three students in civil and environmental engineering who are studying ocean energy, marine robotics, and hydrodynamics.