CEEatGT Update: August 2018

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Prepping for our autonomous futureSrinivas Peeta, the new Frederick R. Dickerson Chair in the School of CIvil and Environmental Engineering. (Photo Luke Xinjing Xu)
Along with about 230 new students this fall, the School also welcomes three new faculty members, including Srinivas Peeta, a transportation scholar who has set the standard for a system-of-systems approach to understanding and managing our transportation networks. His work includes measuring brain activity and eye movement as well as using a driving simulator to understand how drivers take in and process information. And he’s working to understand the human-vehicle-infrastructure interactions that will shape our autonomous and connected transportation of the future. Peeta is the new Frederick R. Dickerson Chair in Transportation Systems and also will teach in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Working in the air...
Assistant Professor Jennifer Kaiser. (Photo: Joshua Stewart)

Jennifer Kaiser lives and breathes her work. We all do, actually. Kaiser studies our atmosphere’s changing conditions and the chemical reactions taking place that shape the literal air we breathe. She joins the School’s faculty this fall to continue her work combining instrument-measured data with satellite observations and computer models to create a more complete picture of the chemical processes that control air quality.

...and undergroundAssistant Professor Jorge Macedo

Though they’re relatively rare, the consequences of disasters like earthquakes, flooding and landslides are dire — and growing. That's why Jorge Macedo, who also joined the School's faculty this fall, works to make geotechnical infrastructure systems and cities more resilient: to save lives and reduce economic losses from those kinds of extreme events.

CEEatGT Career Expo | Thursday, Sept. 6, 10-2, Student Center Ballroom | 60 Companies Confirmed | RSVP: ce.gatech.edu/expo | Reserve your spot at the Expo and upload your resume for recruiters. We'll provide lunch for you if you register ahead of time. Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series: Wassim Selman, president of infrastructure for North America, Arcadis | Oct. 2, 10:45 a.m. | Mason 1133 | Complimentary lunch + reception to follow. Tap to RSVP Now.

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New podcast Season two of our Field Notes podcast debuted this month with an in-depth conversation with new Karen and John Huff School Chair Donald Webster. He breaks down his view of the chair’s role, his vision for undergraduate and graduate education, and his priorities for research. LISTEN NOW

Hermann Fritz helping install the Volcanic Tsunami Generator at the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University earlier this summer. (Photo: Angela Del Rosario / Courtesy: Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure)

Underwater volcanoes Professor Hermann Fritz has spent his summer building a volcano — a small-ish one, to be sure, but an accurate model of the kind of volcanoes that erupt far below the ocean’s surface. The new lab-scale volcano will help him answer key questions about the kinds of waves created by underwater volcanic activity and how they compare to other landslide- or earthquake-generated tsunamis.

A photomicrographic view of Bacillus anthracis bacteria taken from heart blood and processed using a carbol-fuchsin stain. (Image Courtesy: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Anthrax Researchers at Georgia Tech and the Centers for Disease Control now understand why some kinds of anthrax are more severe than others. They connected it to the number of genetic structures called plasmids that bacteria carry. Kostas Konstantinidis and graduate researcher Angela Pena-Gonzalez led analysis of the genomes of 400 strains of anthrax-causing bacteria to discover the link.

Michael Rodgers, principal research scientist in the school and now a Regents Researcher. (Photo: Joshua Stewart)

Regents recognition Michael Rodgers received the University System of Georgia’s highest research recognition in August when the Board of Regents named him a Regents Researcher. The title honors researchers with distinguished careers and is only awarded with the unanimous support of Georgia Tech’s president, provost and executive vice president for research.

Karen and John Huff School Chair Donald Webster, who will be part of the inaugural year of the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Leaders Network. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

ACC leadership School Chair Donald Webster will represent Georgia Tech in a leadership-building and collaboration program through the Atlantic Coast Conference this year. Designed for faculty with some academic leadership experience, the program focuses on higher education trends, strategic thinking, and other kinds of leadership issues.

Associate Professor Yong Cho with his Distinguished Professor award from the Construction Industry Institute. (Photo Courtesy: Construction Industry Institute)

Distinguished A consortium of construction firms has named Yong Cho its distinguished professor for 2018, recognizing his commitment to incorporating the latest industry research in his courses. The Construction Industry Institute honors one college faculty member each year for using the newest published research in their teaching, creating innovative courses, and contributing to the organization.
  Ph.D. student Sangy Hanumasagar, who has won a 2018 fellowship from the Geosynthetic Institute.
GSI fellow Sangy Hanumasagar has received a fellowship from the Geosynthetic Institute for his research using geosynthetics to improve the durability and performance of pavement. He has developed a unique testing approach in the lab that simulates traffic on scaled-down pavement. It’s the second year in a row a Georgia Tech student has won one of the group’s dozen national fellowships.
Susan Burns, the new associate chair for administration and finance, and Kevin Haas, the new associate chair for undergraduate programs.
School leadership Two faculty members are taking on new responsibilities as associate chairs of the School this month. Susan Burns will be the new associate chair for administration and finance, and Kevin Haas will take over Burns’ former role as associate chair for undergraduate programs.