CEEatGT Update: February 2018

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WATCH: 5 principles of leadership
Do the right thing. Be introspective when things don’t go the way you want. Run right at your problems. Remember the people. Give back. Clark Construction Vice Chairman Bill Calhoun presented his key principles of leadership with stories and humor in the spring 2018 Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Lecture. Watch now.
Touching the roots
Samples of Miura-ori origami, a pattern students learned about Glaucio Paulino's Origami Engineering couse in fall 2017. Some of the class traveled to Japan after the semester to deepen their understanding of the art and science of origami. (Photo: Rob Felt)

A dozen students from majors all across Georgia Tech traveled to Japan recently with Professor Glaucio Paulino. It was a capper to his new Origami Engineering course, and it packed sightseeing, lectures, and cultural immersion into a busy week in and around Tokyo. The students also met some of the pioneers of origami designs used for structural applications. Said one traveler: “We touched the roots, basically, of origami. Rather than learning from different sources, we actually went to the source.”

Jacqueline Quinn, an environmental engineer with NASA and a 1989 graduate of Georgia Tech, will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May. (Photo Courtesy of Jacqueline Quinn)

Hall-worthy work The National Inventors Hall of Fame welcomes alumna Jacqueline Quinn in its 2018 class of inductees. She earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering at Tech in 1989 and has been working as an environmental engineer at NASA for more than two decades. Quinn is being recognized in part for a process she helped invent that cleans contaminated groundwater around launch sites at Kennedy Space Center.

Cars speed along the Interstate 75/Interstate 85 Downtown Connector in Atlanta. (Photo: Rob Felt)

New traffic models Assistant Professor Samuel Coogan has won National Science Foundation support for his efforts to capitalize on the growing streams of traffic data to build new mathematical models and control techniques for our transportation systems. The CAREER grant will help Coogan reshape how we operate those systems as new technologies (think: autonomous and electric cars) become more prevalent on our roads.

Pensacola Beach in the Florida Panhandle, one of the areas where oil washed ashore after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010. (Photo Courtesy: Smruthi Karthikeyan)

Cleaning oil Scientists and researchers working in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have recognized Ph.D. student Smruthi Karthikeyan for her role in finding previously unnoticed microbes that eat oil on contaminated beaches. Her team used new genomic techniques to catalog the organisms in sand on a Florida Panhandle beach. They discovered the microbe flourishes in sediment where there’s oil but is undetectable in clean soils.

Engineering Georgia January/February 2018 issue featuring 100 influential women to know.

100 Influencers Engineering Georgia magazine put together a list of 100 influential women shaping the state’s engineering community, including 19 alumnae from CEEatGT. Among those was alumna — and now faculty member — Kari Watkins. The list included women who have done extensive work in industry organizations, volunteered in their communities, and led significant projects around the state. See the full list.

Ph.D. student Ajay Saini, one of the American Society of Civil Engineers' O.H. Ammann Research Fellows in Structural Engineering for this year. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Ammann Fellow Ph.D. student Ajay Saini is one of ASCE’s O.H. Ammann Research Fellows for this year. The society will support Saini’s work building a model that optimizes structural reliability in the short and long term, accounting for seismic risks, degradation over time, and the effects of climate change.

K.P. Reddy, BCE 1994, published his first book Feb. 5. "What You Know About Startups Is Wrong" aims to set the record straight on entrepreneurship and startup culture. (Photo Courtesy: The Combine)

Myth-busting Alumnus K.P. Reddy knows a few things about starting a company. He’s done it several times and now helps other budding entrepreneurs do it, too. He’s packed 25 years’ worth of experience into a new book out this month, What You Know About Startups Is Wrong. He has organized his advice for founders around 11 myths he says typically define an entrepreneur.