CEEatGT Update: February 2019

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A lifetime of impact
Professor of the Practice John Koon talks teaches his Senior Design class on a recent Thursday. Koon is one of the newest members of the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest honors for the nation's engineers. (Photo: Amelia Neumeister)Election to the National Academy of Engineering is an honor reserved for the nation’s most-accomplished engineers. Professor of the Practice John Koon joined that distinguished company this year, capping a 40-year career that helped shape some of the fundamental practices in environmental engineering. The NAE cited Koon's work designing systems to treat chemically complex industrial wastewaters.

Rendering of a two-story air-mobility hub with a landing area for four-rotor aircraft and a lower level for vehicle traffic. If the new Center for Urban and Regional Air Mobility has its way, "vertiports" like this may soon be as popular as bus stops for city commuters and package transport. (Illustration: Yongmin Kim)

Flying ‘cars’ Those flying cars of the future haven’t landed yet, but something similar could be close to reality. The pioneers of this new form of transportation call it urban air mobility, and a new center fronted by Professor Laurie Garrow and aerospace engineering’s Brian German will bring together all of the players to develop and implement ubiquitous air transportation in urban regions.

Professor and Associate Dean Kimberly Kurtis (Photo: Christopher Moore)

Concrete creativity The American Concrete Institute has honored Professor Kimberly Kurtis with the Arthur R. Anderson Medal — recognition of her imaginative leadership and excellence in advancing knowledge about a material that’s the most-consumed product on the planet. Kurtis called the list of previous recipients a “who’s who” in the field who have changed the way we understand and use cement and concrete.

Top 100 Influential Women in Georgia graphic from Engineering Georgia magazine, including headshots of many of the women on the list.

Influential Engineering Georgia magazine’s 2019 list of the state’s 100 most influential women includes 15 Georgia Tech civil engineers working in industry, public service and academia. Among those on the list: Assistant Professor Lauren Stewart and Frederick Law Olmsted Associate Professor Kari Watkins (who’s making her second straight appearance).
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Ph.D. student April Gadsby stands on a bridge over a canal in the Netherlands in 2017 with a few of the country's famed windmills in the background. (Photo Courtesy: April Gadsby)

Going Dutch The Netherlands presents an almost-irresistible place to study if bicyclist behavior and safety is your passion. Ph.D. student April Gadsby gets that chance this fall with the support of the Institute of International Education. She’ll spend the semester at a Dutch university working on measuring cyclists’ stress using eye-tracking.

First-year student Alex Ip.

Climate Corps First-year student Alex Ip will learn from former Vice President Al Gore next month at an Atlanta training for Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Ip was among the scientists, researchers, students and others selected for a three-day workshop that will equip them to be activists working toward climate change solutions.

Fourth-year civil engineering student Rana Suleman accepts a scholarship from the Georgia Engineering Foundation in December. The award was one of two scholarships Rana received at the end of the year to fund his final year of undergraduate studies. (Photo Courtesy: Georgia Engineering Foundation)

Finishing strong Fourth-year undergrad Suleman Rana locked in support for his final year of studies with a double shot of scholarships recently. He earned recognition from the International Concrete Repair Institute Georgia chapter and the Georgia Engineering Foundation.