CEEatGT Update: July 2016

Not all that different
Young person driving a car
Researchers have been producing studies for years about the different attitudes of the generation born roughly between 1980 and 2000. We call them millennials, and they supposedly don’t want to drive, like to use transit, bikes or walking to get where they’re going, and love apps like Uber and Lyft. That all has big implications for how we plan our communities. But new research from Ram Pendyala, Patricia Mokhtarian, Venu Garikapati and others shows millennials tend to end up very much like previous generations as they age.

Eisenhower fellows
2016 Eisenhower Fellows
Half a dozen CEE graduate students have received Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships for the coming year. These are some of the most sought-after fellowships for transportation students. The winners’ work ranges from transportation planning and analysis to pavement asset management.

He’s a STAR
Aaron Bivins
Aaron Bivins can add the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to his growing list of supporters. He has secured a fellowship from the Science to Achieve Results program (they call it STAR) for work on water quality in rural Alabama. This is on top of a Fulbright scholarship that’s sending him to India to work on a similar kind of project.

Karen and John Huff School Chair Reginald DesRoches

Veep We have our very own veep in CEE now that Karen and John Huff School Chair Reginald DesRoches has assumed the role of vice president for the Atlantic Coast Conference. DesRoches has represented Georgia Tech in the ACC for the last two years as our faculty athletics representative.

Associate Chair Susan Burns

Emerging leadership Associate Chair Susan Burns will join a handful of other Georgia Tech faculty members in a new program for promising young leaders on campus. The program out of the provost’s office is designed to identify and nurture professors who will be the future leaders at Tech and in academia.

Provost Rafael Bras

Editors’ choice Provost and Professor Rafael Bras has won an Editors’ Choice Award from the journal Water Resources Research. The honor highlights a study he co-authored as one of the most significant and original published last year in the peer-reviewed publication. Bras’ work improved modeling of river watersheds in semi-arid regions.

Screenshot of Sandy Springs Reporter story featuring Michael Hunter

Untangling Perimeter traffic Spend any time driving around Atlanta’s Perimeter Center area? Then you know how bad traffic can be. The Sandy Springs Reporter asked Michael Hunter about some of the many proposals to untangle the area’s roads, and he suggested it will take a basketfull of approaches, not a single “silver bullet.”

A neighborhood on the Westside of Atlanta, an example of the premise that has been stuck in Iris Tien's mind recently: how the infrastructure civil and environmental engineers build — or the lack thereof in areas like this — influences the surrounding community. (Photo: Iris Tien)

Infrastructure = community A recent conference has Iris Tien thinking a lot about the work civil engineers do and how it both literally and figuratively builds communities. She’s posted a blog about it on the Georgia Tech Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain blog.

Jim Hamilton

Values and culture A few years ago, alumnus Jim Hamilton combined his independent civil engineering firm with Kimley-Horn and Associates. The merger has been viewed in the industry as an unqualified success, prompting Engineering Georgia magazine to talk to Hamilton about how they approached the deal. It’s part of a larger story guiding engineering firms in the state toward successful partnerships.