CEEatGT Update: July 2017

Smart Cities graphic with a rendering of the city of Atlanta.
Energy, transportation, infrastructure — CEE faculty members are collaborating across campus and across the globe to help create the smart cities of our future.

Tsunami reconUniversity of Oregon volcanologist Thomas Giachetti stands with an iceberg washed ashore by a landslide-generated tsunami in Greenland in June. (Photo: Hermann Fritz)

Four people are dead and part of a town wrecked after a June tsunami in Greenland reached a staggering 300 feet high. Hermann Fritz led a team to the area this month to capture data about the landslide that triggered the tsunami and measure what researchers call the runup. Even across the very deep and wide fjord, wave heights reached more than 150 feet.

Professor of the Practice Rudy Bonaparte, who will deliver the 2018 Terzaghi Lecture at the ASCE Geo-Institute annual meeting. (Photo Courtesy: Geosyntec Consultants)

Terzaghi Lecture The ASCE Geo-Institute has invited Rudy Bonaparte to deliver the nation’s premier geotechnical presentation in 2018. The Karl Terzaghi Lecture honors a pre-eminent engineer each year. Bonaparte will be the fourth faculty member to deliver it.

Professor Spyros Pavlostathis, who is this year's recipient of the Fair Distinguished Engineering Educator Medal from the Water Environment Federation.

Fair Medal The Water Environment Federation has recognized Spyros Pavlostathis’ 30 years of contributions to engineering education with its Fair Medal. The award goes to an educator who has been exceptional in preparing the next generation of water and environmental engineers.

Patricia Mokhtarian, the Susan G. and Christopher D. Pappas Professor. She has been invited to deliver the Deen Distinguished Lecture at the 2018 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting.

Deen Lecture Patricia Mokhtarian will deliver the signature talk at the 2018 Transportation Research Board meeting in January. The organization has named Mokhtarian the Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lecturer, honoring her for a career of shaping research and understanding about travel behavior.

Using an iPad and an augmented reality model like this, students and other future users of Georgia Tech's Living Building will be able to tour the facility long before it opens, offering input on some of the design decisions. A user shows how the model will work at the future site of the building. (Photo Courtesy: Kendeda Fund Living Building Chronicle)

Crowdsourced John Taylor and architect Alissa Kingsley are building an augmented reality model of Tech’s new Living Building so students and other future users can tour it long before it opens. The idea is to collect ideas and feedback about the design before construction — improving the final product and maybe even avoiding costly changes down the road.

Students in the Japan Program on Sustainable Development traveled all over Japan during the first week of the program and saw some iconic landmarks, like this "floating" torii gate on the island Miyajima. The group includes students from Georgia Tech, Tokyo Tech in Japan, and faculty members from Tech’s College of Engineering. (Photo: Alexandra Akosa)

Japan + sustainability A new study abroad program takes Tech students to Japan, where they learn about sustainability with Japanese students. Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy and faculty members across campus teach portions of the program, which aligns well with the global engineering leadership minor.

Global Atlanta website story featuring civil engineering alumna Guiomar Obregon.

Giving back Guiomar Obregon has been helping build Atlanta through the engineering firm she started almost 20 years ago. The civil engineering alumna also helps build the skills and reputation of engineers from Colombia, where she grew up.