CEEatGT Update: June 2017

Printing structures with memory
Preview of a video showing how a 3-D printed tensegrity structure made of shape memory polymers expands when heated.
Imagine using a 3-D printer to create structures that we could fold up, send to space or even put in our bodies, and then expand them. Glaucio Paulino and a team of Georgia Tech researchers have just published a way to do that using shape memory polymers that unfold at different temperatures. Their approach, in the journal Scientific Reports, uses a system of floating struts in compression with cables in continuous tension called tensegrity. The result is structures that are lightweight and extremely strong.

Robot reliefInternational Atomic Energy Agency fact-finding team leader Mike Weightman examines Reactor Unit 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on May 27, 2011. The team assessed damage from an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 that caused three reactors at the plant to meltdown. (Photo: Gregg Webb / International Atomic Energy Agency)

Yong Cho has begun work on a new project with South Korean researchers that will help robots play an important role in emergency response and search and rescue efforts after nuclear power plant disasters. Their work will protect first-responders from deadly radiation and weakened structures after a meltdown or other catastrophe and help contain dangerous material when time is of the essence.

Safer riding?A bicyclist rides in a marked bike lane alongside a multi-lane road in Lutz, Florida. A new study of bicycle infrastructure from a team of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers has found we don’t know much yet about how well bicycle infrastructure like these lanes protect riders. (Photo Courtesy: Daniel Oines via Flickr.)

Transportation engineers are designing more and more infrastructure to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists, including here in Georgia. But the question now becomes, do they make the riders who use them safer? Do they lessen the chance of an accident? The simple answer — according to a newly published study by Kari Watkins, former master’s student Jonathan DiGioia, and others — is we don’t know yet. It’s a complex problem to pin down, and we’re not collecting enough of the right kind of data yet, the team found.

Claire Anderson rides a ferry to the Oslo fjords in Norway. The environmental engineering junior spent the spring semester studying at Lund University in nearby Sweden with support from the Joe S. Mundy Global Learning Endowment. (Photos Courtesy: Claire Anderson)

Balance Claire Anderson used funds from the Mundy Global Learning Endowment to help pay for a semester studying at Lund University in Sweden. The trip had personal and professional significance for her: she experienced the Swedish approach to sustainability and environmental health and she met some of her relatives who live in the country.

A paper that grew from Cesunica Ivey's doctoral research in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been named one of the two best papers in Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering for 2016.

Best paper Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering has named Cesunica Ivey’s 2016 paper outlining a new way to estimate the amount and source of air pollution the best of the year. It’s an honor reserved for only two papers each year. The study grew out of Ivey’s now-completed Ph.D. studies with Armistead “Ted” Russell.

Ph.D. student Javaid Anwar with his first-place poster at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering conference. (Photo: David Scott)

First-place connections Ph.D. student Javaid Anwar won the poster competition at this spring’s Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering conference. He competed with other young scholars, winning with his work on the long-term behavior of bolted connections between fiber-reinforced polymer materials.

Alumni Leo Vecellio and Bill Calhoun have been selected as fellows of the National Academy of Construction. (Photos Courtesy: Vecellio Group and Clark Construction)

Construction leaders The National Academy of Construction has invited two civil engineering alumni to become members of the organization. Bill Calhoun Jr., BCE 1981, and Leo Vecellio Jr., MSCE 1969, join two dozen other leaders in the field as the newest members of the invitation-only group this year.

Raymond Allen Jones Chair and Professor Glaucio Paulino has been named a fellow of the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute. (Photo: Rob Felt)

F. EMI Glaucio Paulino can add those letters after his name now that the board of the American Society of Civil Engineers Engineering Mechanics Institute has elected him to fellow status. He’s one of only three new fellows this year. Fellows are distinguished researchers with a record of accomplishments in engineering mechanics and service to the organization.

Assistant Professor Iris Tien, who will join 80 other exceptional young engineers at the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering symposium. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Frontiers Iris Tien will join the nation’s most-promising young engineers at a National Academy of Engineering conference this fall. The Frontiers of Engineering symposium is designed to connect rising stars and cross-pollinate the latest advances in the field.

Ph.D. students Courtney Di Vittorio, Laura Mast and Xenia Wirth, the School's first Future Faculty Fellows.

Future faculty Three future teachers are getting a boost from the School as part of a new program that helps budding faculty members learn the art of classroom instruction. Courtney Di Vittorio, Laura Mast and Xenia Wirth are the first Future Faculty Fellows. They’ll participate in the Tech to Teaching program, get mentoring and support, and some cash to travel for networking and career development.

Civil engineering senior Lin Htet Kyaw, who just won a scholarship from the Simpson Strong-Tie Company. (Photo Courtesy: Lin Htet Kyaw)

Strong-Tie scholar Senior Lin Htet Kyaw has won a national scholarship for structural engineering, construction management, and architecture students. Sponsored by the Simpson Strong-Tie Company, the scholarship recognizes student leaders who excel in the classroom and get involved in their community.

Students wait to meet with company representatives at the 2016 School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Career Expo. Among the firms that had success recruiting at the event were ARCADIS and Skanska, who were inaugural members of the School’s Corporate Affiliates Program and had prominent placement at the expo. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Industry connections After its first year, early members of the School’s Corporate Affiliates Program are raving about the new connections they’ve forged with students. The program gives industry partners direct access to potential interns and future employees through a career fair, lobby days, seminars and more. One firm found eight employees and 11 interns through those opportunities.