CEEatGT Update: June 2018

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Gwinnett’s connected vehiclesGeorgia Smart Communities Challenge graphic with the state of Georgia and the four winning communities, Albany, Chamblee, Chatham County and Gwinnett County.
Georgia Tech has selected Gwinnett County as one of four inaugural Georgia Smart Communities, an effort to implement “smart” designs to solve some of the state’s biggest challenges. Senior Research Engineer Angshuman Guin will lead research efforts to help Gwinnett create a connected vehicle master plan that improves mobility and reduces crashes.

Paris-boundPh.D. student Scotty Smith, who will spend six months living in Paris next year as a Chateaubriand Fellow.

Ph.D. student Scotty Smith will spend six months in Paris over the next year to build on his work on concrete durability and sustainability. He’ll work with a collaborator at École des Ponts (ParisTech) as one of the year’s Chateaubriand Fellows in science, technology, engineering and math.

Frontier leadershipAssistant Professor Iris Tien, who was one of 30 engineers from the United States invited to the Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium organized by the National Academy of Engineering and its Japanese counterpart. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Assistant Professor Iris Tien joined a few dozen of the most promising young engineers from Japan and the United States at the Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium this month. The gathering, organized by the National Academy of Engineering, brings together some of the brightest early career minds to have deep discussions of emerging topics in hopes they’ll build connections and foster creative new ideas.

Joe Brown has received new support for his research and teaching endeavors as the new Carlton S. Wilder Assistant Professor.

Wilder Professor Joe Brown has received new support for his research and teaching endeavors as the new Carlton S. Wilder Assistant Professor. The endowed position is earmarked for boosting the work of early career faculty members who study water quality and quantity.

Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy, who has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. (Photo: Zonglin "Jack" Li)

ASCE fellow The American Society of Civil Engineers has elevated Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy to fellow, recognizing, in part, her leadership on the Georgia Infrastructure Report Card and driving the society’s sustainability efforts. Fellows make up only about 3 percent of ASCE’s members.

Joe Manous, BCE 1980, the new director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources. (Photo Courtesy: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Corps leadership The new leader of the Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources is a helluva engineer. Joe Manous earned his bachelor’s in civil engineering in 1980. Now he leads the Corps agency responsible for water resources planning and policy, hydraulic and hydrological engineering, and safety of dams and levees.
  Civil engineering undergrad Elie Cohen flexes his biceps while holding his mandolin in front of an American Ninja Warrior 2018 sign. (Photo Courtesy: NBC)
Tech’s ninja He plays mandolin. He studies civil engineering at Tech. He’s also now competed for the title American Ninja Warrior. Meet undergrad Elie Cohen (and watch his audition video!), who’s already training for his next chance at the reality show’s intense obstacle course.
OceanVisions: Science and Engineering to enable solutions, an initiative of the Georgia Tech Ocean Science & Engineering program, the Smithsonian Ocean Portal, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. (Image: Emanuele Di Lorenzo)
Ocean leadership The Ocean Science & Engineering program has partnered with the Smithsonian, the Scripps Institution for Oceanography and Stanford on a new initiative to protect the world’s oceans. The effort will galvanize ocean science and engineering research (and promote dialog among the public and stakeholders) around solving ocean-related problems.