CEEatGT Update: March 2016

The People’s Choice
Team TruePani, winners of the People's Choice Award at the InVenture Prize
The antimicrobial cup designed by two CEE students won the People’s Choice Award at this year’s InVenture Prize competition. Samantha Becker and Shannon Evanchec created the cup after spending the summer in India and discovering the contamination present on many households’ cups. Their solution? Use a thin coating of copper and its natural antibacterial properties to keep water clean in drinking cups and household storage containers. Along with business administration majors Sarah Lynn Bowen and Naomi Ergun, they call themselves TruePani.

Among the eliteU.S. News and World Report Graduate Program Rankings: No. 4 civil engineering, No. 5 environmental engineering
CEE’s graduate programs remain among the nation’s best, according to new rankings from U.S. News and World Report. The civil engineering graduate program rose one spot to No. 4. In the more-volatile environmental engineering rankins, our program slipped one spot to No. 5.

Your work in 30 secondsAaron Bivins in the first "30 Second Thesis" video
We’re challenging CEE grad students to explain their research and why it matters in about 30 seconds. It’s part of a new video series called “30 Second Thesis” that will highlight the broad range of projects our students tackle that improve our lives and the lives of people around the world. Aaron Bivins took the first shot, and more videos are coming soon. (Shameless plug: We’re also looking for more students to participate. If you’re interested, send us a note.)

A life in railroadingCharles "Wick" Moorman delivered the spring 2016 lecture in the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series
Wick Moorman went to work as a co-op student as soon as he arrived at Georgia Tech. That job with Southern Railway turned into a lifetime working for the company and its successor, Norfolk Southern. The just-retired Moorman shared his experiences and some ideas on leadership at the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series. (If you missed it, we’ll have video soon!)

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The next Hyatt speaker will be in the fall. Who would you like to hear from? Vote in our poll to help us pick the next alumnus or alumna to invite.

Hannah Greenwald

Academic recognition The Georgia Board of Regents honored one undergrad from all of Georgia Tech at its annual Academic Recognition Day. This year, that was environmental engineering major Hannah Greenwald. The deans of Tech’s six colleges chose her from a pool of the top students on campus.

April Gadsby and Brittany Bruder

Top research Two CEE students have won Sigma Xi’s top research awards. April Gadsby won the undergraduate award for her work on pavement and sustainable infrastructure. Brittany Bruder received the top Ph.D. dissertation award for her study on tidal energy along Georgia’s coast.

Jack Cebe and Atiyya Shaw

Future leaders Two graduate students head to Washington D.C. in June for the Eno Center’s Future Leaders Development Conference. Jack Cebe and Atiyya Shaw will spend a week networking with and learning from transportation policymakers. CEE students have been selected for the conference every year going back to at least 2012.

Rendering of a section of the proposed Charleston Lowcountry Lowline

Charleston reimagined Four senior design students are working on a project some say will set an entire city on a new path. They're doing early-stage stormwater management for the Charleston Lowcountry Lowline, which takes cues from Atlanta’s Beltline and the High Line in New York. The project will turn an abandoned rail line into a linear park and rejoin neighborhoods long ago divided by Interstate 26.

Elizabeth and Bill Higginbotham Professor David Frost

Higginbotham professor Professor David Frost lengthens his title this month: He is the new Elizabeth and Bill Higginbotham Professor. Higginbotham, a 1976 graduate of the civil engineering program, created the professorship earlier this year. The title carries significant prestige in academic circles and gives Frost additional funding to support his work.

Bacteria in the pipes Kostas Konstantinidis and Ph.D. student Juliana Soto-Girón have for the first time documented the small communities of microbes that live in hospital shower hoses. Their cutting-edge genomic techniques identified organisms that have been traditionally hard to detect. Some of the microbes harbored genes related to antibiotic and disinfectant resistance, which could have implications for some hospital patients.

Annie Blissit

Service, substance Master’s student Annie Blissit has earned recognition for her professional work on water and wastewater treatment projects as well as for her volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, ASCE and other organizations. She is one of the American Council of Engineering Companies’ 2016 Young Professionals of the Year.

Graduate Programs Manager Robert Simon

Best adviser Graduate Programs Manager Robert Simon has won Tech’s top award for graduate student advising. In bestowing the honor, the awards committee praised his dedication to supporting students and enriching their educational experience on campus.

Lauren Stewart in her lab

Air Force fellowship Lauren Stewart and two of her students will spend part of their summer working in a U.S. Air Force research lab. Stewart was one of a small number of researchers nationwide selected for the summer faculty fellowship program. She’ll spend eight weeks at Eglin Air Force Base working to better understand how threaded interfaces respond to impacts.

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