CEEatGT Update: March 2018

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CEE's graduate civil engineering program is No. 2 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2019 survey. Graduate environmental engineering ranked No. 5. #WeCanDoThat
U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 assessment of graduate programs put Tech’s civil engineering master’s and Ph.D. programs at No. 2 in the country and the environmental degrees at No. 5. The environmental engineering graduate program climbed two spots from last year’s rankings. This is the civil program’s second consecutive year at No. 2, its highest-ever spot on this list.

Our new chairDonald Webster will be the new Karen and John Huff Chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, effective May 1. Webster has been a professor in the School since 1997 and served as a member of the leadership team since 2007.

Donald Webster has been named the new Karen and John Huff Chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He takes over starting May 1 after a national search. “Without a doubt, Don is the very best person to lead the School at this time,” said Steve McLaughlin, dean of the College of Engineering and Southern Company Chair. “He has the vision, scholarship, experience, temperament, and outstanding reputation in fields critical to civil and environmental engineering that make him ideally suited and prepared to lead.”

40 students / 3 continentsStudents collect samples along the Choqueyapu River in La Paz, Bolivia, over spring break. They were one of three classes that traveled to three different continents this year. (Photo Courtesy: Joe Brown)

Dozens of CEEatGT students spent their spring break traveling to three very different parts of the globe through classes affiliated with Tech's global engineering leadership minor. The travelers experienced sustainable transportation in the Netherlands, learned about disaster recovery and resilience in China, and studied urban water quality in Bolivia. Share their journeys through the pictures and words they sent back from abroad.

“We have spent the last week traveling across China and Japan studying some of the biggest disasters in their history. Getting to visit Hiroshima was a fitting way to finish out the trip as we reflect, remember, and see restoration in each of these areas.”

– Joshua Harrison, who traveled to China and Japan over spring break with the International Disaster Reconnaissance Studies class

Inclusivity in Engineering graphic with multicolored hands reaching up. (Graphic: Sarah Collins)

Boosting inclusivity Four Georgia Tech faculty members want to challenge the existing culture in engineering and promote inclusivity and diversity in schools across the country. With the support of the National Science Foundation, Chloe Arson and her colleagues are trying to understand why LGBTQ+ people are less visible in engineering disciplines than in other fields, even within scientific and technological areas.

3-D printed models of the deep-pile foundations seventh-graders from Atlanta’s Drew Charter School designed as part of a STEM outreach program through the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the NSF-funded Center for Bio-Mediated and Bio-Inspired Geotechnics. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Building foundations More than 100 seventh-graders from Atlanta’s Drew Charter School spent the day at Georgia Tech in early March working with graduate students in the School who’ve been teaching them this semester about geotechnical engineering and helping them with a bio-inspired design challenge. The capstone of their lessons was to test their designs, comparing their strength and cost-effectiveness.

Associate Professors Yong Cho and Jingfeng Wang, who have earned tenure at Georgia Tech.

Tenured Faculty members Yong Cho and Jingfeng Wang have earned tenure at Georgia Tech. Meanwhile, two of their colleagues, Kostas Konstantinidis and Michael Hunter, were promoted to the rank of full professor starting in the fall.

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Facilities Manager Andy Udell holds a his Building Manager of the Year plaque March 19 at Georgia Tech's Building Manager Symposium. (Photo: Allison Carter)

Top facilities manager Georgia Tech’s facilities office has named Andy Udell the Building Manager of the Year for 2018. Udell oversees all of the School’s facilities and accepted the award at the Building Manager Symposium this month. It recognizes a manager who has excelled in supporting safety, preparedness and security initiatives in their building.

Georgia Tech researchers Glaucio Paulino, left, and Jerry Qi hold 3-D printed objects that use tensegrity, a structural system of floating rods in compression and cables in continuous tension. They’ve developed a new way to create structures with “memory” that can expand dramatically when heated. (Photo: Rob Felt)

Top research Glaucio Paulino has won Sigma Xi’s top award for faculty research published in 2017. The Best Faculty Paper Award goes to an outstanding piece of research presented in the previous year. Paulino won with Jerry Qi for their work on 4-D printing structures using a structural concept called tensegrity.

Associate Professor Baabak Ashuri, who was named Outstanding Early Career Researcher for 2018 by the Construction Industry Institute.

Top researcher The Construction Industry Institute has selected Baabak Ashuri as its 2018 Outstanding Early Career Researcher. The group honored Ashuri in part for his work on data analytics to improve design productivity for the industry. The award is one of the institute's Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation Awards.
  Fourth-year civil engineering student Lin Htet Kyaw, who has won a national scholarship from Chi Epsilon.
Chi Ep scholar Lin Htet Kyaw made history as the first student from Georgia Tech to win a national scholarship from Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society. Kyaw was one of just 11 winners from 131 student chapters across the country.
James Clark, former president and CEO of Clark Construction and founder of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation. The foundation has given Georgia Tech $15 million to create a Clark Scholars Program for students who want to study engineering. (Photo Courtesy: A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation)
Clark Scholars The A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation is giving $15 million to the Georgia Tech College of Engineering to establish a Clark Scholars Program that will help talented students with financial need study engineering. The program will eventually support 40 students per year.