64 years overdue
Philip Sarris earned his civil engineering degree in 1952, but military service and the Korean War prevented him from attending commencement and collecting his diploma. He never thought much about it until earlier this month, when Georgia Tech finally presented him with the six-decades-overdue degree. We don’t think Mr. Sarris has a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account, but if he did, he could finally say #IGotOut.
Designer Dimitri Seneca Snowden has donated a robot he designed and built to Yong Cho’s Robotics and Intelligent Construction Automation Lab. Snowden calls the machine “Awesome,” for Autonomous Working Smart Machine or AWSM. Having the 7-foot-tall robot will open up new kinds of construction and automation research for Cho and his research group.
Remembering Jim Wallace Alumnus and former faculty member Jim Wallace died this month at the age of 77. Wallace graduated in the early 1960s and taught for more than a decade after he earned his doctorate at MIT. Wallace eventually left for a decades-long career with Law Engineering Testing Company and its successors.
Rx for sustainability Tellepsen Chair Ted Russell has co-authored a piece in a Science special issue that lays out eight principles for transforming our cities into smart, sustainable and healthy places. Russell and his colleagues outline the ways they believe communities can use the wealth of data now available to them to begin making systems-level decisions to reinvent their cities.
NASA fellow Ph.D. student Yannis Dialynas has won an Earth and Space Science Fellowship from NASA for his work on soil erosion and atmospheric carbon dioxide. Dialynas studies how agricultural erosion and soil deposition affect the carbon cycle and account for gaps in estimates of global carbon production and accumulation.
Change-maker The Haitian Roundtable has named Karen and John Huff School Chair Reginald DesRoches to its 2016 list of change-makers. The list recognizes leaders in the United States making an impact on their fields and on their native Haiti.
Best and brightestDual master’s student Trevor Clark has caught the attention of a website that ranks and analyzes business schools, making the site’s list of the best and brightest MBAs for 2016. Clark also is earning his master’s in civil engineering and will return to service in the Coast Guard after he graduates this summer.