CEEatGT Update: May 2018

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Silence to soundFloodwaters cover Port Arthur, Texas, on August 31, 2017, following Hurricane Harvey. Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez took this photo from a South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during rescue operations following the storm. (Photo: Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez, U.S. Air National Guard)
With hurricane season beginning June 1 — and some forecasters predicting another busy one — researchers in the School are working on a tool to help first-responders use Twitter activity to identify developing crises after a storm while also helping civilians more effectively plug in to disaster response efforts. It’s the result of a grant from the National Science Foundation, which was looking for ways to learn from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey. One of the interesting results of the team’s work over the last year was that a lack of activity can be just as instructive as people asking for help.

Maker-space makerRachel Brashear, a fourth-year civil engineering undergraduate, stands in front of the Van Leer Building and the under-construction Interdisciplinary Design Commons. Brashear has been working as the project's on-site engineer with Gilbane Building Company. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

When Georgia Tech’s newest maker-space opens in the Van Leer Building, it will have the fingerprints of civil engineering undergrad Rachel Brashear all over it. Brashear, who has just a few classes left to finish her degree, has been working as the project’s on-site engineer for Gilbane Building Company, the result of great timing when she went to the company looking for an internship.

Reconstructing a tsunamiClaudio Martinez from the Dominican Republic’s Oficina Nacional de Meteorologia in Matancitas with local resident Patria, right, who took Martinez and Georgia Tech’s Hermann Fritz back to the site of a 1946 tsunami in the area. Patria remembered how high waters had reached at this palm tree, helping the team reconstruct the tsunami’s impacts more than seven decades after it happened. (Photo Courtesy: Hermann Fritz)

Nearly seven decades after a tsunami washed ashore in the Dominican Republic, Hermann Fritz and his partners there have been able to reconstruct the impact of the wave, thanks to long-held memories of eyewitnesses. They surveyed residents who experienced the 1946 tsunami to better understand one of the strongest Caribbean earthquakes on record — and the risks to the island nations there as well as the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

Andrew Pofahl explains to judges some of the design ideas his Delft Blauw Design team proposed for Ted Turner Drive in downtown Atlanta. Two teams of Georgia Tech students offered redesigns of the road for the Ted Turner Drive Resiliency Corridor Challenge. Delft Blauw Designs won second place in the competition. (Photo: Joshua Stewart)

Gateway to ATL The City of Atlanta wants to turn Ted Turner Drive into a gateway to downtown. So they asked college students to come up with design ideas, including two groups of Tech civil and environmental engineering students. They’d just gotten back from a week studying transportation in the Netherlands, and they offered some Dutch-inspired ideas for revitalizing a corridor badly in need of it.

Civil engineering students Yang Jiang, Emily Sanders and Heng Chi plus computation science and engineering student Yuyu Zhang with their first-place check after the Siemens FutureMakers Challlenge. Their concept for the hackathon at Georgia Tech combined machine learning and topology optimization to make computational design and digital manufacturing more efficient and effective. (Photo Courtesy: Glaucio Paulino)

FutureMakers A group of structural engineering graduate students has $140,000 from Siemens to turn their idea for improving digital design and manufacturing into a real-world tool for the company. The students, from Glaucio Paulino’s lab and led by Ph.D. student Heng Chi, won the Siemens FutureMakers Challenge, a hackathon-style competition, with their combination of machine learning and topology optimization.

Screenshot of Civil + Structural Engineer magazine's 2018 Rising Stars web page.

Rising star Civil + Structural Engineer magazine included alumna Jennifer Weger on its list of rising stars in civil engineering. She’s one of just 13 professionals under 40 to make the list honoring up-and-coming engineers doing work that benefits society.

Professor Spyros Pavlostathis, who has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Fellow Spyros Pavlostathis is among the newest fellows of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The group’s executive committee elevated Pavlostathis this spring in recognition of his 30 years of teaching, research and service to the civil engineering profession.

Amy Ingles, the Florida Bicycle Association's Professional of the Year for 2017. Ingles earned bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering at Georgia Tech. (Photo Courtesy: Amy Ingles)

Bike pro Florida bicycle advocates have honored alumna Amy Ingles for her work making Jacksonville a more bike-friendly place and shepherding the development of the city’s first bike master plan. They named her the bicycle professional of the year.

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's new Future Faculty Fellows: Aaron Bivins, Albert Liu, Neda Mohammadi and Saubhagya Singh Rathore.

Future faculty The School has selected a new class of Future Faculty Fellows, expanding to four fellows in the program’s second year. The new fellows — three Ph.D. students and one post-doctoral scholar — will learn how to become great teachers and get support building their careers.
     Grad storiesSam Dennard, who graduates May 5 from Georgia Tech with a bachelor's in civil engineering and a job at Pond & Company waiting. (Photo: Rob Felt)
Sam Dennard almost didn’t make it to Tech. His plan to transfer from Gainesville State College didn’t quite go as planned. But he made it, and this semester, he finished his civil engineering bachelor’s degree. Now he’s a roadway engineer at Pond & Company, working to make Atlanta’s notorious transportation system better.
CAustin Sanders, who graduates from Georgia Tech with his bachelor's in civil engineering May 5. (Photo: Allison Carter)
Austin Sanders earned two degrees this month from two different schools, which means he got to walk across the Commencement stage twice. Sanders finished his civil engineering bachelor’s at Tech and a physics degree at Georgia College and State University. Now he’s off to be a structural engineer in Atlanta.