CEEatGT Update: May 2019

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Building community
Guiliana Stovall sits on a bench with her roller derby roller skates. Stovall, a long-time roller derby player, knew she would continue to skate when she came to Georgia Tech. And since Tech had no outlet, she founded Yellow Jacket Roller Derby. (Photo Courtesy: Giuliana Stovall)A drive to build community and connect with people, while doing what she loves, means Giuliana Stovall founded Georgia Tech's first roller derby club, she serves as a resident assistant on campus, and she sings in two different groups, the Georgia Tech Chamber Choir and all-women a cappella group Nothin' But Treble. “I like to see people's faces and smile and say, ‘How have you been doing?’ and know something about them. That's one of the reasons, I think, that Tech has not been as hard to me as it has been to others. So many people are so invested in knowing who I am and what I'm doing.” Building community is also what attracted Stovall to civil engineering, a career she hopes will allow her to build tall skyscrapers and signature buildings, like performance spaces.

Andrea Hence Evans, BCE 1999, who's now an intellectual property attorney outside Washington. (Photo Courtesy: Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans)

Patented calling Andrea Hence Evans finished her bachelor’s degree in 1999 — now she runs her own intellectual property law firm outside Washington, D.C. She devotes her days to helping entrepreneurs and other businesses protect their ideas, but she’s also a best-selling author and has appeared on a PBS reality show. All of this started when Evans was a college student volunteering around Atlanta. She knew she wanted to become a lawyer, and her work in the community convinced her to concentrate on environmental law.

A researcher measures the width of a crack in a reinforced concrete column after testing the strength of the column. A new project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency will develop a field-deployable tool to detect cracks far smaller than this — and inside rather than outside — thick reinforced concrete structures. (Photo: Chris Kiser)

Crack detection Imagine giving large concrete structures a medical-quality ultrasound, with resulting images that show cracks as small as a tenth of a millimeter. Such technology would be game-changing for owners of large infrastructure like dams, bridges and power plants. Fixing those microcracks before they grow would make the structures vastly more durable and save millions of dollars. The Department of Energy has funded a new project where Professors Laurence Jacobs and Kimberly Kurtis will develop just such a tool.

Screenshot of Atlanta Journal-Constitution story "Could drones be the solution to Atlanta's traffic gridlock?" including a rendering of a city with a four-propeller Uber Eats drone flying above.

Air taxis Could passenger-carrying drones someday be the answer to metro Atlanta’s traffic delays? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution explored that question, including a new research center at Georgia Tech that aims to provide answers. The Center for Urban and Regional Air Mobility will convene all of Tech's resources related to air taxis and other airborne commuting approaches. It's co-led by Professor Laurie Garrow and aerospace engineering’s Brian German.
  Raymond Allen Jones Chair Glaucio Paulino looks leftward and smiles. (Photo: Rob Felt)
ASME fellow Professor Glaucio Paulino has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a recognition of his achievements that’s reserved for less than 4% of the society’s members. It’s a fairly rare occurrence for a civil engineer to join the distinguished ranks of mechanical engineers but one Paulino said will happen more as engineers increasingly work across disciplines.
Ph.D. student Tuo Zhao stands in front of shelves filled with books. (Photo Courtesy: Center for Teaching and Learning)
Top TA Tuo Zhao has proven to be one the best teaching assistants on campus, according to the Center for Teaching and Learning. The center honored Zhao as one of three Graduate TAs of the Year for 2019. Zhao won the teaching award for his work with students in Glaucio Paulino’s Origami Engineering course, but he also has taught students in Structural Design Optimization and Mechanics of Deformable Bodies.