CEEatGT Update: November 2016

New perspectives
New External Advisory Board members Jim Anderson, John Kelley, Edward Metzger, Stephen Mulva, Frank Rucker and Deborah Staudinger.
Six alumni joined the School’s External Advisory Board this fall, bringing experiences in construction, social media, law and real estate. Board members consult with the School’s leaders on curriculum, fundraising, and virtually every other aspect of running the civil and environmental engineering program. The newest members run their own companies, manage high-profile developments around the Southeast, and oversee billions of dollars of construction underway at Atlanta’s famous airport. Read more about them.

Georgia Tech senior Maya Goldman at Machu Picchu in Peru. The structure behind her shows how Inca engineers used terraces as retaining walls. "Being in Machu Picchu inspired me like no other place on Earth to continue my study of civil engineering," Goldman said, "to follow in the footsteps of those before me, and to build a future based on sharing knowledge and closely observing environmental processes, just like Incan engineers." (Photo Courtesy: Maya Goldman)

Incan footsteps Senior Maya Goldman used Mundy study abroad funding to spend almost two weeks in Peru over the summer. She learned how the country blends modern and ancient engineering techniques to provide water for its people. And she visited Machu Picchu, where she experienced the ingenuity of Incan engineers up close.

Yang Wang and students in his research group install sensors on a bridge in Bartow County, Georgia, in July 2016. Wang, Francesco Fedele and Rafi Muhanna in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering will use data from instruments like these to feed a new interval-based optimization approach to assess structural systems and detect damage. (Photo Courtesy: Yang Wang)

Dealing with uncertainty A new research collaboration among three civil and environmental engineering researchers could make it easier to find damage in bridges or buildings. Francesco Fedele, Rafi Muhanna and Yang Wang have combined forces to develop a more accurate, faster, interval-based approach to damage assessment.

CEE Awards Plaques (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Recognizing excellence School leaders honored excellence among teachers, researchers and support staff at the annual School of Civil and Environmental Engineering awards lunch this month. The honors included best Ph.D. and master’s thesis as well as undergraduate research excellence. Lisa Rosenstein won the marquee CEE Appreciation Award.

Professor Emeritus Wilton W. King

Remembrance Current and retired Georgia Tech faculty members say Professor Emeritus Wilton W. King was a supportive and helpful colleague and a top-notch teacher in his years on campus. King died Nov. 21 at age 79. He worked at Tech for nearly three decades before retiring in the early ‘90s and working another 10 years at Bell Labs.

Students from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering learn OSHA guidelines for worksite safety in early November. The Atlanta office of JE Dunn provided the training — and lunch — to the group of nearly two dozen undergraduate and graduate students. (Photo: Yong Cho)

Teaching safety JE Dunn Construction Company sponsored a day-long safety workshop this month for a group of about two dozen civil and environmental engineering students. Students spent a Saturday at the company’s Atlanta office and earned an OSHA certificate that will help them in their job searches.

Veterans John Temple and Mike Anderson in one of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering server rooms. The pair now provide information technology support to the School's students, faculty and staff. (Photo: Joshua Stewart)

Veterans Day reflections For Veterans Day, Mike Anderson and John Temple looked back on their service in the armed forces and reflected on its impact on their lives. Both said their thoughts turn to the people they served with when Nov. 11 arrives each year.

Sierra Magazine story about the explosion at a gas pipeline in Alabama.

A delicate balance When a gas pipeline in Alabama exploded in early November, Sierra Magazine called Iris Tien to ask what it meant for the South. She told the magazine the shutdown of the pipeline highlights how little redundancy exists in many of the nation’s key infrastructure systems — a problem when we rely on a few sources for much of our gas supply.

G. Wayne Clough with National Academy of Construction President Hugh Rice. Clough was inducted into the academy's 2016 class of new members Oct. 20. (Photo Courtesy: National Academy of Construction)

Clough honored The National Academy of Construction has elected G. Wayne Clough to its 2016 class of new members. The Georgia Tech president emeritus was one of 30 selected for membership this year for their contributions to engineering and the construction industry.

Screen shot of Ph.D. student Simon Berrebi's interview with WSB-TV in Atlanta about his group's effort to crowdfund trash cans for East Point bus stops.

Crowdfunded cleanup The MARTA Army is at it again, this time using a crowdfunding campaign to fight litter around East Point MARTA stops. The grassroots group made a deal with the City of East Point to pay for trash cans for the stops, and the city agreed to pick up the garbage indefinitely. Group co-founder Simon Berrebi talked to WSB-TV in Atlanta about the project.

  WTS Atlanta scholarship winners Xiaodan Xu, Stephanie Amoaning-Yankson and Cindy Bledsoe.

Sweep Civil engineering students took home all of the college-level scholarships from the WTS Atlanta chapter this fall. The winners: Stephanie Amoaning-Yankson, Cindy Bledsoe, Xiaodan Xu and Brittany Tyson.

Ph.D. student Stephanie Amoaning-Yankson

SWE scholarship It’s been a good fall for Stephanie Amoaning-Yankson who, in addition to a WTS scholarship, also won an award from the Society of Women Engineers. The Fran O’Sullivan Women in Lenovo Leadership Scholarship will pay for Amoaning-Yankson to attend the group’s annual conference.