CEEatGT Update: November 2017

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A split-screen photo shows the very beginning and the aftermath of the Georgia Dome implosion Nov. 20, with nothing but a dust cloud remaining. (Photos: Zonglin "Jack" Li)
The 25-year-old Georgia Dome came down in a cloud of dust Nov. 20, the end of a long run hosting national and international events. Assistant Professor and blast expert Lauren Stewart joined Georgia Tech’s news crew live on-site to explain how engineers would implode the structure and keep nearby buildings safe. Watch the replay.

Road intelligenceGeorgia Tech and Georgia Department of Transportation researchers have earned an award for their work to automatically detect cracks, ruts and other pavement issues on the state's highways. Their system uses lasers and artificial intelligence to also detect and catalog roadside signs. This image shows an automatically detected pavement rut modeled in 3-D. (Image: James Tsai)

Professor James Tsai has developed a system that automatically detects and catalogs road conditions along Georgia’s interstate highways without impeding traffic. Using 3-D laser technology and artificial intelligence, it also identifies roadside signage, keeping inspectors safe and saving time and money. All of that makes it one of the year’s highest-value transportation projects, according to a leading standards-setting organization.

Traveling the park-wayScreeen capture of Governing op-ed by Kari Watkins and Cathering Nagel, "Urban Parks' Emerging Role as Transportation Infrastructure"

As cities look for new ways to bring green space to growing urban areas, many have created linear parks from old railway or industrial corridors. They’re finding that residents use those parks for recreation, as you might expect, but many also use them as transportation corridors. In a just-published op-ed, Olmsted Associate Professor Kari Watkins suggests that could help cities plot their path to a more sustainable future.

Five School of Civil and Environmental Engineering students have won Wayne Shackelford Scholarships from the Intelligent Transportation Society Georgia chapter. From left, Haobing Liu, Cibi Pranav, Lauren Gardner, Anirban Chatterjee and Zoe Turner-Yovanovitch each had to suggest smart technologies governments could use to improve urban mobility. (Photo Courtesy: ITS Georgia)

Smart mobility Ideas for using emerging Internet of Things and smart cities technologies to improve urban mobility earned five students scholarships from the Intelligent Transportation Society of Georgia this month. Their ideas included real-time info on open parking spaces, smart street lights for pedestrians, connected signals and sensors to improve congestion, and auditory sensors to help crews respond more quickly to crashes.

Ph.D. student Anirban Chatterjee, a 2018 International Road Federation Fellow.

Road Scholar Ph.D. student Anirban Chatterjee has punched his ticket to Washington D.C. to attend the Road Scholars Program as an International Road Federation Fellow for 2018. He’s one of just 20 scholars worldwide invited to the multiday leadership and orientation program.

Master's student Alana Wilson is the Student of the Year for the Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy and Health, a U.S. Department of Transportation-funded research center.

Student of the year Alana Wilson’s also headed to D.C. in the weeks ahead. She’ll attend the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting as the Student of the Year for one of the nation’s multi-institution transportation research centers. Officials from the federally funded Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy and Health unanimously selected Wilson to represent the center at a meeting of all University Transportation Centers.
  Students from the Georgia Tech chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers take down a piece of playground equipment for International Women's House in Decatur, Georgia. (Photo Courtesy: ASCE Georgia Tech)
Pitching in Leaders from the Georgia Tech American Society of Civil Engineers chapter recently answered the call of a local nonprofit in need of help removing old playground structures. Their day’s worth of work means the youngest clients of the International Women’s House will have a new place to play after new equipment is installed.
Five alumni joined the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering External Advisory Board in October: Richard Hummel, Orlando Mendez, Donald Paul, Meg Pirkle and I.J. Scott III. Each will serve six-year terms as outside counselors to the School’s leadership on everything from curriculum and student preparedness to fundraising and alumni outreach.
Giving back They’re not all working as engineers anymore, but a group of alumni who’ve just joined the School’s advisory board say their education here set them up for success in their careers. And now they want to give back. They include Georgia’s chief transportation engineer, a bridge-builder, an investor, a developer, and an IT consultant.