CEEatGT Update: November 2018

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Tech BlitzMcCarthy Building Company Project Manager Justis Brogan tells a group of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering students about the canopies being installed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Teams of students and industry mentors spent a day brainstorming ways to use robotics to improve the installation as part of the School's second Tech Blitz Nov. 9. (Photo: Eric Marks)
How might robots improve the installation of new canopies at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport? That was the challenge for teams of students and industry mentors at Tech Blitz Nov. 9, a day-long hack-a-thon designed to highlight how the School drives technological change in the architecture-engineering-construction industry. The winning team offered a suite of options, including autonomous, rail-mounted robots using lasers and cameras to track canopy installation and find trouble spots. They also suggested a network of sensors to improve worker safety and efficiency along with other ideas.

Civil engineering master's student Cheyenne Hunt waves during one of Georgia Tech's football games this year. Hunt is a walk-on offensive tackle finishing his final year on the team. (Photo: Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics)

Fourth down As his football career neared its final snaps, walk-on offensive tackle Cheyenne Hunt reflected on his time playing for the Yellow Jackets with the AJC's Ken Sugiura. “I’ve loved every second about being part of the team,” said Hunt, who’s finishing his master’s degree and planning to find work with a civil engineering firm.

Heavy traffic with sun setting. Text: Uncommon Engineering: New Podcast Episode! Travel Behavior in the Modern Age. Listen Now. (Graphic: Sarah Collins)

Uncommon Engineer Will we continue to own personal vehicles? Can public transit survive in a world with Uber and Lyft? What ever happened to those flying cars we used to dream about? Pappas Professor Patricia Mokhtarian explores all of that, along with how she’s using machine learning to predict travelers’ attitudes and improve transportation planning, in the latest episode of The Uncommon Engineer podcast from the College of Engineering.

The global amount of recoverable fecal waste harbors risks, such as water contamination, but also opportunities to harvest natural resources. A new study from Carlton S. Wilder Assistant Professor Joe Brown, left, and others at Georgia Tech has determined just how much of that recoverable biomass exists. Here, Brown is pictured with former student Andrew Loo. (Photo: Gary Meek)

Waste potential Wilder Assistant Professor Joe Brown and researchers from the CDC have put forth what they believe is the first global estimate of annual recoverable human and animal fecal biomass in a new study published in Nature Sustainability. In 2014, the most recent year with data, the number was 4.3 billion tons and growing — with metals, phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium among the resources that could be reclaimed.
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The new members of the School's External Advisory Board: Raul Delgado, Fred Carlson, Art Williams, Murray Griffin and Rebecca Nease.

Welcome aboard I Five civil and environmental engineering alumni spanning five decades — and with a decidedly entrepreneurial bent — have joined the School’s External Advisory Board this fall. Several have started companies or followed family to Tech, and their experience ranges from nuclear safety to steel construction. Meet them.

Professor Laurie Garrow

VP Members of the foremost professional society dedicated to analytics and operations research have elected Professor Laurie Garrow to their board of directors. She’ll serve as a vice president of INFORMS, overseeing the group’s many subdivisions, chapters and student groups.

Screenshot of North Avenue Smart Corridor: One Year Later video, with student riding a scooter on separated bike path and traffic in vehicle lanes.

Smarter North Ave Atlanta’s North Avenue Smart Corridor is garnering international acclaim for professors Randall Guensler and Michael Hunter. They’re leading research on energy efficiency and emissions for the project that’s a collaboration between the city and Georgia Tech. The corridor just won the Mobility Award from the Smart City Expo World Congress.

Professor Kimberly Kurtis, who is the newest member of the ASCE Foundation's Council of Trustees. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Welcome aboard II The ASCE Foundation board of directors has invited Professor and Associate Dean Kimberly Kurtis to serve on its Council of Trustees for 2019. Kurtis represents the southeast on the council, which helps the foundation direct its resources to support ASCE’s work and promote the profession.

Sam Coogan, who is the new Demetrius T. Paris Assistant Professor.

Paris professorship Sam Coogan has been named the new Demetrius T. Paris Assistant Professor. Coogan works to create efficient, intelligent and autonomous transportation networks. The endowed position for untenured faculty will provide additional resources to support Coogan’s research efforts and build his expertise.

Looking up at several levels of highway bridges and overpasses stretching across roads with blue sky above. (Photo Courtesy: Drriss & Marrionn via Flickr)

Research pays off The Transportation Research Board has highlighted a partnership between Associate Professor Baabak Ashuri and the Georgia Department of Transportation as an example of research paying dividends. Ashuri helped officials develop new alternative project delivery methods, which Georgia DOT has credited with improving how the state builds transportation infrastructure.

These five School of Civil and Environmental Engineering students won scholarships from the Intelligent Transportation Society of Georgia for their essays about the ways intelligent transportation systems and technology could help the United States eliminate roadway deaths and serious injuries by 2025. From left, Ph.D. students Somdut Roy, April Gadsby and Cibi Pranav; undergraduate Katie Popp; and Ph.D. student Hanyan "Ann" Li. (Photo Courtesy: Intelligent Transportation Society of Georgia)

Vision Zero The Intelligent Transportation Society of Georgia has given scholarships to five students for their visions of how technology can help eliminate deaths and serious injuries on the nation’s roads. Wayne Shackelford Engineering Scholarships went to undergrad Katie Popp and Ph.D. students April Gadsby, Ann Li, Cibi Pranav and Somdut Roy.

Master's student Nicholas Sianta and Ph.D. student Seth Mallett, winners of national scholarships from ADSC: The International Association of Foundation Drilling. (Photos: Belal Elnaggar, Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Foundational Graduate students Seth Mallett and Nicholas Sianta won scholarships from ADSC: The International Association of Foundation Drilling. They were two of only 17 students the professional group honored across the country. The scholarships come with a tough assignment: A trip to the Bahamas for the association’s annual meeting.

WTS Atlanta Chapter scholarship winners Michelle Henriques, Susan Jin, Becca Kiriazes and Abhilasha Saroj.

Sweep CEE women swept the student awards from the WTS Atlanta chapter, winning all four of the college-level scholarships from the group. Undergrads Michelle Henrique and Susan Jin and grad students Becca Kiriazes and Abhilasha Saroj now will compete internationally for more scholarship money.