CEEatGT Update: October 2016

The beginning of change
The Taj Mahal (Photo: Michael Bergin)
New work from Ted Russell and his colleagues around the globe have pinned a significant amount of the browning of the Taj Mahal on burning of household trash in nearby neighborhoods. It’s the first time researchers have quantified the amount of pollution that results from burning municipal solid waste. The team also found the resulting pollution leads to more than 700 premature deaths each year.

Fixing our infrastructure
Chloe Johansen is the first civil engineering Ph.D. student to participate in the Scheller College of Business' TI:GER program. (Photo: Joshua Stewart)
America’s infrastructure is crumbling and governments have limited resources to repair or replace what’s broken. How do we prioritize? Enter Ph.D. student Chloe Johansen, who has an idea for computer models that will assess how our infrastructure systems depend on each other and where the most critical links are. She’s working to commercialize the research with the help of a Scheller College of Business startup program.

Ocean science
Ocean Science and Engineering webpage screenshot
A new Georgia Tech Ph.D. program combines the work of scholars in civil engineering, earth and atmospheric sciences, and biological sciences to better understand and protect the world’s oceans. The new program will train ocean scientists and engineers by combining basic and applied sciences with innovative ocean technologies.

Ph.D. student Osvaldo Broesicke, right, with Latinos in Science and Engineering President Will Davis. Broesicke won the organization's highest honor for students, the Padrino Scholarship and Medalla de Plata, or silve medal. (Photo Courtesy: Osvaldo Broesicke)

Silver medal Ph.D. student Osvaldo Broesicke has won the highest student award from a group that promotes STEM careers for Latinos. The Medalla de Plata and Padrino Scholarship recognize students for their achievements and dedication to the Latino community.

Ph.D. student Sangy Hanumasagar will attend the International Research Association on Large Landslides meeting in China this month for two weeks of workshops and high-level courses on landslides.

Landslide school Sangy Hanumasagar spent half of his October learning about landslides and engineering from some of the world’s top experts. Hanumasagar is one of the few Ph.D. students from around the world selected to attend the meeting of the International Research Association on Large Landslides in China.

Ph.D. student Fikret Atalay will be part of a five-student delegation from the United States at next year's International Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference in South Korea.

Young engineers Fikret Atalay travels to South Korea next year as one of the five members of the United States’ delegation to the International Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference. Atalay studies energy foundations and making heat transfer more efficient between foundations and the soil.

SEC Country website screen shot of a story looking at the effects of major hurricanes on college football stadiums.

Matthew vs. Stadiums Why are stadiums so often used as shelters in hurricanes? Because they’re designed to take damage but ultimately protect occupants. Lauren Stewart explained to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution how the structures fare in storms ahead of Hurricane Matthew’s approach to the southeastern United States in early October.

Hermann Fritz, right, talks with people in Haiti on one of his research trips after an earthquake wreaked havoc on the island nation in 2010. Fritz told public radio's Marketplace the temporary communities that have since sprung up on the country's hillsides are now at risk from flooding and landslides in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. (Photo: Jean Vilmond Hilaire, Université de Quisqueya)

Matthew vs. Haiti Hurricane Matthew walloped Haiti in early October. It’s a country still recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2010. Hermann Fritz told public radio’s Marketplace the storm threatened to wash away the makeshift communities that have sprung up on the country’s hillsides in the years since.

Reginald DesRoches, the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Karen and John Huff School Chair

Service, leadership A group of Haitian and American engineers honored School Chair Reginald DesRoches for his leadership in earthquake engineering as well as his service to the community. DesRoches, who hails from Haiti, was heavily involved in assessment and research efforts on the island after the 2010 earthquake there.