CEEatGT Update: October 2017

WATCH: Building BigAndy Phelps delivers the fall 2017 lecture for the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series. (Photo by Zonglin "Jack" Li)
Leadership is complicated — “squishy,” even — but the principles are simple, according to the fall 2017 Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker. The hard part is applying those principles effectively. From hard-won experience leading megaprojects worth $3 billion to $5 billion for Bechtel Corp. in remote corners of the globe, Andy Phelps shared advice and perspective with a room full of Georgia Tech students, faculty and alumni Oct. 3. WATCH

Need a mentor?
Skanska’s Jimmy Mitchell talks with a student at the School’s 2017 Career Expo. Mitchell, a 2005 civil engineering grad, has long been involved in mentoring Tech students. The School has launched a new program to involve more alumni in these kinds of relationships and is recruiting professionals and students. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Tap into the “Georgia Tech connection” with the School’s new mentoring program. Created this fall, the program connects students with alumni and engineering professionals who want to help them prepare for their post-college lives. The GOLD Mentoring Program — Growing Opportunities for Learning and Discovery — will hand-select mentors for interested students, including students who are traveling or studying abroad.

Several chickens walking on a leaf and stick-covered area in Hapeville, Georgia. Joe Brown and a team of Georgia Tech researchers have received a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study how antibiotic use on poultry farms might impact waterways near and downstream from the farms. They will collect samples in north Georgia to measure antibiotic resistance genes and resistant pathogens in the environment. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Antibiotics + poultry A group of Georgia Tech researchers has received funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to better understand how poultry feeding operations in Georgia potentially introduce antibiotic-resistant pathogens into the nearby environment. Assistant Professor Joe Brown said it’s an important relationship to understand because surface water provides a key source of drinking water for millions of Georgia residents.

A drawing shows potential new temporary barracks for Army troops built with cross-laminated timber. Researchers Lauren Stewart and Russell Gentry have received funding from the U.S. Forest Service to create designs for the barracks. (Image Courtesy: Lauren Stewart)

Stronger barracks The timber industry and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are teaming with Lauren Stewart and Russell Gentry to design and build better portable housing for overseas troops. The researchers have proposed using a new wood product called cross-laminated timber to build stronger temporary barracks and provide a new market for Georgia’s foresters.

Researchers Glaucio Paulino (left) and Ke Liu with origami structures that can be simulated in new software. (Photo: Rob Felt)

Designing origami Glaucio Paulino led a team that has developed a new computer-aided approach to streamline the design process for origami-based structures. Their new software makes it easier for engineers and scientists to conceptualize new ideas graphically while simultaneously generating the underlying mathematical data needed to build the structures in the real world.

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G7-bound Francesco Fedele will coordinate a roundtable on safeguarding the marine environment and present his research on predicting rogue waves when ministers from the G7 meet in Rome this fall. He’ll convene conversations about safeguarding the marine environment and the study and prediction of oceanic rogue waves as part of Italy’s delegation to the meeting.

Grace Brosofsky, BSEnvE 2017, stands with her Student Sustainability Leadership award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. (Photo Courtesy: Grace Brosofsky)

Safer herbicides Grace Brosofsky and Engineers for a Sustainable World won the Student Sustainability Leadership award for 2017 from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Brosofsky led a project developing natural herbicides that she piloted on Tech’s campus and also took into the broader community.

Chloe Johansen, left, and Iris Tien hold their first-place paper award at the Resilience Week 2017 conference for their work analyzing the vulnerabilities of interdependent infrastructure. They used Atlanta's water and power systems as a case study. (Photo Courtesy: Iris Tien)

Resilience Assistant Professor Iris Tien and Ph.D. student Chloe Johansen won a top award at Resilience Week 2017 for their paper on analyzing the vulnerabilities of interdependent infrastructure. The paper presented their probabilistic approach and used Atlanta’s water and power systems as a case study.

Part of the cover of Barry Goodno's new textbook, "Statics and Mechanics of Materials," co-written with James Gere. The new text offers a coordinated approach to both foundational courses in mechanics, according to Goodno. (Image Courtesy: Cengage and Barry Goodno)

New in bookstores The first edition of Barry Goodno’s new textbook, Statics and Mechanics of Materials, arrived in stores and at online retailers in October. The new book combines statics and mechanics of materials into a single, integrated teaching tool for both foundational courses in mechanics.

"Mass Transit" Expo Daily edition for Oct. 9, 2017, featuring article by Simon Berrebi about his research with Kari Watkins and Jorge Laval on bus bunching.

Un-bunching buses When buses arrive at stops in close succession — a common problem on high-frequency routes — it’s called bus bunching. Alumnus Simon Berrebi wrote about his efforts with his adviser, Kari Watkins, to fix the problem for a daily edition of Mass Transit magazine produced for the American Public Transportation Association Annual Meeting and EXPO that began Oct. 8 in Atlanta.

Alice Grossman, Tu Nguyen and Ann Li, winners of scholarships this year from the WTS Atlanta chapter. They will now compete with nominees from every other chapter for more financial support.

WTS scholars The Atlanta chapter of WTS has awarded scholarships to three CEEatGT students for 2017. Ph.D. students Alice Grossman and Ann Li and senior Tu Nguyen now will compete against nominees from every chapter for international scholarships from the WTS Foundation.