CEEatGT Update: September 2016

U.S. News and World Report's 2017 undergraduate engineering program rankings: Georgia Tech civil engineering is No. 2, environmental engineering is No. 4.
New rankings this month from U.S. News and World Report have reaffirmed CEEatGT’s place among the nation’s best civil and environmental engineering programs. The civil engineering bachelor’s program climbed into a tie at No. 2, matching the School’s highest-ever ranking. Undergraduate environmental engineering moved up to No. 4.

In the fall 2016 Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Lecture, Emmy Montanye, BCE 1982, offered five essential skills for young engineers to develop as they pursue their careers: Be curious and keeping learning, develop your personal brand, learn the business of engineering, develop your personal board of directors, develop others. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Leadership in 5 buckets
Emmy Montanye, BCE 1982, delivered the fall Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Lecture Sept. 20, outlining five groups of skills that will help students turn their education into a successful and fulfilling career. Montanye, a senior VP at Kimley-Horn and Associates, has been involved in Atlanta’s highest-profile projects in recent years — two stadiums, Porsche’s new HQ, expanding Piedmont Park, and more.


Screenshot of Rebeeca Yoo's first-place ForeCAST Competition video, "TOHL Centers: A Sustainable approach for Rural Water Supply."

Lights. Camera. $3K. Rebecca Yoo’s animated explanation of one startup’s efforts to improve water systems in the developing world won first prize in our ForeCAST student video initiative. Nine teams competed for thousands of dollars in prizes. Other winners highlighted geotechnical engineering and origami. Watch all the submissions.

The city of Bluefields, Nicaragua, and Bluefields Bay. Environmental engineering undergraduate Kelsey Eichbauer spent eight weeks this summer working in this community with the nonprofit blueEnergy. She helped design and build simple water-filtration systems to reuse so-called "greywater" — all the semi-clean wastewater that comes from everywhere except the toilet. (Photo: Kelsey Eichbauer)

Nicaraguan summer Kelsey Eichbauer’s summer in Nicaragua taught her all about being flexible, learning from other cultures, and communicating beyond language. In a Mundy scholar essay, she explains her work on greywater treatment systems with a nonprofit and how it challenged her.

Pointivo co-founder Habib Fathi, Ph.D. 2013.

Disruptive A startup co-founded by alumnus Habib Fathi has the potential to revolutionize how builders, roofers and insurance companies measure and model projects. The company’s cloud-based software uses only a smartphone or tablet camera. Fathi, Ph.D. 2013, went from idea to company with the help of Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center.

Patricia Mokhtarian, the new Susan G. and Christopher D. Pappas Professor

Pappas Professor Patricia Mokhtarian has been named the Susan G. and Christopher D. Pappas Professor. It's a new position made possible by the support of the Pappases, who both earned civil engineering degrees in 1978. Mokhtarian studies travel behavior and the impact of telecommunications technology on that behavior.

Donald Webster

Education frontiers Leaders in engineering education gathered in late September to exchange ideas and learn about new research and best practices in the field. Donald Webster was among those invited to participate. Webster has been a leader in “flipping” classrooms at Tech, offering lectures by video and using class time for problem solving and group work.

Screenshot of Line//Shape//Space story on coastal engineering and sea level rise.

Rising seas How will we save coastal cities from rising sea levels? Georgia Tech President Emeritus G. Wayne Clough told Line//Shape//Space magazine no single approach will be sufficient in a recent story. He would know: Clough led the committee charged with New Orleans’ reconstruction after Katrina.

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Record rewards Five graduate students earned Achievement Rewards for College Scientists this year to support their research — a record as far as we can tell. They’re working on everything from coal ash and sustainable food supplies to air quality and zooplankton biomechanics.

Professor Paul Mayne

Mayne event Paul Mayne will deliver Croatia’s signature geotechnical engineering lecture in early October at the invitation of the Croatian Geotechnical Society. The 14th Nonveiller Lecture will focus on the use of seismic piezocone testing for geocharacterization.