CEEatGT Update: September 2017

2 + 2CEEatGT's undergraduate civil and environmental engineering programs are No. 2 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2018 survey.
U.S. News and World Report released its latest ranking of undergraduate engineering programs in September, placing both of CEE’s bachelor’s degrees at No. 2 in the nation. The achievement continues a stretch of growing prominence for the environmental engineering undergrad program, and it’s the first time both civil and environmental engineering degrees have concurrently placed second.

Andy Phelps will deliver the fall 2017 lecture in the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series. Oct. 3, 10:55 a.m. Mason 1133. Click to RSVP.

Student Org Speed NetworkingSoundCloud Player for Field Notes podcast episode 4: Student Org Speed Networking
Still looking for the right club to join? The latest episode of the Field Notes podcast aims to help you find the group that fits your interest. We’ve gathered eight civil and environmental engineering clubs and asked them to make their pitch. So download, plug in and see where you can get involved.

The stern of the El Faro is shown on the ocean floor where it came to rest after sinking in Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. (Photo Courtesy: National Transportation Safety Board)

Predicting waves Francesco Fedele just published an analysis finding a 1-in-130 chance a rogue wave formed during Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 in the area where a ship went down. The new theoretical model accounts for space-time effects and could help improve predictions of these unusual waves. Fedele and his collaborators performed the analysis to support the National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro.

Associate Professor Michael Hunter explains his work with the North Avenue Smart Corridor at the ribbon-cutting event for the roadway. Hunter appeared on WABE-FM's Closer Look Sept. 26 to talk about his work on autonomous vehicles, one of the technologies that will be tested along North Avenue. (Photo Courtesy: Georgia Tech Institute for People and Technology)

Smart corridor Atlanta officials call the new North Avenue Smart Corridor the most-connected street in Georgia. Michael Hunter and Randall Guensler are two of the folks turning all of that data into actionable information. They’re working understand the impact of traffic signal timing and driver behavior on energy use and emissions. And using Guensler’s smartphone app, they’ll try to improve traffic around big downtown events. Hunter also appeared on WABE-FM’s Closer Look to talk about the research and autonomous vehicle technology.

Air pollution hangs over a portion of Beijing, China. A new study by researchers from Georgia Tech, the University of Minnesota, Yale University and partners in China finds that cities could cut greenhouse gas emissions by a third, significantly improving air quality and health, by adopting a series of strategies to reuse industrial waste. (Photo Courtesy: Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota)

Cleaner air Reusing industrial waste for heating or construction materials can pay huge dividends for cities in China looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A new study from Ted Russell and a research team from Minnesota, Yale and China found cities could cut emissions by more than a third and make people healthier if they employed a series of strategies. They modeled air quality for all 637 of China’s cities for their analysis.

Alumnus C. David Moody Jr., who made the Atlanta Business Chronicle's list of the city’s most-admired chief executives.

Most-admired The Atlanta Business Chronicle says alumnus C. David Moody Jr. is one of the city’s most-admired CEOs. He recently joined a who’s who of Atlanta business leaders highlighted by the publication. Moody formed C.D. Moody Construction Co. in the ‘80s after pursuing his civil engineering degree.

Calvin Clark, Xenia Wirth, Osvaldo Broesicke and Anna Skipper, who have each earned a scholarship from the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation for 2017.

Rewarded Four grad students have earned renewed support from the ARCS Foundation Atlanta this year. The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists recognizes promising doctoral students with a record of achievement. Osvaldo Broesicke, Calvin Clark and Xenia Wirth received a second award. This year was the third scholarship for Anna Skipper.

Professor Emeritus Lawrence Kahn, who will accept the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute's Educator of the Year Award in early October. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Educator of the year Lawrence Kahn is the Prestressed/Precast Concrete Institute’s Educator of the Year for 2017. Kahn, a professor emeritus, has long taught the School’s prestressed concrete class and been involved with the organization and its members.