JANUARY 2014 - FIELD NOTES - School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech

Dear faculty, staff, and students,

I hope the first month of 2014 has gone well for each of you. As we embark on a fresh semester, I'd like to introduce Field Notes, an occasional look at what's new and outstanding within the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech.

It's your stories, accomplishments, and events that drive our newsdesk. You can keep the department posted by sending a note to Jess Hunt at communications@ce.gatech.edu, and be sure to tag us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook posts using @CEEatGT.

Reginald DesRoches, Ph.D.
Karen and John Huff School Professor and Chair
School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology


CEE foreCAST Video Initiative
Filming the past, present, and future of engineering

The School of Civil & Environmental Engineering is pleased to announce the foreCAST Initiative, a three-month project encouraging students to film CEE achievements - past, present or future - that represent a significant impact on society and quality of life. Between now and April 1, 2014, actively-enrolled School students and interdisciplinary groups of students can create and submit short videos related to a range of CEE topics.

• The “Best Video Overall” will be awarded $3000.
• Awards of $2000 will go to the next three top videos.
• All remaining teams who submit a video that meets qualifications outlined will receive a $1,000 stipend and will be featured on our School YouTube channel and related Georgia Tech social media.
• You may also enter your video into CoE's Engineers Week Video Contest (due February 22, chance to win swag, lunch with the Dean) and NAE’s Engineering For You video competition (due March 31, additional prizes up to $25,000) if your video meets their requirements!

To learn more about these opportunities and download the competition flier, please visit the foreCAST webpage (or just click the banner from the CE homepage). Please share with any students who may be interested!

Watkins' OneBusAway app featured in The Atlantic Cities post
Assistant professor Kari Watkins is featured in a post by The Atlantic Cities that tackles the psychology of lines in Trader Joe's, at the doctor's office, and on public transit. It also begs the question: Which is more important to bus riders - real-time data, or better service?...

Konstantinidis studies how soil microbes alter DNA in response to warming
The work of assistant professor and Carlton S. Wilder Chair Kostas Konstantinidis and fellow researchers was recently highlighted in Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Georgia Tech Research News for efforts to better understand how complex soil microbial communities respond to natural or human-induced fluctuations global climate change. ...

Whisenhunt named Tennessee Titans head football coach
CEEatGT alumnus Ken Whisenhunt has a long record of excellence in playing - and coaching - football throughout the United States. This year, Whisenhunt joins the Tennessee Titans (previously known as the Houston Oilers) as head coach. ...

CEE welcomes new faculty member Joe Brown
The School is pleased to announce the arrival of assistant professor Joe Brown, Ph.D., P.E. Brown served most recently as a lecturer in the Department of Disease Control, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. ...

Students win International Road Federation awards
NCTSPM students have received a number of awards for their outstanding achievements in transportation studies. Most recently, several of these individuals received International Road Federation awards and fellowships: Prabha (Popa) Pratyaksa, Janille Smith-Colin, and Chieh (Ross) Wang. Congratulations! ...

Recent Tweets

Georgia Tech can win a $5,000 @ck_georgiatech grant, but they need your help! 10 seconds to vote, no signup: campuskitchens.org/tech/

There's still time to enter the @GTClough Art Crawl - with cash prizes. Cameo of CEE's Aaron Costin's work at 0:33: http://youtu.be/8B3xD7lJwVU

Building construction students, remember the BC Career Fair Jan 27, 9-3 in the Student Center Ballroom. Details: http://b.gatech.edu/1fveBOl

February 18 at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. EST
Upcoming: ASCE Career Fair
Georgia Tech Student Center Ballroom (3rd floor)
CEEatGT students are invited to attend the 2014 ASCE Georgia Tech career fair on February 18. Dress is business casual. Past companies in attendance include Fluor, Dewberry, Jacobs, Holder Construction Company, Kimley Horn & Associates, SteelFab Inc., and more. [Learn More]

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