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A podcast of ideas and conversations from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Listen to our latest episodes below or download the mp3 and listen on the go. You can also subscribe using your favorite podcasting service. Click here for our feed.



Alumni Jim Anderson, Andrea Hence Evans and Rick Garcia, who all studied civil engineering but have ended up in far different careers.
Ep. 8: Where Can a CEE Degree Take You?

Turns out, a civil or environmental engineering can take you to all kinds of unexpected places. We've gathered a few alumni who used their degrees in careers that might surprise you. They share some of their stories on this episode of Field Notes and illustrate that no matter what you want to do, a CEE degree can take you there.

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Environmental engineering senior Megan Haynes, center, with her mechanical engineering collaborators Andrey Gunawan, left, and Shannon Yee. Haynes has been doing research on desalination that recently won her second place in an American Society of Mechanical Engineers paper competition. (Photo Courtesy: Megan Haynes)
Ep. 7: Research for Undergrads

You might have heard of the Research Option designation on your degree or even the President’s Undergraduate Research Awards. But have you ever considered what you might get out of working in a research laboratory as an undergrad? Environmental engineering student Megan Haynes had often thought about finding a research project before she graduated, but it never worked out. Then, one day, it did. And the results included scholarships, travel, and a relationship with a faculty mentor that has continued after Haynes finished her degree. On this episode of Field Notes, hear her story and get inspired to consider what research could mean for you.

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Fourth-year student Schayne Fox, right, and her mentor, Mary Shinners. Shinners finished her bachelor's in civil engineering in 2014 and her master's in 2015. (Photo: Joshua Stewart)
Ep. 6: Who Needs a Mentor? (You Do!)

Have you ever thought you might benefit from having a mentor but didn’t know what it would be like or how to get started? About a year ago, the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering started a program to help. We wanted to match students with alumni and industry professionals, offering them a chance to get advice, build their network, and prepare for life after Tech. On this episode, we’ll hear how that’s going for a couple of students and find out how they’re making mentoring work for them. Maybe you’ll even get inspired to find your own mentor.

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Karen and John Huff School Chair Donald Webster.
Ep. 5: Creating the Next - A Conversation with School Chair Donald Webster

Donald Webster became the 16th permanent chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering May 1, 2018. During the national search for a new chair, Webster laid out several priorities for the years ahead, including innovating the undergrad curriculum, continuing to build leadership and entrepreneurial programs, and fostering an even more diverse and inclusive culture. We’ll dive into those topics and more in a conversation with Webster about his vision for the future of civil and environmental engineering at Georgia Tech.


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Headphones in front of an audio mixer and laptop during a podcast recording. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Ep. 4: Student Org Speed Networking

Georgia Tech has more than 400 student organizations, 56 Greek organizations, and 13 honor societies. About a dozen of those focus specifically on civil and environmental engineering. But how do you choose where to spend your time (and money, since most have some form of dues)? On this episode of Field Notes, some help — in the form of student organization speed networking. Eight groups. Three minutes or less each. Plug in and see where you might fit.

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Students take water samples during their Spring Break research trip for the Environmental Technology in the Developing World class. Four of the students on the trip sat down together to talk about the trip's impact on them for the School's Field Notes podcast. (Photo: Donald Smith)
Ep. 3: Impact, From Bolivia to Atlanta

About a dozen civil and environmental engineering students spent their 2017 Spring Break in Bolivia doing water quality research and collaborating with local scientists. And they came back with a redefined sense of the impact their lives can have in the world. We talk to four of those students about how their trip affected Bolivia — and how it affected them. We’ll also hear from three students and the benefactors who’ve helped pay for their Georgia Tech education. In each case, the scholarship they received was the difference between attending their dream school and settling for something less.

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Suzanne Shank delivers the spring 2017 lecture for the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Kenneth Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series. Shank, BCE 1983, is chairwoman, CEO and co-founder of Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., a $2 trillion municipal bond and corporate financing firm and the top-ranked minority- and woman-owned municipal bond underwriter in the country. (Photo: Zonglin "Jack" Li)
Ep. 2: Leadership in 3 C’s – Connections, Context, Characters

Throughout her rise to the top of the American financial world, Suzanne Shank has come to see leadership not as a top-down, boss-to-subordinates kind of experience but as a web of connections. She explained this idea in her spring 2017 lecture for the CEEatGT Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series. For this episode of Field Notes, we have that full talk, including how the characters she encountered and the circumstances of her career have made Shank Wall Street’s most powerful woman.

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A group of students talks about their experiences as civil and environmental engineering majors at Georgia Tech for the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's podcast. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
Ep. 1: You're In! Now What?

Getting accepted to college is really just the first step to deciding where you want to spend four or five years studying. In the inaugural edition of our podcast Field Notes, we've gathered students, advisers and alumni to help prospective students get a better sense of what it's like to study in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, not to mention what it means to be a civil or environmental engineer.

Field Notes Podcast Ep. 1 Soundcloud player. Click to download archived MP3.

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