GT graduate students recognized by national organization

The research of two Georgia Tech graduate students, Alice Grossman and Alexandra Frackelton, was recognized with a Ken Cross Scholarship by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professions (APBP), a national research and advocacy organization.

Grossman and Frackelton received the Grand Prize in the 2013 Poster Contest for Student Research which was given out during the group's Annual Meeting in Boulder, CO this month. As finalists, they were asked to make a 3-minute presentation and participate in a poster session. Frackelton was unable to attend, so Grossman represented the team.

The Grand Prize includes one student registration and a travel stipend for the 2014 Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference in Pennsylvania.

Grossman, a transportation engineering student,  and Frackelton, a regional planning student, have both been working with CEE's Dr. Randall Guensler, who is the principal investigator in a 2-year, $400,000 grant that is piloting a new sidewalk assessment system in Greater Atlanta. Their award-winning poster, "Innovative Technology for Sidewalk Assessment: Development and Field Deployment" reviews the process the research team is proposing to inventory and maintain sidewalks.

Funded by STRIDE (Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center) and the Georgia Department of Transportation) (GDOT), the Sidewalk Quality and Safety Assessment (SQSA) project will eventually produce a precedent-setting database that  could help Atlanta maintain more than 2,500 miles of sidewalks.