CEEatGT Update: August 2014

Back to School
The relatively quiet halls of Mason and SEB and ES&T have crackled to life with the beginning of the fall semester. CEE welcomed about 300 new freshmen, master’s and doctoral students this month.

Who Do You Want to Hear From?
What civil or environmental engineer would you most like to see speak on Georgia Tech’s campus? CEE alumnus Ken Hyatt is giving students the chance to hear from amazing and notable engineers through a new lecture series that will debut in the spring. But first we need your input: what kinds of speakers should we invite? Who should be our inaugural speaker? Share you thoughts online or on the big board in the Mason lobby.

Calling All Leaders
Faculty members have created a new minor for undergraduates interested in learning more about global issues and becoming leaders in solving those problems. The Global Engineering Leadership Development minor adds communication, cultural and ethics training to the technical proficiency students learn through CEE's engineering curriculum. The first class for the minor, underway this fall, is Global Health and Sanitation.

Uranium from Seawater
Researchers Sotira Yiacoumi and Costas Tsouris have won funding for their work to optimize the performance of a new adsorbent developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to extract uranium from the world’s oceans. Their project—one of four at Tech to receive funding—was part of a U.S. Department of Energy initiative to advance nuclear energy research and development.

$2.5M for Urban Infrastructure Study
Professor John Crittenden will lead a just-announced $2.5 million project to look at how water, energy and transportation infrastructure systems interact in urban areas and how resilient they are to growth and climate-change impacts. The multidisciplinary work includes researchers from nine Georgia Tech schools and the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

CEE Degree = Good Jobs, Good Pay
A new survey from salary-data website Payscale.com found civil and environmental engineers are the LEAST likely to be underemployed. In other words, a CEE education teaches you what you’ll really need to know to get a job, and the jobs pay well. Nice to hear as the semester ramps up, isn’t it?

Solid as a Rock
Georgia Tech’s Earthquake Engineering Research Institute student chapter rocked at this year’s national Seismic Design Challenge. Or, more to the point, the building they constructed DIDN’T. EERI placed sixth out of more than 30 teams competing. The balsa-wood model building they designed withstood three simulated earthquakes. Group members said they worked especially hard this year after falling to the near-bottom in last year’s competition.

Bates Nadelman

Recognizing Achievement...and Potential
Ph.D. candidates Josie Bates and Elizabeth Nadelman have been recognized for their scientific achievements as well as their potential to make significant contributions to science in the future. Both won Achievement Rewards for Academic Scientists (ARCS) scholarships. It’s the second ARCS for Nadelman.


Lee Tops at EMI Conference
Doctoral student Ji Yun Lee won first place in the Probabilistic Methods Committee Student Paper Competition at this month’s Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference. Lee is the second CEE student to take top honors in the last three years.


'Draft' Day
You might see a few younger-than-usual (and sharply dressed) faces around the School’s buildings in the coming weeks. CEE has “drafted” four freshmen from Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School to work with the Information Systems Group. The work-study program helps the freshmen pay for their education at Cristo Rey.



Until Next Month...

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