The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Michael Hunter uses computer models to study the management and operation of our future roadways, and he has identified a few of the issues policymakers and drivers will confront when self-driving cars travel our highways and bi-ways.
Two School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. students have secured National Science Foundation fellowships, some of the most competitive and prestigious funding for the nation’s graduate students. Georgene Geary and Laura Mast join a long list of the brightest and most promising of the School’s students to win the funding. This year, NSF chose to support fewer than one in eight applicants.
Senior April Gadsby has won one of Georgia Tech’s highest honors for undergraduate researchers, the Sigma Xi Best Undergraduate Research Award. Gadsby, who will start on her master’s degree in May through the BS/MS program, has been working with James Tsai on intelligent and sustainable infrastructure asset management, including co-authoring a paper on a new method of preserving pavement.
When Kathrine Udell stepped on campus at Georgia Tech a few months ago, it was already familiar ground. Udell spent much of her senior year at Kennesaw Mountain High School working on a research project with School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. student Atiyya Shaw. In fact, she’d been so active in the work that she already has two published academic papers to her name. Not exactly the typical starting resume for an undergraduate student.
Lack of spending on Atlanta’s sidewalks has created a system of haves and have-nots when it comes to who can walk alongside the city’s roadways. That’s the perspective of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. student Alice Grossman, who penned a guest column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dec. 29 arguing for more funding for the city’s crumbling sidewalks.
There’s now so much space dedicated to storing cars in Los Angeles, it takes up 14 percent of the county’s incorporated area. That amounts to almost one residential parking spot for every registered car in the county and three spots per car overall. Those findings come from a just-published study by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Ram Pendyala and colleagues at Arizona State University.
Transportation researcher Michael Hunter says driverless cars are coming to our roads, whether we’re ready for them or not. But already, our cars are generating some of the mountains of data coming from our transportation systems. In an interview with Georgia Public Broadcasting, Hunter said drivers must be ready for cars beside them to operate without people behind the wheel.
Stefanie Brodie received a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship at the University of Nottingham. She will work with the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre to evaluate the sustainability of current road and railway materials and potentially develop new practices.