CEEatGT Update: News from June & July 2014

Reviving a Legacy to Make Our Cities Sustainable
Six thought leaders in sustainable urban infrastructure gather to talk about the work of Frederick Law Olmsted, how it applies in our modern society and how to advance his ideas in our cities and suburbs. It's the start of the search for a teacher and researcher to join CEE as the new endowed Olmsted Chair, infusing his or her academic pursuits with Olmsted's concepts of green space and livability as part of urban engineering projects like water infrastructure and streets.
June 2, 2014


Transportation Planning? There's an App for That

It's called Commute Warrior, and the data it collects as users go about their daily lives will help transportation researchers better understand how people get where they’re going and how much congestion they face on those commutes. Professor Randall Guensler is leading a team initially focused on commuting in the I-85 corridor in Atlanta and commuters' use of GRTA Xpress buses. Another project will focus on walking, biking and transit use in Midtown Atlanta.
June 4, 2014


Chinese Engineers Honor Crittenden

Professor John Crittenden accepts the rare honor of induction into the Chinese Academy of Engineering. It's the highest academic honor in the field of engineering in China, and fewer than 6 percent of the academy's membership are not Chinese nationals. Crittenden was one of only six professionals from other countries to join this year.
June 5, 2014


Kurtis Invited to the Frontier

The Frontiers of Engineering Symposium gathers rising stars in the field to discuss cutting-edge research and connect with each other. This fall, Professor Kimberly Kurtis will be among them.
June 6, 2014


5 Eisenhower Fellows

The Federal Highway Administration selects five CEE students for Eisenhower Graduate Fellowships this year. Two are full awards, three are partial, and one recipient is a repeat winner.
June 9, 2014


A model system of hydraulic fracturing hazards - fracture pattern formation and multiphase fluid flow. (I) Fracture initiation, propagation, bifurcation (sketch from [Leggett, 2013]). (II) Hydrocarbon extraction from nanometer-scale pores (photos from [Loucks et al., 2009]). (III) Interaction between fractures and the porous rock matrix (figure from [Xu et al., 2014]). Photo: Chloe Arson.
New Ethics Lab Tackles Hydraulic Fracturing
Hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania will serve as the pilot case study for a new Ethics Laboratory at Georgia Tech. A multidisciplinary group of researchers will weigh the environmental and ethical risks of the process and start a public discussion about which of those are acceptable and how to address them. The team includes CEE Assistant Professors Chloe Arson and Lauren Stewart along with Robert Kirkman from the School of Public Policy.
June 10, 2014


Top Commanders Reflect on their Days at Tech

NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe recalls his days as a Ramblin' Wreck and a "gentlemanly rebel" in CEE.
June 16, 2014


New Faces in CEE Leadership

Professors Adjo Amekudzi Kennedy and James Mulholland assume new leadership roles within the School. Amekudzi Kennedy serves as the new associate chair for global engineering leadership and research development. Mulholland takes over as associate chair for graduate programs.
June 20, 2014


Engineers from American Bridge and officials from Tampa Steel Erecting stand in front of a full-scale model of a section of the bridge's arch. Photo: Tampa Steel Erecting Co.

Fixing the Mix
That's what they're calling it in Dallas, where an $800 million project is rehabbing the intersection of Interstates 30 and 35 near downtown. The project includes a new "signature bridge" along I-30 for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross the Trinity River. A family of CEE alumni are fabricating the massive steel bridge at Tampa Steel Erecting Co.
June 24, 2014


Mark A. Wilson via Wikimedia Commons
'The Salt Lady'
Professor Chloe Arson has been making a (nick)name for herself with her research on salt rock and underground storage. She's studying how the rock fractures and heals itself. Among other things, her work helps engineers better understand how to use underground salt caverns to store natural gas and oil, nuclear waster and even compressed air.
July 8, 2014


Watch a Skype conversation between "Team Pteropod" in Antarctica and Georgia Tech Research News in Atlanta.
Mission: Antarctica
Researchers travel to the bottom of the globe in search of a tiny mollusk that can help us understand how the oceans are changing as a result of climate change. What's the engineering hook? It's all about how the little guys move through the water.
July 10, 2014


Built to be Destroyed

A man-made earthquake shakes the two-story reinforced concrete building outside CEE's Structural Engineering and Materials Lab. The idea is to test an innovative and more economical method of retrofitting similar buildings so they will perform better in a real quake. More experiments will test two other retrofitting strategies.
July 11, 2014


Brandon Buchberg having some fun on a Skyline Windows factory tour with SGH. Photo: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Honoring 'an Incredible Presence'
Engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger creates a scholarship named for employee and CEE alumnus Brandon Buchberg after he died unexpectedly last fall. The inaugural winner is fourth-year undergraduate Sara Shojaee.
July 17, 2014


Photo: Luenlin via Wikimedia Commons
Off to Taiwan
Doctoral students Chunhee Cho and La Sasha Walker are selected to travel to the Asia-Pacific Summer School in Taiwan. They're spending three weeks learning about using sensors to create "smart" structures.
July 21, 2014


Changing the Game for Bridge Inspections
Professors Yang Wang and Laurence Jacobs are developing and testing revolutionary new wireless sensing nodes that could help engineers continuously monitor the health of bridges. That would mean cheaper and more efficient bridge inspections, and it would help governments prioritize their repair and rehab projects. The sensors also can measure how the bridge responds to traffic in real time and use that data to calculate the weight of big rigs, eventually helping police overweight trucks.
July 28, 2014



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