Kari Watkins has a new platform and new resources to use in pushing her vision of sustainable transportation for our communities. Watkins, a well-known face around Atlanta and an assistant professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been named to a new endowed position, the Frederick L. Olmsted Junior Faculty Professorship.
No single solution will be able to untangle one of metro Atlanta’s worst areas for traffic, the Perimeter Center at the top end of Interstate 285. Rather, Associate Professor Michael Hunter suggested to the Sandy Springs Reporter, the area needs a combination of approaches, from public transit and corporate shuttles to multi-use trails and telecommuting.
A lot has been written about how millennials are different. Researchers have suggested that millennials have fundamentally different attitudes, values, perceptions, and preferences than prior generations, and their lifestyles will eventually transform our cities into bastions of sustainable mobility. Well, that’s unlikely to happen after all, according to new research published by a team of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers specializing in transportation systems analysis.
Six Georgia Tech graduate students working to improve the nation’s transportation systems have earned the endorsement of the Federal Highway Administration for their work. They’ve been named to the 2016 class of Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships.
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.
Charles “Wick” Moorman talked about railroads, his experiences at Georgia Tech, and some of the things he learned as he rose to leadership of one of the nation’s five large railroad companies during the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Lecture March 9.
Just more than a year ago, Meg Pirkle took over as the chief engineer at the Georgia Department of Transportation. Pirkle sat down with us late in 2015 to talk more about her 26 years at the agency and share some thoughts about the importance of transportation engineering.