Sheng Dai arrived in Atlanta just a week before classes began for the fall 2015 semester, and it was really a homecoming of sorts. Dai is the newest faculty member in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, arriving after two years at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. But before that, he spent half a decade in the School, earning his doctorate in civil engineering. He finished in 2013.
A team of scientists led by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Hermann Fritz has just returned from a four-day reconnaissance mission in South Carolina assessing damage after record-breaking rainfall flooded large swaths of the state. They found several of the dams they inspected failed before they were overtopped by water.
Later this month, some of the brightest young minds in engineering gather in Irvine, California, to talk about the best new approaches to engineering education. The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Chloe Arson is among the select group of early career faculty members invited to the Frontiers of Engineering Education meeting.
Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy influences students in her Georgia Tech classes every day when it comes to sustainability and development in the developing world. She took that even further Oct. 2 as one of the main speakers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever International Youth Environmental Symposium in Atlanta.
Joe Brown is headed to Japan Oct. 4 at the invitation of a select group of leaders in science and technology. He’s joining a small handful of “young leaders” from the United States at the STS forum 2015, a gathering of scholars, policy makers, and business leaders to talk about, as organizers put it, “the new types of problems stemming from the application of science and technology” in our society.
Some of the world’s brightest scholars gather in Saudi Arabia in December to talk about the latest advances in sensing technologies and networks. The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Iris Tien has been invited to join them.
Bill Daniel and Jon Drysdale have been tag-teaming the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Geomatics course for nearly two decades, bringing a healthy dose of reality and years of experiences won during careers that have literally spanned the globe. Yet many people in the School have never seen or met the two men.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Iris Tien $499,920 for a three-year project that will develop new computer models of infrastructure systems and the connections between them. The idea is to create a model that can be used for any infrastructure system — water, power, transportation, or communications, for example — and takes into account each component of the system as well as how the system interacts with other infrastructure.
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo have developed a new “zippered tube” configuration that makes paper structures stiff enough to hold weight yet able to fold flat for easy shipping and storage. Their method could be applied to other thin materials, such as plastic or metal, to transform structures ranging from furniture and buildings to microscopic robots.