Spring 2017 Update from Georgia Tech's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Liquid Assets: Tech researchers are helping solve the world’s water problems

From providing clean water to managing water resources, CEEatGT researchers are working to help us understand and solve some of the world’s most difficult water problems. Take a deep dive into the work of Rafael Bras, Joe Brown, John Crittenden and Aris Georgakakos and look into our planet’s water future.

Suzanne Shank delivers the spring 2017 lecture for the Kenneth Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series. Shank is chairwoman, CEO and co-founder of Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., a $2 trillion municipal bond and corporate financing firm. (Photo: Zonglin "Jack" Li)
Suzanne Shank: Leadership is connection, not isolation
Howard T. Tellepsen Chair Armistead "Ted" Russell (Photo: Justen Clay/Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine)
Building healthier cities: 10 questions with Ted Russell
K.P. Reddy, co-founder of The Combine and a 1994 civil engineering graduate. (Photo: The Combine)
Alumnus KP Reddy tapped to commercialize
5 startups
Headphones and a sound board before a recording for the first edition of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's new "Field Notes" podcast. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)
New podcast debuts with insider help for future students
2017 CEEatGT alumni trip to Chicago, April 28-30, 2017.
Joe Brown and undergrad Valeria Hernandez discuss some of the field samples the students collected in Bolivia in 2016. The group traveled as part of Brown’s Environmental Technology in the Developing World course. Some of the work they did served as pilot data for Brown’s newly funded Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation. (Photo Courtesy: Environmental Technology in the Developing World Class)

Danger in the air? Brown wins NSF CAREER grant to find out

Researchers know that people are less healthy in communities lacking effective sanitation because they have contaminated water, poor hygiene, or direct contact with raw sewage. But what if something else is at work too? What if the pathogens making people sick are also flying through the air, turned into bioaerosols around open sewers and overflowing latrines? Joe Brown has won an Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation to study the microbial risks at the interface between air and water.
Arjun Bir talks about low-cost water tests at UNICEF in Bolivia. (Photo Courtesy: Arjun Bir)

Bir wins 2017 Buchberg Scholarship from SGH

Arjun Bir was the fourth recipient of the Buchberg Scholarship from engineering firm SGH this month. The annual award recognizes a CEEatGT student who balances academics with involvement and service outside the classroom. Bir, a civil engineering junior, founded a group in his native India to improve local schools and raise money for scholarships. At Tech, he’s been working on water quality testing.
Junior Maimuna Jallow at the Lake of Love in Bruges, Belgium. Jallow studied at Georgia Tech-Lorraine in the fall with help from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Joe S. Mundy Global Learning Endowment. (Photo Courtesy: Maimuna Jallow)

Jallow’s semester abroad reveals a diverse Europe and new career interests

Junior Maimuna Jallow’s fall semester at Georgia Tech-Lorraine showed her a wholly different Europe than she expected, taught her self-reliance, and revealed a new potential career interest. It also demonstrated the inherent similarities of all people around the world. Jallow called the semester abroad “life changing.”
Marc and Kate Sanborn are working on doctorates in civil engineering with Lauren Stewart. The couple, married since 2012, are majors in the U.S. Army and need advanced degrees to continue their careers teaching at the U.S. Military Academy. (Photo: Missy Jurick)

Balancing military service, marriage, grad school: Two Army majors pick Tech to advance their careers

They’ve built successful military careers. A marriage too. Now Marc and Kate Sanborn are building the next phase of their life together as civil engineering Ph.D. students, earning credentials that will let them return to teaching at the U.S. Military Academy and advance. The couple said part of what attracted them to Georgia Tech was the broad civil engineering program, which meant they could both attend but work in different areas.
A group of Georgia Tech and Georgia Department of Transportation researchers after they received an AASHTO Sweet Sixteen award from DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry Dec. 8. Their work on corrosion-resistant concrete piles for marine environments has been used on bridges in Georgia and is being tested for use in nearby states.

New corrosion-resistant concrete reinforcement wins AASHTO award for extending lives of coastal bridges

A team of Georgia Tech and Georgia Department of Transportation researchers developed a new steel to reinforce concrete bridge piles after coastal bridges started to deteriorate too quickly. The result was the first-ever high-strength stainless steel prestressing strand made of a duplex stainless alloy. It resists corrosion and lasts well beyond the bridges' 100-year lifespan. Their work won them a Sweet 16 award from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials for the year's best projects.
Georgia Power Distinguished Professor Susan Burns

Burns honored as one of Tech’s most effective teachers

For the second time in three years, Susan Burns has received Georgia Tech’s teaching effectiveness award. The prize goes to faculty members whose students rate them at least 4.9 out of 5 on course surveys. Only 40 instructors across campus win the award.
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