On August 30, 2018, the GIS group at Dr. G's house for the annual back-to-school cookout. The night was filled with brats, mac n cheese, and lots of desserts. Some corn hole was played, and the group had a great time all together!
On May 5th, several of our undergraduate students and two of our graduate students graduated at Coleman Coliseum. We are sad to see them go, but we are happy that they are transitioning into further education or the workforce!
Sarah Butler, BSCE cum laude
Katie Mayer, BSCE
Cole Griffith, BSCE cum laude
Emma Clements, BSEnvE summa cum laude
Daniel Conner, BSCE
Sam Spector, BSEnvE cum laude
Dylan Harrington, BSCE
Hannah Loveless, BSEnvE
Grant Phillips, BSEE
Zach Griffin, MSCE
Clint Smith, MSCE
On April 4th, the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering recognized their students at it's annual banquet. The GIS Lab went to support our coworkers and fellow classmates who were recognized with several awards. Those that were recognized in the GIS Lab were:
Emma Clements: Chi Epsilon Inductee; Capstone Engineering Society Environmental Engineering Senior of the Year
Sam Spector: The Engineering Council of Birmingham Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Student of the Year
Clint Smith: Chi Epsilon Inductee
Kate Prindle: Chi Epsilon Inductee; Order of the Engineer Inductee
Sarah Butler: Chi Epsilon Inductee
Katie Mayer: Order of the Engineer Inductee
Dylan Harrington: Order of the Engineer Inductee
Hannah Loveless: Order of the Engineer Inductee
Daniel Conner: Order of the Engineer Inductee
Congratulations to everyone who received awards that night!
On April 7th and 8th, a team of students went to Washington D.C. to present the GIS Enabled Green Infrastructure Design Tool. This team was one of 31 teams nationwide that was able to receive a Phase l grant through the EPA People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) grants program. Team members were chosen based on their skill sets and departmental/research background. Student members of the team included Ashton Greer (Student Lead) , Clint Smith, and Aaron Blackwell from the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering; Miriam Khanam from the Department of Geography; Bingqing Lu from the Geology Department; and Max Livingston from the Department of Computer Sciences and the Center for Advanced Public Safety. Guilherme Brunow Gomes from the Center for Advance Public Safety also attended. Dr. Andrew Graettinger was the Principal Investigator on the project and Dr. Sagy Cohen, Dr. Mark Elliott, and Dr. Robert Pitt were all co-Principal Investigators. Everyone had a great time attending the P3 expo which partnered with the USA Science & Engineering Festival. We hope to be continuing with Phase ll funding in the future!
Over the past week, we have had two projects presented at two different conferences. Clint Smith presented the Long-Term Environmental Monitoring Web Portal (Plume) project at the Water Policy Summit, and Karen Place presented the same project at URCA. Sarah Butler presented the Recycled Materials Web Map: Connecting Consumers to Producers project at URCA as well. They all wanted to thank the respective conferences for allowing them to present their projects!
Ashton Greer and Clint Smith just attended the SEEC Conference in Orange Beach, Alabama where they presented on the Recycled Materials Web Map and GIS-Enabled Hydraulic Infrastructure Design projects. Ashton won first place in student presentations! They enjoyed meeting everyone there, and hearing from all of the great speakers. They especially wanted to thank Alabama SafeState for having the conference and inviting us to come present!
On May 6th, 2017, We had 12 seniors and one Masters student graduate from our research lab. We wish them all the best luck as they continue in their careers and education! We will miss you all so much!
Neal Paschal, MS Civil Engineering
Clint Smith, BS Civil Engineering
Jaime Williams, BS Civil Engineering
Kelsey Shake, BA Communicative Disorders
Zach Griffin, BS Civil Engineering
Bethany Fury, BS Civil Engineering
Shamar Drake, BS Civil Engineering
Lora Jones, BS Civil Engineering
Kaitlyn Lowery, BS Civil Engineering
Sarah Reichel, BS Environmental Engineering
Lauren Wice, BS Environmental Engineering
Nick Gardner, BS Civil Engineering
Steven Griffith Jr., BS Civil Engineering
Our flag football team made it to the semi-finals for the spring, 4v4 season! The team was quick thinking and made great plays including a pick-six in the first season game and multiple interceptions throughout the remaining games.
Qifan Nie, The University of Alabama
I was honored to receive an invitation to the Life Saver’s Conference as a scholarship recipient. While doing research with the Center of Advanced Public Safety under Dr. Randy Smith and Dr. Andrew Graettinger’s guidance, it was my hope to communicate with the people who are doing the similar research like us. Fortunately, this conference gave us a chance to share our research ideas with all other researchers around the world.
The conference itself was one of the best conferences I have ever attended. The valuable information given at the workshops and the opportunity to network and connect with not only students, but professionals in the traffic safety world was amazing. I gained so much knowledge about highway safety from all types of perspectives including the media, government, nonprofits, law, etc. Additionally, I had the opportunity to present my research work as a poster presentation. Most of all, this conference was so much fun! Making new friends, connecting with accomplished individuals, and most importantly, learning so much about traffic safety.
I am extremely honored to have attended this conference. A huge thank you to the Lifesavers Planning Committee and Traffic Safety Scholars program staff. Thank you!