In January, Qifan Nie and Dr. Graettinger traveled to Washington, D.C. to present at the TRB conference. Qifan presented on "A Social Media-Machine Learning Approach to Detect Public Perception of Transportation Systems." This work is collaborated with a computer science professor, Dr. Aibek Musaev, and his graduate student, PJ. Dr. Graettinger presented on the progress of the Recycled Material Web Map and the new rating system that has been implemented.
Dr. Andrew Graettinger and Qifan Nie at the TRB conference in D.C.
Qifan Nie presenting at the conference.
On September 13-14, Sarah Butler, Brittany Jamison, and Rachel Vandermus traveled down to Dauphin Island, AL to collect hurricane damage images from Hurricane Gordon. The group attached a 360 Fly camera to the roof of the car and collected video imagery of every house on the island. These videos were later extracted and converted to equirectangular videos. While on the island, the group also collected various types of tar balls that washed up on the shore to bring back to Dr. Clement for further analysis.
Sarah Butler attaching the 360 Fly Camera on the roof of the car.
Sarah Butler, Brittany Jamison, and Rachel Vandermus pictured with the tar balls found on Dauphin Island.
And example of damage to a house from Hurricane Gordon.
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