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Tovey Appointed the David M. McKenney Family Professorship

Professor Craig Tovey has been appointed the David M. McKenney Family Professorship in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISyE) for a three year term, beginning January 1, 2013. The David M. McKenney Family Professorship was created by David McKenney (BS Physics 1960, B IE 1964) and is designed to enhance ISyE’s ability to “attract and retain eminent teacher-scholars to this position of academic leadership in the field of sustainability, energy, and environmental initiatives.” 

Computing Students Develop 'Bin There' Recycling App

This semester, a group of students in the College of Comuting worked with Tech's Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling (OSWM&R) to develop a recycling app for Georgia Tech. Kyle Kukshtel, Madhura Bhave and Clay Garrett created “Bin There” as part of their senior design course Computing for Good. 


Tell us about the project you are working on and what the goals are. 

Booth Registration Open for 2013 Earth Day

The 2013 Earth Day celebration planning is already underway, and registration is now open for organizations and companies to sign up for booths.

Participants should focus their efforts on the theme "TECH for a Greener Future" and can request a booth slot at The event will take place Friday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sustainability Staff Answers Student Questions at Fall Forum

Around 80 people attended the first Student Government Association Sustainability Forum last month, getting answers from staff members to questions they had about sustainability issues on campus.

Read about the forum and news from sustainability student groups and research projects in the November/December issue of Up With the Green and Gold (download pdf at right).

Gulf of Mexico Clean-Up Makes 2010 Spill 52-Times More Toxic

If the 4.9 million barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deep Water Horizon spill was a ecological disaster, the two million gallons of dispersant used to clean it up apparently made it even worse – 52-times more toxic. That’s according to new research from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes (UAA), Mexico.

Georgia Tech Collaborates with GE, Ford on Alternative Fuel Vehicle Research

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering with GE and Ford Motor Co. to study ways to add greater efficiencies to electric driving and charging performance.

GE recently announced its plans to purchase 2,000 new Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids for its fleet. As part of the collaboration, Ford will jointly market GE’s alternative fuel infrastructure solutions to commercial customers and provide new alternative fuel vehicles for use at GE’s Vehicle Innovation Center

Helpful Hints for Healthy Holiday Eating

The average person consumes about 4,000 calories on Thanksgiving, two times the amount that an average person needs. And that’s just the start of a holiday season full of parties, dinners and get-togethers.

Georgia Tech Awarded $9.4M to Develop Energy Technology Solutions

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have been awarded three grants totaling more than $9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to develop energy technology solutions.

The three new awards are for projects involving solar fuel generation, power generation from vortices of solar heated air and energy storage.

Up the Hill

David Young, IM 63, has spent three decades cleaning up an abandoned historic cemetery in Chattanooga, Tenn. He works almost entirely alone, without help or publicity. He knows the work will outlive him—and he fears it will be what kills him. What keeps him going?

Recycled Tires Used to Build ‘Earthship’

Steven Van Ginkel, a research engineer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was walking his dog along Peachtree Creek in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood when he saw abandoned tires stuck in a sandbar. While some might have seen pollution, Van Ginkel saw building materials.