Good morning from Atlanta, Georgia, and good evening from Beijing, China! Over the next few days, we'll visit Beijing's famous Bird's Nest, The Great Wall, and The Forbidden City. Before we start exploring, we wanted to share a little about the team.
Donald Smith Major: Civil Engineering Focus: Structures/Fluid Mechanics Year: Undergraduate 4th year Fun Facts: I'm a structural engineering intern with Patrick Marshal & Associates (PM&A). China & Japan will the 15th & 16th countries I’ve visited outside of the U.S.
“I wonder if TSA will let me bring the Cone Penetrometer in my carry on.”
Lieutenant Kieron McCarthy Major: Civil Engineering Year: Current Graduate Student (Bachelor's from United States Coast Guard Academy) Occupation: Officer, United States Coast Guard Hometown: Upper Lake, California Fun facts: My focus at Georgia Tech has been geotechnical engineering in the fields of sustainability and earthquakes. I have been in the Coast Guard for three years in enforcement and port security as team leader and project officer. I love to see new things and take the road less traveled. This will be my first trip to Asia and I'm excited to have the opportunity to learn eastern culture and history.
Raghav Srinath Major: Industrial Engineering Year: GRADUATED UNDERGRAD WOOHOO (finished my 4th year…and a summer). Fun fact: I almost missed my flight for this trip because of 4 gate changes.
Ramiro Santana Major: Civil Engineering Year: Undergraduate 4th year Hometown: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico Fun fact: I did not tell my parents that I went bungee jumping until after I did it.
August 1-13, 2016, four CEEatGT students will travel to China and Japan with Elizabeth and Bill Higginbotham Professor J. David Frost as part of their International Disaster Reconnaissance Studies course. Follow along here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as the group learns a variety of reconnaissance methods and explores Beijing, Chengdu and Tokyo.
As summer classes wrap up and we prepare for finals, Professor Frost took us down to witness the construction of a wall being built on the Georgia Tech campus. With all the technology, machinery, and options that we have in the 21st century, the construction of a retaining wall could take a year to construct from conception to completion. The magnitude of the Great Wall fortress will not only dwarf this simple retaining wall, but the amount of time, labor, and resources that went into it are hard to even speculate. With this in mind we grabbed a quick photo of the team with the wall. Maybe there will be some similarities in construction between the two walls. However, I don’t foresee a challenge in finding the differences in magnitude and cultural drivers for their purposes.