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Kim Kurtis Named Interim Chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Apr 21, 2017

Dr. Kimberly E. Kurtis will serve as interim chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering effective July 1, 2017. Kurtis has served as the College of Engineering’s associate dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship since April 2014 and has been on the civil engineering faculty since 1999.

“I am delighted that Kim will take on the position of interim chair for CEE,” said Gary S. May, College of Engineering dean and Southern Company Chair. “Kim has shown leadership in developing programs that promote equity, diversity and advancement of faculty as well as having an extremely active and productive research laboratory. I am confident that the School will continue to thrive under her guidance during this transition period.”

Kurtis will officially assume the role July 1 when current school chair Reginald DesRoches leaves to become the dean of engineering at Rice University. She’ll continue in the role until a new chair is named.

“Reggie's outstanding leadership and many accomplishments during his tenure as chair have continued to elevate the stature of the School, which has been recognized as among the very best in the country,” Kurtis said.  “It is truly my honor to serve as interim chair of CEE during this period when the School embarks on a national search for a permanent chair.”

Kurtis earned her bachelor’s in civil engineering from Tulane University under a Dean’s Honor Scholarship and her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a Henry Hilp Fellow and a National Science Foundation Fellow.  

Kurtis’s innovative research on the multi-scale structure and performance of cement-based materials has resulted in more than 150 refereed technical publications and three U.S. patents. In addition to her technical and educational contributions to professional service organizations, she has held two leadership positions central to advancing science-based research on cement-based materials: chairman of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 236: Materials Science of Concrete (2006-present) and chair of the American Ceramic Society’s Cements Division (2008-2009). Kurtis has served as associate editor of ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering and as an editorial board member of Cement and Concrete Composites and Cement and Concrete Research. After six years on ACI's Educational Activities Committee (EAC), she is currently serving on ACI's 12-member Technical Activities Committee, which oversees development of ACI standards, technical committee activities, and technical content presented at ACI conventions and in archival publications.

Kurtis has been honored with ACI’s Walter P. Moore Jr. Faculty Achievement Award (2005), ACI’s Del Bloem Award for Service (2013), Georgia Tech’s Outstanding Senior Undergraduate Research Mentor Award (2013), the ACI James Instruments Award for Research on Non-Destructive Evaluation of Concrete (2008), and the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize (2013). Kurtis is a fellow of the American Concrete Institute and the American Ceramics Society.

Search Committee Named

Dr. Naresh Thadhani, Chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering, will chair the search committee tasked with finding a permanent chair. The following individuals have agreed to serve:

Chloe Arson – CEE 
Molly Croft – COE Development 
Hermann Fritz - CEE 
Kevin Haas – CEE 
Bill Higginbotham – CEE Advisory Board 
Ching-Hua Huang – CEE 
Scott Marble – School of Architecture 
Glaucio Paulino - CEE 
Atiyya Shaw - CEE Graduate Student 
Robert Simon – CEE Staff
Iris Tien – CEE
Sean Tyndale – CEE Undergraduate Student 
Kari Watkins  –  CEE

This will be an international search. The committee will begin its activities immediately. The goal is to identify a candidate who can assume the position no later than July 1, 2018.