Catherine Ross last saw Harry West hard at work two weeks ago.

Ross, Georgia Tech’s director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, said West, a former longtime Atlanta Regional Commission executive director and now Tech professor, was determined to continue “moving mountains and regions” when it came to regional planning despite battling an illness.

“He just had a work ethic that was not comparable to any that I’ve ever observed,” said Ross, who called West a mentor, friend and sometime therapist.

U.S. DOT has awarded Eisenhower Fellowships to two Georgia Tech transportation planners. Graduate students Carly Queen and Peter Hylton were selected as recipients of Dwight Eisenhower Graduate Fellowships, which enable students to pursue master's degrees or doctorates at the school of their choice.

Dr. Catherine Ross, director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development and professor of City and Regional Planning, Dr. Nisha Botchwey, associate professor of City and Regional Planning, and Maria Orenstein of Habitat Health Impact Consulting, have co-authored a new book entitled “Health Impact Assessment in the United States.” 

This year's awards went to: Brian Stone (Outstanding Faculty), Jon Sanford (Outstanding Reseach and Scholarship), Jennifer DuBose (Outstanding Research Faculty), Robin Tucker (Outstanding Staff). The College's Research, Scholarship and Awards committee selects the winners based on nominations they receive throughout the year.

Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture dean’s chair will bear the name of one of Georgia Tech’s most distinguished graduates, renowned architect John C. Portman Jr., ARCH 1950, Honorary Ph.D. 2012. Dean Steven P. French will be the first to hold the chair. “The Portman Dean’s Chair is transformative,” said French. “It is absolutely indispensable to reaching our strategic goals, but it also serves as an inspirational legacy to generations of architects in the Georgia Tech community.”