Professor Susan E. Burns, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Burns Headshot 2021Susan E. Burns, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE is the Dwight H. Evans Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Chair for Administration and Finance in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Burns earned a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering B.C.E. (’90), M.S. Civil Engineering (geotechnical) (’96), M.S. Environmental Engineering (’96), and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (’97), all from Georgia Tech. Dr. Burns’ research focuses on applications in geoenvironmental engineering including sustainability and beneficial use of waste materials; erosion, infiltration, and stormwater treatment on roadway rights-of-way; bio-mediated ground improvement; and fundamental chemical and engineering behavior of soils. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, was named the 2020 Engineer of the Year by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers, and received the 2021 Class of 1940 W. Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award from Georgia Tech. (Burns Bio: Long)

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dwight H. Evans Professor, 2022 – present
Associate Chair for Administration and Finance, 2018-present
Georgia Power Distinguished Professor, 2013-2018
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs, 2013-2018
Professor, 2010-present
Associate Professor, 2004-2010
Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, 1992-1997

University of Virginia
Department of Civil Engineering

Associate Professor, 2003-2004
Assistant Professor, 1997-2003

Walton County Water and Sewerage Authority

Staff Engineer 1991-1992

EDUCATION
Georgia Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Geotechnical) Minor: Aqueous Geochemistry, 1997
M.S., Environmental Engineering, 1996
M.S., Civil Engineering (Geotechnical), 1996
B., Civil Engineering, 1990

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION
Registered Professional Engineer, 032847
Commonwealth of Virginia

PUBLICATIONS
Google Scholar Profile

SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS
Fellow, Georgia Tech Faculty Executive Leadership Academy, 2022-2023
Class of 1940 W. Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award, Georgia Tech, 2021
2020 Engineer of the Year, Georgia Society of Professional Engineers, NSPE-GA
CEE Appreciation Award, Georgia Institute of Technology (’12, ’20)
Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award (’14, ’16, ’17)
GT Provost’s Emerging Leaders Program, Georgia Institute of Technology, 16-17 cohort
CEE Senior Faculty Teaching Award, Georgia Institute of Technology 2015
Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers Elected, 2013
Georgia Power Distinguished Professor, CEE, Georgia Institute of Technology 2013-2018
CEE Interdisciplinary Research Award, Georgia Institute of Technology 2013
Class of 1934 Teaching Effectiveness Award 2012
Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award, University of Virginia 2001
Outstanding Faculty Advisor, American Society of Civil Engineers 2001
CAREER Development Award, National Science Foundation 2000-2004
Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni, Georgia Institute of Technology 2000
Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award, ASCE 2000
David Harrison III Award for Undergraduate Advising, University of Virginia 1999

SERVICE
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Service
Committee on Corrosion of Buried Steel at New and In-Service Infrastructure 2020-2022
Committee to Assess Performance of Engineered Waste Containment Barriers 2005-2007
Standing Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering 2002-2005

Accreditation and Assessment Reports
Academic Program Review, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 120 pages, August, 2021.
ABET Self Study for BS Civil Engineering Degree, 317 pages, July, 2014.
ABET Self Study for BS Environmental Engineering Degree, 317 pages, July, 2014.

TEACHING, MENTORING, AND DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ACTIVITIES AND OUTREACH
I actively work to promote underrepresented minorities within engineering, and roughly half of my PhD and MS students have come from underrepresented groups in engineering (women, BIPOC, Latinx). Diversity and inclusion are core values in my group, and I have been a member of multiple development programs:

Diversity and Inclusion Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2021-2022
GT Inclusive Leaders Academy, 2020 cohort
Class of 1969 Teaching Scholar, Georgia Institute of Technology 2009-2010
Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology 2005-2006
University Teaching Fellow, University of Virginia 1999-2000