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

Prof Susan Burns

Susan E. Burns, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE is Professor 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. (1990), M.S. Civil Engineering (geotechnical) (1996), M.S. Environmental Engineering (1996), and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (1997), all from Georgia Tech. Dr. Burns’ research focuses on applications in geoenvironmental engineering, with particular emphasis on the beneficial use of waste materials including dredged sediments, fly ash, and biomass fly ash; treatment of highway stormwater runoff using engineered materials; erosion control of soils on highway rights-of-way; and interfacial behavior of organic- and inorganic-coated soils. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and was named the 2020 Engineer of the Year by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers.

Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Chair for Administration and Finance, 2019-present
Georgia Power Distinguished Professor, 2013-2018
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs, 2013-2018
Professor, 2010-present
Associate Professor, 2004-2010

University of Virginia
Department of Civil Engineering
Associate Professor, 2003-2004
Assistant Professor, 1997-2003

Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, 1992-1997

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

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION
Registered Professional Engineer, 032847
Commonwealth of Virginia

PUBLICATIONS
Google Scholar Profile

SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS
2020 Engineer of the Year, Georgia Society of Professional Engineers, NSPE-GA 2020
GT Inclusive Leaders Academy, 2020 cohort
Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award 2017
Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award 2016
GT Provost’s Emerging Leaders Program, Georgia Institute of Technology 2016-2017
CEE Senior Faculty Teaching Award, Georgia Institute of Technology 2015
Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award 2014
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
CEE Appreciation Award, Georgia Institute of Technology 2012
Class of 1934 Teaching Effectiveness Award 2012
Class of 1969 Teaching Scholar, Georgia Institute of Technology 2009-2010
President, US Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research 2005-2007
Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology 2005-2006
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
University Teaching Fellow, University of Virginia 1999-2000
David Harrison III Award for Undergraduate Advising, University of Virginia 1999

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

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, African Americans, Latinx). Diversity and inclusion are core values in my group.