Georgia Tech Announces New Vice President for Infrastructure and Sustainability

Maria Cimilluca has been named vice president for Infrastructure and Sustainability after a nationwide search.
Maria Cimilluca has been named vice president for Infrastructure and Sustainability after a nationwide search and will join Georgia Tech beginning Jan. 17, 2022.

Maria Cimilluca has been named vice president for Infrastructure and Sustainability after a nationwide search and will join Georgia Tech beginning Jan. 17, 2022.

The Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Maria Cimilluca as the inaugural vice president for Infrastructure and Sustainability (I&S). Under Cimilluca’s leadership, the newly created unit will continue to evolve and improve Georgia Tech’s physical environment that spans more than 400 acres in midtown Atlanta. This role is responsible for leading the Institute’s campus sustainability plans as well as the design, planning, and operations of the campus infrastructure.

Cimilluca joins the Institute from Northeastern University, where she serves as the vice president for Facilities Management. She brings nearly 27 years of experience managing large scale campus operations, navigating complex capital projects, and leading strategic and master planning efforts for research institutes in higher education. In particular, she is a strong environmental advocate with an abundance of experience and passion for energy management, carbon reduction, resiliency, and sustainability.

“This inaugural leadership role for Infrastructure and Sustainability presents an opportunity to bridge Georgia Tech’s academic and research expertise with our operational talent and resources in facilities and sustainability,” said Kelly Fox, executive vice president for Administration and Finance. “By making these connections, Georgia Tech can become a world leader in utilizing sustainable practices to develop healthy, safe, and innovative spaces for the entire campus community to learn, work, and play.”

Cimilluca will join Georgia Tech beginning Jan. 17, 2022, and will report directly to Fox. Offices reporting to Cimilluca include Design and Construction, Capital Planning and Space Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Sustainability and Building Operations, Fleet and Landscape Services, Building Engineering and Energy Strategies, Utilities Maintenance, Staging, Building Services, Recycling and Waste Management, Area Maintenance, and Keys and Locks, as well as several administrative support departments. 

“It is an honor to be selected for this position leading the Infrastructure and Sustainability team.” Cimilluca said. “I will draw upon the experience, knowledge, and skills I have acquired during my career, and look forward to working across the Institute to engage the campus community and guide the development of the Campus Master Plan.”

Nazia Zakir, interim vice president for I&S, will assume a new leadership role in I&S. “I am so grateful to Nazia for her leadership during the past 12 months,” Fox said. “It has been a transitional time for the organization — especially in the midst of a pandemic — and her steady leadership helped the team focus on strategic priorities and chart a course forward.”