Over the course of 26 years with the Georgia Tech Living History Program, Marilyn Somers interviewed 1,192 alumni including astronauts, captains of industry, and former President Jimmy Carter. Somers was recently honored by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council with the 2021 Award for Excellence in Lifetime Achievement for her unwavering dedication to preserving the history of the Institute.
As a continuation of Georgia Tech’s focus on Living Our Values Every Day (L.O.V.E. GT), the Institute is soliciting feedback on how well we are demonstrating the behaviors and practices set forth by our stated values. Survey input from faculty and staff will help identify the areas within our culture where we are succeeding as well as where there are opportunities for improvement. Students will be surveyed in mid-January.
The Georgia Institute of Technology has named David Bridges vice president of the Enterprise Innovation Institute, effective Dec. 1.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Georgia Tech community has worked together to keep the campus as safe and healthy as possible. Staff from across campus have played a major role in helping Tech move forward through profoundly challenging times. Many of their contributions are visible every day, but many others often go unnoticed. Together, each staff member’s contributions, from departments across the Institute, have enabled Georgia Tech to thrive.
Third-year mechanical engineering student Kiandra Peart has customized over 100 pairs of sneakers in the last five years. She grew up in Queens, New York, with a father as an artist in a home that celebrated creative forms of expression.
While in high school, Peart wanted a different color shoe but couldn’t just buy a new pair – so she decided to paint them herself. Searching the internet for what she could learn, she discovered a world of people who painted sneakers.
After a national search, Ellen M. Bassett has been selected as the John Portman Dean’s Chair of Georgia Tech’s College of Design. Bassett is currently a professor of urban and environmental planning and the associate dean for Research in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. She is also director of the school’s Real Estate Design and Development certificate program.
Years from now when people want to know how certain issues were addressed and policies or laws were made, they will turn to records maintained by historians and archivists. The information captured in the archives will tell the stories. Archivists at the Georgia Tech Library are working to make sure the archives capture a range of voices so that a more complete picture will be available for future generations.
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.
Four faculty members have been selected to participate in the first cohort of the two-year Faculty Executive Leadership Academy (FELA). Those selected include Susan Burns, professor and associate chair for Administration and Finance, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Hang Lu, Love Family Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Pinar Keskinocak, William W. George Chair and professor, H.