The Class of 1934 Distinguished Professor Award recognizes outstanding achievement in teaching, research, and service. It is the highest honor given to a Georgia Tech professor. Created in 1984 by the Class of 1934 in observance of its 50th reunion, the award is presented to an active professor who has made significant, long-term contributions — contributions that have brought widespread recognition to the professor, to their school, and to the Institute. The award includes a stipend of $20,000.

Over the past five years, Georgia Tech has strengthened its commitment to inclusive excellence by enrolling record numbers of undergraduate students from around the state, nation, and world.

Growing up as a first-generation U.S. citizen, Mario Lopez always knew he wanted to attend college and become an engineer. His family had immigrated to East Dublin, Georgia from Mexico in 1998, and, despite living in a rural town where career options were somewhat limited and pressures to learn a trade were strong, his aspirations to attend Georgia Tech — his dream school — never waned.   

Jayla Lett has been fascinated with airplanes ever since she can remember. Growing up, she loved to travel and watch airplanes fly through the sky, and she knew that, one day, she wanted to have a career in aviation.

“When traveling as a kid, I loved visiting the cockpit of airplanes,” she recalls. “To this day, I still get butterflies when I see planes fly through the sky.”

Move-In, Convocation, and Bicycle Research

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