As graduate students, we put in many hours of time together training to be environmental researchers. Like many early career researchers, we were motivated by the possibilities environmental science and engineering offers to make meaningful societal impacts. Now advancing our careers at different institutions, we have found that in order to achieve this goal we must often be more than good researchers.
As a scientist, opinion leader, and advocate, Gretchen Goldman is dedicated to advancing the use of science in policy decisions to benefit the public good. In her unique role at the intersection of science, policy, advocacy, and mass media communication, Goldman testifies before Congress, appears on major news networks such as CNN and NPR, and lectures around the country.
Jacob Tzegaegbe, CE 11, MS CE 13, was selected to be part of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association’s first 40 Under 40 list. The honorees were selected from more than 250 individuals nominated by colleagues, peers, and Georgia Tech faculty this April.
When it comes to leadership, Bill Higginbotham, CE 76, has learned many valuable lessons from the 13 businesses he’s founded over the course of his long and successful career. Actually, that number only includes his “real” businesses—in geotechnical consulting, energy and environmental management, construction, venture capital and more. But Higginbotham is a natural entrepreneur who has started businesses over the course of his life doing everything from cleaning pools to landscaping to buying and selling vintage sports cars.