Georgia Tech alumnus K.P. Reddy will help engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti spin off five new companies from its in-house startup accelerator in 2017. The firm announced a partnership Dec. 16 with The Combine, which Reddy co-founded to bridge the gap between startup and stand-alone company.
The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s alumni advisory board has installed six new members, adding experience in finance law, social media, airport operations, and real-estate development as well as engineering. The new members of the External Advisory Board graduated from the late 1970s to the 2000s and join two dozen other alumni who help guide the School’s leadership on everything from academics to fundraising.
Emmy Montanye brought practical advice by the bucket-load to the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series Sept. 20. She used lessons from her experiences to offer students a guide to turning their engineering education into a fruitful career, sharing what she called five “buckets” of skills she’s picked up through her career paired with a practical example. Ultimately, they all came down to one thing: relationships.
When Habib Fathi was studying for his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Georgia Tech, he was at a professional crossroads, debating which path to take. One obvious path: go the route of academia to continue his research and teach. The other path — arguably more risky — meant venturing out as an entrepreneur and forming a company based on his years of work and study of 3-D computer modeling and building construction.
What does it mean to be a leader? We asked some of our most-successful alumni and a few of our faculty members to answer that question and to put leadership in the context of our work as civil and environmental engineers.
U.S. Army Col. Tom Rickard has taken over as the commander of Fort George G. Meade in Maryland. Rickard, who earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Georgia Tech in 1990, replaced Col. Brian Foley August 4.
After 30 years in business, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering alumnus Jim Hamilton merged his 15-person engineering firm in Alpharetta with the considerably larger Kimley-Horn and Associates. Three years later, that deal is among those providing a roadmap for successful mergers and acquisitions in the issue of Engineering Georgia magazine that’s just arrived in mailboxes.
John Kelley finished his civil engineering degree in 1992 and went right to work helping real estate developers with the engineering piece of their plans. It wasn’t long, however, before Kelley realized he wanted to be more deeply involved in these projects, to “touch all the pieces,” as he says.
This summer is a history-making one for baseball in Atlanta. It’s the last of the hometown Braves’ two-decade run in Turner Field. By next season, the team will have moved a few miles north to Cobb County. Some School of Civil and Environmental Engineering alumni have had a direct hand in this new legacy under construction.