FLASHBACK: From civil engineering to shrimp farming

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


The cover of the issue featuring civil engineering graduate Marty Williams. (Photos Courtesy of Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine.)

Marty Williams built a career as a successful homebuilder in Tampa after he graduated from Georgia Tech.

Not too unusual for a School of Civil and Environmental Engineering alumnus.

His next step, though? That would qualify as unusual.

At the request of his father-in-law, Williams, B.S. 1984, joined the family shrimping business in 1996. And, actually, he’s been able to apply quite a bit of his engineering knowledge there.

“For 60 years, the company had been all wild-caught shrimp. My father-in-law decided we should diversify and get into aquaculture — shrimp farming," Williams told the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine in 2009. “There was a lot of construction involved in building the shrimp farm and building a processing plant. I remember telling my father-in-law, ‘Look, that's my background, let me head up the engineering and construction work, ‘cause that's what I do.’”

Read more of Williams’ unusual story from Kimberly Link-Wills in the Alumni Magazine.