Georgia-grown grads: Sanders celebrates two graduations, two degrees

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Austin Sanders, who graduates from Georgia Tech with his bachelor's in civil engineering May 5. (Photo: Allison Carter)
 

By Victor Rogers, Georgia Tech News Center

After graduating from Georgia Tech, Austin Sanders will graduate again one week later. He is part of the dual-degree program between Georgia Tech and Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. He is graduating with honors from both universities, with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tech, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from GCSU.

“I’m glad the scheduling worked out so I can participate in both ceremonies,” said Sanders, who is looking forward to hearing his name called with the honors distinction. “It has been a long five years.”

Sanders grew up as a University of Georgia fan in Elberton, Georgia, about 45 minutes east of Athens near the South Carolina border.

He started college at GCSU and went there for three years before transferring to Tech. At Tech, he was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers student organization. He also was a member of Chi Epsilon, Gamma Beta Phi, and Tau Beta Pi honor societies.

“I always had an interest in buildings. I also like the idea of working with bridges or road work design. So, civil engineering was the field to go into.”

– Austin Sanders, who graduates May 5 with his bachelor's in civil engineering

Sanders worked as an undergraduate research assistant in Hermann Fritz’s research group, helping design prototypes for scaled tsunami modeling. A few weeks ago, he received the School Chair’s Outstanding Senior Award in Civil Engineering.

His civil engineering classes have focused on structures.

“I always had an interest in buildings,” Sanders said. “I also like the idea of working with bridges or road work design. So, civil engineering was the field to go into.”

He plans to work as a structural engineer for a company in metro Atlanta, and he would like to become licensed as a professional engineer. He also wants to return to Tech to earn a master’s degree.

His mom and dad will join him in Atlanta to celebrate Commencement.

Meet other Tech students born and raised in Georgia who will celebrate their graduation this spring.