Snellville native and Georgia Tech favorite son, Jacob Tzegaegbe, MSCE '13, left the Institute this summer to pursue his doctoral studies in civil engineering as a Marshall Scholar. The prestigious scholarship is bestowed annually to intellectually distinguished students from the United States who are pursuing post-secondary education in England. Jacob was the only Georgia Tech student to be chosen for the scholarship this year.
In October of this year, Tzegaebe left the United States to begin his doctoral studies at University College London. The scholarship will pay for all education-related expenses during his two years in London.
In May of this year, Tzegaebe moved many students, faculty and families with this moving commencement speech.
Tzegaegbe completed his master's degree at Georgia Tech this spring. His thesis, “Regulating the Informal Transit Sector in post-BRT African Cities" is a continuation of the research that he began as an undergraduate through the President’s Undergraduate Research Award (PURA).
"The topic for my doctorate is undecided at this point, but will likely focus on evaluating best practices in context-sensitive design for major transportation infrastructure projects in developing countries,” he said. “My hope is to work with professors in the Bartlett School of Planning to learn more about how to plan infrastructure in developing countries."
Tzegaebe was a stand-out at Georgia Tech where his athletic abilities, community activism and intellectual prowess have earned him a reputation as a model student. Named Mr. Georgia Tech at the 2011 Homecoming Game, Tzegaegbe has won numerous awards for leadership, including the 2011 NSBE Distinguished Engineer of the Year, the 2011 ODK National Leader of the Year, and the 2011 Alpha Phi Alpha Regional Leader of the Year. He has been named an Academic All-American Diver and was a two-year letterman on the Division I Georgia Tech Swimming and Diving Team. Prior to winning the Marshall Scholarship, Tzegaegbe received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.
“We are proud but we cannot be surprised by this honor,” said his mentor, Dr. Reginald DesRoches, the Karen and John Huff Chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “Even among the very brightest students who come to Georgia Tech, Jacob is a stand-out. He is academically focused and driven, and is quite aware of the larger implications of his work. Moreover, he is committed to serving the Georgia Tech and Atlanta community through his numerous service activities”