Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series

Bonaparte: CEE students must be leaders in climate change solutions

Rudy Bonaparte knows one thing for sure: Earth’s atmosphere is warming, and civil and environmental engineers will lead the way toward mitigating the damage and adapting our infrastructure to the effects of climate change.

Friday, March 4, 2022

Values-based Leadership: Blake Peck Shares the Importance of Building the Right Culture for Your Business

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More than 30 years after founding construction management firm MBP, Blake Peck, MS CE 78, is confident that its success is thanks to the strong values he and his team have lived by over the years.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

DesRoches Shares the 10 C’s of Academic Leadership in Hyatt Lecture

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In more than 30 years in academia, Reginald DesRoches has learned a lot about leadership.

As the provost of Rice University, he is the chief academic officer—a role that’s often an arbiter between the interests of a university’s faculty and administration.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Stay Humble, Stay Curious: Stacie Sire Shares Learnings from Career Journey

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Stacy Sire, CE 96, loves her job as director of structures engineering at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Over 23 years, she has risen through the ranks at Boeing Commercial Airplanes and achieved a lot as both an engineer and an executive. But she’s quick to credit her mentors, role models, peers and professors for helping her succeed along the way.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Building a Career at the Intersection of Engineering and Entrepreneurship

Bill Higginbotham presents at the Hyatt Lecture on Feb. 6.

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.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

John Huff Shares Advice for Leadership and Life

John Huff, CE 68, delivered the fall 2019 lecture in the Kenneth Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series Oct. 3. (Photo: Amelia Neumeister)

In three decades of leadership, John Huff, CE 68, has helped Oceaneering International Inc. become the premier organization in underwater technologies. He grew the business from a small diving company to a highly successful corporation with pioneering technologies that have been used to explore deep ocean basins and outer space. He has achieved a lot in the business world, and he says that understanding people is a key to leadership and success.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Hyatt speaker Wassim Selman offers his one key factor for success: Always keep people in the equation

Wassim Selman, a triple alumnus of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, delivered the fall 2018 lecture in the Kenneth Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series Oct. 2. Selman focused on the importance of keeping people in the equation — and even presented his own equation for how to do that. (Photo: Qiusen Huang)

Hyatt speaker Wassim Selman did a little bit of time traveling in his presentation to School of Civil and Environmental Engineering students, faculty and alumni Oct. 2.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Ethics, trust, taking care of your people some of fall Hyatt speaker Andy Phelps’ key traits for leaders

Andy Phelps delivers the fall 2017 lecture for the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series. (Photo by Zonglin "Jack" Li)

Leadership is complicated — “squishy,” even — but the principles are simple, according to the fall 2017 Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker. The hard part is applying those principles effectively.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

In Hyatt lecture, Shank says leadership is about connection, not isolation

Suzanne Shank delivers the spring 2017 lecture for the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Kenneth Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series. (Photo: Zonglin "Jack" Li)

Suzanne Shank still keeps two textbooks on her bookshelf from her days as a civil engineering undergrad at Georgia Tech. From her classes on differential equations and mechanics of deformable bodies, those two books remind her of a key lesson she learned in those days: “I was much stronger when I reached out and relied on the support of my peers. I realized I could only go so far on my own.”

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


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