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Graduate of Russell High School, East Point, Georgia Co-op student; B. Arch.1947. Tech ROTC; U.S. Navy during World War II. Practicing architect for 47 years; career in private practice, U.S. Public Health Service and with Fulton County. • College of Architecture Development Council. • In 1943 married Naomi Beaton, University of Georgia alumna • Son Robert W. Gibeling, Jr. MGM 1972.
Philanthropic Interests at Georgia Tech: • Long-time Roll Call supporter and member of the Thousand Club. • Funded a charitable remainder trust with real estate. • Established a charitable gift annuity. • Created Robert W. and Naomi B. Gibeling Endowment Fund for support of Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc., College of Architecture, Alexander-Tharpe Fund, Ivan Allen College, and DuPree College of Management.
Notable Quotation: "Early in my career I realized how much my Georgia Tech education meant to me and how it was made possible by the generosity of others. I had the overwhelming desire to do the same for future generations. Our charitable remainder unitrust and charitable gift annuity are win-win situations. Tech's Planned Giving staff was a great help in arranging these gifts." Naomi and Bob Gibeling join 777 other Founders' Council members who have made bequests or life income gifts of at least $25,000 in support of Georgia Tech's future.
For more information on leaving a legacy at Georgia Tech through a bequest or life-income gift, please contact: Office of Development Planned Giving Atlanta, GA 30332-0220 or call (404) 894-4678
G E O R G I A T E G H CLUB PRESENTING T H E GEORGIA T E C H CLUB. The Georgia Tech Alumni and Athletic Associations, along with University Clubs by Melrose, proudly a n n o u n c e t h e development of the Georgia Tech Club. This exclusive club and c o m m u n i t y will cater to the recreational, educational, residential and social needs of Georgia Tech a l u m n i and supporters. Situated on 600 rolling acres just a short drive from Atlanta, t h e Club will feature: 18-hole Rees Jones designed championship golf course * Clubhouse designed by Georgia Tech alumnus Niles Bolton • Stan Smith designed tennis center • Johnson & Johnson managed Lifestyle Center, featuring an extensive health and fitness complex • State-of-the-art golf learning center • Residential village and 25 Founder Cottages The Melrose Company of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina is t h e creator and developer of the Georgia Tech Club. Melrose has built its reputation over fifteen years by developing prestigious golf clubs and residential communities across t h e country. Don't miss the opportunity to be a p a r t of this exciting new chapter in the celebrated history of Georgia Tech. To learn how you can become a m e m b e r of the Georgia Tech Club, please contact the Georgia Tech Membership Sales Office at 404-240-7225 or 800-281-0781.
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Cover: Using his Photomosaicâ„˘ technology, Robert Silvers blended 1,700 images of Georgia Tech women to replicate the Tech Tower as the Institute marks the 50th anniversary of women being admitted to Georgia Tech. This page: One of the more than 16,800 women to graduate from Tech since 1952 expresses joy at receiving her diploma.
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True Confessions The confessions of people like California's energy chief S. David Freeman — who at 76 still wakes up to nightmares about classroom rigors at Georgia Tech — help me realize that I might not need therapy after all (Summer ALUMNI MAGAZINE).
It is as if no measure of success will ever allow me to forgive myself for my struggles at Georgia Tech. It's been almost 10 years since I graduated and occasionally I still hear the immobilizing question, "Why didn't you get your PhD?" That's when I remember pain. Kenneth Starks, MS Chem 94 Atlanta Pointless Pilgrimage Forgive my apathy for Associate Professor Kirk Bowman and his 23 international affairs students' trip to Cuba, which coincided with Jimmy Carter's recent "historic" yet pointless visit. I suppose our group was treated to a tour highlighting the superlative yet minuscule components of life in a communist dictatorship, wholly unavailable to Cubans at large. Oh, to study the underpublicized technological, educational and medical advances that have occurred under Castro despite U.S. economic repression. Give me a break! Why Tech would underwrite such total folly in the name of academic advancement escapes me. I hope our 23 stu-
dents understand why ordinary Cubans still risk all they have for a chance to emigrate to the United States and would not parrot the answer "to escape poverty imposed by the U.S. embargo." If not, we have failed them. Any number of Cubanborn Tech graduates could educate them as to the realities of the situation. If reminding them of the attributes of personal freedom and capitalism is even necessary, a trip to Castro's tropical concentration camp surely is not. Joe Montgomery, IM 83 Dunwoody, Ga. MT Designation In regard to your response in the Summer magazine "Feedback" about the MT degree being an obscure designation awarded by Tech during World War I to Army personnel stationed at Camp Gordon, are you sure it was a degree? My father, W. Roy Reece, Arch 20, was a student instructor in 1918. I remember his detailed description of caisson wheel and axle repair that he instructed to officers and noncommissioned officers while at Tech in the summer of 1918. Other instruction was given to these men in mechanical repairs of vehicles and equipment. Could this have been only a crash course in military equipment repair? W. Phil Reece, IM 55 Winter Park, Fla. In which case, the MT degree is indeed eMpTy,
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Homecoming's Exciting Agenda "omecoming .Weekend is Oct. 24 through 26 and the Alumni Association has plenty of good things to share with you this year. Our Homecoming seminars are really top-notch opportunities to learn. Consider these fascinating subjects: • Research dollars at Tech are up 18 percent over a year ago. Why? Vice Provost Charles Liotta (world-class ballroom dancer, enormously interesting and an energetic raconteur) can tell you. His subject is "Georgia Tech Research: A Never Ending Feast." • Science fiction is one of my favorite genres. Tech's plasma arc torch sounds closer to Asimov's blasters than fact. Check it out. • Everyone is watching the market. If you are interested in investing, then come to two of our seminars. Herky Harris, CEO of INVESCO Retirement Services, will deliver our keynote address on Oct. 24. (You won't want to miss the wine tasting that follows). Charles Mulford and Eugene Comiskey will discuss their best-selling book, "The Financial Numbers Game," on Oct. 25. • Fuel cells are incredibly promising to our energy future and we have Tech experts Meilin Lui and David Parekh to explain this developing technology. • Thomas Lux, our chair in poetry, will tell us how poems are engineered. Don't turn your nose up. This guy is really good. It's a guarantee that you'll have a far greater appreciation for poetry once you hear him. There's more. The Alumni Association's annual luncheon meeting will be Friday, Oct. 25, when President Wayne Clough will give his State of the Institute address. Our third Buzz Bash will take place that evening at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Attendance at this party is closing in on 1,000 alumni, families and friends. You're guaranteed a great time.
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Arc Burners for Everyone I read with appreciation the piece on the high-temperature arc garbage burner (Summer magazine). Everybody needs one â€” and our cities need several. What I did not see was any treatment of the final configuration of the waste. What do we do with the glass cubes, balls or whatever? I do not understand why our government has not embraced this technique, unless waste management firms have a stranglehold on our congressional folks. Anyhow, here's hoping the idea will grab the attention of some venture capitalists and save the waste world. Maybe the world famous and monstrous garbage mountain at Mexico City is a good place to start. Grady Inman Sewell, IM 57 Mukilteo, Wash. The first commercial plasma processes for the treatment of Harvard and Yale as rowing powerhouses. Out here in the municipal solid wastes are on line in Japan. Hitachi Metals West, and more particularly the Northwest, there is only one partnered with Westinghouse Plasma Corp. to build and oper- rowing powerhouse, namely the Washington Huskies. ate a 20-tons-per-day prototype plant in Yoshii, Japan, in It sure would be a great day if the Georgia Tech crew 1999. The success of this plant has resulted in a scaled-up came out here and whipped those "dawgs." And I sure would 180-tons-per-day plant near Sapporo, Japan, that will be fully like to be there to see it. Go Tech! operational this month. This plant is designed to put 8 Bert Astrup, IM 53 megawatts of electricity into the local power grid. The molten Tigard, Ore. stream exiting the furnace is poured into a water bath, which breaks up the molten residue into hard sand-size particles. Delightful Edition This material is mixed with cement and stamped into paving What a nice edition of the ALUMNI MAGAZINE (Summer blocks that are sold as bricks for sidewalks, patios, etc. The 2002). The photography is terrific, particularly the spread on sale of these byproducts not only offsets the processing costs the Georgia Tech crew team. It's a delight reading every but also eliminates the need for landfills. issue. Raymond Baker, IM 57 Bethesda, Md. Mind-boggling Advances The Summer issue of the GEORGIA TECH ALUMNI MAGAZINE
was outstanding. The technical advances made, and soon to be made, boggle my mind. The articles on sustainable energy are almost unbelievable. The article on the Georgia Tech crew also caught my eye. Rowing wasn't even a glint in anyone's eye in 1953. I can understand the Eastern and Southeastern feeling about
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MAGAZINE. An interesting issue â€” I've been waiting 50 years for such an issue. Excellent. I'm proud of the magazine. H. Speer Ezzard, ME 50 Marietta, Ohio
Shipshape An article in the Winter GEORGIA TECH ALUMNI MAGAZINE mentions historical material from the USS Georgia donated by the Navy to Georgia Tech in 1927. A 4-foot-high bronze-plated eagle and 36-foot-long bronze scrollwork, both from the prow of the USS Georgia, were mounted on the inner wall of the old south stands of Grant Field. The ship's bell was reportedly donated to Georgia Tech in 1929. I do not recall ever seeing or hearing about it during my days as a Georgia Tech undergraduate and graduate student. I am curious as to whatever happened to those items. What was the final disposition of this material? Lawrence J. Engle, ChE 54, MS ChE 56 Air Force colonel, retired Middletown, N.J. The south stands at Grant Field were replaced with the Wardlaw Center in 1988. The eagle, bell and scroll are now at Tech's Naval Armory at 215 Bobby Dodd Way.
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NUCLEAR ENERGY The quest for sustainable energy must include a nuclear future By Clinton Bastin
uclear energy is the ultimate, inexhaustible energy J resource. It created the universe, stars, planets, moons and chemical elements. The sun, a nuclear fusion reactor, provided the energy to produce fossil fuels â€” coal, oil and natural gas â€” that we are using millions of times faster than they were produced. It provides the energy for hydro arid wind power, and heat during the day that partially offsets heat lost at night. Our planet is kept warm by heat from radioactive
decay of nuclear materials within the earth. Small amounts of these materials could be used to indefinitely supply all of the electricity to light, heat and cool our homes, hospitals, schools and offices; fuel our factories and rail-based transportation systems; operate our computers, television sets and other electronic devices; and provide other benefits that are the foundation of civilization. They also can be used to produce the hydrogen for fuel cells and other systems being considered for future transportation needs.
Use of nuclear materials for energy avoids atmospheric pollutants that cause acid rain, smog and human respiratory problems and greenhouse gases that threaten global warming. Because the nuclear fission process provides millions of times the energy per unit of mass compared to fossil fuels, amounts of nuclear waste are millions of times less. All of the nuclear wastes from U.S. nuclear power plants could be stored on a football field in a stack a few feet high. Moreover, by efficient use of nuclear materials for energy production, which destroys long-lived fissionable materials, disposal of nuclear wastes becomes a solvable task. Use of U.S. light-water nuclear power plants to produce electricity is one of humankind's safest endeavors. It has been made even safer as a result of coordinating efforts by the Atlantabased Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, formed after the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident. A companion organization, the World Association of Nuclear Operators, formed after the Chernobyl accident, coordinates safety efforts for all of the world's nuclear power plants. Efforts of the 1NPO and WANO, working closely with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and similar regulatory organizations in other nations, ensure that best ideas for safety and protection of workers and off-site populations from radiation are used by all reactor operators. They also ensure that any safety problem is known and avoided by all operators. Efforts of the INPO also have led to increased productivity of U.S. nuclear power plants, which has permitted reduced use of fossil fuels — and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equal to more than half of U.S. reduction targets of the Kyoto Accord on Climate. The use of nuclear materials for nuclear power provides the foundation for the international safeguards regime, which provides the best assurance to nations that their neighbors are not using nuclear materials for potential destructive purposes. The rugged, highintegrity containment and well-trained security forces make nuclear power
plants and stored nuclear fuel among the least vulnerable targets of a possible terrorist attack. Existing nuclear power plants — light-water reactors — recover less than 1 percent of the energy available in ura-
U.S. light-water nuclear power plants that produce electricity are one of humaruxinas safest endeavors. Efficient use of nuclear resources will become essential. nium. Their use began with the full expectation that used fuels would be reprocessed, nuclear materials recycled into existing and advanced nuclear power plants, and nuclear wastes — unwanted, highly radioactive but shortlived fission products — permanently disposed of (isolated from the biosphere in engineered or geologic repositories for a few hundred years for full decay of radioactivity). Successful reprocessing experiences of The DuPont Co. for the Atomic Energy Commission at the Savannah River Plant and lessons learned from those experiences gave full assurances that commercial fuel reprocessing and waste disposal in the United States would be successful, and that used fuels in the United States and other nations could be recycled without significant threats of nuclear proliferation. The initial AEC program for use and export of nuclear power (U.S. Atoms for Peace) was based on return of used fuel from nuclear power plants in the United States and other nations to the Savannah River Plant for reprocessing in large, heavily reinforced concrete "Canyon" type facilities. These facilities were configured for safe, remote, high-capacity operations and maintenance by remote, rapid replacement of failed equipment. Unfortunately, this program was cancelled in 1962 when the AEC exported and supported use of a low-cost, national laboratory concept in which maintenance was done by humans
inside the process cells. This technology was unsuitable for power-fuel reprocessing, but usable for a small nuclear weapons program — as India demonstrated in 1974. Peak production of oil in the United States was in 1970. A year later President Richard Nixon declared a national commitment to efficient use of nuclear resources. The AEC started a review of reprocessing, which culminated in a decision for DuPont to manage U.S. programs for nuclear-fuel reprocessing and recycling. Unfortunately, by the time DuPont had completed designs for fuel recycle facilities that would have resolved problems and concerns, experienced AEC leaders had been replaced by inexperienced political Department of Energy appointees, who refocused efforts on laboratory concepts. They did not understand and thus were unable to explain to U.S. political leaders the differences between reprocessing-facility designs that had led to proliferation and failure and the success-based designs of DuPont. Fuel recycling and efficient use of nuclear resources were deferred, which in turn hampered the ability to dispose of nuclear wastes. Since then we have been steadily increasing oil imports, using precious natural gas for production of electricity while drifting toward an indefinite energy crisis. Peak production of oil in the world will occur in a few years. Efficient use of nuclear resources will become essential. Organizations to carry out programs, institutions to ensure continuity of sound policies, and strengthened cooperative efforts with other nations to ensure use of best technology and improved safeguards also will be needed. Planning should begin now. GT Clinton Bastin, ChE 50, a member of the American Nuclear Society Special Committee on Ethics, worked for the Department of Energy for more than 40 years and had lead responsibility for programs of the Atomic Energy Commission, including disposition of spent fuel from commercial nuclear power plants. Bastin was a leader in the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign from 1983 to 1991. Fall 2002 • GEORGIA TECH
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Bush Names Tech Alumnus Tom Noonan to Security Panel
his edition of the GEORGIA TECH ALUMNI MAGAZINE celebrates the 50th
anniversary of women attending Georgia Tech. The cover art blends more than 1,700 images to replicate the Tech Tower in a Photomosaicâ„˘ created by Robert Silvers, who developed the patented technology and launched www.photomosaic.com. The cover images came from individuals, colleges and schools, the Georgia Tech Library Archives, Institute Communications and Public Affairs, Georgia Tech Athletic Association, the Women's Advisory Committee and, of course, the GEORGIA TECH ALUMNI MAGAZINE photo files.
A limited number of extra copies of this anniversary edition are available for $5 each, which includes shipping and handling. Send your check, payable to the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, to: Jeff Colburn Georgia Tech Alumni Association 190 North Avenue Atlanta, GA 30313
resident George W. Bush has named alumnus Tom Noonan, chairman, president and CEO of Internet Security Systems, to serve on the newly formed National Infrastructure Advisory Council. Noonan, ME 83, says cyber-terrorism and cyber-threats are the new weapons of mass destruction. Richard Clarke, President Bush's special adviser for cyberspace security, announced Noonan's appointment Sept. 18 at a rollout event for The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. "Tom Noonan has been a longtime advocate for enhancing the partnership of the public and private sectors in undertaking the responsibility for information systems security and has been instrumental in facilitating private sector Information Sharing Analysis Centers that promote this goal," Clarke says. "Tom brings a wealth of information security experience and expertise and will be a valuable asset to the NIAC. "The protection of the information systems underlying the different sectors of our country's critical infrastructure is paramount to our national homeland defense," Clarke says. Bush created the agency to advise him on issues surrounding the security of information systems that support the nation's critical infrastructure as part of homeland defense measures taken since the terrorist attacks on the United States last year.
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hree Georgia Tech alumni took a 1974 Blue Bird school bus and, after extensive cutting, tucking and folding, created the ultimate tailgating vehicle. The vehicle is the brainchild of Dave Brautigan, IM 00, Brian Wagner, ChE 02, and Brian Lu, CE 99. It features an Astroturf-covered deck that folds out from the forward passenger area, hardwood floors, an oak bar with draft-type refrigeration, a 2-ton air conditioner, a plush seating area in the rear of the bus with three television sets and a display case filled with Georgia Tech memorabilia. "We found the bus in Orlando through an ad on TruckTrader.com, paid the guy $1,000 and drove it back to Atlanta the next day," Brautigan says. "It only broke down once, which I guess was a good omen. With some help from seven friends, we ripped out all the seats, raised the roof to accommodate a fold-out deck and put in a reinforced steel frame to support all the changes."
ALUMNI, FACULTY and STAFF INVITED TO NOMINATE 2002-2003 GRIFFIN AWARD CANDIDATES The Alumni Association is currently seeking candidates for the 20022003 Dean Griffin Community Service Award. Nominations should capture the full extent of the nominee's community service activities. A committee of alumni will select the recipient on the basis of his or her community service activities, such as service in a long term volunteer capacity, the impact on the quality of life of others, demonstrated leadership and creative ability to deal with societal problems proactively, and setting an example for others to follow. Nomination forms are available upon request by writing: Dean Griffin Community Service Award Georgia Tech Alumni Association 190 North Avenue Atlanta, GA 30313 Or log on to: www.gtalumni.org For further information call Anna Ivey at 404-894-7085 or 1 -800-GTALUMS or email firstname.lastname@example.org 1 4 GEORGIA TECH â€˘ Fall 2002
Buzz Bash: Tech through the Ages' uzz Bash will celebrate "Tech through the Ages" during Homecoming Oct. 25, with a series of vignettes that start with the 1950s and progress to the present day. The third annual all-alumni party will be held in the festival area at Bobby Dodd Stadium beginning at 7 p.m., with entertainment, great food and a fabulous fireworks display at 9 p.m. President Wayne Clough, the Yellow Jacket Band, cheerleaders and Buzz will join in the festivities. Tickets are $20; $17 for alumni who have graduated since 1990; $15 for Tech students, faculty and staff; and free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.gtalumni.org/homecoming or call (404) 894-0795.
irgil Williams, IE 63, headed a group that bought indoor football's Nashville Kats in 2001, renamed it the Georgia Force and moved to Atlanta, where the team played in Philips Arena. Williams is moving the team again, this time to Duluth, Ga. The Georgia Force will play its 2003 season in a new 11,200-seat Gwinnett Arena. Williams, who has enjoyed suc-
homas Lux, who holds the Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne Jr. Chair in Poetry in the Ivan Allen College, will show how to "engineer" a poem in a Homecoming seminar and then preside at a poetry reading by four acclaimed poets. Lux will present "Engineering a Poem," one of a series of Homecoming seminars, at 3 p.m. Oct. 25. On Oct 28, Lux will host the "First Annual Bourne Poetry Reading" at 7 p.m. at the Ferst Center for the Arts on campus. Participating in the event are:
the Heat The Georgia Tech marching band tuned up for football season with intense practices before classes got under way in August. This tuba player resorts to unique headwear to provide shade from the sweltering Atlanta sun between drills.
cess in construction, banking and publishing, heads Law Companies Group, a civil and consulting engineering firm. He reportedly paid $10 million for the Kats, which played in two Arena Football League championships. Williams says he enjoys a challenge. "I like to take on tough assignments. It's very different from the NFL in that you don't have 70,000 coming out for each game. As an entrepreneur, you like challenges."
Lucille Clifton, a past poet laureate of Maryland and National Book Award winner; Billy Collins, poet laureate of the United States; Stephen Dobyns, a poet and fiction writer; and Rita Dove, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the 2001 Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award and poet laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995. Andrew Young, former Atlanta mayor, will introduce the poets. Bourne, professor emeritus and former academic dean at Tech, created the poetry chair to "ensure that Georgia Tech students will always have an opportunity for first-rate instruction in the great poetry of the world."
7 5 Years Ago Five months after making his historic trans-Atlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh spoke at Grant Field on Oct. 11, 1927, and attended a reception in his honor attended by 100,000 people. Lindbergh's successful New York-to-Paris flight on May 20, 1927, caused a worldwide sensation and "Lucky Lindy" became a national hero.
5 0 Years Ago When Lamar Dodd, CIs 31, departed Georgia Tech in 1927 because of illness, he left his room key with J.P. Powell, TE 31, so Powell could collect the 50-cent deposit. In 1952, Powell mailed the long-forgotten key to Dodd, then head of the Art Department at the University of Georgia, suggesting he may know of a way to collect the deposit. Dodd informed Tech the key held so many happy memories of his days at the "flats" that he had decided against returning it for a measly 50 cents. Little did Dodd know that deposits had gone up to a buck and he could have doubled his money.
2 5 Years Ago Lillian Carter, whose son Jimmy had just been elected president of the United States, had appeared on a national TV talk show in 1977 when she was approached by Georgia Tech fraternity members and asked to donate a personal item for a celebrity auction to benefit the Tech-Georgia Leukemia Fund Drive. She asked for a pair of scissors, snipped the straps to her slip, stepped out of the garment, autographed it and gave it to the students.
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Steadfast During Difficult Year By Bert Thornton, IM 68
his has been an exceptional year indeed to serve as president of your Alumni Association. Incredible, terrible events have tested the mettle of America. Terrorism combined with emotional and economic upheavals, brutal downturns, business scandals and bankruptcies have been extreme. The objectives of your Alumni Association, pale by contrast, certainly could have been in jeopardy. But you have been steadfast and your support rock solid. You have made the difference in our drive for excellence at the Alumni Association. One measure of your support, of course, is the success of our annual Roll Call goal. More than 25,600 alumni and friends contributed $7,238,023 to our 55th Roll Call. This is Georgia Tech's largest source of unrestricted funds, and it is absolutely essential if the Institute is to accomplish its mission to "Define the Technological University of the 21st Century." A major thrust of our mission is to help Tech achieve its potential as the premier technological university on the planet. You have a stake in this. Tech's
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greatness as an institution reflects right back on you. Clearly there is a direct payback — your support of Roll Call enhances your own degree. Tech is a recognized national leader. U.S. News & World Report ranks Tech as the only technological institute among the top 10 public universities and its engineering program ranks as one of the very best. Tech is a leader in diversity. Black Issues in Higher Education says Tech is the top producer of African-American engineers at all levels — bachelor's, master's and doctoral. And Tech continues to have the No. 1 voluntary co-op program in the nation. Homecoming is our once-a-year event welcoming thousands of alumni back on campus. It was phenomenal. Buzz Bash was bigger and its fireworks display fantastic. Homecoming introduced a slate of successful seminars ranging from Football 101 to Global Security in the New Century. Homecoming was among 200 events — including Family Weekend and the George C. Griffin Pi Mile Road Race — offered to alumni last year. The Alumni Career Conference hosted more than 1,200 alumni at its annual job fair. The event is free to alumni, and it's a serv-
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ice we're proud to offer. We keep you in the loop with our award-winning quarterly publications, TECH TOPICS and the GEORGIA TECH
ALUMNI MAGAZINE, and our monthly elec-
tronic newsletter, BUZZWORDS. Our Georgia Tech Clubs provide excellent opportunities to network and present academic stars and sports personalities as speakers. The bottom line is that Georgia Tech's greatest resource is you — the collective knowledge, wisdom, interest and involvement of our alumni. And each day your Alumni Association works hard in "Building Your Lifelong Connection to Georgia Tech." You are the foundation of Tech's greatness.
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18 to 20, gave the experience a top rating, saying it met or exceeded expectations. Tech's 28-10 football victory over North Carolina State was a big bonus, but alumni gave top marks to an expanded Homecoming program that included 11 diverse seminars. Comments included: "The student enthusiasm, the weather and
the entire Homecoming atmosphere created by Georgia Tech staff was outstanding!" "Buzz Bash was wonderful! The fireworks were excellent, and the band, Buzz and cheerleaders made it even more incredible. We will definitely be back next year!" "I loved the variety of seminars offered on Friday; the topics were very interest-
Alumni Association highlights for fiscal year 2002
he reorganized Kickoff Celebration on Aug. 17 at the Swissotel in Buckhead was The Georgia Tech Alumni the largest kickoff ever. The Association has been fortuMetro Atlanta clubs concennate. Although it has been a trated on fund raising and year of hard times, it also has sponsorship, and the Alumni been a year of remarkable Association planned and achievements. executed the event. More Driving excellence is the than 700 alumni, friends and fans helped raise money for objective of the Alumni Association every year, good scholarships. and bad. Your Association Family Weekend attenstrives to achieve excellence on dance grew by 40 percent every level through its eight last year. The Association departments: hosted 716 families Sept. 28 and 29 and, in addition to a i i Administration football game between Tech • Alumni Relations/ and Clemson, offered semiBusiness Development nars and opportunities to • Campus Relations meet with faculty and staff. • Career Development/ Another 242 alumni and Human Resources family members attended H Communications Next Generation Weekend, a two-day event for alumni • Event Management and their college-bound chil« Marketing Services dren, held in conjunction i Roll Call with Family Weekend. Homecoming received rave reviews. A whopping 96 percent of alumni who were surveyed about Homecoming weekend, Oct.
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Alumni accolades poured in after Homecoming 2001. "Student enthusiasm, the weather and the entire Homecoming atmosphere was outstanding." ing and made it difficult to choose. I wish I could have attended more." Buzz Bash was a repeat winner, attended by 700 alumni, friends and students, and the 25th, 40th and 50th reunion parties held at the Grand Hyatt were special celebrations for those classes, and the Ramblin' Wreck Parade was its usual fun. Alumni tailgate events were exciting. More than 750 alumni and friends attended tailgate activities held at away games. The Alumni Association helped wrap up the football season by co-hosting a trip to the inaugural Seattle Bowl on Dec. 27. More than 300 alumni made the trek to see the Yellow Jackets defeat Stanford. More than 60 alumni and spouses returned to the Alumni/Faculty House for the Former Trustees Reunion Feb. 27.
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The 30th annual George Griffin Pi Mile Road Race in April attracted 345 alumni, faculty and friends â€” and a few ghosts. There were 20 ghost runners who paid the entry fee and received a T-shirt, but didn't actually run. More than 30 Georgia Tech Clubs launched Freshmen Send-off events and hosted incoming freshmen with their families as guests at club meetings. Clubs holding these events included West Palm Beach, the Emerald Coast and Miami, Fla.; Augusta, Brunswick and the Golden Isles, Ga.; Washington, D.C.; St. Louis; Houston; and Seattle. The Alumni Association initiated an Affinity Group strategy to engage alumni in more ways than traditional alumni clubs. Six affinity groups in this new category are Minority Affairs, Young
Alumni, Lacrosse Club, Band Alumni, the Ice Hockey Club and Hispanic Alumni. The Parents Association was reorganized and changed from a feebased membership to a model that engages all parents and is supported in its entirety by the Alumni Association. The new Parents Program is headed up by a volunteer group of parents called the Leadership Team. About 3,000 parents received the biweekly e-mail newsletter prepared by the Alumni Association Campus Relations staff. There are 75 Georgia Tech Clubs. More than 60 officers representing 35 clubs attended Leadership Georgia Tech held on campus the first week in November. Forty-three clubs gave scholarships totaling $217,000 to 143 new Georgia
Tech students from their areas. New clubs and reactivated clubs include Athens, Marietta and Newnan, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Charleston, S.C; Cincinnati; Denver; Detroit; and Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn. The Alumni Association joined with Institute Communications to launch an Online Speakers Bureau, which enables Georgia Tech Clubs to schedule speakers online. The bureau is maintained and managed by the Alumni Association. To access the Speakers Bureau, visit the Web site at www.gtalumni.org / speakersbureau. Lifelong learning is the theme of Georgia Tech Travel Adventures. More than 300 alumni and friends embarked on one of 18 travel adventures around the world. Travel destinations included Italy, France, Scotland, Greece, Spain, Germany, England, the Caribbean, Ireland, Poland, Canada and New York. The first offering to travel around southern Europe by private jet was well received. In mid-January, the Alumni Association presented its redesigned Web site: gtalumni.org. New features and enhanced online services include 70 individual club pages, a media gallery with new electronic wallpapers and animated Tech postcards, and an improved search capability. Online registration is now a standard for all Alumni Association events.
A Web page enabling alumni to volunteer for activities and projects online was created to assist various Alumni Association departments. Three student groups operate under the auspices of the Alumni Association — Ambassadors, Student Foundation and the Student Alumni Association. In the fall, Ambassadors participated in more than 150 campus events as well as conducted personal campus tours for alumni and visitors. The Student Foundation won the Presidents' Council Burdell Award as the "Most Outstanding" campus organization for its allocations program. Student Appreciation Day, a new Tech tradition, was a big success, attracting more than 1,800 students. The Alumni Association, the three student groups it helps promote and the Student Center Programs Board — with support from the Buzz Fund, Georgia Tech Foundation, Georgia Tech Athletics Association, Institute Communications and Public Affairs and Auxiliary Services — presented the festive event. Students were treated to a carnival-like atmosphere that offered fun, free food and a big name band — Reel Big Fish.
Tn a year marred by terrorist attacks and a brutal economy, the 55th annual Roll Call surpassed its $7.2 million goal. The Roll Call raised $7,238,023 during its annual campaign, with contributions from 25,694 alumni and friends. "During the past 12 months, we have experienced unprecedented economic difficulties, downturns, layoffs, bankruptcies, business scandals and more — not to mention 9/11," said Roll Call Vice President Carey Brown. "This speaks volumes about the loyalty of our alumni." The Leadership Circle added more than 75 new donors. Parents, students and faculty/staff all surpassed their goals and the Phonathon, staffed by Tech students, also bettered its goals by securing pledges from more than 9,200 donors. Despite the fact that many companies were downsizing or eliminating their matching gift programs, Roll Call's matching gift totals topped its goal for the first time in more than four years. Alumni Communications received five awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District III — three Awards of Excellence and two for special merit. TECH TOPICS' circulation
topped 100,000 for the first time. The ALUMNI MAGAZINE, which goes to Roll Call donors, faculty and staff, hit 32,500 circulation, and the monthly online newsletter BUZZWORDS climbed to more than 25,000 e-mail subscribers. Combined, the three media reached 157,500 alumni and friends. Living History produced four video documentaries and video projects in addition to conducting 71 oral history interviews with alumni. The Living History Web site attracted more than 50,000 user sessions during some months. A new exhibit recognizing Henry Smith, Tech's first graduate, was put on display on the mezzanine of the Alumni/Faculty House. Campus Relations initiated a strategy to help the campus community understand the Alumni Association's supportive services and its willingness to share its strengths, communicate the "voice of alumni" and showcase Georgia Tech. A communications piece, "The Latest Buzz," was launched and distributed to development officers, deans and key campus leaders. Ten students received Student Leadership Awards for international study totaling $30,000 in
he mission of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association is to promote and serve our alumni and the Institute. We will continually create relevant and meaningful programs for current and future alumni to foster lifelong participation and philanthropic support. We will communicate the achievements of the Institute and our alumni, maintain its traditions and engage the campus community. Underlying all that we do is the belief in the value of education, the commitment to integrity and exceptional customer service, and a pledge that we will perform in a fiscally responsible manner.
Our Vision Building your lifelong connection to Georgia Tech
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The Georgia Tech Club will be a 600-acre planned residential community built around an 18-hole golf course and the home of the Georgia Tech golf team. awards for travel abroad. The Alumni records database manages most alumni data and gift processing for Georgia Tech. A new database software system known as Advance was implemented and the transition from old to new was exceptional due to the cooperation of the Association and the Georgia Tech Foundation. More than 40,000 biographical records were updated. The technology group, which is responsible for network and electronic batch mailings, sent out more than 235,000 electronic copies of BUZZWORDS and more than 130,000 electronic club notices during the year. The Market Research department conducted surveys following many events, including Homecoming, Family Weekend, Leadership Georgia Tech and the Alumni Career Conference. The department also conducted surveys for Georgia Tech Clubs and Alumni Travel. A volunteer survey was conducted among the general alumni and parent populations to generate volunteers and determine priority interest areas. A survey was conducted to help drive the Web site redesign. More than 1,100 alumni responded to e-mails and completed the survey online. Focus groups were held during January 2 2 GEORGIA TECH â€˘ Fall 2002
on behalf of the Campus Relations department to determine parent awareness, satisfaction and impressions of the various activities Tech undertakes to keep them informed and engaged; main topics included Family Weekend and the Parents Program. A branding committee was created and research has been conducted to better unify the Association through logos and colors. Alumni Career Development received a national award from the Council for the Advancement and Support Of Education for the best career services program.
More than 1,200 alumni turned out for the 19th annual Alumni Career Conference April 18 at the Cobb Galleria. Alumnus Steve Chaddick, one of the founders of Ciena Corp., was the keynote speaker. Corporate databook CDROMs containing alumni
resumes were distributed to more than 50 companies at the conference. JacketNet, a Web-based tool to encourage networking among alumni, is being developed. The new service will incorporate JobNet, including a resume database and job-posting service. More than 10,000 alumni used JobNet last year and more than 3,000 alumni posted resumes with Career Development. Business Development for the Alumni Association includes advertising, sponsorship, merchandise sales and affinity programs. The department reached its financial target for the fiscal year. The Alumni Association renegotiated a five-year agreement that began in January for the MBNA credit card. MBNA has become one of the Alumni Association's leading sponsors and advertisers and is our largest affinity partner.
The Association reached an agreement with the Melrose Co. for the firm to develop the Georgia Tech Club, a 600-acre planned residential community built around an 18-hole golf course, in north Fulton County. The $66 million planned community will be the new home of the Georgia Tech golf team. Alumni Association merchandise sales are growing and products offered provide variation from the bookstore and competitive markets. All merchandise is available on our Web site and advertised in our publications. The Association renegotiated the Georgia Tech class ring program with Barnes & Noble and Georgia Tech Auxiliary Services. ArtCarved became the new ring provider as of July 1. The Alumni Association staff numbers 52 people, consistent with the past three years. Portions of the Alumni/Faculty House have been renovated to accommodate all of our staff in the building, group our departments together and improve working conditions. This organization has a professional Staff that is dedicated to the Alumni Association achieving its mission of "Building Your Lifelong Connection to Georgia Tech." CT
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An Air Force pilot desce the ladder of an F-16. John Boyd was the genius behind the F-15 and F-16, two of the world's greatest tactical aircraft. But Boyd was angry at how the Air Force additions weighted down the two aircraft, making them less nimble and agile. 24 GEORGIA TECH â€˘ Pail 2002
By Robert Coram
T>rce to le won the >attle. Aviation, military theory and America's national defense are the better for his victory. Most Americans have never heard of John Boyd, who, as an Air Force captain, earned his industrial engineering degree at Tech. But he was one of the most important unknown men of his time and perhaps the most remarkable unsung hero in American military history. Georgia Tech was the intellectual and technical foundation for his achievements. In 1959, Boyd was an instructor at what was then called the Fighter Weapons School at Nell is Air Force Base near Las Vegas. He had written the "Aerial Attack Study," which for the first time codified the maneuvers of air-toair combat and changed the way every air force in the world flies and fights. The Air Force captain wanted to improve his work, to reduce it to mathematical formulae, to find
sei degi give hi i Boyd applied to the Air Force Institute of Technology, a program that sent officers back to college for advanced degrees in the fields in which they had obtained their undergraduate degrees. The AFIT initially refused to accept Boyd for an undergraduate engineering degree. But the Cold War was at its height, the Soviets had launched Sputnik and the "space race" was on. The Air Force needed engineers and Boyd learned his application would be approved â€” if he would study electrical engineering and go to a school chosen by the Air Force. Boyd said no to both. "If 1 took EE all I would do was worry about generators and motors, and I did not care about that." He wanted to study industrial engineering, and he wanted to go to Georgia Tech. A few months
later, the Air Force again relented and in September 1960, Boyd began classes in Atlanta. By then Boyd was almost 34 years old and was well on the way to becoming one of the Air Force's most controversial officers, a forceful and opinionated, profanity-spewing man whose ideas rankled not only senior officers but top executives in the _, 1 c J
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was listening. Cooper's remarks about unavailable energy and energy increasing and decreasing made Boyd realize laws about the conservation and dissipation of energy are like the tactical give-and-take of air-to-air combat. Boyd's epiphany in the winter of 1962 made him realize r
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nrostfantousfighterpilotsintheAir ^ ^ g Force, a veteran of two wars who, for the past few years, had been teaching young pilots the fine points of air-to-air combat. He was married, had four children and a pregnant wife — all in all, not the typical undergraduate. But Boyd found Tech remarkably similar to the Fighter Weapons School. He said both institutions were exceed^ — « — ingly demanding of their students. Both had a high rate of failure. Both had little patience with lazy or second-rate students. Both ignored race, creed and religion in the pursuit of excellence. Throughout his life, Boyd would credit Georgia Tech in the development of his ideas. He told friends "that school was the foundation of it all." At Tech, Boyd made his discovery — his long-sought "breakthrough" — that changed aviation forever. He was taking thermodynamics and was having some difficulty understanding the concept of entropy. Charles E. Cooper, AE 63, MS AE 66, struck up a friendship with Boyd and was tutoring him late one night on the second floor of the Coon Building when Boyd grew exasperated with his own lack of understanding. "I understand about airplanes," he said. "Why can't I get this?" "Then think of it in terms of an airplane," Cooper said. "It's the same thing. Entropy is unavailable energy. Energy can increase and decrease." Cooper continued for several minutes explaining a subject he loved. But Boyd no longer
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To Be or To Do' Boyd's message to his disciples: Do the right thing, make a difference
n his biography "Boyd, The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War," Robert Coram reports John Boyd's "To Be or To Do" speech, which the colonel would give his disciples. Doing the right thing would neither ensure success nor garner rewards, Boyd said. "One day you will come to a fork in the road. And you're going to have to make a decision about what direction you want to go." Boyd would raise his hand and point. "If you go that way you can be somebody. You will have to make com-
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it was not power or airspeed that enabled a fighter pilot to outmaneuver an enemy in an aerial dogfight. It was energy. Boyd worked constantly on developing and exploring what he first called his "excess energy theory." But it was to be another couple of years, while stationed at Eglin Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach, Fla., before he changed the name to "Energy-Maneuverability Theory." Had he not been exposed to thermo, Boyd may never have discovered the Energy-Maneuverability Theory. Thermo enabled him to take what he knew intuitively and convert it to scientific principle. The E-M Theory, as it came to be known, was a clear line of demarcation between the old and the new. E-M did four things for aviation: It provided a quantitative basis for teaching aerial tactics; it changed the way aircraft are flown in combat; it provided a scientific means for aircraft maneuverability evaluation and tactics design; and, finally, it became a fundamental tool in designing fighter aircraft. E-M had an enormous impact on the Air Force, which at
promises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and you will get good assignments." Then Boyd would raise his other hand and point another direction. "Or you can go that way and you can do something — something for your country and for your Air Force and for yourself. "If you decide to do something, you may not get promoted and you may not get the good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won't have to compromise yourself. You will be true to your friends and to yourself. And your work might make a difference." Boyd would pause and stare. "To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That's when you will have to make a decision. To be or to do? Which way will you go?"
the time, was flying the F-4 Phantom, a Navy aircraft foisted on it. The other primary tactical aircraft was the F-105, an aircraft designed for high-speed delivery of nuclear weapons. Neither aircraft performed well in Vietnam. The Air Force wanted its own aircraft, something then called the F-X. But Air Force thinkers had difficulty coming up with a new design and the proposed aircraft was looking more and more like the F-lll, one of the most scandal-ridden aircraft in history. Air Force generals sensed their design would be refused by Congress and that they would be forced to accept another "saltwater aircraft." Because of his radical new E-M Theory, Boyd was summoned to the Pentagon to save the F-X. Applied to the design of the F-X, Boyd's theory resulted in the F-15, one of the most famous fighter aircraft ever to take to the skies. The F-15 was America's first fighter built with maneuvering specifications. Put another way, every fighter aircraft prior to the F-15 was designed to fly at high speed in a straight line. The F-15 was designed for air-to-air combat. Boyd was the father of the F-15. But he was unhappy with how the Air Force "missionized" the F-15 by adding so many extra features that performance was degraded. He set about to design a lightweight
fighter that became the F-16. He went back to his days as a fighter pilot in Korea, where the F-86 Sabre jet had a 10-1 victory ratio over theMiG-15. While conventional wisdom had it that the ratio came because American pilots were better trained, Boyd suspected it was far more. His studies revealed the F-86 pilot had greater observability than the MiG pilot because of the shape and size of the aircraft canopy, and the Sabre was more nimble than the MiG because of full hydraulic controls. It could flick from maneuver to maneuver quicker than the MiG. Boyd's specifications for the F-16 included both observability and quickness. And in the beginning, before it too was missionized, the F-16 was perhaps the most nimble and agile jet fighter in history, famous for its "buttonhook turn" and its ability, as fighter pilots say, to "turn and burn." Before the F-16 came along, the sudden dumping of energy was a fighter pilot's lastditch desperation move, an effort to cause an enemy pilot to overshoot. But Boyd's design gave the F-16 such a high power-to-weight ratio that energy dumping became a tactic. A pilot could dump energy then quickly regain it by pumping the stick â€” a maneuver aptly called "dumping and pumping." Whenever the great fighter aircraft of history are listed, the F-16 is always at the top of the list. The world still looks on the F15 and F-16 as two of the greatest tactical aircraft ever to fly. But Boyd was angry at how the Air Force additions weighted down the two aircraft and changed what they might have been. After Boyd retired in 1974, he began to evolve from a warrior-engineer into a pure intellectual. He forgot about hardware and began a study of warfare that resulted in one of the most dazzling briefings ever to come from a military mind. It was called "Patterns of Conflict" and it made Boyd the greatest military theoretician since Sun Tzu. Boyd began lecturing at Marine Base Quantico and, in one of the great untold stories of modern military history, taught mud Marines a new way to fight war on the ground. For anyone who knows anything at all about military culture, it is nothing short of astonishing that a retired Air Force pilot changed the way the U.S. Marine Corps wages war. Boyd was the leader and spiritual center of the military reform movement in the early 1980s. He gave his briefing to dozens of congressmen and senators, among them a studious young Wyoming lawmaker named Dick Cheney. Boyd visited Cheney's office a half-dozen times or so to give the congressman private briefings and to talk about war-fighting strategy. When Desert Shield, the buildup for the Gulf War, began, then-Secretary of Defense Cheney summoned Boyd to Fall 2002 â€˘ GEORGIA TECH 2 7
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John Boyd was a fighter pilot in Korea, where the 86 Sabre jet had a 10-1 victory ratio over the MiG-15. The plane's observability and maneuverability were features he wanted designed in the F-15 and F-16.
Washington. After private sessions with Boyd, Cheney threw out Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf's plans for prosecuting the war and developed his own: a Marine Corps diversionary feint at Kuwait while the Army raced far to the west in the now-famous "left hook." Everything about the plan was out of Boyd's "Patterns of Conflict" — the multiple thrusts and deception operations created such rampant confusion among enemy forces that they surrendered by the thousands. America picked when and where it would fight and when and where it would not fight — and won without a prolonged ground war. What is still not widely known about the Gulf War is the extraordinary performance of the U.S. Marines who put Boyd's ideas into practice. Three days before the ground war officially began, the First Marine Division raided deep behind Iraqi lines. It caused such confusion that the Iraqi Army rushed in reinforcements against what it thought would be the main thrust of the invasion. Iraqi troops began surrendering by the thousands. Gen. Charles Krulak, then the commandant of the Marine Corps, said 28 GEORGIA TECH • Fall 2002
Boyd "was the architect of America's victory in the Gulf." Vice President Cheney later said Boyd "clearly was a factor" in his thinking when planning the prosecution of the Gulf War. "I wish he was around now," Cheney said. "I'd love to turn him loose on our current defense establishment and see what he could come up with." Boyd died in 1997 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. For decades he had been widely known in military and defense circles. Now those circles are widening and growing. Graduate students are writing papers about him. "The Mind of War," a book about Boyd's ideas, was published in 2001. Two Web sites devoted to Boyd — www.belisarius.com and www.defenseand-society.org — receive several thousand hits each day. Boyd's closest friends still meet to talk about his ideas and how to expand them to the outside world. In 1989, a group of Boyd's followers wrote an article for the Marine Corps Gazette showing how his ideas presaged a new form of war, something they called "Fourth Generation Warfare" or "4GW." The article said 4GW might
emerge from "Islamic traditions" and that the "distinction between war and peace will be blurred to the vanishing point." It talked of terrorists moving freely within American society "while actively seeking to subvert it." The piece was so against the grain of military thinking that the Pentagon ignored it. Then came Sept. 11 and the piece was rediscovered and the media was filled with talk of Fourth-Generation Warfare. The articles showed how Boyd's ideas had grown more relevant every year. Gen. Krulak, now retired and living in England, recently said that not only does the victory in Desert Storm belong to Boyd, but "victory in future conflict will belong to him also." GT Robert Coram has been a staff writer for Atlanta magazine and The Atlanta Constitution. He was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He wrote five books before he published his first. However, during a 10-year span, Coram wrote a book every year. His biography on John Boyd, "Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War," is scheduled for publication in November.
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A group of 13 young professors at Georgia Tech, conducting research that could save bridges from earthquakes, enable computers to see and help motorists through their morning commute, have received coveted CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation.
Faculty's research thrusts again earn prizes; two PECASE honors 'icing on the cake'
By Karen Hill Photography by Caroline Joe
or the second consecutive year, 13 Georgia Tech professors have earned CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation, given annually to junior faculty in recognition of extraordinary achievement and to support further research and teaching. In addition, two young Tech faculty members are among the 60 nationwide this year to receive Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. PECASE honors, as they are known, are chosen from previous CAREER winners and are widely considered as a nod to the best of the best. This year, Tech's PECASE winners are Reginald Desroches of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and John Zhang of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. "It is easy for those of us who are around our young faculty at Georgia Tech to believe they are among the nation's best, but their remarkable record in winning CAREER and PECASE awards provides verification of the highest order. This year's group is no exception and it is icing on the cake to have Reggie and John both receive the very special PECASE awards," says Tech President Wayne Clough. "The future of this institution is in good hands."
Reginald Desroches Desroches, in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, first learned about shape metal alloys while reading a scholarly journal five years ago. Then, researchers were concentrating on the alloys' potential for aerospace and biomedical uses.
Since the program began in 1995, Tech faculty have earned a total of 72 CAREER awards, trailing only the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which has 83. MIT trails Tech with 63, followed by the University of Michigan with 61, and Penn State and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with 53 each. Each winner receives between $50,000 and $100,000 annually for four to five years to spend on equipment, supplies and assistants, both graduate and undergraduate. On average, the NSF selects 350 CAREER winners from nearly 2,000 applications each year. PECASE, established in 1996 by eight federal agencies, honors scientists and engineers who show exceptional potential at the frontiers of knowledge. Desroches was nominated by the NSF for his work to develop building materials that can better withstand earthquakes. Sandia National Laboratory nominated Zhang for his research into making computer chips from materials other than silicon. Two Tech CAREER winners have transferred to other universities. Robert Ghrist is at the University of Illinois and Billy Williams is at North Carolina State. Ghrist uses geometry to get robots to work better together. Williams wants to use the magnetic inductance loops typically buried in the pavement of urban freeways to build a warning system for drivers, GT
But Desroches, who was in San Francisco in 1989 when an earthquake crumpled the Bay Bridge, thought of another use. "The most practical, and most immediate, application of this research will be the use of the material as a retrofit device for bridges," says Desroches. He estimates that use could be
just four to six years from reality. If added to steel and concretereinforced structures, the alloys could help dissipate energy during an earthquake, Desroches says. One of the questions Desroches' research will address is whether the alloys' ability to do this degrades as the size of the structure increases.
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< John Zhang Zhang, in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is working on magnetic nanoparticles with chemically modified surfaces, the components for microelectronic mechanical systems or MF"Ms. Using materials other than the typical silicon gives scientists much-needed control over the systems, he says. "If you are going to produce these nanoparticles for
> loannis Papapolymerou Papapolymerou, Electrical and Computer Engineering, is developing smaller, cheaper, very high frequency (Terahertz) circuits that can be used in next generation sensor and communication systems on silicon chips. They could be used lor high-resolution imaging arrays for radio astronomy, more efficient broadband personal and satellite communication systems or to detect chemical and viral agents. "As one increases the operating frequency of a given communication system, the system becomes smaller and can accommodate more data or bandwidth," Papapolymerou says. "This can lead not only to improved personal communication systems but also to systems that can proSystems that operate at THz frequency also can be used to detect chemical and biological agents for military and antiterrorism applications. "The basic problem in all of these applications is that current technology systems are big and expensive," Papapolymerou says. "The idea is to miniaturize them and make them cheaper."
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large-scale use, you cannot guess at the conditions or rely on intuition," Zhang says. Zhang's work joins inor and physical chemistry with solid-state physics. He says magnetic nanoparticles could be easily tracked through a body because they generate strong magnetic signals. They could be used to trace the movement of drugs, for example, or to find disease-causing antigens or to deliver drugs to specific organs.
A Shabbir Ahmed Ahmed, Industrial and Systen Engineering, is studying how stocl tic math programming, involving uncertainties, can be used for planning and decision-making. "Uncertainty is a critical factor in
almost all decision environ" Ahmed says. med notes that his ie used to schedule manufaccapacity-additions in times wnen demand is uncertain, or in the design of suppl) cat
It also might help solve the buga>o of any urban dweller: how to 'ass traffic jams. This could be done, for example, ising a program that knows which the longest when a nearby major thoroughfare is jammed.
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Wenke Lee Lee, College of Computing, dine; better computei* security developing programs that can ,,,w hackers.
"Firewalls just statistically execute security policies. 1 lackers routinely break through firewalls," Lee says;?1 my research goes beyond firewalls. Intrusion detection involves learning how systems and users normally
and delect actual attacks by computer hackers.
A Joseph M. LeDoux LeDoux, Bioengineering and Bioscience, is improving gene therapy treatment for cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease. He's doing it with retroviruses and lentiviruses, which have evolved over millions of years into good news/bad news gene-delivery vehicles. The good news is that once these viruses introduce genetic material into a cell, it's there to stay. "This is important when you are trying to treat a chronic disease that will always affect the patient, such as genetic disorders or even some infectious diseases like HIV," LeDoux says. The bad news is that sometimes the viruses can't deliver enough genes to pack a diseasebusting punch. And they don't always hit the right cells. LeDoux thinks the answer to those problems may lie in getting the viruses to find a new "door" into the lungs, using the apical cells that face the airway rather than the basolateral cells that face the body's interior.
> Yucel Altunbasak Altunbasak, Electrical and Computer Engineering, is bringing ubiquitous multimedia communication one step closer to reality. "For example, Mom can watch our baby brother on a personal digital assistant, or PDA-like device, playing upstairs while cooking in the kitchen," he says. "Dad can watch today's baseball game while
relaxing in the yard. Sister can listen to her favorite songs from her home CD collection while running in the subdivision, and 1 can chat with my friends anytime, anywhere." To make such wireless systems as reliable as their wired counterparts, Altunbasak is focusing on two areas of research. One is to improve flexibility in bandwidth. The other is to make error correction and concealment methods function together.
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I < Saugata Basu Basu, Mathematics, is improving algorithms that draw from both geometry and algebra, a form of mathematics called algorithmic real algebraic geometry. It's a line of inquiry with a lengthy list of potential applications. Algorithmic real algebraic geometry lies at the heart of many problems in several different areas of mathematics, as well as computer science, including discrete and computa-
tional geometry, mathematical investigations of real algebraic varieties, and robot-motion planning. Basil's research focuses on proofs related to the tight, quantitative bounds on geometric objects defined by real polynomial inequalities. Already, he has made two inroads. Basu has identified better bounds for what are called Betti numbers. He also has found new bounds of important substructures in arrangements of geometric objects.
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some cases, they may be emitting t ins capable of killing whales. "We're trying to understand ^ "lings get eaten and w" ers don't, and the rol that process/' Kubanek says. "Wh\ aro H-iore interesting chemica ,Q i n organ he resea live fish ki safer lor Inn. be found to keep pla erating toxins that set! fish or to render the toxins sale , humans eat the shellfish.
A Christopher Jones Jones, Chemical Engineering, is designing organometallicsilica catalysts that could lead to new, next-generation polymers. I le is taking inexpensive materials like silica (sand) and decorating their surfaces with well-defined organometallic architectures. These functionalized silica materials promote the polymerization of monomers to (e.g. ethylene to polyethylene) with unique properties. work is to make materials, like sand, behave as if they are molecules on the nanoscale. We control the surface architecture using synthetic chemistry to ensure that the material interacts with in a single, scripted n Jones says. Jones is investigi materials as eatalvsts cal sensors for the detection of nerve agents.
> Shijie Deng Deng, Industrial and Systems Engineering, is developing a new price behaviors and to value electricity derivative securities in a way similar to stock options. The goal, he says, is "to help the emerging electricity markets
improve their economic efficiency and to help utility companies, independent power producers and consumers manage their respective risks in a deregulated electricity industry." It is work that could come as quite a relief to electricity producers and customers, who find themselves
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"Should women be barred from contributing to the advancement of science and industry in the state? Cannot Georgia do as other states and make provisions for women who want to study architecture or engineering?" — Georgia Tech librarian Dorothy Crosland in a 1952 letter to the Board of Regents
n observation of the 50th anniversary of female students being admitted to Georgia Tech, the ALUMNI MAGAZINE spotlights 50 women as representative of the thousands who have attended since the first two coeds were admitted in the fall of 1952. Many of the women were chosen because they accomplished a first — first female student body president, first female dean, first female Buzz. Others were chosen because their stories add to the breadth of the overall experiences of women at Tech. Many deserving women have not been included. Tech has produced hundreds and thousands of extraordinary women. It is impossible to include all their stories in a single magazine issue. Every one is a deserving story.
SHIRLEY CLEMENTS MEWBORN Tech
hirley Clements Mewborn could be called Georgia Tech's first lady. She was the first woman to major in electrical engineering at Tech. She was one of the first two women to graduate from Tech. And she was the Alumni Association's first — and to date only — female president. Mewborn didn't set out to make history when she arrived on campus in the fall of 1953. She saw it as an oppor-
tunity to get a good education, not as a chance to rock the male world of Tech. "Women didn't go there to change Georgia Tech," Mewborn says. "We were there to get an education and get out." But Mewborn did make a lot of history. She was one of the charter members of the Tech chapter of Alpha Xi Delta, the first sorority on campus. She and classmate Diane Michel were the first female students to live in Burge Apartments, designed as living space for faculty and their families. She says the women remained
focused on graduating — not landing husbands and earning MRS degrees. Mewborn did graduate with an electrical engineering degree in 1956 — and made history again. She and Michel were the first two women to receive Georgia Tech diplomas. She has returned to campus many times. She has served as an Alpha Xi Delta adviser. She currently sits on the Georgia Tech Foundation board. And as the 1990-91 Alumni Association president, Mewborn became the first woman to drive the Wreck during the Homecoming parade. Fall 2002 • GEORGIA TECH 4 1
Elizabeth Herndon, left, and Diane Michel were featured on the cover
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"I sure had a wonderful time as the Alumni Association president, to have the honor of representing all the people who have ever attended Georgia Tech, to be the representative for a truly outstanding collection of people. It was timeconsuming, but it was so rewarding," Mewborn says. Duke Mewborn has been by her side for more than 45 years. His enthusiasm comes from the heart. He's also a 1956 alumnus. In fact, the couple met on campus when they were both working at the library in the fall of 1954. Shirley Mewborn worked both full and part time at Southern Engineering Co. in Midtown Atlanta while rearing two daughters. Juggling a career and family wasn't easy and Mewborn says it's still a struggle for working women these days. "You set your priorities," she says.
iane Michel was one of the first two women to enroll in classes at Georgia Tech in the fall of 1952. Four years later she became the first female to make it through the Institute from start to finish. The day before she graduated, Michel was quoted as saying, "I came here to get the best possible engineering education. I'll admit that the challenge of being the first to do something intrigued me, as it would any American, but that wasn't the only reason why I came here." The arrival of women on campus created quite an uproar. By the
"My first priority was truly my family — my children and my husband. If I didn't get the plum assignment or the super opportunity, it really didn't make any difference to me because I was able to spend time at home and be there for my children and take them to ballet and swim class.
ELLA VAN LEER 1
11a Wall Van Leer, the resmlute wife of Georgia Tech President Blake Van Leer, knocked down barriers from the state Capitol to the Board of Regents to open Georgia Tech's doors to women. An architecture graduate of the University of California, an Army nurse during World War I, an illustrator for RandMcNally and an Army designer and draftswoman during World War II, Ella Van Leer thought the Institute's "No Girls Allowed" policy was ridiculous. From the day she became Tech's first lady in 1944, and with the support of her husband, she championed opening the Institute's doors to women and she marshaled the support of the Women's Chamber of Commerce, spearheading
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fall of 1953, the hullabaloo had quieted. An Atlanta Constitution
article in September of that year said Michel had "gained the respect of her professors and student body for her excellent grades." During her stay at Tech, Michel, a high school valedictorian who said she had always liked "math, astronomy and cars," also became the first president of Alpha Xi Delta, chartered in 1954. After graduation, Michel returned to Houston to marry and go to work for Sinclair Oil.
"In later years you can devote that same amount of energy to your career and catch up." Mewborn remains devoted to Tech and calls it "a labor of love. I love Georgia Tech. Each of us has the same amount of time. It's all about how you choose to use it." — Kimberly Link-Wills
a successful petition drive to overturn the statute barring female students from Tech. In April 1952, resistance collapsed and the Board of Regents voted to admit women to Tech. Van Leer was determined to see female students succeed at Tech and she became the unofficial dean of women. The handful of female students tended to band together, and Van Leer, an Alpha Xi Delta, helped charter a Tech chapter in 1954. All five female students pledged the sorority. Meetings and parties were staged in the president's home. When Blake Van Leer died in January 1956, Ella Van Leer bought a house at Sixth and Techwood and opened it to the female students. Her home became the unofficial women's dormitory because of the scarcity of housing options for female students. "Mrs. Van Leer was the backbone of women at Georgia Tech. There's no question about that," says Shirley Clements Mewborn, EE 56. "When she moved into that little house, she had some extra space, so she let the girls live there. She was doing that simply, as always, in support of women at Tech." — Kimberly Link-Wills
you were required to attend football games and wear a rat hat, but since I was a widow, I could sit in the end First nontraditional coed zone rather than with the hen Elizabeth Cofer Herndon became one of the first two coeds rest of the freshmen, but 1 still had to wear the rat cap. to attend Georgia Tech, she had lived The first year 1 couldn't through happiness and heartbreak. bring my son Ashley to sit in Walking into a classroom with a bunch the stands with me, so I got of men was a step she took in stride. him a job selling Cokes at At 30, Herndon was a widowed the games." mother who had been in the workforce While Herndon made it since many of her classmates were the age of her 10-year-old son. She was pro- clear she intended to study engineering and not engificient in math and accounting and neers, one Tech student when Georgia Tech opened to women, wouldn't be discouraged. Herndon enrolled. "I was in the Robbery She had no idea she would make having a Coke and someone her entrance under a virtual spotlight. tapped me on the shoulder. I "To think I thought I wouldn't be noticed, that I'd just sneak in," Herndon turned around and there was this blond, blue-eyed says with a laugh. Marine named Albert "All the freshmen had to take the Herndon," Herndon says. same classes except women couldn't "He had seen the write-up take ROTC or athletics, but I didn't on me in the Atlanta paper that told all mind not taking those classes," Herndon says. "I just took social studies about me and he introduced himself. The first day of chemistry class 1 instead. I knew I would have to work walked in and there he was. He had very hard to be accepted." saved me a seat." Together, Herndon and Diane The two would often study togethMichel, the only other female student in er at the library, but Elizabeth says she the fall of 1952, instituted a code of condidn't consider Albert a beau. "I just duct for themselves that included a wanted to get through that first year. It dress code and a list of do's and don'ts was very challenging and I studied to keep themselves above reproach. very hard. "We decided not to walk across "He just wouldn't give up. For campus with blue jeans on. If we had a every reason I'd give him not to get lab, we'd use the facilities where we married until after I graduated, he had had the lab to change into blue jeans 10 reasons to go ahead. Albert just and then we'd change back into dresses wouldn't take 'no' for an answer," she before we left the building," Herndon says. says. "Diane and I had many classes The couple married over spring together, so we spent a lot of time break in 1953. During Elizabeth's senior together. The 12-year difference in age year, the Herndons learned they were didn't matter at all. Everything was expecting a child. She didn't finish her new to both of us, so we stuck togethsenior year because her pregnancy er." made it difficult to navigate campus. Once the initial furor died down, Herndon says the students were accept- After having the couple's first daughter, Stella, in July 1956, Elizabeth planned to ing, but some professors found it difficomplete her degree, and Albert went cult. to work as a civil engineer with Georgia "The professors were usually very Power. After standing in the rain to regnice, but I had one physics professor ister for classes in the fall, Elizabeth who would have as soon not had me in became sick and Stella developed pneuhis class," Herndon says. monia. One concession was made for "The next morning I went down Herndon, however, that was different and withdrew from classes," she says. from any other student. "As a freshman
ELIZABETH COFER HERNDON
Elizabeth later earned a bachelor's degree in math at Woman's College of Georgia, now Georgia College and State University, and was certified to teach math. "I took all of my Georgia Tech records down there and found out I only had to get 30 hours of education courses to get my degree. You only had to have 30 hours of college math to teach high school math and I had 65 hours," Herndon recalls with a laugh. She taught physics and biology at The Westminster Schools and at The Lovett School, then went into real estate and spent 20 years with Harry Norman Realty in Atlanta, during which time she became a member of the Million Dollar Club. Albert died of a heart attack in 1980 at age 52. Elizabeth continued selling real estate, retiring at 70, but she keeps her Realtor's license active. Herndon has two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and lives in Sandy Springs, Ga. Looking back at the 80-year journey her life has taken, Herndon views the path from country girl to greatgrandmother simply. "I think I've had an interesting life," she says. â€” Maria M. Lameiras Fall 2002 â€˘ GEORGIA TECH 4 3
ELIZABETH KOENIG ARMSBY
lizabeth Koenig Armsby witnessed the engineering of Georgia Tech from an all-male institution into a coeducational school as a frontline participant in President Blake Van Leer's office. Betty Koenig was secretary to presidents at Georgia Tech from 1944 until 1965. She vividly recalls the battles fought to secure the admission of women. "Colonel and Mrs. Van Leer and Dot Crosland [Tech's librarian] fought doggedly and their determination paid off. It was achieved only by blood, sweat and tears," says Armsby, 82, who lives with husband John W. Armsby in Brevard, N.C. They've been married since 1974. During World War II, Armsby was secretary to an assistant director of the FBI. Her roommate was secretary to Van Leer, an Army colonel who worked at the Pentagon. When Van Leer was named president of Georgia Tech, he offered Armsby the job as secretary. She took it. "I came in on the sleeper train and Mrs. Van Leer met
ANNIE TEITLEBAUM WISE First Evening School graduate
n 1919, Annie Teitlebaum Wise became the first woman to graduate from Georgia Tech's Evening School of Commerce — and its first faculty member. In fact, she was the first woman to graduate from any state-supported university in Georgia.
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me at the station," says Armsby, who stayed with the Van Leers for six weeks, until she got an upstairs apartment on Fourth Street. "Colonel Van Leer was a great guy," she says. "He was very easygoing, very calm and collected. He was a great person to work for. Ella Van Leer had a mind of her own. She was determined. She was a go-getter. "Dot Crosland was my mentor. Dot and I got to be real good buddies, and she taught me so much. She knew everybody in town. She was a determined woman too. "They worked hard on the admission of female students — the three of them," Armsby says. "They were pulling strings all over town. In those days it wasn't as hard to get to the top brass." When the female students finally did get into Tech, it was rough on them, Armsby recalls. "The gals themselves were isolated and ostracized, but they stuck with it." Some members of the faculty supported the change, some were "hard-headed," she says. "You had to bring them around. But you run across that all the way through life. Eventually, it calmed down." She quit Tech in 1965. "I'd turned 45. I'd been there 21 years, and I had nothing to look forward to except 20 more years of the same thing. So I thought to heck with it, and I quit. I traveled to Europe for a year." When Armsby returned, Jack Spalding, editor of the Atlanta Journal hired her as his secretary. Three months later, James M. Cox Jr., chairman of Cox Enterprises, hired Armsby as his Atlanta secretary. "That's where I ended my business career," she says. In 1995, she returned to visit the campus with her husband and friends. "We drove down on a Sunday morning. I had a hard time finding my way around. It's really inspiring to see the things that have been done. It was so tiny when I went there, and when you see all the new buildings, it's mind-boggling." As Tech observes the 50th anniversary of admitting women, Betty Armsby can enjoy a direct benefit. Her stepgranddaughter, Susan Armsby, is a junior majoring in architecture at Tech. — John Dunn
A native of Budapest, Hungary, Wise was in her 50s and the principal of Atlanta's Commercial High School when she decided to go back to school. Wise received a bachelor's degree in commercial studies a year before the Georgia Legislature actually legalized the enrollment of women in the Georgia Tech Evening School of Commerce.
PAULA STEVENSON HUMPHREYS First majorette
orothy Crosland ran the Georgia Tech libraries for 44 years. Her tenure — under four Tech presidents from 1927 until 1971—covered the Great Depression, World War IT, the Civil Rights movement, integration and, her personal crusade, the admission of women to Tech. Crosland stood firmly with Ella Van Leer during the late 1940s and early 1950s and helped conduct a tireless campaign to admit women to Tech. In 1952, she wrote a letter to the Board of Regents. "Should women be barred from contributing to the advancement of science and industry in the state?" she asked. "Cannot Georgia do as other states and make provisions for women who want to study architecture and engineering?" And when the Board of Regents agreed in April 1952 to admit students that fall, she helped support the first female students. Crosland gave Shirley Clements Mewborn a job in the library and served as an example to the female students. "Dorothy Crosland was my mentor," says Mewborn, EE 56. Crosland also had worked hard for the construction of the Price-Gilbert Library building, and Mewborn took part in the famous book brigade in which volumes were literally passed from the Carnegie Building to the new facility. In 1962, the Georgia Tech Alumni Association named Crosland an honorary alumna.
rom the moment she was born, Paula Clyde Stevenson Humphreys had the unfailing support of her mother and father. That, along with a measure of feistiness inherited from both parents, has carried her through a life full of firsts and fights. Before she even enrolled at Tech, Humphreys asked Tech marching band director Ben Sisk about becoming a majorette. He agreed on the condition that she also play an instrument, so she became Tech's first majorette and played flute as the first coed in the marching band. The major she wanted — chemistry — was closed to women at Tech because it was available at other state schools, so Humphreys chose chemical engineering. She made it to the end of her sophomore year before taking her first chemical engineering course. "I was good in chemistry and wanted to be a chemist, but I was doing terribly in chemical engineering," she says. "One day I was sick and I decided I'd had enough, so I dropped the course. Later one of my classmates told me the day I was sick the professor told the rest of the class, 'As soon as the girl drops out, I'll lighten up on you.'" She changed majors to textile engineering, which offered textile chemistry and was "exactly the same as the chemistry major all the way through junior year. In senior year, we took the textile courses. I loved textile engineering." Humphreys' involvement included a stint on the Technique newspaper staff. In her senior year, she was the first woman chosen to be a member of the Rambling 'Reck Club and was the first woman elected to the student council. She worked as a research assistant at Tech and later was a chemist and assistant chief of laboratory services with the Federal Water Pollution Control Administration in Atlanta. She began dancing lessons and within a few years, joined the Ruth Mitchell Dance Co. She married George W. Humphreys, IM 55, whom she met after graduating, in 1965 and the couple had a
daughter, Rena, in 1967. The couple later divorced. George Humphreys died in 1998. After 13 years out of the workforce raising her daughter, Paula Humphreys took a refresher course in chemistry at Mount Holyoke College in South Had ley, Mass. She then worked as a research assistant at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, a lab technician at the New York Institute of Technology and a lab technician with the Drug Enforcement Administration's Northeast Forensics Lab. Since 1988, she has been an adjunct lecturer with the City University of New York. "I never even thought about teaching. That's why I didn't get my PhD. I have found out that I happen to be very effective in teaching chemistry. A lot of people know chemistry, but they're not effective teaching it." Last term, she taught an advanced chemistry class that was a challenge to her own level of knowledge. "I don't know what that course was designed for, but it had everything I ever learned at Georgia Tech in it. I had to dredge up stuff I hadn't seen in 47 years, but that is why Georgia Tech is so great. I would never have been able to teach that course and remember everything I had learned if I had been to any other school. It was the way they made you learn," she says. "I have to say, in all sincerity, that there is nothing in the world that intimidates me and, if I got nothing else at Tech, I got that and that has been a big plus in my life." — Maria M. Lameiras Fall 2002 • GEORGIA TECH 4 5
JEAN MCDOWELL RAY Chemical reaction
ean McDowell Ray listed chemistry as her major when she applied to Georgia Tech in 1960. "Since women were not allowed to major in chemistry, physics, biolo-
gy or psychology I had to settle for chemical engineering," says Ray, Chem 65. "We were accepted only in those Tech departments not offered on other state campuses." Ray followed the chemistry curriculum, but in 1962, she pulled a fast
one. She turned in the standard change of major request form using only her initials, D.J. McDowell. It received rubber stamp approval. A few days later, however, she was summoned by the head of the chemistry department. Women were not to major in chemistry so as not to duplicate programs available elsewhere in the university system. During spring break, Ray reviewed the chemistry curricula of all the public universities in Georgia. "It was obvious that Tech required several classes not even offered at other state schools, as well as a much higher number of required chemistry classes to graduate," she says. Ray requested admission to the Georgia Tech chemistry department from the Board of Regents. "Several months later, 1 received a short note from the Board of Regents complimenting the well-written request and 'maturity of the
MARY KAY CABELL First female professor
hen Mary Kay Cabell learned that her husband was being transferred to Atlanta in 1960, her mind turned to Georgia Tech. Cabell had just earned her PhD in mathematics from the University of Virginia and she wanted to teach. Georgia Tech seemed like the perfect place to do that. "Georgia Tech seemed an obvious choice, partially because my husband is an alumnus, but also because it had a good reputation," Cabell says. Her husband, Randy Cabell, earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Tech in 1953 and a master's in electrical engineering in 1954. The couple met when Mary Kay was studying for her doctorate and Randy was working on his MBA at the University of Virginia. Marvin B. Sledd, chairman of the math department at Tech, hired Mary Kay as an assistant professor for the 1960-61 academic year. "At the time it was sort of rare to
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have women in math, but it really didn't matter to me at all. It was unique and I was glad to have the opportunity, but I was not at all uncomfortable," Cabell says. "I always liked math and found the logic of it intriguing. I'm thankful that my parents, especially my mother, encouraged my interest and never let me think that just because I was female I couldn't do math." Although faculty members were welcoming to her, students sometimes took a little more time to adjust to a young female professor, she says.
writer.' They asked specifically if I had written the letter. My answer was very short and simply two sentences," Ray says. '"Yes, I researched and wrote the letter requesting admission to the Tech chemistry department. However, I had discussed the issue with a cousin, who is a lawyer.' I did not add that my cousin was busy studying for his bar exam." In January 1963, the Board of Regents notified Ray she was allowed to switch to chemistry. "I immediately shared my detailed original letter and method with my Alpha Xi Delta sisters and any other female student who wanted to transfer to a 'forbidden major/" Ray says. In 1966-67, all academic departments at Tech were officially opened to women. Ray has worked for The Boeing Co. in Seattle for 12 years and is involved in materials development for airplanes. — Maria M. Lameiras
"I was a graduate assistant in Virginia and at Tech it was the same as it was there. It always took the first week or so to convince the students that I knew more math than they did," Cabell says. Cabell taught through the spring of 1961 at Tech, then had her first child in October 1961. The Cabells moved to Florida with Randy's job in the spring of 1962. Mary Kay taught at the Florida Institute of Technology part time until the family moved to Virginia in 1966 and she took a position at George Mason University. She was an associate professor there, also serving as associate dean of students for a time, until retiring in 1990. "The thing that I am most proud of in my life is the accomplishments of our children — four daughters and one son. They all graduated from college with math and science degrees and continue to work in those fields," Cabell says. "Among the five there are two PhDs and one MD. They are also all married and we have 11 grandchildren. We are indeed blessed and very proud." — Maria M. Lameiras
MARTHA MOSS QUO
he day after her four-year stint was up in the Air Force, Martha Moss Quo signed up for a whole new kind of duty tour at Georgia Tech. She spent five years as Tech's first female GI Bill student, earning a bachelor's degree in textiles in 1958 and a master's degree in textiles in 1960. "Since my longtime desire was to major in chemistry rather than engineering, 1 switched to the textile chemistry option in the School of Textiles because the chemistry major was not opened yet to females," Quo says. "1 was then able to take all the chemistry courses I needed as part of the textiles program." Quo went to work as a textile chemist for Bancroft Co., in Wilmington, Del, in September 1959, finishing her master's thesis during the course of the year and returning to Tech for graduation. In 1962, Quo moved to California to work for Douglas Aerospace Engineering Co., where she met her husband, Ed Quo. The couple have three grown daughters and four grandchildren. After taking a decade off from full-time work to raise her daughters, Quo returned to the workforce in 1977 as a lab assistant in the Orange County coroner's office, then worked for the Los Angeles County Toxicology Lab until 1981, when she joined SmithKline Beacham Clinical Laboratory. She retired in 1996. "I will always be grateful for the education I received at Georgia Tech," says Quo. — Maria M. Lameiras
MARY NELL SANTACROCE DramaTech's 'Conch'
ary Nell Santacroce is to DramaTech what Bobby Dodd is to the Yellow Jackets," author Terry Kay, a former columnist for the Atlanta Journal, wrote in 1965. "She is the unquestioned leader, the catalyst that turns common drama into a living experience, both for her players and those played to. If you had to say it simply, Mary Nell Santacroce has the touch." Santacroce first took the stage for a DramaTech production as an actress in April 1947. She played the role of the "lovely daughter" in the troupe's second production, "The Drunkard." She directed her first of 47 DramaTech productions in 1949.
Dubbed "Coach" by DramaTech students, Santacroce served as director until 1966, when she returned to fulltime acting, including the title role in an Alliance Theater production of "Driving Miss Daisy." Under her direction, DramaTech was named one of the country's 100 outstanding amateur theatrical groups by the National Theater Arts Council. In 1998, she was presented the Atlanta Arts & Business Council's Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award. Santacroce once said she didn't have a favorite DramaTech production. "Each one is special in its own way and temperamental in its own way. Every play is a little, tiny lifetime that you spend in rehearsal and performance." Mary Nell Santacroce died in February 1999. — Kimberly Link-Wills
ANNE BROWN l QOl
nne Brown was the first female student to lead cheers on the sidelines at Georgia Tech football games. Brown enrolled at Tech as an architecture major in 1953. She described her role as "a sort of ornament — like a fancy radiator cap when the squad forms a car or does other precision stunts." She left Tech after a year. Female cheerleaders would not rev up the home crowd at Grant Field again until 1960. Fall 2002 • GEORGIA TECH 4 7
ercedes Dullum is a double rarity. A cardio-thoracic surgeon at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., Dullum is among only a handful of surgeons who do the minimally invasive techniques that repair or replace valves or bypass damaged arteries without major incisions. In addition, she is among a smaller group of only 30 female heart surgeons out of more than 2,000 in the United States. Dullum says she has known she wanted to a doctor since she was 11 years old. She followed her older brothers, David Dullum, ME 70, and Jim Dullum, ME 74, to Georgia Tech, where she earned her biology degree in 1975. "1 liked Georgia Tech, I usually have fun doing that kind of stuff," Mercedes Dullum says, adding that the academic reputation of Tech was a draw. "Both of my brothers had gone to Tech and I thought it would be a good school to prepare me for medical school. It did as far, as the work ethic, but that was kind of the way we were raised." Born and raised in Jamaica,
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Dullum says the presence of brother Jim and future sister-in-law, Valerie Compton, MSci 74, eased her transition when she arrived at Tech. She graduated from Tech in three years and was accepted to the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Dullum pursued cardio-thoracic surgery because the intensity of the specialty appealed to her. Now considered a pioneer in the use of minimally invasive and beating heart surgeries, Dullum says gender has definitely been an issue in her career. "Women don't do this," she says of cardio-thoracic surgery, "and the men have been less than accepting. A woman has to be twice as good and work twice as hard as a man to be accepted." Although her renown within her specialty has garnered her more respect, Dullum says she never based her self-worth on others' opinions. "It was never a problem for me because I have always had family support. My parents never said 'you can't do that,' and as I went through my training, I stood by what I was doing. You think of your patients first and you do what you need to do to get what you want," she says. "There's a saying in Jamaica, 'Let jackasses bray' If you don't see any real restrictions on what you can do, you can do anything," Dullum says. "You know what you are capable of and no one can tell you otherwise. But it's not going to fall into your lap; you have to do it for yourself. "Things have changed tremendously and when there are other women we come into contact with, we tend to gravitate together and support each other. There's always been an 'old boy network.' What we need is an 'old girl network.'" Another challenge for women is to remain true to themselves. "The hardest thing is to maintain your femininity, but still be effective," Dullum says. "If you are too strong, you're a bitch, but for a man it's not like that. We don't want to be like men. We just want to do our jobs and do them well." â€” Mark M. Lameiras
LETTIE PATE WHITEHEAD EVANS
he Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Administration Building is the only structure on the Georgia Tech campus named for a woman. The administration building received the name change in 1998 to commemorate a woman who has been hailed as Tech's greatest benefactor. Evans was never a student at Georgia Tech. Neither were either of her husbands. But the gift she left the Institute has funded construction projects throughout the campus. Born Letitia Pate in 1872 and raised in Thaxton, Va., she married tax attorney Joseph B. Whitehead, who, with a partner in 1899, conceived the idea of bottling Coca-Cola. Whitehead died only six years after founding the bottling company and his widow assumed control of the business interests. She remarried, to Arthur Kelly Evans, and proved to be a savvy businesswoman. She became the first woman to serve as a director of a major American corporation when she was appointed to the Coca-Cola board in 1934. Evans outlived both her husbands and both her children. Her death in 1953 resulted in the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, which benefits 11 principal beneficiaries. One of them is Georgia Tech, which receives the interest on a 15 percent share of the foundation's endowment. Over the years, that has meant more than $340 million for the Institute.
SALLY LAM W O O
n a cozy shop on Roswell Road, fountains burble peacefully around the showroom filled with Asian antiques, furniture, handmade baskets, a wide array of rosewood and teak stands for art and pottery, lamps and objects dart. The shop, Oriental Art, is the business Sally Lam Woo built from a hobby. Woo, ChE 67, has one of the largest collections of hand-painted silk screens and scrolls in the country, as well as books and accessories for Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, books and items for feng shui, handmade silk wedding
ANNE BUSHYHEAD Calculating romance
s far as we know, Georgia Tech has produced only one romance writer — Anne Bushyhead Frankenfield, CE 76. Writing under the pseudonym of Nicole Jordan, she will release her 16th historical romance, "Ecstasy," this month. She entices readers by setting the stage for her latest novel. "Raven Kendrick is abducted on her wedding day and faces ruination — until she
kimonos from Japan, lacquer, Japanese lmari and Kutani porcelain, cloisonne and Thai pottery. "When we first opened in Atlanta, it was really something new. There weren't many people who were exposed to Oriental art," says Woo, who initially traveled to do her own buying, but who now has a network of brokers across Asia who keep her supplied with new and in-demand items. "What we carry really just depends on what the customers demand." When Sally Lam Woo graduated from Georgia Tech in 1967, she knew she would need a flexible career, but she didn't know she would be the one to create it. Woo and her husband, Robert "Bob" Woo, CerE 59, already had their first child, Angela, who would be followed over the next five years by siblings Robert Jr., Cindy and David. Bob, who had gone on to earn a business degree and his CPA after graduating from Tech, had established his own accounting practice and Sally completed her degree at Tech during summer quarter after her daughter was born. "I was really busy when 1 was at Tech," says Woo. "At that time there weren't that many girls at Tech,
weds her rescuer, a notorious gangster with a dark past. But although she's vowed never to give her heart, her new husband begins to resemble the imaginary lover of her dreams." She began writing as a stress buster during her eight years at Procter & Gamble, where she worked on Pampers diapers and Charmin toilet tissue. "Velvet Embrace" was released after four years of part-time writing, rewriting and rejections. That debut novel sold 50,000 copies and was followed by such works as "Tender Feud" (1991), "Lord of Desire" (1992) and "The Seduction" (2000). While she does not specifically use her civil engineering degree in her second career as a historical romance writer, Bushyhead says her Tech education has served her well.
maybe 30 to 7,000 men, but it didn't make too much difference to me because I was working my way through school with a job in the admissions office and the courses were very challenging. In the 1960s they really made it tough and to make the grades 1 needed I had to really study." Although she never worked full time as a chemical engineer, she worked as a part-time researcher at Tech. By 1971, a hobby of collecting Chinese art and decorative items for herself and her friends spread by word-of-mouth until Woo was running a part-time business importing and selling Asian art from her husband's office. "This business really gave us the freedom and flexibility we needed as we raised our family and as I get older I just enjoy it more," says Woo. She and her husband, who is now retired, open the shop four days a week and enjoy their free time to visit with their children and grandchildren. "We really spent a lot of time with our children and this business allowed me to do that," Woo says. "A regular job would never have worked." — Maria M. Lameiras
"Tech toughened me and helped prepare me for real life experiences, teaching me things like discipline, hard work, tackling a challenge, setting goals and striving against difficult odds, not giving up," she says. "It also gave me the confidence to learn totally new skills, which proved invaluable when I had to teach myself from scratch how to write novels. Plotting is a linear function, so all those calculus and statics courses came in handy. And completing projects improved my organizational abilities. "Most importantly, though, Tech helped me to believe in myself — to know that I could achieve whatever I set out to do. Those years at Tech were hard, but 1 really wouldn't change them, even in hindsight." — Kimberly Link-Wills Fall 2002 • GEORGIA TECH 4 9
anatical. Maniacal. These are two of the words Janet Wylie uses to describe her former attitude toward her career. Now the president and CEO of Engineous Software in Cary, N.C., Wylie says it took a long time to realize that volunteer work, gardening, racquetball and going to the beach were as essential to success as ability, ambition and intelligence. Having skipped a year of high school in Jacksonville, Fla., Wylie was just 16 when she was deciding where to go to college. "1 knew 1 wanted to major in engineering and I had several scholarship offers, including one from the Georgia Tech Club in Jacksonville. I interviewed with Ashley Verlander (1M 39), who at the time was president and CEO of American Heritage Life Insurance Company, and from that interview I decided to go to Tech," Wylie says. "I made a lot of good friends and I learned how to solve problems. That is the biggest thing a lot of people take away from Tech, how to solve problems," she says. When she graduated in 1977, Wylie had 20 job offers from companies from Atlanta to New Orleans to San Diego. "I was at the top of my class and a
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lot of companies targeted that and the fact that I was a woman. That was when people were starting to be under pressure to hire women and if they were going to hire a woman, being at the top of the class didn't hurt," she says. Wylie chose a job as a project engineer with Exxon in New Orleans. Most of her time was spent on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico about 100 miles south of Grand Isle, La. — with dozens of men. "It was very interesting because they were not set up to accommodate women. There was a big bunkroom where they all slept and a community bathroom. I set up a makeshift bedroom by laying blankets on the floor in the diesel generator room. I could look through the grate floor to the water below me," she says. "To use the bathroom or take a shower, someone had to guard the door." If she thought the sleeping conditions were cold, it was nothing compared to the reception she got from the men who worked the platform. "I was younger than a lot of their daughters and there was no way they were going to listen to me," Wylie says. "What I found was that they were so experienced at what they did there was no way for me to tell them how to do their jobs. What I needed to do was tell them what they needed to do and why. Over time it got better because we won awards for safety and production. That's part of the reason I learned to weld and sandblast." Wylie worked for Boeing for eight years, moving up to director of marketing. She left to become manager of strategic planning for Martin Marietta's fledgling telecom division and stayed as director of Advanced Programs before moving to Xerox in its systems integration business. She later ran an engineering software company for Xerox and then she ran the international business for the engineering systems division. She went to Computer Sciences Corp. for four years before becoming CEO of Intelicent, a start-up information technology consulting firm. "They had been in business for nine months, but they had no customers and no revenue. What I wanted
to do was provide the strategy and the structure and the processes to get them going. In three months we had done $3 million in business and by the fourth month we made our first profit. It was a teeny, tiny profit, but we made it," Wylie says, adding that the experience was "great fun." The company was preparing to go public when it was purchased by HCL. Wylie stayed for 10 months then left to start her own consulting company. After doing strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions work for other companies for a while, Wylie decided to go back into industry. In February, she was named president and CEO of Engineous Software, which provides engineering design improvement software solutions and services. Although the business atmosphere has changed and more women have come into positions of power, Wylie says things haven't changed dramatically yet. "I've been on nine boards of directors and on almost every one I was the only woman," she says. "I don't think about it anymore, but when I was coming up things were very bad. Sexual harassment was rampant, but things that were earth-shattering to me then I can laugh at now." Wylie says women don't have to wait for the business environment to change to be successful. "There are two things that are very important to remember. One is to be yourself," says Wylie. "There are almost no female role models in business. There was actually a book out at one time that told women to dress like men. I don't recommend that. Be yourself. Be comfortable with yourself in terms of how you dress, how you decorate your office. It puts people at ease with you when you are comfortable with yourself. "The other is balance your life. I tended to be fanatical about my career when I was younger, but I have learned that when you have balance in your life, you are much more successful in your career," she says. "When you are young and ambitious and maniacal you don't realize that less is more and that is where balance comes in." — Maria M. Lameiras
IVENUE LOVE-STANLEY Tech shaped her life
he Georgia Tech experience wasn't always a pleasant one for Ivenue Love-Stanley, the first AfricanAmerican woman to earn an architecture degree from the Institute in 1977. "From a support standpoint, you just didn't have that. I felt that if you were not extremely talented and you were not a white male, many of the professors didn't have time for you. As far as having another black female, there were not any in the college," Love-Stanley says. Still, Love-Stanley, who arrived on campus with a math degree from Millsaps College, credits her success in business to her Georgia Tech education. "I am where I am because of Tech. It taught me the value of hard work. It was the foundation that put me where I am today. It wasn't easy, it wasn't that friendly of an environment, but it made me all the more determined," she says. Something else happened at Tech that shaped LoveStanley's life. She met Bill Stanley, the first AfricanAmerican to graduate from Tech with an architecture degree in 1972 and the first to become a registered architect in the South. "My first day at Georgia Tech was his last day on
SANDRA ADAMSON FRYHOFER Smile ami sin/ 'ah'
andra Adamson Fryhofer, ChE 79, has propelled her career using both her brains and beauty. A talented twirler of batons, hoops and knives during football games, she won the 1976 Miss Georgia pageant while a Tech student and went on to compete in the Miss America contest. Fryhofer took the stage in Atlantic City and said she wanted to be a doctor. Although she did not become Miss America, she did become a physician. Dr. Fryhofer didn't stop there. The internist at Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital went on to become the youngest — and second female — president of the 115,000-member American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine. She is adept at using the media to
campus. Bill had just finished his thesis. When my parents dropped me off, I went on this excursion to find 'the black house' that I had heard about," she recalls. Love-Stanley had heard it through the grapevine that "the black house," a fraternity of sorts, was the place where African-Americans from colleges throughout Atlanta gathered. In front of the house, she came upon Stanley, who had been tying a mattress to the top of his car. "Here was this guy with a huge Afro. He had a Kool in one hand and a bottle of Boone's Farm in the other," she laughs. "He offered to pick me up that night and give me a tour of the city and show me the architecture. "That first date was a disaster. He didn't have any money. He ran out of gas and I had to put gas in his car. But there was just something about him. I was very sheltered, very conservative. We were like oil and water, but the rest is history. We dated for six and a half long years," Love-Stanley says. Ivenue Love and Bill Stanley married in December 1978. She became his business partner as well in 1983, when she joined his architectural firm and the name was changed to Stanley, Love-Stanley. Both have served on the Georgia Tech Alumni Association board of trustees. They have established two scholarships for minority students. And their firm helped design the Aquatic Center for the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2001, Love-Stanley was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She is only the second woman in the state of Georgia to become an AIA fellow. — Kimberly Link-Wills
get health messages about everything from heart disease to menopause out to the public. Her smarts and smile have taken her from "CNN Headline News" to "The Today Show" and from magazines such as Ladies Home journal to Working Mother. Speaking of working mothers, Fryhofer and I sband George, an attorney, are the parents of 12-yearold twins. In 2000, Fryhofer was named to the Georgia Tech College of Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame. She also is a clinical associate professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Fryhofer currently serves as the medical correspondent for "CNN Headline News" and maintains a week-
ly column — "Vital Signs by Dr. Sandy" — on the CNN Web site. "Of course I still maintain my private practice and continue to see patients in my office every day," Fryhofer says. — Kimberly Link-Wills Fall 2002 • GEORGIA TECH 5 1
JANICE NEASE WITTSCHIEBE Favorable odds
hen Janice Nease Wittschiebe was debating where she would pursue her bachelor's degree, her sister, Becky, told her she would like Georgia Tech's odds. Rebecca Nease, CE 79, who now lives in Fort Worth, Texas, where she is a lead engineer with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, would call her younger sister to report that Tech men outnumbered the women 10-to-l. "She would say, 'Oh, Janice, I could have a date every single night if I didn't have to study' And I was going, 'Hmmmm, that sounds pretty good to me.'" Although she considered pursuing art at the University of Florida, Wittschiebe followed up on her application to Georgia Tech, where Becky had touted the industrial design program.
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Wittschiebe, Arch 78, M Arch 80, called the registrar. "He said, 'Just a second, I think I have your application right here.' I could hear pages rustling, and he said, 'Oh, yes. Sure, come on up,'" she laughs. "It seemed relatively easy for me to attend. I didn't realize it was going to be much more difficult to stay in." She enjoyed her student days. "I joined the Alpha Xi Delta sorority — my sister's sorority. Because Becky had been here first, it was like people knew me already. It was like walking into a situation where you have friends. There was no struggle about finding my place." She dated and later married Bruce Wittschiebe, CE 78, now vice president of Hardin Construction Group and then a member of the Ramblin' Reck Club and driver of the Wreck. "I got to ride in the Wreck out on the field with the football team and go to the away games. It was really wonderful," she says. "Between the two of us, we were involved in a lot of activities. When we graduated we stayed in Atlanta and we have always lived near Georgia Tech." Janice Wittschiebe is a principal in Richard + Wittschiebe Architects of Atlanta. She has continued to be active as an alumnus and is a vice president on the executive committee of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, chair of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board and a member of the Georgia Tech Foundation. She is a member of the College of Architecture's Development Council and Program Advisory Board Caroline Joe and is past chair of the college's advisory board. "The great thing about architecture is that it was very much of a community," Wittschiebe says. "You spend all night working on projects with people. You get to know them. We would talk about our families, our lives, what we wanted to do — and every once in a while, we spoke about our projects. I still keep up with the people I went through architecture with. "To balance that, I was in the sorority, which helped me get to know people outside of architecture. I keep up with that group as well. "Georgia Tech meant a lot to me when I was a student," she says. "I enjoyed it. It was as hard as anything. It was very difficult. I felt if I could get out of Tech, I could do anything. 1 think it is a great foundation to build for yourself." — John /.)///;;/
MARGIE LEWIS Nuclear entrepreneur
argie Lewis, NE 79, withdrew $10,000 from her savings account in 1993 and launched Parallax, an engineering and environmental management company, out of her home. Lewis is president and chief executive officer of the Germantown, Md., company that she started in partnership with Dolan P. Falconer Jr., NE 78, MS NE 79. The company's focus is inspecting nuclear power plants, putting safety procedures in place and cleaning up
nuclear and hazardous waste. Because of the heightened threat to national security since 9/11, Lewis says her company has doubled in size to 200 employees. "We do a lot of work in the national security sector," Lewis says. Before starting her company, Lewis worked in the nuclear industry 14 years, first as a safety adviser at nuclear power plants, then as an inspector with the Nuclear Regulatory Agency in Washington, D.C. Falconer was also an inspector with the agency.
DEBORAH NASH WILLINGHAM
eborah Nash Willingham, lSyE 78, maintains a strong long-distance connection to Georgia Tech. Willingham has a high-ranking job — senior vice president for human resources — with high-tech giant Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Wash. But she makes time for Georgia Tech. She has served on the Georgia Tech Advisory and Foundation boards, the Alumni Advisory Board for Industrial and Systems Engineering and as a commencement speaker. She was named to the College of Engineering Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni in 1996. Fortune magazine has listed her among the country's most powerful businesswomen. "My education at Tech opened many career doors for me and is the foundation for my business success. I feel a responsibility to give something back," Willingham says. Harold Nash, EE 52, encouraged his daughter as well as his sons — H. Ronald, IE 70, and Michael, IE 74 — to attend Tech. Willingham says her father wanted her to become an engineer so she could support herself. "And I could afford the tuition by working part time and getting some scholarships. I thought it would be a great education for the price — and it was." A Tech education also proved valuable in teaching her how to thrive in a male-dominated world. "Female students were often singled out in class to answer questions since there were so few of us. There
"1 thought I could provide a better service to customers than larger companies that were more concerned with just the bottom line," Lewis says. "We do engineering feasibility studies and can solve engineering problems, particularly those dealing with environmental remediation," she says. "We've removed radioactive lead brick from facilities. We do a lot of inspections of nuclear engineering facilities, both for the government and for the nuclear power industry." Lewis says she wasn't too worried when she made the $10,000 investment to start her company. Her nuclear engineering degree is very marketable. "I thought, heck, if it doesn't work out, I can always get a real job." — John Dunn
were some professors who claimed that a woman couldn't make a grade higher than a C in their classes. We learned to avoid those professors. We couldn't take PE courses since there was no gym open to women when I was there. But, for the most part, we were treated equitably," Willingham says. She says working women today still face a "glass ceiling inhibiting their movement into the highest executive ranks at most companies. And many women — and men — struggle to balance their family responsibilities with their work responsibilities." Willingham's own struggle as a divorced mother of two teen-age sons made The Seattle Times in 1998 when she was summoned to Bill Gates' compound for a meeting at the same time she was supposed to be at a school program. In order to meet her obligations to Gates and to her son, Willingham took a helicopter from the Microsoft meeting to the school then back to Gates' powwow. The article said Willingham "is being cited as a symbol of a new Microsoft: an older, wiser company where relationships, whether with family or customers, are a key to the company's ongoing success. What's more, not only does she represent a company that has matured, she's also at the vortex of one of its most important enterprises for the future." Willingham says Tech helped prepare her for the high-stress working world. "Georgia Tech was a challenging academic environment, where 1 had to think clearly and quickly — even when I was tired from working 20-hour weeks and carrying a full load. This ability to think well under less than perfect circumstances has served me well during my working career." — Kimberly Link-Wills
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ANDREA ARENA Service-oriented entrepreneurship
ndrea Arena can't believe her business is 11 years old. "1 feel like I just graduated," says Arena, Mgt 89, who for going on a dozen years has run 2 Places At 1 Time, a concierge company she started in 1991 at age 24 with her $5,000 savings. Since starting the business as a one-woman show, Arena has had as many as 120 employees in 66 client offices across North America. With the economic downturn of the past two years, Arena says she has scaled back to 50 employees and lost a few clients (Enron and Arthur Andersen) but she credits her continued success to the "agility" of a small business. Recently she was appointed to the board of trustees for Tech's DuPree College of Management and she joined the board of the nonprofit Atlanta Lyric Theatre. "1 always knew I wanted to be a member of the business community in Atlanta. I looked at the who's who of the Atlanta business community, and I knew I would be best served in getting a degree from Georgia Tech, especially as a woman. "Because of the reputation of the Institute in the business community, if you walk in as a young, wet-behind-the-ears
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person right out of school, it speaks volumes if your degree is from Georgia Tech." At Tech, Arena was the first member of the Barbell Club, a membership to the weight room at O'Keefe Gym which was populated solely by males. "You'd pay annually and they'd give you a key to go into this locked weight room any time of the day or night. I liked that because it was secure and I liked to lift weights, but it was a bit controversial because women didn't join the Barbell Club. It was this old smelly weight room," says Arena, who was also a member of the weightlifting club and worked as a teaching assistant for the coach who taught the weightlifting class. "There was never more than one female in the class and all these men would walk in and the coach would say, 'This is Andrea, she's your teacher's assistant, do whatever she says,'" Arena says. Although she got a job as a banking management trainee right after graduating, Arena says she always had an entrepreneurial bent. "I guess it was kind of gutsy, but if you're going to do it, do it when you're 23 or 24 and you having nothing to lose," she says. "I had a rented apartment and partial equity in a Honda Accord. I figured the worst-case scenario was that it would be a total failure and I'd go get a 'real' job like my classmates. I think ignorance is bliss. The possibility of failure didn't enter into my mind. I never even considered that this would not work. You think, 'How successful can this be?' not, 'What if it fails?'" And succeed it has. Among the company's clients are management consulting companies, financial services companies, marketing firms, technology companies, retailers, employee services firms, insurance companies, computer corporations and energy and industrial companies, as well as busy families and individuals. The company's workers will run any type of errand, as long as it's legal and moral, including dropping off dry cleaning, taking care of pets, meeting repairmen at people's homes, delivering cars to repair shops, making bank deposits, picking up prescriptions and buying and wrapping gifts. "I think, with the turn in the economy, we got even more diverse. My first thought was to keep a hand on the pulse of the market and that was the best way to protect ourselves in a tough economy," Arena says. Arena says she will continue to see what some view as obstacles as opportunities. "At Tech, you couldn't help but stand out if you were a female, so 1 took it as my responsibility to stand out for the right reasons. You can't think people are not looking at you, so I saw it as a personal challenge and that's how I've approached the corporate environment. "You can't help but stand out if you are a female at 24 and you are running your own company. That was an opportunity to stand out for the right reasons. There are inherent obstacles in that, but if you look at them as challenges rather than obstacles, you can do so much with that." â€” Maria M. Lameiras
elen Gould, IE 82, chose student government over kayaking. "I had a friend in student government and he was encouraging me to get more involved. I had some other friends who invited me to come learn whitewater kayaking and run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. I ended up choosing student government and had an incredible experience," says Gould, now the executive assistant to a vice president and a project manager for Intel in Oregon. "I had become involved with a couple of committees and it just grew and grew. Finally, running for student body vice president seemed like the natural thing to do. I really felt like I could make a difference." Gould became the first woman to serve as student body vice president. But her proudest achievement in student government is her work in the creation of the Academic Priorities Committee. "It started with a small group of students, eight of us or so. We were watching before our eyes the quality of our education declining and we didn't like it at all. So we decided we would try and do something about it. We tried to be as objective as possible and quantify how our education had declined. We looked at class size and expenditures on laboratories and libraries. "We published a report called 'A Question of Priorities: The Status of Georgia Tech Academics' in April 1982. It hit the front page of the Sunday Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It just took off like a rocket. The governor formed a blue ribbon committee and the end result was the recognition that engineering and science education was under funded and the state funding formula was modified to direct more resources to Georgia Tech," Gould says. "Eventually Georgia Tech benefited by several million dollars per year. That is probably the accomplishment
I'm most proud of." Gould calls her induction into ANAK the "greatest honor imaginable." The honors continued when the ANAK members tapped her as their president. With that, Gould became the first female president of the elite honor society at Georgia Tech. "1 didn't really think much about being the first female president until I was hosting an ANAK alumni reunion. One of the more senior alumni members introduced me to one of his cronies. He said, 'I want you to meet someone, a most peculiar person, the first female president of ANAK.' At the time, I wasn't sure if it was a compliment or not. It did make me realize just how unusual it was," she says. In addition to all her work on campus, Gould had work to do off campus. "It was very unusual for someone who was a co-op student to be quite so involved in extracurricular activities. It was a challenge. I needed good support from the co-op office. They probably let me have more flexibility than any other co-op student in history," she says, crediting Walt Disney World in Orlando for helping her coordinate her work schedule with the company.
After graduation, Gould went to work for Intel, left to earn a Wharton MBA, then traveled the globe for manufacturing plant site selection and later went into business for herself doing economic development consulting. Gould ended up doing a lot of consulting work for Intel. "1 helped design, build and start up their plant in Israel, the largest private construction project in Israel's history." When that project was complete, Intel asked Gould to rejoin the company — more than a dozen years after she had first left for graduate school. This job brings her home again in more ways than one. Her position is based in Oregon, where she grew up. Gould calls the decision to come to Tech one of the best she ever made. "I think the industrial engineering discipline was terrific. I had this systems approach to problem solving drilled into my head and I still use it today. "I learned a lot about project management and leadership of selfmotivated teams, especially from student government and ANAK. You're managing managers really. I still use that today." — Kirnberly Link-Wills
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or Patrise Perkins-Hooker, Mgt 80, a full scholarship at Georgia Tech was a blessing in disguise. A driven student from a young age, Perkins-Hooker received an unexpected four-year full scholarship to Georgia Tech from junior Achievement for her work as an outstanding young executive of several companies while she was in the program at Douglas High School. But Perkins-Hooker had already
accepted a scholarship to the University of Rochester. "I really wanted to go there, but when my mother realized 1 wouldn't have to be gone and we wouldn't have to worry about transportation, she accepted the Georgia Tech scholarship," she says. "That created quite a discussion at home, but you can see who won." She is president of Patrise Perkins-Hooker & Associates and is an influential African-American attorney and CPA in Atlanta. She went on to earn an MBA and a law degree from Emory University and, in 1989, became the first female AfricanAmerican member of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association board of trustees. In 1988, she received both the Young Alumni Award and the Outstanding Alumnus Award and spoke at a Georgia Tech commencement ceremony. "That is one of the highlights of my life, a milestone event I never thought about reaching," PerkinsHooker says. "The Georgia Tech experience was absolutely excellent. I met a lot of people who were very involved in the school organizations and 1 was challenged. 1 became a part of the Tech family by being actively involved in student organizations." She served as Student
AGNUS BERENATO Sister act
gnus Berenato became an assistant coach of the women's basketball team in 1987 under her sister, Lady Jackets head coach Bernadette McGlade. McGlade didn't hire her. Athletics Director Homer Rice did. "The head coaching job at Georgia State University had come open and I interviewed there," Berenato says. "Homer Rice asked Bernadette why she hadn't considered me for the assistant coaching position open at Tech. "Bernadette had never even mentioned it because she felt it would be inappropriate. Coach Rice called me
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and 1 took the job." When McGlade assumed full-time administrative responsibilities in 1989, Berenato followed her as head coach. Berenato has led the Lady Jackets
Government Association treasurer and participated in the Society of Black Engineers, the Student Center Governing Board and ANAK. The first female African-American member of the Alumni Association board, she also has been active with the Minority Affairs Committee and the founding of the Office of Minority Education Development. "Before I went to Tech, 1 lived in an upper middle class black community where we had very little interaction with white people. Tech gave me the opportunity to deal with people of different races and it gave me the ability to make friends. It introduced me to people who became the cheerleaders of my career, including Tech President Joseph Pettit." As a freshman on the president's committee for the status of minority students at Tech, Perkins-Hooker became acquainted with Pettit. "Dr. Pettit was very supportive and encouraging. Very few people have the ear of the president of a university who is interested enough to listen," she says. She met her husband, Douglas Hooker, ME 78, MS TASP 85, at Tech. "I look back and I see it was a good decision of my mother to send me at Georgia Tech," she says. — Maria M. Lameiras
to 203 victories and postseason play five times, including three consecutive appearances in 2000, 2001 and 2002. In their first postseason appearance in 1992, the Lady Jackets won the National Women's Invitational Tournament. The next year, Berenato led the team to its first NCAA tournament. "I believe in the academics of Georgia Tech," Berenato says. "What I always say to parents and students is, 'I will promise you one thing and only one thing, and that is the opportunity to get a great degree. I won't promise that you'll start, I won't promise that you'll play for four years, but I'll do everything in my power to see that you graduate." — Maria M. lameiras
DEBORAH WAGNON That's entertainment
f there hadn't been another female face in her first class at Georgia Tech, Deborah Wagnon's life may have taken a much different turn. "I was 17 years old — barely — and walked into my first Tech class at 8 on a Monday morning to see about 100 students in amphitheater-style seating — all of them male," says Wagnon, IM 76. "As I began to think 'I cannot do this,' my eyes rested on one face, a female one — Margaret Linda 'Peggy' Fisher. I decided to continue to enter the room and sit down. Thank God for Peggy Fisher! She became my great friend — and kept me from doing a 180 that first day, that first class in 1972." Wagnon won the Miss Atlanta title in 1976, the year she graduated, then earned her law degree from Stanford in 1982. An entertainment attorney, she is now head of the entertainment practice for Cornelius & Collins, a 60-year-old law firm in Nashville, Tenn., and also works with Fox Law Group in Hollywood. She has worked with recording artists, producers, screenwriters, authors, filmmakers and songwriter/composers including Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Olivia NewtonJohn, Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt, Lorrie Morgan, Randy Travis, John Berry, Deanna Carter and Robert Earl Keen, and international acts such as Russian country group Bering Strait and Australian pop artist Cosima DeVito. Wagnon adopted a 10-month-old daughter, Georgianna, from Guatemala in September.
LlLIANA MALDONADO ironmental engineer s an engineering student, Liliana Maldonado found herself so fascinated with water management that she made it her specialty. After earning a civil engineering degree from the University of Puerto Rico, she pursued a master's at Georgia Tech. Maldonado, MS SANE 80, was encouraged in her studies by the late Phil Carr, former director of technical services for the city of Atlanta's pollution control bureau, who taught courses in water flow and wastewater design at Tech. She joined the city of Atlanta's Bureau of Pollution Control as a research engineer and, after three years, she joined CH2M Hill, where she moved through the ranks as project engineer, project manager, senior project manager and vice president. She
managed and directed the development of an innovative wastewater treatment facility that won top industry awards in 1992 and resulted in a patented process for biological nutrient removal. She was president of the Virginia Water Environment Association from 1993 to 1994, when she joined Xerox Corp. and was responsible for developing environmental policies and strategies, but later rejoined CH2M Hill. In 1999 she was named global vice president and director for CH2M Hill Wastewater Market Segment, making her one of the firm's senior-ranking female engineers. She is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the company's municipal wastewater market, which has annual revenues of about $100 million. She has been selected to receive the 2002 Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Award for accomplishments by Hispanic-American profes-
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fter graduating from predominately male Georgia Tech with a chemical engineering degree in 1982, Linda Griffith thought she'd head west, where surely she'd find a school with more female students. "I did not for a moment consider Cal Tech or MIT — I wanted to go somewhere with a more balanced distribution of men and women. Because some of my favorite bands were from San Francisco, I went to UC Berkeley for a PhD," Griffith says. "The joke was on me. Back then, chemical engineering departments were the same everywhere. My grad school class had only three women and, since I spent almost all my time there, it was not so different socially than being at Tech." Griffith attended Tech as a National Merit Scholar who enrolled and graduated as a chemical engineering major, "something many of my classmates who started in ChE did not do," she says. "Due to cycles in the chemical processing industry, chemical engineering was a very popular major in the late 70s, so enrollments had skyrocketed. Back then, the local chapter of the American Institute of Chemical
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Engineers, perversely, made the faculty attend a 'pink parachute' party every term celebrating drop date," Griffith says. "I went to one of these parties at the start of my sophomore year and asked the department head if a rumor I had heard was true. Was the department really trying to flunk out half the sophomore class because there were too many of us? He replied, 'Oh no, what you heard is incorrect. We are trying to flunk three-quarters of you!'" In July, Griffith was promoted to full professor at MIT, with a dual appointment in the Division of Biological Engineering (a departmentlike academic unit that she helped start in the School of Engineering) and the Department of Chemical Engineering. The research she has done developing the "liver chip," which grows a colony of liver cells on a silicon wafer, was featured in May on an episode of the PBS series "Scientific American Frontiers." This technique advances the engineering revolution of mingling cells and electronics to create machines with living components. Griffith will also be featured in an upcoming issue of Popular Science magazine as one of "10 Scientists to Watch." Griffith's research began with a focus on trying to regenerate tissue for patients who needed transplants. "It came to me that the leading cause of liver transplants by a long shot is hepatitis C," Griffith says. "There are no great drugs for treating hepatitis, in part because it can't be grown as a virus in culture. The virus only infects humans and a few nonhuman primates, thus it is difficult to develop a realistic model. What happens is, when you culture liver cells, they lose their liver-specific functions. What we wanted was to develop a model of liver tissue that acts like liver tissue and could be used as a model of liver behavior." Griffith's former postdoctoral mentor, and now colleague, is a surgeon who expressed interest in
"building" a liver that could be transplanted into patients. "In trying to think about how we would build a liver, we wanted to build the basic functioning unit of a liver. Using 3-D printing, we started by making a scaffold for liver, but it was not high enough resolution and not as intricate as we wanted it to be," Griffith says. Griffith came up with the idea of using silicon microfabrication technology to "build" tissue on a silicon chip. The liver chip may be used as a poison detector for biological attacks or to test the toxicity of new drugs and may be adapted to create tiny models of human organs. "I've refocused two-thirds of my lab toward building the human body on a chip," Griffith says. As a professor, Griffith takes time to encourage students who she sees have the potential to succeed, but perhaps lack the confidence to pursue graduate and postgraduate education. "I interviewed with MIT because my postdoctoral mentor made me and I was surprised when they offered me the job. MIT is very competitive, and I needed a strong push to apply," she says. "I actually spend a lot of time with students, particularly women and minority students, who are really talented but who may not think they can go on to graduate school or academic careers," Griffith says. "I myself wouldn't have gone to grad school, but one of my professors wrote on an exam he returned, 'Have you thought about grad school?' and I hadn't. I didn't see myself in grad school. I saw all these guys as faculty, and did not see myself as an academic. It's not that I thought they were smarter than me, but it took a lot of nudging and confidence-building things to get me there. "That's why I take the time with some of my students to ask them questions about their career goals, to give them encouragement and talk through with them what might be good options for them." — Maria M. Lameiras
BERNADETTE MCGLADE Lady jacket Coach n All-American basketball player at North Carolina, Bernadette McGlade was hired as Georgia Tech's first full-time women's basketball coach and director of women's sports in 1981 at the age of 23. "I saw it as a great honor because Georgia Tech has such a rich tradition and reputation," says McGlade. "It was a great opportunity." McGlade coached the Lady Jackets for seven seasons. In 1985, she was named assistant athletic director in charge of Tech's seven-sport women's program, and in 1987, she was given responsibility for all of Tech's non-revenue sports programs. In 1988, McGlade was named associate athletic director, and her sister, Agnus Berenato, was named head basketball coach for the women's basketball team. In 1997, McGlade left Tech to become an associate commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
KATHY HARRISON All-American athlete
athy Harrison, Mgt 89, became Tech's first female All-American athlete after she dominated the Atlantic Coast Conference women's track and field championships in 1987. She finished first in the 400-meter dash, the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and the triple jump. She also finished second in the long jump and ran a leg of Tech's third place 4-by-400 meter relay. She set three ACC championship records and two conference alltime track marks while earning the ACC Most Valuable Player honors. Also that year she was named MVP of the ACC Indoor Championships. She was voted into the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.
LISA VOLMAR Firstfemale Wreck driver
y the late 1970s and early '80s, Lisa Volmar saw Georgia Tech as a perfect environment for the new generation of young women who excelled in math and sciences. She didn't comprehend that women engineers were still a rarity in corporate America. "When we entered Georgia Tech, my sister and I were two perfect examples of these somewhat naive but fully energized young women who saw no limits to what we could accomplish. We felt that being female was irrelevant to our ambitions," says Lisa Volmar, IE 86. As the only two children of a Georgia Tech graduate, Walt Volmar, IE 58, and Marjorie Colley Volmar, Lisa and her sister Tere, IE 82, had been raised with the same goals and expectations her parents would have had for sons. Lisa Volmar ran into a roadblock when she pursued becoming the driver of the 1930 Ford Model A for the Ramblin' Reck Club. "When I was among those nominated for the position, 1 was thrilled," she says. "But prior to the election I was speechless when I heard some of my closest friends saying, 'We've never had a woman driver!' 'What happens when she has to drive the Homecoming queen around?' 'What will the alumni think?' 'Does she know how to drive a stick?'" Despite the doubters, Volmar was elected the first female driver of the Ramblin' Wreck in 1984. Many alumni were surprised to see her behind the wheel, but Volmar maintained the Wreck and transported it all over the Southeast to Georgia Tech games and events and even drove the Homecoming queen around the field that year. The next year, Volmar was crowned the last Homecoming queen during the school's centennial year celebration. After that, Tech began the tradition of Mr. and Ms. Georgia Tech and, two years later, another female driver was elected. Volmar says one of the pennants from her driving days was placed in the centennial time capsule and the other hangs in her home in Fayetteville, Ga., where it is among her most prized possessions. â€” Maria M. Lameiras
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JAN DAVIS Tech's first female astronaut an Davis, Biol I 75, is Georgia .ech's first female astronaut. A veteran of three space shuttle flights, she has logged more than 670 hours in space. Davis is deputy director of Flight Projects Directorate at the Marshall Space Flight Center. A native of Cocoa Beach, Fla., she calls Huntsville, Ala., her hometown. Both are NASA towns. She grew up knowing Wernher von Braun and scientists in the space program. "1 went to school with a lot of their children. I was here when they were doing a lot of the [Saturn rocket] testing and shaking the whole town." When she was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 1987, Davis says, "it was like a dream come true." She was aboard the shuttle Endeavor for NASA's 50th mission â€” Spacelab-J, a cooperative venture between the United States and Japan, in September 1992. Her second flight was aboard the shuttle Discovery in February 1994. It was the first shuttle flight on which a Russian cosmonaut was a crew member. Davis was payload commander for her third mission, aboard Discovery in August 1997.
SUSAN STILL KILRAIN
usan Still Kilrain, MS AE 85, made astronaut history in 1997 as a member of the first shuttle crew to fly back-to-back flights. She was only the second woman to pilot a space shuttle. A shuttle flight in April 1997 was cut short — lasting only four days — because of problems with three fuel-cell power generation units. So she was allowed to pilot the shuttle Columbia again three months later when NASA sent the whole crew back into orbit. The second flight was nearly flawless, lasting 16 days and focusing on materials and combustion science research in microgravity. She is assigned to the Office of Legislative Affairs at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C A native of Augusta, Ga., Kilrain received her undergraduate degree from Embry-Riddle University and became an astronaut in March 1995. While a Navy pilot, Kilrain was selected to be a flight instructor and flew EA-6A Electric Intruders for Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 33 in Key West, Fla.
SANDRA MAGNUS Miss/on specialist
andra "Sandy" Magnus, PhD 96 — the third Georgia Tech alumna to become an astronaut — is slated to fly on a shuttle mission this October. Magnus is a mission specialist on the shuttle crew, which is scheduled to deliver the S-one Truss to the International Space Station and perform three space walks to install and activate the truss. While earning her doctorate at Tech, Magnus was a teaching assistant and received the Outstanding Graduate
Teaching Assistant awards in both 1994 and 1996. Magnus also earned a bachelor's degree in physics and master's in electrical engineering, both from the University of MissouriRolla. She went straight from Tech to NASA in 1996 and completed two years of training in 1998. Magnus worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company from 1986 to 1991 as a stealth engineer on internal research and development studying the effectiveness of radar signature reduction techniques. She was also assigned to the Navy's A-12 Attack Aircraft program primarily working on the propulsion system. Pall 2002 • GEORGIA TECH 6 1
SUSAN DAVIS First female Buzz
usan Davis scored an un-bee-lievable first for women at Georgia Tech. In spring 1987, Davis, Biol 91, became the Institute's first female Buzz. "I wore the fuzzy suit for two years and represented Tech at sporting events — football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball and swimming — as well as alumni meetings, parades, children's hospitals and even a wedding reception," she says. Davis always spent more time marveling at Buzz's antics than watching the game. She says an Alpha Xi Delta sorority sister, who was a cheerleader, encouraged her to attend Buzz tryouts. "I didn't really know how you got to be Buzz. I wasn't a cheerleader or anything like that in high school. I was definitely more on the brainy side. When I showed up at the tryouts, I was the only woman. The cool thing when you try out is you're in the costume the whole time and you just have a
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number. The judges don't know if you're female or male or black or white. "After they found out a female won, I remember talking to the cheerleading coach and he said, 'Well, we're thinking we might need a Buzzette.' I said, T don't want to do that. I didn't try out for Buzzette/" Davis says. Davis gets a warm, fuzzy feeling when she remembers Homecoming 1988, the year of the "Buzz for President" theme. "I was supposed to ride into the stadium in a stretch limo and get out and shake some hands. One of the fun things about being Buzz is you can get away with a lot of stuff you wouldn't normally as a person. I looked up and there was the sunroof. I got a wild hair and climbed out the sunroof and stood on top of the car as it was moving. The fans went wild. It was great," she says. "The very worst moment was my very first experience as Buzz, which was to go to a field day at an elementary school," says Davis, who took along a friend to help her make her transformation from woman to insect. "We got there and realized they were mostly Georgia fans, and the kids came at me. They punched me and pushed me backward and 1 flipped over a bench. I'm on my back and the kids are punching me and the parents are just videotaping it. My friend came over and helped me get up and we just left. "There were situations that were sort of scary. I had a Clemson fan punch me in the face. They treat you like you're a cartoon. You can't go after them, you're on national TV. At a basketball game I was passed through the crowd and a bunch of football players spiked me on my head. Luckily there's a little helmet" inside the Buzz head, Davis says, laughing and joking, "I'm really surprised I survived." She bears no scars from her Buzz days. In fact, there have been plenty of sweet rewards. "I'm pretty sure that being Buzz got me my first job after graduating. A Tech alum was doing the interview. I think the first thing he said was, 'Tell me about being Buzz.' I had actually put it on my resume, especially since my grades were not as good as they should have been." Davis earned a master's degree from George Washington University and worked in Washington, D.C., and North Carolina before returning to Atlanta, where she serves as director of development for WaterPartners International. Now that she's back in town, Davis attends Tech events and checks out Buzz. "One thing that's changed is Buzz now does pushups, one for every point. They didn't do that when I was there. The first thing people always ask me is, "Wasn't it hot?' The second thing is, 'Did you do the pushups?' It kinda makes me mad because I did everything Buzz did. I ran into the field goal post. I dove over the press table. I got passed through the crowd. I did a lot of painful things. There really wasn't anything a woman couldn't do. And I could drop and do 20!" Davis has always felt she could do anything men can do. "I'm one of those people who grew up not knowing that guys were supposed to be smarter." — Kimberly Link-Wills
ena Abraham, CE 92, MS CE 99, PhD 02, loves the construction industry. She has returned to Georgia Tech as a teacher to instill that passion in students. Abraham had built a rewarding career and her decision to shift gears came as she was entrenched in the $63 million state Capitol restoration as chief engineer for the Georgia Building Authority. In 1991, while pursuing her graduate degree, Abraham was named the Georgia State Finance and Investment Commission project manager to oversee all state-funded Olympic construction at Tech. Some 10 years later she returned to campus again to find an answer to a job question — "the problem of getting qualified contractors to perform the work and how to do that and how to prequalify those contractors. That really became my dissertation. I approached it from an industry perspective," she says. Abraham says the notion to teach sprang from a construction project meeting. "The contractor had just recently hired some Tech graduates. They really didn't know the basics about construction. I felt it was the next progression in my career to address some of that. The best way to do that is by getting in there and talking to undergraduates and master's students and bringing some excitement about the construction industry into the classroom. "Teaching seemed to be the next step. I felt I could make a difference in an industry that I really love, that 1 could make a bigger difference here than anywhere else," Abraham says. Her teaching schedule in the construction engineering and management program also allows her to do some work at home. "I'm actually able to meet my son when he gets off the school bus. I've never been able to do that before and he is 11 years old. "After the first day of classes, I was jumping up and
ALLISON GEORGE Sports information director
llison George is no-nonsense when it comes to her job. "Whatever my experience has been like has nothing to do with being female," says George, sports information director for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association. "I want to be known as someone who's a good sports information director, not as a good female sports information director." George, Mgt 88, is the first woman to be named director of communications for the Athletic Association. There are about a dozen women serving as
down like a kid. I said, 'This is exactly where I need to be. I can talk to students about the problems we face and how to overcome them and what to expect when they graduate.' It was just fantastic," Abraham says. "When I picked up my first paycheck from the department secretary, I said, 'I cannot believe you are paying me to do this,'" Abraham says. "I'm really glad that I'm here." — Kimberly Link-Wills
directors of sports information among Division 1 schools. Before being named director in February, she was associate director of communications for two years. She began working for the department while a Tech student. A statistician for her high school baseball team at Marist School in Atlanta, George wanted to be involved with athletics when she came to Tech. "People ask how I got this job, because I obviously didn't take journalism at Georgia Tech. I tell them if I had known in high school that there was a job like this and people got paid for it, I might have," George says. — Maria M, Lameiras Fall 2002 • GEORGIA TECH 63
TERRY BLUM DuPree
MARIE HILL GERLACH
arie Hill Gerlach, Georgia Tech's first Marshall Scholar, has discovered unexpected joy in her "retirement" — family time. The Marshall Scholarship enabled Gerlach, ESM 83, to attend graduate school at Emmanuel College in Cambridge, England, in the fall of 1983. Her fiance joined her and they were married in December of that year. She completed a year of postgraduate study, earned a master of science in vibrations degree and returned to Tech to work on her PhD. But when her husband took a job in Florida, the couple left and she joined Harris Corp., where she worked for more than a dozen years before she took a job with Dictaphone Corp. "I thought it would be an exciting opportunity to apply my systems expertise to some new products," Gerlach says. It was exciting for the wrong reason. The Belgian firm that bought Dictaphone went bankrupt. "The new product I was looking forward to was put on hold indefinitely," Gerlach says. "But my two girls, now 7 and 10, were most definitely not on hold. I'm now finishing my first year as a 'retired' engineer and thoroughly enjoying it."
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erry Blum, dean of the DuPree College of Management, believes in dreaming big, taking risks and having fun. Blum is the first woman to be seated in an endowed chair at Tech. The Tedd Munchak Chair in Entrepreneurship was created through the Campaign for Georgia Tech. She became the Institute's second female academic dean in 1999. The future of the DuPree College of Management looms large with its new home in Technology Square, slated to open in June 2003. "We will be able to be leaders in using technology to educate business leaders for changing technological environments," Blum says. Blum led the drive to change the name of the Master of Science in Management degree to the Master in Business Administration and she has worked hard to attract top-notch faculty to the college. "They have been recruited from the best programs around the country and represent the best and brightest to educate our students," she says. Tech offers female students a "wonderful learning environment that is demanding and values diversity," Blum says. "There are many great workplaces with glass ceilings being shattered and sticky floors becoming less gooey. There are still challenges, but many changes in the regulatory and organizational areas have taken place to ensure that the full talent pool can excel," Blum says. Blum received her undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and two master's and a doctoral degree from Columbia University. She joined the Tech faculty in 1986 and later headed the DuPree Center for Entrepreneurship. She encourages students to take risks and dream big. "Acquire the skills which will improve the chances that those dreams are going to come true. If you fail, try again. Be persistent." — Kimberly Link-Wills
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ue Rosser, Georgia Tech's first female academic dean, also happens to be an expert in gender-equity issues. Rosser was named dean of Ivan Allen College in March 1999. She came to Tech from the University of Florida, where she was an anthropology professor and director of the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research. She helped Tech secure a $3.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation last year to support the retention and advancement of female science and engineering faculty. She also helped launch the Women, Science & Technology Learning Community, a program in which female participants live together in a residence hall and are paired with faculty mentors. Women make up 22 percent of the science and engineering workforce in the United States and less than 20 percent of the science and engineering faculty at four-year universities. At Tech, full-time female instructors account for about 10 percent of the combined faculty in the colleges of Engineering and Sciences. While balancing work and family is the "overwhelming issue" women in science and technology face, they also report problems with time management, lack of camaraderie, gaining credibility, juggling a twoPhD family and lack of research funding, according to Rosser. Rosser has battled to get hiring panels to look beyond employment gaps on the resumes of women who have taken time off to rear children. "It is a genuine issue," says Rosser, the mother of two grown children. "I was afraid to take time out." Rosser, who received a doctorate in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has written eight books and more than 95 journal articles on the theoretical and applied issues surrounding women in science, engineering and health. — Kimberly Link-Wills
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my Wepking Opfer won the student body presidency in 1978, despite being female and independent of the Greek system. A co-op student from Wisconsin, Opfer says she was the most experienced candidate and "didn't make being female an issue." In fact, she didn't necessarily have the support of all the women. "We had a lot of smaller groups that kind of rallied behind me. At that time, the females weren't organized beyond the Society of Women Engineers and the sororities and the sororities were with the Greeks." Opfer says she did her best to tailor her class schedule around her student government obligations. "It was a tremendous amount of work as far as studying and attending all of the meetings required of the student body president," Opfer says. "I can honestly say that my years at Georgia Tech, and especially my year as student body president, was the best time of my life. You are directed, you have a goal and a lot of get-upand-go and a lot of energy. From morning until night you are doing the things you want to do and the things you feel are necessary. When you get out into the world in a job, it can be exciting and invigorating, but there is always someone else directing the type of things you are doing." After her term, Opfer spent a year studying in Berlin, Germany, as a World Student Fund Scholar. It was there that she met her husband, Gerhard Opfer, a Berlin student. By the end of the year, the couple were engaged. After the scholarship was up, she returned to Tech, earning her mechanical engineering degree in 1981, then worked for a year with the Beloit Corp. in her hometown of Beloit, Wis., while Gerhard finished his dissertation in Germany. The couple were married in May 1982 and lived in Germany, where Gerhard worked for Siemens Corp.
Because of differences between degree requirements for engineers in Germany versus the United States, she wasn't able to land an engineering job in Germany, so she taught English until her husband was transferred to Oregon, where she got a job with the U.S. Department of Energy in Portland. When the couple were sent back to Germany by Siemens in 1985, she got an engineering job with the U.S. Department of Defense. She worked with the organization until 1994, when military base closings associated with the fall of the Berlin Wall eliminated many defense jobs. Because she didn't want to relocate, Opfer resigned. Opfer says her experiences in Germany have been rewarding. "When we came back to Germany the second time, I was fortunate to get the job with the Department of Defense, which I loved." After the Department of Defense, Opfer worked as a project manager for German firms that had contacts with the U.S. government, but the effort of commuting to jobs that were sometimes three hours away from home took its toll. Opfer quit working outside the home in 1997. "I could have left Germany with the Corps of Engineers or gone back to
the United States, but that would have destroyed my family and my life here. When you invest 20-plus years of your life building what you want out of life, I can say I'm very satisfied," Opfer says. "When the wall went down, it changed the face of the Earth. It may have been a few days worth of blurbs on the news in the United States, but it changed a lot of lives drastically over here. I'm very glad I was here to experience it. It was very heartening." â€” Maria M. Lameiras
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KISHA FORD WNBA star
hen Kisha Ford stepped out onto center court at Madison Square Garden to play in her first professional basketball game, it was the realization of an impossible dream. "As a kid 1 always wanted to play professional basketball," Ford says. "But there were no women's professional leagues in the United States and I didn't know much about overseas leagues." Ford became the first Georgia Tech player to be drafted by the Women's National Basketball Association when she was selected in the fourth round of the 1997 draft by the New York Liberty. "It was the best feeling ever," Ford says of running onto the court. "People love basketball in New York and Madison Square Garden has so much history. Another player who grew up in New York went out onto center court and kissed the floor. It was a really powerful experience." In May, Ford was released from the Miami Sol, ending a five-year WNBA career. Now Ford is working at Mays
High School in southwest Atlanta as part of Play It Smart, a program to get high school football players on track academically and increase team and individual GPAs and SAT and ACT scores. "I am actually a coach for the guys," Ford says. "I monitor their study halls, I make sure they are signed up for SAT preparation classes, 1 register them for the NCAA Clearinghouse so they can receive eligibility to play in college and I make sure they are doing their community service projects. I am there to make sure they have the tools they need to get into college." Making sure student athletes are prepared for college is an agenda close to Ford's heart because of her own academic experience. "My mother sat me down at 8 years old and said, 'You are going to college and we have to find a way to pay for it,'" Ford says. Basketball became the natural vehicle to take her there. At 27, Ford already knows something about accomplishing her goals. "If you want to accomplish goals, you have to set goals. To do that, look
to your parents or your teachers and other role models," she says. "If you prepare yourself early, you can decide where you go to college," Ford says. "You don't have to wait around to see if they will accept you." — Maria M. Lameiras
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aura Scott Willis Pace, Biol 91, always personalizes the Ramblin' Wreck song. At football games, she amends the lyrics of the rousing ballad, singing at the top of her voice, "Like her mama used to do!" Pace remembers sitting in a Georgia Tech cafeteria reading while her mom, Mary Scott Willis Christfield, attended class. Christfield received a master's degree in operations research in 1978.
To Mclver was surprised to learn she had been named J Georgia Tech's first female registrar in February 2000, but almost no one else was. A search committee had conducted extensive interviewing to fill the job, and Mclver had gone through the process. But the search had taken awhile. When Mclver finally learned she had the job, "it was kind of a shock." Mclver was easily the most experienced candidate for the job. She came to Tech as assistant director for registration and records in 1981 and was associate registrar when the top job came open. Mclver says her late father, Marcus Oden, was a longtime Yellow Jackets football fan who had hoped his daughter would attend Tech. "I told my mother that Daddy always wanted to see my name on a Tech diploma. Now it will be on thousands, so I hope Daddy is proud," Mclver says.
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arsha Everton, AB 73, says her Georgia Tech education helped mold her into a savvy businesswoman. "A science-driven education really helps you learn how to use your curiosity productively. It really teaches you a lot about how to take a situation, break it down, look at it from many angles and put it back together," says Everton, the first female president and CEO of The Pfaltzgraff Co. in York, Pa. "There's this whole idea of looking underneath. Don't believe the first set of data as it comes in. Try to look at it from several angles, filter it a couple of ways. I think the basic scientific process teaches you a lot of that, so it really has prepared me for my whole career." The predominately male Tech of the early 1970s also helped prepare Everton for success in a corporate world where female leaders are few. "You learned to go with the flow," she says. Everton doesn't get stressed out about her busy life as a CEO, wife of an attorney and mother of three either. "1 don't feel that my life is that unusual. It's a little stressful some days, but everybody's life is so time-stressed. "I have always been high energy. I was always just going for it. I graduated from Georgia Tech in two and a half years. I just zoomed through the place. The thing that drives me more than anything is curiosity," says Everton, who zoomed on to Stanford for an MBA after her stint at Tech, which also included study abroad in Spain. â€” Kimberly Link-Wills
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iffany Massey, the first female African-American to lead the Student Government Association, is a pro at juggling. "Being president of the SGA is a very time-intensive position. There are a number of Institutewide committees that I'm a part of, I like to dedicate time to accomplishing the initiatives that were highlighted in my campaign and I have to make time to complete my schoolwork," says Massey, a fifth year industrial engineering major. "Tech provides you with a lot of
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opportunities to get involved. I co-oped and studied abroad. I tried to do all the things that I really wanted to do as part of my college experience." Massey saw opportunities to get involved when she came to campus for Challenge, a summer orientation for incoming minority students. "I got a view of Georgia Tech and all that it had to offer. I wanted to jump in and get involved," Massey says. "I was the freshman, sophomore and junior class president. I was president of my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Executive Roundtable." Massey is keeping her options open for life after graduation. "I have a lot of things I want to accomplish. Don't limit yourself. "That's what I tried to tell the freshmen at freshman convocation. You never know how much you can do," Massey says.
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Memorial Art Works of art created by Georgia Tech students to memorialize the tragic and heroic events of 9/11/01 were displayed as the Georgia Tech community gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our nation. "While we may carry sadness in our hearts and an appreciation that the world has changed, we are also here to declare that we have not become bitter or closed our minds and our hearts against those whose race or religion or nationality is different than ours," said Tech President Wayne Clough. "The nation and the world are increasingly looking for leaders who understand how to use science and technology to protect and encourage freedom and to create a better life for everyone on the planet. Your education is preparing you for this opportunity and for that awesome responsibility. It's up to us to use our knowledge to change the world and make it a better place."
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