Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine Vol. 84, No. 03 2008

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>>TECHNOTES including architectures, software, programming methodologies, tools, scalable algorithms, performance evaluation and application development.

New Executive MBA The College of Management now offers an executive MBA in management of technology for rising professionals in tech-heavy fields. Recently approved by the Board of Regents, the degree is an evolution of the master's in management of technology started in 1995. The 19-month program is designed for techni-

"My training as an industrial engineer has informed every assignment I have undertaken. I think in terms of processes and optimization of the systems I am working in, with the largest system of course being the global system."

cal and business professionals who are ready to transition into upper management and strategic management roles. They can earn their degrees while continuing to work full time, says College of Management Dean Steve Salbu. A sister program, the global executive MBA, has seen exponential growth in popularity as more professionals recognize that the boardroom is as likely to be in India or China as in Georgia or New York. Established in 2005, the 17-month program enhances traditional course work with international perspectives on finance, operations, economics and marketing, GT

A Career in Humanitarian Relief Shireen Khan, IE 93, became interested in international development when she was working at AT&T. "I was spending all of my free time on community service activities and I was keen to have an international assignment. I thought I might do well to focus on humanitarian efforts as my main job," she says. So Khan moved to Ghana, where her first assignment was managing an emergency food security project. "My training as an industrial engineer has informed every assignment I have undertaken," she says. The job in Ghana involved organizing a logistics and distribution system to deliver seed to farmers. After earning master's degrees in business and international affairs from Columbia University in 2002, Khan moved to Afghanistan to work with the United Nations and other agencies in the economic development arena. Following the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia, she served as the local economic recovery adviser to the U.S. government representative for Aceh Reconstruction to find solutions for business recovery. Currently, Khan is a global leadership fellow at the World Economic Forum, for which she promotes public-private partnerships to achieve international development goals, Khan says she believes that Tech's H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering will help make a significant impact around the world. "While the field of humanitarian relief is becoming more sophisticated, each new complex emergency presents new challenges in administering aid," she explains. "Focusing the brainpower and expertise of the Stewart School of ISyE on improving humanitarian relief efforts has the potential to save many lives, ease suffering and reduce waste."