Leadership is complicated — “squishy,” even — but the principles are simple, according to the fall 2017 Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker. The hard part is applying those principles effectively.
Suzanne Shank still keeps two textbooks on her bookshelf from her days as a civil engineering undergrad at Georgia Tech. From her classes on differential equations and mechanics of deformable bodies, those two books remind her of a key lesson she learned in those days: “I was much stronger when I reached out and relied on the support of my peers. I realized I could only go so far on my own.”
Rebecca Yoo and Aaron Bivins have been to Bolivia twice together for a class in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The pair sat down in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth recently to talk about doing research abroad and how the class, Environmental Technology in the Developing World, has shaped their perspective.
Emmy Montanye brought practical advice by the bucket-load to the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series Sept. 20. She used lessons from her experiences to offer students a guide to turning their engineering education into a fruitful career, sharing what she called five “buckets” of skills she’s picked up through her career paired with a practical example. Ultimately, they all came down to one thing: relationships.
What does it mean to be a leader? We asked some of our most-successful alumni and a few of our faculty members to answer that question and to put leadership in the context of our work as civil and environmental engineers.
Associate Chair Susan Burns will participate in a new program this fall designed to prepare a handful of Georgia Tech faculty members for future leadership on campus and in academia. Burns is one of only 16 faculty members selected for the nine-month program’s inaugural class.
A group of Georgia Tech students has just returned from two weeks studying bicycle infrastructure in the Netherlands and contrasting the Dutch approach to American standards. The overwhelming consensus: it’s not just bicycles that define the Dutch transportation system. Rather, it's the integration of biking with all forms of public transit and infrastructure planning that makes the Netherlands’ famed bike culture a way of life.
Charles “Wick” Moorman talked about railroads, his experiences at Georgia Tech, and some of the things he learned as he rose to leadership of one of the nation’s five large railroad companies during the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Lecture March 9.