Ramblin’ Roll, May/June 2010

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George “Bill” Rogers, AE 45, MS IM 48, of Columbia, S.C., was honored for his lifetime of service by the United Way of the Midlands as 2009 Humanitarian of the Year in February. Rogers, co-founder and chairman of the board of Bonitz Inc. and chairman emeritus of Consolidated Systems, has served on the board of directors of Carolina Children’s Home for more than 20 years. He also has served as a board member of Claflin University and in leadership roles with the Salvation Army and Central Carolina Community Foundation.


Jim Garner, IE 58, MS IM 70, has retired from Georgia Tech again. Garner first retired as director of Undergraduate Recruiting in 1990. Less than a year later, he was hired as a Tech temp. That temporary position lasted 20 years, until the end of March. Garner’s employment history dates back to 1959, when he was named assistant director of Continuing Education. In 1966, Garner was named assistant registrar. He was director of Financial Aid from 1969 to 1972 and later director of Registration. His temp positions over the last 20 years have included consulting in theOffice of Strategic Planning and Development; reading admissions applications; and analyzing transfer credit forms. Garner, of Cumming, Ga., is the father of two alumnae, Melanie Meeker, Psy 80, and Laurie Schlosser, IM82. The photo was taken for Tech Topics in the mid-’80s to mark the establishment of the Office of Undergraduate Recruiting. With Garner was the then-assistant director, Deborah Harris, now Deborah Smith and the assistant vice provost for Enrollment Services.


Kenneth G. Byers Jr., EE 66, MS EE 68, has been inducted into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia and appointed chair of the Carter Center’s board of councilors for 2010. He joined the board in 2005. The founder and president of Byers Engineering Co., Byers is a Georgia Tech Foundation trustee; a director of The Alpine Group Inc.; and chair of eQuorum Corp.

Joel Doobrow, EE 64, and his wife of 46 years, Phyllis, have moved from his native Charleston, S.C., to Weston, Fla., to be near family. They were active community volunteers in Charleston.

Walter E. Gilbert, IE 66, has served as CEO of a nonprofit Christian adoption agency in Thomasville, Ga., for 15 years. Following graduation, Gilbert earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., and Fibreboard Corp. in San Francisco; and helped develop Southeast Capital Assets with Lanigan Associates. An active Rotarian for the past 20 years, he received the Paul Harris award for his work in obtaining international grants to assist the poor in various capacities. He and his wife, Jane, Greek Goddess and Sigma Chi Sweetheart of 1966, have been married for 43 years and have two children.

G. Scott “Scotty” McCoy, IM 66, of Sandersville, Ga., has been appointed to the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority by Gov. Sonny Perdue. McCoy is a grain merchandising specialist with White Commercial Corp. and past president of McCoy Grain Exchange. He and his wife, Pendery, have two children and four grandchildren.

Willis J. Potts Jr., IE 69, received the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry’s 2010 Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Award during the 2010 PaperCon Conference in Atlanta. The award recognizes an individual for service that has significantly contributed to the advancement of TAPPI. Potts, who worked for Union Camp for 30 years and retired from Temple-Inland as vice president and general manager, is vice chair of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.


Tom Akins, IE 74, retired March 31. Akins, who participated in the co-op program while attending Tech, headed the program for the past 20 years as executive director of the Division of Professional Practice. With Akins at its helm, the division expanded its services to include undergraduate internships and study-abroad opportunities for students. Retirement won’t take Akins far from campus. He’ll be back on a part time basis starting in July to oversee planning for the co-op program’s centennial in 2012-13. Former co-op students with ideas for the celebration or interest in volunteering may e-mail Akins at tom.akins@dopp.gatech.edu.

Keith J. Aspray, ChE 75, has been promoted to vice president and general manager of the Middle East for Honeywell’s UOP business group. Aspray, who has been with UOP since graduation, will be relocating to Dubai. He most recently was managing director of UOP India, located in New Delhi, and business director for Petrochemicals. He earned an MBA from Northwestern University in 1984 and currently is living in Palatine, Ill., with his wife, JoAnn.

Tom Bacon, MS CE 78, of Ruther Glen, Va., retired from the Navy in 1991 and from the city of Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2007. He now works as director of the operations and maintenance division of the Army at Fort A.P. Hill, Va.

Annie Hunt Burriss, M CP 79, of Augusta, Ga., has been appointed to the Georgia Medical Center Authority by Gov. Sonny Perdue. Burriss serves as special assistant to the president of the Medical College of Georgia. She previously was the executive director of Perdue’s Commission for a New Georgia, the governor’s deputy chief of staff and the University System of Georgia’s associate vice chancellor for economic development. She now is pursuing a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Wood, have two children.

Lauralee Cromarty, IM 78, has been named to the advisory board committee for the University of New Haven’s newly reorganized industrial, system and multidisciplinary department. She will serve a three-year term.

Gregory G. Dess, IE 71, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern in Switzerland in December. He is the Andrew R. Cecil endowed chair in applied ethics at the University of Texas at Dallas. He and his wife, Margie, and daughter, Taylor, live in Frisco, Texas.

Kurt Hoge, Psy 79, earned a master of divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pa. Hoge is an IT manager for New York Life Insurance Co. in Lebanon, N.J.

Craig Jones, MS AE 71, is the senior structures engineer at the Missile Defense Agency’s airborne laser test bed program office at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. Jones spent 20 years at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., and retired as a lieutenant colonel after 26 years in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve.


E. Steve DeWeese, IE 84, of Vienna, Va., led a team that wrote “Capability of the People’s Republic of China To Conduct Cyber Warfare and Computer Network Exploitation.” The report has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post. It was written for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and is available at uscc.gov. As program director at the Prospective Group in Washington, D.C., DeWeese advises State Department executives of the Bureau of Information Resource Management. His son, Jack, attends Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and his daughter, Kate, attends Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Eugene “Gene” C. Dunwody Jr., Arch 85, of Macon, Ga., has been appointed to the state licensing board for residential and general contractors as an architect representative by Gov. Sonny Perdue. Dunwody is an architect and partner at Dunwody/Beeland Architects Inc. He is married to B.J. Dunwody and has three children and three stepchildren.

Frank Fuerst, MS IM 83, of Atlanta, is in training for a cross-country cycling tour in June as part of the Race Across America. He has teamed up with three friends to raise $200,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Fuerst is the co-founder and CEO of B2B Technologies, an IT professional services company. Donate at gachaingang.org.

Kenn Gardner, Arch 80, M Arch 83, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. He will be recognized at the organization’s national convention in June. Gardner practices in Raleigh, N.C. He and his wife, Betty Brinkley Gardner, Biol 80, who teaches genetics at North Carolina State University, have three daughters.

Steven Justice, AE 80, has been named director of Georgia’s Center of Innovation for Aerospace. Justice is the founder of Aviation Science & Commerce and Advanced Aviation Products LLC and most recently was vice president of engineering for the Ginn Group in Peachtree City.

Stanton Lanier, Chem 86, a pianist, released his sixth CD in December. December Peace was named the 2009 Best Holiday Album by the ZMR Music Awards.

Marcus Lewis, ChE 83, was named industrial vice president for Rhodia, North America, in Cranbury, N.J., in January. He is responsible for health, safety, environmental and security programs for the North American zone and oversees the manufacturing services activities, including the North American engineering and reliability functions. He has been with Rhodia for more than 12 years, most recently as plant manager for the Baton Rouge, La., site. He and his wife, Lauri Miller Lewis, ISyE 83, have two children, Erica, a junior at Davidson College, and Matt, a freshman at Elon University.

Theresa Maldonado, EE 81, MS EE 82, PhD EE 90, was named director of the Energy Engineering Institute in the Texas Engineering Experiment Station and selected as associate vice chancellor for research for the Texas A&M University System. Maldonado has been at Texas A&M since 2003.

Gary Miller, MS Mgt 85, of Sheridan, Wyo., is the founder and chief investment officer of Frontier Asset Management LLC, which outperformed its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, for the 11th consecutive year.

Kevin H. Posey, IM 86, of Alexandria, Va., was appointed to the citizens advisory committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ transportation planning board. Posey, who recently completed the board’s leadership training institute, also is a member of the Alexandria traffic and parking board and the city’s new transportation commission. Posey acquired emergency response certification through the Community Anti-Terrorism Training Institute and weather spotter training through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In 2009, Posey was appointed to the Alexandria regional board of the United Way.

Galen Kilpatrick Smith, IE 82, has achieved both internal and external certification from the Project Management Institute as a project management professional and IBM certified executive project manager. For 2009, her project was awarded IBM Project of the Year.

Robert N. “Bob” Stargel Jr., EE 83, vice president of global nonwovens for Kimberly-Clark Corp., has been named to Savoy Professional magazine’s 2010 list of the top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. Stargel is a member of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association board of trustees.

Mark O. Wilson, EE 85, and his wife, Maria, announce the birth of a daughter, Pricilla Maria, on Dec. 22. Wilson works for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Peter H. Wright, NE 85, in February joined the Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency as chief of the requirements and verification division under the system engineering and integration directorate for the ground-based midcourse defense program in Huntsville, Ala. Previously, he was a principal system engineer with more than 25 years of experience in private industry, the Air Force and the Army Space and Missile Defense Command.


Dwight Alcala, BC 95, and his wife, Kristy, of Kennesaw, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Miles Samson, on Feb. 11. Alcala is director of construction management for Perennial Properties Inc., an Atlanta-based multifamily developer.

Dana Camp Austin, TE 93, and husband Todd Austin, BC 92, announce the birth of a daughter, Mia Lou, on Feb. 9. Mia joins siblings Jacob, Callie, Jalen and Luke at the family’s home in Ball Ground, Ga. Dana is a full-time mother, and Todd is self-employed.

Scott P. Belanger, PhD EE 96, is employed as a principal engineer with SRI International in Ann Arbor, Mich. SRI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute that conducts client-sponsored research and development. Belanger’s responsibilities at SRI include business development, project management and systems engineering of remote sensing systems.

Kelly Briggs, Mgt 99, recently founded Stratigi Staffing, a woman-owned professional staffing organization that serves clients in central and north Florida on a temporary, temporary-to-hire and direct-hire basis. She and her husband, Scott Jackson, Mgt 00, live in Orlando.

JaCee M. Burnes, Mgt 93, has been promoted to vice president of treasury operations and assistant treasurer at Exelon. Burnes is responsible for cash management, liquidity and credit analysis. She also oversees rating agency relationships and serves as treasury liaison between Exelon and the corporate and investment banking community. Burnes joined Exelon in 2003.

LaCresha Denise Chatman, ABiol 99, a microbiologist with the Food and Drug Administration’s Southeast regional laboratory, now is a registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists. In December, she became certified as a registered microbiologist in consumer product quality assurance microbiology specializing in food.

Ronald L. Collis, Arch 94, has been promoted to senior associate at KPS Group Inc. Collis, who was one of the first LEED-accredited professionals in Alabama, chairs KPS Group’s green team. He joined the firm in 2000.

Lisa Crockett Richmond, Mgt 99, and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of a son, Ambrose Carvossa, on Oct. 9. Crockett Richmond, a certified public accountant, will begin her own accounting consulting business, working part time from home, this year. The family lives in Marietta, Ga.

Brett Cunningham, EE 92, was given the Golden Quill Award from the Button Gwinnett district of the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America in February at the Gwinnett district’s 12th annual awards and recognition banquet.

Jason Hong, CS 97, DMath 97, of Pittsburgh, has been awarded a Sloan fellowship for his work in human-computer interaction. Hong is an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the School of Computer Science.

Kevin Hurewitz, CmpE 96, and his wife, Amy, announce the birth of a daughter, Lena Natalie, on Feb. 28. Lena joins brother Ian Myles, 3, at the family’s home in Marietta, Ga. Hurewitz is employed as a senior software engineer with Nokia.

Patrick J. Kelly, PhD ABiol 91, who is a partner in the patents and life sciences/technology practices at Ballard Spahr, has been appointed to the advisory board of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, which is a joint program at Georgia Tech and Emory University.

Tawnya Plummer Laughinghouse, ChE 96, and her husband, Scott, of Huntsville, Ala., will celebrate the first birthday of son Scott Alan “Scotty” Laughinghouse II on June 16. The couple also have a daughter, Tai, 3. Laughinghouse is a nozzle materials engineer for NASA at the Marshall Space Flight Center.

Meredith Moore, ISyE 98, was named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” list in 2009. Moore also was nationally named one of “Four Under Forty” by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for 2010.

Heather S. Rocker, ISyE 98, was presented the 2009 Leadership Character Award in the Inspiritor category at the seventh annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards in February in Atlanta. Rocker is the executive director of Women in Technology; a trustee of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association; board chair of the Atlanta Women’s Alliance; committee chair and training director at Junior League University; and state chair of the Georgia Junior Miss Scholarship Program.

James Stevens, IntA 98, a partner in Kilpatrick Stockton’s corporate department, was named one of Atlanta’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2009. He annually has been recognized as a Georgia “Rising Star” in business, corporate and banking law by Super Lawyers magazine since 2006. He and his wife, Melanie Overstreet Stevens, Mgt 00, live in Smyrna, Ga.

Jennifer Fordham Treadwell, Mgt 91, and her husband, Jay, announce the birth of a daughter, Audrey Lane, on Jan. 27. She joins her brother, Austin, 3, at the family’s home in Smyrna, Ga. Treadwell is the assistant controller for Troutman Sanders LLP.


Sara Ballard, IE 09, and Steven Blackwood, Biol 07, were married Jan. 16. Ballard is a systems analyst for SunTrust Bank, and Blackwood, a former Tech baseball player, is a student at the Medical College of Georgia. The couple live in Augusta.

June Cai, Psy 02, and Jason Shelton, CS 02, announce the birth of a son, Jet Cai Shelton, on Jan. 12. Cai is a senior program manager at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Shelton is a senior software developer with the Oil Price Information System. The family lives in Gaithersburg, Md.

Wendy Stone Crisman, Mgt 04, and her husband, Mike, of Houston, announce the birth of a son, Carter Robert, on Feb. 3.

Joey Depa, IE 05, and brother Michael Depa, Mgt 09, started an organic fertilizer service, Boost of Nature LLC. Through a partnership with Adopt a Golden, the company is giving the nonprofit $50 for every referral from the organization’s members. Boost of Nature also was a Tech Beautification Day sponsor. Joey serves on the Young Alumni Council.

Teresa Hungeling Ebbs, IE 01, and Arthur Ebbs, IE 00, announce the birth of daughter Audrey Virginia on Oct. 23. Audrey joins brothers Arthur, 2, and Liam, 4, at the family’s home in Atlanta. Teresa works part time as the director of operations for Hungeling & Sons CPAs. Arthur is a commercial litigation attorney for Freeman Mathis & Gary.

Alexis Nicole Fairweather, ChBE 06, and Craig Alan Simpson, ChBE 06, were married Aug. 1. Buzz directed traffic at the wedding, and the Ramblin’ Wreck served as the couple’s getaway vehicle. Fairweather, who graduated from law school in December, accepted a position as a patent attorney with Finnegan. Simpson is a Flash developer for EyeWonder. The couple live in Atlanta.

Allison Roberts Fix, ME 00, and her husband, Sam, announce the birth of a son, Colin James, on Feb. 26. Fix is a process engineer with McCormick & Company in Hunt Valley, Md.

David H. Horton, MS BC 08, relaunched his publishing Web site, negropublishing.com, and has released his second book, Black Princess, a follow-up to his book Negro Intellect. He also recently celebrated the opening of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport’s new rental car facility as part of the construction management team.

Sung-Hoon Kim, EE 02, a first-year student at the University of Wisconsin Law School, was awarded the 2010 McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law fellowship by the Chicago-based McAndrews, Held & Malloy. Kim, who has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, previously was a research engineer for LG Electronics in Seoul, South Korea.

Mary Beth Lake, ID 04, a sales associate in the Buckhead Northwest office of Harry Norman, Realtors, received the President’s Award in recognition of her distinguished service to the real estate industry, the community and her professional, civic and religious organizations. She volunteers for the American Red Cross and helps organize and raise funds for Alpha Chi Omega sorority’s annual Golden Lyre Gala, which benefits the Partnership Against Domestic Violence. As a founding member and past chair of the Harry Norman, Realtors Young Realtors Council, she has helped grant two wishes annually for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Porsche Hodge Page, IE 03, of Sterling Heights, Mich., is a senior systems engineer for General Dynamics Land Systems. In 2008, she was honored as a Modern Day Technology Leader at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards conference.

Sophoria N. Renchie-Westmoreland, ME 03, was named graduate student of the year and female Mike Shinn distinguished member of the year by the National Society of Black Engineers at the 13th annual Golden Torch Awards ceremony in April. She is a graduate student in the master’s/PhD program in the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Society for Women Engineers.

Michelle Clark Stille, ME 07, and Ryan Stille, IntA 07, announce the birth of a daughter, Susanna Michelle, on Sept. 19. Susanna joins brother Gabriel Ryan, 2, at the family’s home in Virginia Beach, Va. Michelle is a full-time mother, and Ryan is a pilot in the Navy.

Lindsay Whitehead, BC 03, and Zachary Wyatt, EE 05, were married Aug. 15. Their wedding reception was held at the Georgia Tech Alumni House. Whitehead is a property manager for Meadows & Ohly LLC. Wyatt, son of Marvin Wyatt, CE 70, is a consultant for Pallas Technology. The couple live in Atlanta.

Melissa Bell Wheeler, Mgt 04, has been promoted to senior staff accountant at GH&I.

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