Alumni News Blog

  • Ramblin’ Wrecks Awarded Marshall, Rhodes Scholarships

    Two of Tech’s own will be taking their engineering smarts overseas in 2014, thanks to two recently awarded prestigious scholarships.

    Nick Picon, a fourth-year aerospace engineering major and computer science minor, has received a Marshall Scholarship, granted annually to intellectually distinguished American students pursuing post-secondary education in the U.K. Picon, current president of Tech’s Student Government Association and a Stamps President’s Scholar, will pursue his interests in aerospace defense at Cranfield University, where he’ll study autonomous vehicle dynamics, and King’s College London, where he’ll study international conflict. His plans are to focus on international conflict and the prevention of war.

    Melissa McCoy, CBE 12, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, the world’s oldest, most celebrated international fellowship, which she’ll employ to pursue a master of science in Environmental and Chemical Engineering by Research at Oxford University. McCoy attended Tech as a President’s Scholar; as an undergraduate, she founded the Institute’s Enterprise to Empower program and co-founded Tubing Operations for Humanitarian Logistics, a system for speeding the supply of clean water to remote or disaster-stricken areas. Her research at Oxford will focus on issues of water management and purification.

    Picon and McCoy follow in the footsteps of many other Wrecks—most recently, 2012 Marshall Scholar Jacob Tzegaegbe and 2012 Rhodes Scholar Joy Buolamwini.

  • Two Tech Alumni, Killed in Action, Receive Long-Delayed Arlington Burial

    In July 1969, James Sizemore and Howard Andre, Air Force pilots who’d met at Georgia Tech, were on the crew of a Douglas A-26 invader that crashed over Laos. In September 2013, they were finally laid to rest—side by side, with full military honors—at Arlington National Cemetery.

    “It’s very meaningful,” Gene Sizemore, James’s brother, told NBC’s Washington, D.C. affiliate. “They flew together, they died together and they ought to be buried together.”

    Their remains irretrievable from the crash site until last year, Sizemore, EE 48, and Andre, MS ME 64, were considered “missing in action” for more than four decades.

    On the day of their long-delayed burial, the pair received a traditional tribute flyover—but, because of budget sequestration, the men’s families were forced to arrange for it on their own. Civilian pilots from Warrior Aviation performed the honors. Sizemore and Andre’s families are now working to raise $24,000 to offset the cost of jet fuel and enable the group to continue providing their flyover services to other fallen airmen.

    Click here to watch NBC Washington’s coverage of the funeral and flyover.

  • Animal Lovers, the Alumni Magazine is Looking for You

    Are you a Tech grad whose professional life involves creatures and critters? Is your pet as much of a Yellow Jackets fan as you are? We’re planning an animal-themed issue and want to hear all about it. E-mail us about your animal-related job and send us photos of your furry (or scaly, or feathery…) pals in Tech gear at

  • Student Alumni Association and Student Foundation Generate Buzz

    In recent weeks, two of Tech’s most esteemed student-run groups have given fellow Ramblin’ Wrecks even more reasons to be proud.

    On Sept. 17, the Student Alumni Association brought home two honors from the annual CASE ASAP Network Awards ceremony. Mentor Jackets won for Outstanding Internal Program, and the Expert Jackets speakers series was named Outstanding External Program. The annual CASE ASAP awards recognize “outstanding student and adviser leadership and achievements as well as outstanding student educational advancement programming” among the organization’s 400 member institutions, which include student alumni associations, student foundations and other groups at universities nationwide.

    And last Friday, as the Georgia Tech Student Foundation capped off its first-annual Philanthropy Week with a networking event on Tech Green, it was announced that the GTSF Endowment hit the $1 million mark for the first time in its 27-year history. The Endowment was seeded in 1986 by a donation from J. Erskine Love, ME 49, and has grown over the years under student leadership to become the largest entirely student-run endowment in the country.

    There’s never a bad time to say it, but here it feels especially apt: Go Jackets!


  • Yellow Jackets To Honor Longstanding Fan

    69032_1489934562135_8136178_nOn Saturday, when the Ramblin’ Wreck leads the Yellow Jackets out onto Grant Field, the team will celebrate the 85 years that Robert Duling, Cls 50, has followed Georgia Tech’s football team. Because of poor health, Duling is no longer able to attend games. Tech will show a video on the scoreboard honoring Duling for his long tenure as a fan. Robert Duling Jr. wrote the following remembrance of his father’s dedication to the Yellow Jackets.

    My Dad was a Georgia Tech fan before he was even born and already attending home games at Grant Field. He was born on Feb. 22, 1928, the son of Prof. H. B. Duling, who taught at Georgia Tech from 1922 until he retired in 1952. He was present for Tech’s Championship Seasons in 1928, 1952, and 1990. When he was 11 months old, he attended Tech’s very first Bowl game in California with his parents. In fact, he has seen every Bowl Game that Tech has ever played in, and has the programs to prove it. He has seen every coach that has ever coached Tech.