Innovation, collaboration, and opportunities outside the classroom are all hallmarks of a Georgia Tech education. Thanks to the private donors who provided transformative philanthropy leading to the naming of a college and a school, and who provided vital resources to launch and sustain interdisciplinary programs and research centers during the Campaign, the Institute has made great strides in further distinguishing itself from peer institutions.
Stewart Commitment Names School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
In 2006, Carolyn and H. Milton Stewart, IE 1961, made a $20 million commitment naming the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE). The commitment established a permanent endowment generating funds available for unrestricted use within the Stewart School.
The Stewarts’ philanthropy made ISyE the fourth named school within the College of Engineering, joining the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, and the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering.
The Stewart School has been ranked number one in the nation for 25 consecutive years.
“We’re honored to be a part of the ISyE success story that was written by so many alumni and faculty,” the Stewarts said. “Our outstanding faculty, bright students, excellent leadership, and highly supportive alumni give us an important edge in the continuing competition to be the very best.”
The Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business
It is a rare event in university business education when a name is added to the ranks of the top 10 public business schools. Joining the iconic brands of Ross, Haas, Darden, Kenan-Flagler, Anderson, Kelley, McCombs, Broad, and Carlson in 2012 was a new player: Scheller.
This seismic shift was the result of the vision and generosity of Roberta and Ernest “Ernie” Scheller Jr., IM 1952, HON Ph.D. 2013. The gift of $50 million established the Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business among the nation’s most renowned business schools.
Scheller credits his Georgia Tech experience with developing his entrepreneurial edge and laying the foundation he needed for career success. “Georgia Tech taught me to be disciplined and focused in everything I did,” Scheller recalled. “I owe so much to Georgia Tech and the rigorous education I received, and I’ve always felt a tremendous amount of gratitude and a strong desire to give back to the Institute.”
The first half of the $50 million gift was initiated in 2009 in the form of a $20 million Scheller endowment challenge grant and a $5 million expendable dean’s discretionary fund.
Named Colleges and Schools include:
Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Named Research Institutes and Centers include:
Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems
Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business
Named Programs include:
Cecil B. Day Program in Business Ethics
Steven A. Denning Program in Technology & Management
Cowan-Turner Program in Servant Leadership
Steven A. Denning Technology & Management Program
A $5 million commitment from Steven A. Denning, IM 1970, in 2007 established the Technology & Management Program, a joint effort among the College of Computing, the College of Engineering, and the Scheller College of Business. A second $5 million gift triggered 1:1 challenge funds, resulting in the naming of the Steven A. Denning Technology & Management Program.
The program helps create cross-functional leaders in technology and business-related fields by building upon Georgia Tech’s outstanding programs and curriculum. It enables undergraduate engineering, computing, and business students to learn one another’s language through coursework in their respective fields as well as teamwork focused on solving real-world problems.
Tech Enhances Sustainability Efforts
Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business Ray C. Anderson, IE 1956, HON Ph.D. 2011, was as devoted to his alma mater as he was to the idea of sustainability in manufacturing.
In 2015, the foundation that bears his name made a generous commitment to the Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business that will provide $5 million in expendable funds over the next decade. The philanthropic investment also resulted in a term-of-years naming for what was renamed the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business.
Established in 2013 with seed funding from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, the center was originally known as the Center for Business Strategies for Sustainability.
Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems Brook H. Byers, EE 1968, HON Ph.D. 2010, made a multi-million-dollar commitment in 2008 that established the interdisciplinary Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems.
Led by renowned sustainability expert John Crittenden, the Byers Institute enhances Georgia Tech’s research, education, and service missions and campus operations through leadership, communications, development, and decision making inspired and defined by the principles of sustainability.
Research focus areas at the Byers Institute include infrastructure ecology, provision of clean water, sustainable engineering education, sustainable energy production, climate change, air quality, and nanotechnology.
Goizueta Foundation Grant Promotes STEM Fields to Hispanic Students
The Goizueta Foundation has a long history of supporting recruitment and retention efforts and both need- and merit-based scholarship endowments designated for Hispanic students at Georgia Tech.
In 2012, The Goizueta Foundation awarded Tech a $5 million grant to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to Hispanic/Latino K-12 students.
The five-year grant will support and enhance the GoSTEM research-based model and will demonstrate how technological universities and school systems can partner to promote academic achievement among Hispanic students in STEM fields.
Alumna’s Bequest Will Support Stewart School
Andrea L. Laliberte, IE 1982, MS IE 1984, understands the difference that one individual can make, and her life’s work, philanthropic pursuits, and volunteerism have all been guided by that belief.
Her 2012 bequest provision will grow the Andrea L. Laliberte Endowment Fund, providing unrestricted support for the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. It is one of the largest gifts by any alumna in Georgia Tech’s history.
AT&T Gift Supports Professional Online Master of Science Degree
In 2013, thanks to a $2 million gift from AT&T, Georgia Tech became the first in the nation to create a professional Online Master of Science degree in Computer Science.
AT&T and Georgia Tech joined forces with Udacity Inc., a leading online education company based in Silicon Valley, to make this degree possible. Udacity’s founder, Sebastian Thrun, commented, “We are excited to team with Georgia Tech, whose College of Computing offers CS degrees of the very highest caliber. AT&T is a champion for innovation in education, and we are grateful for its vision in supporting this endeavor.”
Launched in January 2014, the program offers 13 courses to be applied across nine specialization areas (including a newly added specialization in information security). At full scale, the curriculum will consist of at least 25 courses.
Later in 2014, AT&T committed an additional $1.9 million to the program.