She's a Winner: Lynn Houston Aims High

Barbara Christopher
Industrial and Systems Engineering
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Most people will agree that being a full time engineering student is enough to keep you busy. Not Lynn Houston, IE 1999, MSIE 2000. She split her student years winning accolades on the track as well as in the classroom. This summer she competed at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials, tying for seventh in the high jump. Lynn may not have made it to Sydney, but she did make everyone at Georgia Tech proud of her accomplishments.

Lynn's career at Georgia Tech was impressive, to say the least. She graduated with highest honors and received a George Fellowship for her graduate work. She was also ACC women's high jump champion four times, Georgia's NCAA Woman of the Year, and All-American in high jump. She was on the ACC Honor Roll from 1994-1999, and received the ACC's James Weaver Corrigan Post Graduate Scholarship. Georgia Tech honored her with the highly prestigious "Total Person Award."

Lynn's interest in industrial engineering and logistics grew out of her exposure to her parent's trucking business. She's interested in consulting, and now that her Olympic goal is on hold, she's looking for work. But her jumping career is still very much on her mind. "The trials were the biggest competition I've been to, and I'm not ready to give it up yet," she says.

Despite her impressive collegiate record, Lynn says she didn't have many athletic or academic scholarship offers out of high school. Georgia Tech attracted her because of its quality as well as the proximity to her parents in Knoxville, and track quickly became an essential part of her Institute life. "I wouldn't have been as disciplined in my academics without the track," she says. "Being part of that experience made me feel that I accomplished so much more."

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  • Created On: Feb 28, 2001 - 8:00pm
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