Heather Rocker Receives Outstanding Young Alumna Award
Heather Rocker, IE 98, is the executive director of the Atlanta nonprofit organization Women in Technology. She was named the Outstanding Young Alumna in part because of her volunteer work as a North Metro Georgia Tech Club Board member, a Young Alumni Council advisor and a President's Scholarship Program interviewer.
What does the Gold & White award mean to you?
This is an honor that truly touches my heart. To be singled out among such a high-caliber group of fellow alumni is incredible.
What is your most memorable experience at Tech?
My time serving as a cabinet member for the FASET orientation program provided the best summer of my life. I'll never be able to recreate the number of friendships forged and leadership skills learned during that experience.
What was your hardest class?
Thermodynamics- both times.
If you could relive your student career, what would you do differently?
I would take advantage of the study abroad programs.
What did you drive during college?
A 1987 Chevy Blazer- an ugly, ugly brown with no air conditioning.
What was your favorite place near campus for a night out?
Dancing with friends in "old school* Buckhead: CJ's Landing and Lulu's Bair Shack were among the favorites. Late night cravings were handled thanks to Zesto.
What is your favorite piece of Tech memorabilia?
What is the most surprising way Tech has impacted your life?
As a student, I thought my relationship with Tech would end upon graduation. I underestimated the power of the Tech alumni network and the prestige of the Tech affiliation throughout the world. One of my goals through participation in the Young Alumni Council is to help other alumni stay connected through the many Alumni Association programs and to understand the value of that ongoing relationship with Ma Tech.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
If you get a degree in engineering, you'll have the foundation to do just about anything you want in the work world. Indeed, my education foundation in engineering has been invaluable in my career.
What book is on your nightstand?
Eat, Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This article was first published in the Spring 2009 issue of Tech Topics.