CoE Alumni Awards Ceremony Honors ISyE Graduates

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Georgia Tech's College of Engineering honored six Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering graduates for their outstanding professional and personal achievements. The annual Alumni Awards Induction Ceremony was held November 7, 2008 at the W Midtown Hotel. The 2008 ISyE honorees include:

Engineering Hall of Fame

Duane L. Hoover, IE 1960, serves as president of Hoover Investments and Hoover Foods. After graduating from Georgia Tech, Hoover's career took him through senior positions at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, the First National Bank of Atlanta, and Southern States Management. Hoover is a Hyatt Hotel franchisee, has been a Wendy's franchisee for thirty-four years, and a Hilton Hotel franchisee for twenty-five years. In addition to his outstanding professional career, Hoover was also a member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, the Georgia Tech ISyE Board, and the Alexander Tharpe Board. A few of his awards and recognitions include the Georgia Tech College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus, Georgia Tech School of Industrial and Systems Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award, Dave Thomas Founders Award, Wendy's International Hall of Fame, and the Honorary Tar Hill Award.

Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni

Jim Butterworth, IE 1984, is a principal of Greenlight Ventures, which he recently formed to invest in next-generation clean and renewable energy technologies. Butterworth is also founder and chairman of Incite Productions, a nonprofit that produces documentaries promoting positive social change around the world. Other notable contributions and achievements include being an advisor for the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation, recipient of the Alfred. I. DuPont- Columbia University Award (the broadcast equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize), and an Emeritus Member of the ISyE Alumni Advisory Board at Georgia Tech.

Joseph C. Irastorza, Ph.D IE 1973, in addition to his Ph. D in Industrial Engineering holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. Irastorza's illustrious career includes thirty-two years of consulting services to Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA) serving clients in the United States, South America, and Europe. After joining KSA in 1968, he held various positions of increasing responsibility, including regional and national director of Information and Business Systems Consulting and was elected to KSA Board of Directors in 1993. He has also worked as a senior engineer for Bell System, contributed in founding the Atlanta Cuban Club, and serves as an Emeritus Member of the ISyE Alumni Advisory Board at Georgia Tech

Andrea Laliberte, IE 1982, MS IE 1984, is currently the senior vice president of Distributions and Consumer Service for Coach, Inc., a leading marketer of modern classic American accessories. Laliberte has contributed to global distribution, consumer service, and transportation and customs compliance. In 2005 after leading the design and start-up of Coach's distribution and contact center in Jacksonville, Florida, she assumed the responsibility of global supply chain innovation. She also serves on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, member of the ISyE Advisory Board, trustee of the Girls Inc. of Jacksonville Endowment Trust, and member of the Women's Giving Alliance.

Willis Potts, IE 1969, served as the vice president and general manager of Temple Inland until 2004 concluding an accomplished career in the pulp and paper industry. Included among his many awards are being named a fellow of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) and the Executive Eagle award from the Pulp and Paper Safety Association. He dedicates much of his time to philanthropic, educational, and civic organizations, including being the Chair of the Communities in School, a mentoring program. Governor Sonny Purdue appointed Potts to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in 2006. He currently serves on the boards of directors for Wells Real Estate Funds, and J & J Industries.

Jane L. Snowdon, PhD IE 1994, has twenty-zix years with IBM in research and engineering positions. After joining IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center and subsequently becoming a manager of the Emerging Systems Design Department, Snowdon is now a senior manager in the Industry Solutions and Emerging Business Department. She is responsible for developing strategies and coordinating research efforts worldwide to create innovative solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. Snowdon's many other accomplishment and contributions include mentoring researchers in the United States and China, participating in IBM's Makocha Minds initiative for mentoring African university students, and serving as a senior member of the Institute for Industrial Engineers (IIE). She currently serves on the ISyE Advisory Board at Georgia Tech and previously served on the boards at The Pennsylvania State University and The University of South Florida.


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  • Created: 12/03/2008
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