Alumni Spotlight: Three ISyE Alumni Honored with Georgia Tech College of Engineering Alumni Awards

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Each year, the Georgia Tech College of Engineering (CoE) recognizes, with an invitation-only induction ceremony, select alumni who have contributed to the profession, advanced in their careers, and enhanced the lives of others both personally and professionally. These outstanding alumni are reviewed by committees within each of the eight schools within the College and formally submitted for selection.This year, the CoE inducted three alumni from the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISyE) on April 16, 2016: Stan Chia, Deborah A. Nash, and Jocelyn Marie Stargel.Stan Chia (B.S. IE 2005), Senior Vice President of Operations, GrubHubCouncil of Outstanding Young AlumniChia received his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech in 2005, and he also holds an MBA from Emory University. Chia currently serves as senior vice president of operations at GrubHub, an online and mobile food-ordering company dedicated to connecting hungry diners with local takeout restaurants. His responsibilities include business development, operations infrastructure, sales, data operations, and general management of the local markets, as well as overseeing the Restaurants on the Run, Dining In, and Delivered Dish businesses. Since joining GrubHub in 2015, he has helped expand GrubHub Delivery from five to more than forty markets.Prior to joining GrubHub, Chia held multiple senior leadership roles at Amazon, Cisco, and General Electric, running multibillion-dollar P&Ls as well as strategic supply chain organizations. His accomplishments at Amazon included the launch of the company’s first toy pop-up store.The Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award recognized alumni who have distinguished themselves through professional practice and/or service to the Institute, the engineering profession, or society at large. They are on the “fast track” and have made rapid advancement within their organizations, and they have been recognized for early achievements by others within their profession, field, or organization.Deborah A. Nash (B.S. IE 1978), Senior Vice President, Microsoft Corporation (retired)Engineering Hall of FameNash received her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech in 1978 and an honorary doctorate of sciences degree from the University of Arizona in 2001. She retired in 2003 after a career with Microsoft Corporation, where she served as senior vice president. Nash is credited with leading the sales, marketing, and support strategies for expanding use of Microsoft products from the desktop to the back office operations of large organizations. Previously, she was an executive at IBM Corporation, serving in a variety of positions related to hardware manufacturing and development. In her roles at Microsoft and IBM, she was instrumental in achieving many firsts for women in both technology companies, and she was twice named one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.Her honors from Georgia Tech include membership in the College of Engineering’s Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni and the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni. Nash’s extensive involvement with her alma mater includes serving on the Georgia Tech Foundation Board of Trustees and the Campaign Georgia Tech Steering Committee, and as a mentor in the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Mentor Jackets program. She is also a past member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board and an emeritus member of ISyE Advisory Board. In 2014 Nash also received the Joseph Mayo Pettit Distinguished Service Award at the Gold & White Honors Gala from the Georgia Tech Alumni Association.Membership in the Engineering Hall of Fame is reserved for individuals holding an engineering degree or honorary degree from Georgia Tech. Those chosen have made meritorious engineering and/or managerial contributions during their careers.Jocelyn Marie Stargel (B.S. IE 1982, M.S. IE 1986), CEO, Stargel ConsultingThe Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni AwardStargel earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech, followed by a certificate from the Information Technology Management Program. She also holds a certificate in managerial leadership from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Stargel is the founder and CEO of Stargel Consulting, specializing in IT and risk management. In 2015, she retired from Southern Company Services, where she was responsible for managing the Business Assurance program. Prior to joining the Business Assurance team in 2006, Stargel served as director of external affairs for Southern Company Gas. She also held positions as assistant to the CEO of Southern Company Gas and assistant to the CIO of Southern Company Services, as well as management roles in the information technology organization at Southern Company.Stargel is the incoming chair of the Advisory Board for ISyE, the past president of the Georgia Tech Women’s Alumni Network, and she was recently elected to the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Board of Trustees.The Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award recognized alumni who have provided distinguished contributions to the Institute, profession, field, or society at large. Candidates are highly placed executives and are actively involved in engineering.


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