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Alumni are critical to the College. Alums are proud of their alma mater as shown by the work that they do and the way they promote Tech in their everyday lives. Approximately 9,600 COE alumni currently hold prominent business roles as CEOs, executives, VPs, CIOs, CTOs, presidents, or board chairs. 61 percent of all Georgia Tech Alums are COE graduates. 34 percent of all COE grads live in Georgia. Women now make up 31 percent of the undergraduate enrollment in the College of Engineering, well above the national average of 18 percent.

The College recognizes key individuals annually through the College of Engineering Alumni Awards Induction Ceremony. See all past alumni award inductees.

College of Engineering Alumni Awards Induction Ceremony

2018 Alumni Awards Induction Ceremony - Invitation - April 21, 2018The College of Engineering Alumni Awards were created in 1994 under the leadership of then Dean John A. White. He stated, “…being students at Georgia Tech, you have had a significant impact on the world. Those who wonder why Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering enjoys an impeccable reputation need only look at your accomplishments.” He passed the torch to Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau, former Georgia Tech provost and dean, whose outstanding service to the College of Engineering led him to receive the 2006 Dean’s Appreciation Award from former Dean Don P. Giddens. As a B.S, M.S, and Ph.D. alumnus and fellow Distinguished Engineering Alumni recipient, Dr. Giddens continued this honorable awards tradition. After six years under the guidance of Dean Gary S. May, who received his B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Tech and is a former Distinguished Alumni recipient, the program is now overseen by Dean Steven W. McLaughlin, who joined the Georgia Tech faculty in 1996 and was appointed dean of the College of Engineering in 2017.

Each year, the College of Engineering 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. The distinctive categories are listed below.

For information regarding the nomination process, please send an email to alumni-awards@coe.gatech.edu.

Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award

The Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through professional practice and/or service to the Institute, profession, or society at large. They are on the “fast track” and have made rapid advancement within their organizations. They have also been recognized for early professional achievements by others within their profession, field, or organization. They are considered future leaders in their profession. 

Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award

The Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have provided distinguished contributions to the profession, field, Institute, or society at large. Candidates are highly placed executives and are actively involved in engineering or management, industry, academia, or government. 

Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame

Membership in the Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame is reserved for individuals holding an engineering degree or an honorary degree from Georgia Tech. Those chosen have made meritorious engineering and/or managerial contributions during their careers. 

Dean’s Appreciation Award

It is acknowledged that the College of Engineering has many valued supporters who are recognized and appreciated continuously during the course of the on-going activities in the college. This award is intended to honor those special individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech. The award may go to engineering alumni or to honor non-engineering alumni who have brought distinction to the College of Engineering and Georgia Tech.

Dean’s Impact Award

Many alumni from the College of Engineering have devoted themselves to bring about a more ecologically, socio-culturally and economically sustainable and equitable global community. The Dean’s Impact Award has been established to recognize the efforts of these alumni who are focused on developing globally-relevant, locally-sustainable designs and innovations that meet societal challenges across the world. In the College of Engineering, we are committed to a multicultural, multidisciplinary, sustainable, and international engagement by our students. This award is to recognize those graduates who embrace engineering for having big impact and who have a vision to find solutions focused on the world’s grand challenges.

2017 Ceremony

The 2017 College of Engineering Alumni Awards Induction Ceremony was held on April 8 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Midtown Atlanta.​ Read the recap and view a full photo gallery from the event.