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ISyE Alumni Honored at the 2008 Gold & White Ceremony

Posted February 21, 2008 | Atlanta

Each year, ISyE alumni who are making an impact through their passion, dedication and excellent work to advance the Institute and society are recognized at the Alumni Association's Gold & White Honors ceremony. This year, the alumni of the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering who received awards at the event were:

The Joseph Mayo Pettit Alumni Distinguished Service Award
E. Roe Stamps IV, IE 1967, MS IE 1972
Michael Tennenbaum, IE 1958

Dean Griffin Community Service Award
Ray C. Anderson, IE 1956

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
Troy W. Rice, IE 2001

Honorary Alumna Award
Carolyn J. Stewart, Honorary

More about ISyE's award winners:
Edward Roe Stamps, IV is a champion of Georgia Tech and its students. He is vice chairman of the Campaign Georgia Tech Steering Committee and has supported students at the Institute through funding such facilities as Stamps Field, the Penny and Roe Stamps Student Center Commons and the Dr. Edward Roe Stamps III Health Services named for his father, who served as a doctor at the former Georgia Tech infirmary.

Stamps also has established the Stamps Leadership Scholars Awards offered to the top 15 entering freshman each year and has been a supporter of the President's Scholarship Program for several years. "These are incredibly talented kids,* he says. "Many of them will have an important impact on the world we will be living in. I enjoy the opportunity to give them a little boost at this stage in their lives.*

The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation was recognized in the January 2008 Conde' Nast Portfolio magazine as among the nation's most generous. It noted the Stamps Foundation helped establish a prosthetic rehabilitation facility for the U. S. Army.

Roe is founding managing partner of Boston-based Summit Partners, a leading private equity and venture capital firm with offices in Boston, Palo Alto and London. He is co-chairman of the Investment Committee of the Georgia Tech Foundation board, an emeritus member of the H. Milton Stewart School of ISyE Advisory Board and former member of the Entrepreneurship Program Development Steering Committee, Ivan Allen College Executive Advisory Board and the Advanced Technology Development Center Ad Hoc Advisory Committee.

Stamps was named a distinguished alumnus of the College of Engineering and the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering in 1995. He was inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Fame in 2001. He and his wife, Penny, live in Coconut Grove, Florida, and have two adult children.

Michael Tennenbaum became extremely active as a co-op student. A sampling of his student memberships include Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, Physics Club, Yellow Jacket Club, Scabbard and Blade, Triangle Club, World Student Fund Committee and St. Patrick's Council. He performed in DramaTech, served on the staffs of the Rambler, Technique and Engineering publication and was a resident assistant and a cheerleader.

As an alumnus, Tennenbaum hasn't slowed down. After earning an MBA from Harvard and pursing a successful career on Wall Street, he followed an entrepreneurial impulse and founded his own private investment firm, Tennenbaum Capital Partners.

He continues to be one of Georgia Tech's most enthusiastic cheerleaders and remains actively involved in the affairs of the Institute, serving as a vice chairman on the Campaign 2010 Steering Committee. He is an emeritus member of the Georgia Tech Foundation Board, the Georgia Tech Advisory Board and the Stewart School of ISyE Advisory Board and served on the Class of 1958 40th Reunion Committee.

Tennenbaum was recognized as both an ISyE and College of Engineering distinguished alumnus in 1994, and he was named to the Industrial and Systems Engineering Hall of Fame in 1995 and the College of Engineering Hall of Fame in 1996. He has two grown children and is married to Suzanne Stockfisch.

Ray C. Anderson was recently heralded by Time International magazine as one of its "heroes of the environment.* He also was awarded the 2001 George and Cynthia Mitchell Prize for Sustainability for being a "pioneer in using innovative approaches to change past practices and eliminate waste.*

As founder and chairman of Interface Inc., a global manufacturer of modular carpeting, Anderson has been championing the green movement from the inside. His goal is to eliminate the company's negative environmental footprint by 2020 in an effort called "Mission Zero.*

Anderson graduated from Georgia Tech with highest honors in 1956. He has since received honorary doctorates from Northland College, LaGrange College, North Caroline State University and the University of Southern Maine.

He has served on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, Student Success Center Steering Committee and the Georgia Tech Foundation board, among others. He has worked with the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development, Rocky Mountain Institute, Georgia Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land Chattahoochee River Land Protection Campaign, among others.

Currently Anderson co-chairs, with former U.S. Senator Gary Hart, an advisory committee to the Presidential Climate Action Project, charged with compiling a plan for the climate and environment for the next president to address during the first 100 days in office.

Troy Rice has a "can do* attitude. His energy, enthusiasm and proactive work ethic have helped him excel in this career, community service and in leadership roles as an alumnus of Georgia Tech. He was the recipient of the Ramblin' Wreck Volunteer of the Year award in 2005.

Rice is president of the Georgia Tech Club of the Palm Beaches and the Georgia Tech Young Alumni Council, a 31-member team working to engage young graduates across the country through programs geared toward getting involved and giving back to Tech and their local communities.

Rice serves as the manager of Supplier Performance for Florida Power Light and is responsible for monitoring and improving the performance of suppliers constituting a $2 billion annual spend. Rice also is a six sigma blackbelt counselor and has trained 18 candidates for six sigma certification.

As a student, Rice was a member of Theta Chi fraternity and the Georgia Tech Student Foundation and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. As president of the Georgia Tech Club of the Palm Beaches, he has focused the group on three major initiatives: community service, scholarships and networking. He established a local golf tournament, which has raised $10,000 for scholarship in two years, and manages quarterly community service events in which local alumni have volunteered hundreds of hours to work with Habitat for Humanity and other service activities.

Rice also is active with the American Heart Association, serving as a team captain for the Heart Walk and volunteer speaker at local businesses and hospitals. He has been a top fundraiser for the past two years, generating more than $25,000. Rice and his wife, Tracy, live in Juno Beach, Florida.

Carolyn J. Stewart had an early career with the U.S. Post Office and in volunteerism. Much of her time was spent with libraries, arts, community, service and historic preservation organizations. She also authored two books on the history of telephony in the state of Georgia that are in the National Archives.

She has made no secret of her pride in the family's close ties to Georgia Tech. In 2006, the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering became the fourth named school in the Georgia Tech College of Engineering as the result of a $20 million gift commitment from Milt and Carolyn Stewart.

Milt Stewart earned his degree in industrial engineering in 1961. He and Carolyn's two children both attended Tech as well. Jeb, a member of the Class of 1991, earned his industrial engineering degree at Southern Tech. Jill graduated from Tech with a management degree in 1993. Both Stewart children married Tech graduates. Jeb's wife, Stephanie, is a 1997 civil engineering graduate. Jill's husband, Glenn Archer, is a 1991 management graduate.

Carolyn Stewart supported Milt's dedication to Tech as he served and they worked together on committees. He served as an Alumni Association trustee and president and later as a member of the Georgia Tech Foundation's board. The Stewarts also funded the Institute first school chair in 1999. They established the H. Milton Stewart Endowment Fund for ISyE Programs and the Carolyn J. Stewart Chair Professorship. In addition, the Stewarts support scholarships for female student from Habersham High School.

For More Information Contact

Barbara Christopher
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