President and CEO, Public Broadcasting Atlanta
United States Army officer and a NASA astronaut
“ISyE gave me a foot in the door and a great degree from an outstanding institution. A master’s in math, science, or engineering is definitely something that you need in order to be an astronaut. The skills I learned going through the OR program, learning optimization and math skills, really set me up for success for NASA’s basic operations and training.”
Retired Chairman and CEO of Standard Group Inc.
"Industrial (and Systems) Engineering has been very special to our family. Aside from being proud of School achievements, we find that IE has been a large part of our business, professional, and academic life. The diversity of training has served us well, as it has for a great many ISyE alumni, and the camaraderie that exists among Tech men and women is special. Those who have been through the Georgia Tech “boot camp” appreciate what it has done for us in developing our mental skills and personal character. Giving something back is a privilege as well as a pleasure."
Chief Executive Officer for Schneider National
“Georgia Tech has been instrumental in the kinds of opportunities I ended up having in my career. I continue to grow more grateful for all that I've been able to have because of my experience at Tech. It is a special place. It is a place that combines the highest standards in academics and research, but it does so with a spirit that is incredibly human. I think the warmth of its people and the aspects of the heart and the mind are what make Tech unique. “
President of Panama, Previously Vice President of Panama
“In order to be an industrial engineer you have to study hard. You won’t see the books again, but your mind will be trained as the mind of an engineer."
Chief Information Officer at United Sciences
“The versatility of the degree is why I consider it one of the best majors available. You are prepared to address issues in manufacturing, supply chain= management, and general business, with a mind’s eye on how to make things better. You are not limited to a specific industry; not limited to a specific role. Industrial engineers are hired to do many different things and, ultimately, are well positioned to be leaders in whatever business they choose.”
MD MPH, FACS, FCCM, DMCC
Chief of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, Burns & Emergency Surgery and Marin Gluck Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona.
“I have an upper hand on the health care system and the issues globally than the other surgeons who did not have this degree. The systems approach that I learned at Georgia Tech helps me tremendously as I work towards developing a more efficient patient-based system to deliver not only trauma care but health care to all the patients treated at this hospital. It has also been of great benefit to me as I work at the national level to improve health care.”
Professor of Management Practice, Henry B. Arthur Fellow of Ethics, at Harvard Business School.
Vice President of the George Family Foundation
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic
“Georgia Tech is the place where I matured, as a person. Its values shaped me. Relationships shaped me. I think I learned more about working with and leading people at Georgia Tech than I have at any time in my life before or since. And that really opened the door for me to improve myself as a human being and a leader.”
Chief Executive Officer, GameStop
“ISyE is fantastic, because it is a very broad background. It’s certainly technical, but there is an element of systems thinking and integration that is forced on you.”
President and CEO, EnerVision, Inc.
"My degree is absolutely versatile and flexible enough for today’s world. The ability to analyze and solve problems, to think logically, and to communicate very technical topics at the 50,000-foot level are extremely valuable."