May 24, 2010 | Atlanta, GA
Georgia Tech’s Hill Society, a prestigious association of alumni, corporations, foundations, and friends who are principal benefactors of Georgia Tech, has honored ISyE alumnus Joseph C. Mello (IE 1980) and his wife, Virginia C. Mello, for their leadership in the healthcare industry.
Mello, who recently retired from his position as chief operating officer for DaVita, the largest independent provider of dialysis services in the United States, has been a leader in the healthcare industry throughout his career. While a student at Georgia Tech, Mello worked as a paramedic at nearby Grady Hospital to help cover the costs of his education. Since then, he has gone on to an illustrious career. In addition to DaVita, Mello has served in key management positions with MedPartners Inc. and Vivra Asthma & Allergy Inc. Understanding the need for increased research and intellectual scholarship concerning the systems-based approach to healthcare delivery, the Mellos have generously supported initiatives at Georgia Tech, including the establishment of a professorship in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering in support of health systems.
According to the award citation, the Mello’s “philanthropic investment will have an enormous impact on the Institute and its role in defining the technological future of the rapidly changing healthcare profession. “
A member of the College of Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni, Mello also provides volunteer leadership and service to the Institute through his involvement with the ISyE advisory board.
"As one of the nation’s premier research universities” the citation continues, “Georgia Tech is educating the technological workforce of the twenty-first century and conducting research that drives innovation. Thanks to the support of principal benefactors like Mr. and Mrs. Mello, Georgia Tech continues to reach new heights, building upon academic strengths and addressing the challenges facing our region, our nation, and the world. It is with profound gratitude that the Georgia Institute of Technology honors Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello as members of the exceptional fellowship of The Hill Society. “
Members of The Hill Society are a critical part of the Institute's effort to continue the growth of its reputation for excellence and to provide an exemplary education to students from the state, nation, and world.
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Industrial and Systems Engineering