On Saturday, April 6, 2019, the annual Georgia Tech College of Engineering Alumni Awards was held. This prestigious awards program was created in 1994 to recognize outstanding engineering alumni from the College.
The program recognizes 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 recommended by each of the eight schools within the College. In founding the awards ceremony, the College acknowledged that “the measure of student success within the College is not measured only by the educations of students, but in those students’ achievements and contributions after departing campus.” Those who have been recognized are stellar examples of the success and leadership the College hopes to inspire.
"The College of Engineering has a long and proud history of producing outstanding graduates. Those being honored, as well as those who have been honored at past ceremonies, are a great source of pride,” said Steve McLaughlin, dean of the College. “Our inductees stand as testament that in the College of Engineering we inspire dreams, improve minds, ignite curiosity, and define the promise of tomorrow.”
The three inductees from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) are Joseph Mello, Sam Lee, and Mallory Freeman.
Joseph Mello was inducted into the Engineering Hall of Fame. Membership in the Engineering 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.
Mello graduated from Georgia Tech in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in health systems. He later earned an MBA in finance from Golden Gate University. Most recently, Mello served as president and chief operating officer for DaVita Medical Group — a $4B operating division of DaVita Inc. — having returned to DaVita after several years as a private investor and consultant. From 2000 to 2009 he served as COO of DaVita and grew the company financially from $1.7B to $7.0B. Prior to DaVita, Mello served in senior management roles at various large health care services organizations, including COO at both MedPartners and Caremark. He was also a partner in the health care consulting group at KPMG.
Mello currently serves on the board of directors for privately held health care businesses. Additionally, he served on the boards of multiple public companies in health care and financial services. Active in local and national nonprofit organizations, he has remained diligently engaged in Georgia Tech throughout the years, serving on the ISyE Board of Advisors and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.
Sam Lee was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni, which recognizes 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, management, industry, academia, or government.
Lee received his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech in 1990 and also holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is the chairman and CEO of Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc., a national integrated health care delivery services company. Based in Los Angeles, California, Prospect owns and operates hospitals, clinics, physician practices, outpatient centers, behavioral services, and medical groups with a total of 12,000 physicians operating in California, Texas, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Prior to founding Prospect, Sam was a partner at Kline Hawkes & Co., a health care services and technology venture capital firm; president and founder of SFS, a health care systems and revenue cycle management company; and a senior consultant with Andersen Consulting.
Lee has served on the boards of the Harvard Business School Healthcare Initiative, the Georgia Tech ISyE Advisory Board, Vicente Capital Partners, California Science Center, and the I Have A Dream Foundation. He is also active with the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a premier global leadership organization for chief executives.
Mallory Freeman was inducted into the Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni, which recognizes 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.
Freeman received her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech in 2014. She earned her master’s in operations research from MIT, and her bachelor’s in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech. She is the lead data scientist for the UPS Advanced Technology Group, helping develop UPS’s smart logistics network. Prior to this role, she worked for UPS as a senior operations research analyst and as an advanced analytics manager. While at Georgia Tech, she helped lead supply chain optimization projects for the UN World Food Programme.
Freeman advocates for companies to leverage their data, their data scientists, and technology assets to make a difference in the world. Her TED Talk on data philanthropy has over a million views, and she volunteers with the UPS Foundation’s Humanitarian Relief and Resilience Program while maintaining her role on the Advisory Board for Neighborhood Nexus.