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Learning Beyond the Classroom

“Hi, it’s a fantastic Friday! This is Debbie!” It’s not your typical phone greeting, and when someone answers a call with that sort of enthusiasm, you know you’re talking to an exceptionally positive person.

Debbie Phillips, or “Dr. Debbie” as her students fondly call her, is that person, and she brings the same energy to her classes at Georgia Tech, where she teaches in the Professional Master’s in Occupational Safety and Health program.

Research and Instruction: A Winning Combination

Principal Research Engineer Glenn Hopkins is Georgia-raised, Georgia Tech-educated and made his professional name at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). He says it was never his master plan, but Tech became his “lifetime job.”

“Georgia Tech was my first choice for undergrad schooling, so I went there,” Hopkins said. “I needed to work my way through school. My family provided some money up front, but then it was up to me to figure out how to work my way through the rest.”

From Draft Picks to Organ Transplants

Joel Sokol originally turned his attention to analytics when he recognized its intersection of data, modeling, and real-life applications. Today, as professor of industrial and systems engineering at Georgia Tech, and director of the Master of Science in Analytics degree on campus and online, he continues to help others see the patterns.

Sokol grew up in northeastern New Jersey and says that while he took to engineering, math, and computer science as an undergraduate at Rutgers University, analytics wasn’t initially on his radar.

From Research Engineer to Cybersecurity Expert

In his 13 years of teaching, Raheem Beyah has excelled in each of the metrics associated with success at a major research institution and has made his mark in academia as an award-winning researcher, passionate leader, and innovative educator.

We sat down with Beyah to learn about his passions, his path to academia, and why he loves cybersecurity. Below are excerpts from that conversation.

Passing the Baton to the Next Generation of Leaders

Back in the early 1980s, Robert Thomas saw higher education as his path to enhance his leadership competencies in the family business. Now, as professor of the practice in the Scheller College of Business in Georgia Tech’s Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship, he passes these skills on to the next generation of industry leaders.

Safety First: Innovation and Outreach in the OSHA Training Institute

Written by Deirdra Harris Glover | Photography by Dane Sponberg

As a consultant for the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) at Georgia Tech, Warren uses her background in public health and expertise in industrial hygiene to perform occupational health evaluations for Georgia businesses. Warren then brings this experience directly into Georgia Tech Professional Education’s classrooms as an instructor at the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Training Institute. 

Women in Tech

Margaret Loper, Myrtle Turner Harris, and Barbara Fox, research scientists at Georgia Tech Research Institute and instructors at GPTE, reveal how they navigate the tech world. Photo by J.D. Tyre Photography.