College of Management Honors Excellent Faculty, Students and Staff
Narayanan Jayaraman, the Evelyn T. and Mallory C. Jones Jr. professor of finace, won the Brady Family Award for Faculty Teaching Excellence.
Josh Bank, a second-year MBA student, won the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship – Cowan – Turner Student Leadership Award.
Lauren McDow, manager of undergraduate programs, won the Verlander Family Award for Staff Excellence.
Published on: 04-14-2011
Georgia Tech College of Management
honored faculty, students, and staff who exemplify excellence on April 14 at
the College of Management's Third Annual Honors Day.
"Our Excellence Awards play a
key role in motivating our entire College community to reach greater heights of
excellence and in rewarding truly outstanding performance," says College
of Management Dean Steve Salbu. "The dedication and drive of our many
impressive people have taken us far in our mission to become the world's
preeminent business school for management and technology."
Salbu says that when he first joined
the College in 2006, he realized that these type of awards weren't in place.
"That didn't seem right," noted Salbu noted at the awards luncheon. So he
approached key alumni about endowing the awards, and their support far exceeded his
expectations. "Today we're also celebrating the fact that no one – no one – has
more loyal alumni than Georgia Tech."
Faculty award winners include:
- Saby Mitra,
the William N. Anderson II associate professor of information technology
management, who won the Brady Family Award for Faculty Research
- Narayanan Jayaraman,
the Evelyn T. and Mallory C. Jones Jr. professor of finance, who won the Brady
Family Award for Faculty Teaching Excellence. The two aforementioned
awards were funded by Charles W. Brady, IM 1957, chairman emeritus of
- Atalay Atasu,
assistant professor of operations management, who won the Linda and Lloyd
L. Byars Award for Faculty Excellence. The late Lloyd Byars was a
professor of organizational behavior at the College of Management.
Overby, assistant professor of
information technology management, who won the James F. Frazier Jr. Award
for Teaching Excellence. Frazier, IM 1971, is a founding partner of the
firm Frazier and Deeter and an accounting lecturer in the College.
Student award winners include:
- Ravi Dayabhai,
a senior management major, who won the John R. Battle Award for Student
Excellence. This award was funded by Lewis A. Patterson III, IM 1968 and
CEO of BPU Associates LLC, in honor of the late John A. Battle, a vice
president of The Dow Chemical Company, who helped make it possible for
Patterson to attend Georgia Tech.
- Amy Wheble,
a sophomore management major, who won The Dow Chemical – P.C. McCutcheon
Prize for Outstanding Student Achievement.
- Jordan Jones,
BSM December 2010, who won the Jennifer R. and Charles B. Rewis Award for
Student Excellence in Accounting. The Rewises, who both graduated from the
College in 1992, are accounting executives (she with Ernst & Young; he
with Ryan & Company).
- Praveen Kumar Rajasekar, a first-year MBA student, who won the Gaye Gwinn Sims
Memorial Award for Student Excellence. This award was funded by friends of
the late Sims, a 1986 industrial engineering graduate of Georgia Tech, who
was COO of Atlantic Investment Company.
- Josh Bank,
a second-year MBA student, who won the Institute for Leadership and
Entrepreneurship – Cowan – Turner Student Leadership Award. This award was
created in honor of William B. Turner, IM 1943, director emeritus of W.C.
Bradley Co.; and Joel H. Cowan, IM 1958, president and chairman of
Habersham & Cowan, and the William B. Turner Chair in Servant
- Wen Wen,
a PhD student in operations management; and Konstantinos Grigoriou, a PhD
candidate in strategic management. They shared the Ashford Watson
Stalnaker Memorial Prize for Student Excellence. This award was
established in memory of the late Stalnaker, IM 1961, MS 1962, who served
as a faculty leader in management science at Georgia Tech.
Staff award winners include:
- Lauren McDow, manager of undergraduate programs, who won the Verlander Family Award for
Staff Excellence. The award was funded by Karen and Chris A. Verlander, IM
1970, who is senior vice president of corporate development for Associated
Industries of Florida.
- Kurt Paquette, chief administrator and finance officer, who won the Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Award
for Staff Excellence. Zelnak, IM 1969, is chairman, CEO, and president of
Martin Marietta Materials.
awards included $5,000. They were presented during a formal luncheon in the Jennings Courtyard of the College of Management building. The event also recognized past
winners of the business school's Alumni Awards as well as the holders and
benefactors of scholarships, fellowships, and endowed chairs and
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