Inspiring Beyond Professions to Improve Georgia

By Lisa Schoolcraft ACEC Georgia’s Engineering Influence and Engineering Impact Awards honor individuals, one from the public sector and one from the private sector, whose outstanding leadership and achievements have benefited the entire state of Georgia. Honorees are chosen based on accomplishments that have had a positive impact on the engineering industry and business community…

Roads, Bridges and Relationships

People Skills, Engineering Expertise Help Meg Pirkle Build Long Career at GDOT By Allison Floyd   Margaret “Meg” Pirkle’s interest in making people’s lives better started long before she became the first female Chief Engineer of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).   As a child in South Florida, she had an early interest in…

Top 100 Influential Women in Georgia

Compiled by: Heather Collins As the number of women in the architecture, engineering and construction industry continues to grow, their contributions are becoming clear and undeniably beneficial for the community. Engineering Georgia’s second annual list of influential women celebrates the diversity of female leaders, policy makers and visionaries who have spent their careers changing Georgia’s…

Economic Outlook

Press “Repeat” for Georgia’s Economy for 2019  By Lori Johnston   Economists, business leaders, developers and economic development professionals agree: expansion will continue across Georgia in the new year, thanks to a robust project pipeline, continued job growth across sectors and gross domestic product (GDP) that will again outpace the nation.   “The economic outlook…

Educating a Helluva Engineer

Under the Leadership of Dean Steven McLaughlin, Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering Continues to Ready the Next Generation for a Changing, Global World By Lisa R. Schoolcraft Engineering education was once rooted deeply in math and science. Today’s engineering student, while still commanded to master those skills, will also require an entrepreneurial mindset,…

The ATL: A New Chapter in Transit

CONVERGING PATHS: THE ATL USHERS IN A NEW CHAPTER OF TRANSIT GOVERNANCE AND EXPANSION By Lori Johnston Georgia’s leaders are banking on this: Where transit goes, economic growth will follow. For the first time in the history of Georgia, a state-level entity – the ATL (Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority) – will have a sole and…

Mercedes-Benz USA Opens New Headquarters in Sandy Springs

DRIVING INNOVATION: MERCEDES-BENZ USA OPENS NEW HEADQUARTERS IN SANDY SPRINGS By Lisa R. Schoolcraft When luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) decided to build its new corporate headquarters in metro Atlanta’s Sandy Springs, the company wanted a building that looked as innovative as its vehicles. “All the stars are aligned,” said Dietmar Exler, President and…

Interactive Technology: From Novelty to Need

How Virtual and Augment Reality Can Help Improve the Design Process and Your Firm’s Bottom Line By Lori Johnston   The state’s $122 million Judicial Complex isn’t set to open until the fall of 2019, but the judges who will work in the complex have already toured — and even suggested design improvements for —…

100 Influential Women to Know

100 INFLUENTIAL WOMEN TO KNOW Spanning Founders, CEOs, Principals and Rising Leaders, These Females are Impacting Georgia’s Engineering Community Across the Peach State, women are influencing the design, growth and success of communities, businesses and projects. They are women of character, integrity and purpose. These are females who took the bold step to found their…

Making Georgia an Economic Powerhouse

MAKING GEORGIA AN ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE Governor Nathan Deal Takes a Look at the State’s Successes and the Year Ahead By Lori Johnston In an exclusive interview with Engineering Georgia magazine, Governor Nathan Deal shares his perspective after more than seven years in office – and Georgians have a lot to be proud of. Gov. Deal, whose…