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Maryam Alavi, Dean and Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Chair; Professor, Information Technology Management
Maryam Alavi, Dean and Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Chair; Professor, Information Technology Management

A Message From Dean Maryam Alavi

It’s been an exciting fall at the Scheller College of Business. With the semester wrapping up and year end quickly approaching, I’d like to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished, thanks to your engagement and support.

We are pleased to share that in September we saw the successful launch of the MBA-M.S. and MBA-Ph.D. dual degree program. This program will provide graduates with deep technology knowledge, an analytical skillset, business acumen, and an entrepreneurial mindset to propel them to the forefront of their chosen fields. 13 dual degree students from the College of Engineering (mechanical, aerospace, civil and environmental, biomedical, electrical and computer engineering) and the College of Computing’s Analytics’ department enrolled. We anticipate admitting a larger group of students to the dual degree program in fall 2017.

We continue our work with great companies in Atlanta through the Executive Education’s non-degree programs in the areas of innovation management, data analytics, and digital transformation. Participating corporations this fall have included Coca-Cola, Southern Company, Clorox, Michelin, Lockheed Martin, and Bank of America, among others.

Our undergraduate students continue to excel as well. This fall the Denning Technology & Management (Denning T&M) Program became officially open to all Georgia Tech undergraduate majors. From now on, student teams in the Denning T&M Program will be more diverse and the effectiveness of their capstone project solutions will be unmatched. Corporate affiliates will benefit from teams that combine students with backgrounds in business, computer science, design, engineering, liberal arts, and science.

We remain grateful for your continued loyalty as we seek to advance among top national and international business schools. To that end, I am pleased to share the launch of the new Dean’s MBA Fellowship Program which will enable the College to offer an expanded number of full and partial merit fellowships and help position us to compete more effectively for top MBA applicants. For more information, contact Scott Bryant ( or John Byrne (

For the first time at Scheller College, CEOs of The Aspen Institute, The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, and BuzzFeed met on campus for a panel conversation that examined the most disruptive ideas and game-changing trends in American business. The September panel was hosted by Scheller College, and included moderator Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of Aspen Institute and best-selling author; along with guest panelists Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company; Craig Menear, chairman, CEO, and president of The Home Depot; Jonah Peretti, founder and CEO of BuzzFeed; and Greg Coleman, president of BuzzFeed. More than 400 community and business leaders, including CEOs of Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies, along with students, faculty, and staff, gathered for the inspiring dialogue.

As always the IMPACT Speaker Series hosted a great number of distinguished guests this fall including  Tom Falk, chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark; Gary Smith, president and CEO of Ciena; Steven Carse, founder and CEO of King of Pops; and Bill Nuti, chairman and CEO, NCR Corporation.

Additionally, I had the privilege of representing Scheller College and sharing the stage with several women who are positive change agents at the TEDxCentennialParkWomen (TEDxCPW) event “It’s About Time” in October. TEDxCPW is a catalyst for fresh dialogues and inspiration that help women grow as leaders and contribute to a vibrant city, country, and world.

You may also have heard about our new partnership with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans with skills, coaching, and connections needed to lead organizations and communities worldwide. Scheller College has been selected to host the 2017 MLT Summer Series. To learn more about opportunities to support this event, including the Corporate Fellowship Program for Minority MBA Students, contact Maria Mazursky (

From wonderful campus visits this fall, like “Coffee with Bert and Ernie” with our dear friends Roberta and Ernie Scheller, IM 1952, to the impressive achievements of our students, and the celebration of our faculty around the world, these are exciting days for Scheller College. From all of us at Scheller College of Business, we wish you the very best this season and abundance and blessings in the New Year.

Maryam Alavi


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