Dear Scheller Community,
It is with a lot of excitement that I write this message in anticipation of a fantastic spring semester! My wife Kashmira and I are deeply grateful for the warm welcome we have received from the Georgia Tech and Scheller College of Business community since we arrived in Atlanta. Being back on campus has been incredibly energizing, and I feel fortunate to continue our work together to propel Scheller to greater heights.
From the conversations I have had so far and my own observations, I am impressed with the opportunities that our coveted location in the heart of Tech Square offers to advance our mission as it relates to innovative education and research. I am excited at the prospect of continuing to inspire entrepreneurial spirit and create new academic and career opportunities for our students. As we delve into new ideas, I’d like to thank everyone who has reached out and shared feedback on our proposed initiatives and look forward to discussing these in more detail in the coming weeks.
Being back at Georgia Tech for a little more than a week, I have already been reminded of our strong alumni base and community connections that provide opportunities for expanding engagement and relationships with organizations in the Greater Atlanta area and beyond. I’m delighted to invite our alumni to join me for a networking happy hour on Thursday, January 11 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at New Realm Brewing Co. Hope to see you then!
We will also be hosting a reception for our faculty and staff on Wednesday, January 24 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. on the 9th floor of the Coda Building. Please stay tuned for the calendar invitation coming soon.
Kindly also mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 20 when I will moderate the inaugural session of Tech Talks Business featuring President Ángel Cabrera. In this session, President Cabrera will discuss the role of higher education in the world of technology, artificial intelligence, and evolving business ecosystems. We will also explore how Georgia Tech has turned Midtown Atlanta into one of the most dynamic hotbeds for innovation in the nation. Attendees will gain insights about leadership and what to expect next from Georgia Tech.
I hope the first week of classes is going well and look forward to seeing you on campus!
Stay well and stay safe.
Stephen P. Zelnak Dean's Chair
Professor of Operations Management
Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business