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Home at Georgia Tech: Then and Now
Sixteen College of Engineering faculty members have three or more Georgia Tech degrees and have made their alma mater home again
For most Yellow Jacket students, Georgia Tech was a temporary home. They spent four or more years on campus and left. Some never returned. Others have made a regular pilgrimage back to Atlanta, sometimes coinciding with Homecoming.
And then there are alumni who made Georgia Tech a home for a second time, returning after graduation as a faculty or staff member.
Nearly a thousand current faculty and staff members hold Georgia Tech degrees. In the College of Engineering, they include the dean, Raheem Beyah, who received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
His Double Jacket status pales in comparison to some of his peers. Sixteen College faculty boast three of more Georgia Tech diplomas. The group spans seven of the eight schools, with research fields that include drones, signal processing, and chemical behaviors of soils.
Why did they come back to Georgia Tech — or in a few cases, why did they never leave? Why is campus a special place for them? As we prepare for Homecoming 2021, these longtime Jackets reflect on a lifetime at Tech.
Jud Ready, Adjunct Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, B.S. MSE ‘94, M.S. MSE ‘97, Ph.D. MSE ‘00
Jud Ready’s “starry-eyed” goal of becoming an astronaut and travelling to space brought him back to Georgia Tech for graduate school and the MSE Ph.D. program. It has also kept him here for research. However, Tech has not just been an educational experience for Ready – it’s also helped to build his family. He met his wife of 22 years on campus, and their daughter now plays piccolo in the marching band.
“Georgia Tech means technical excellence for generations in all phases of the game – basic research, applied research, economic development, community outreach and athletics."