Engineering Georgia Names Four Tech Women Most Influential

Georgia Tech | March 21, 2019

Georgia Tech faculty claimed four spots in Engineering Georgia’s second annual listing of Top 100 Influential Women in Georgia. They are Ellen Dunham-Jones, Lauren Stewart, Christine Valle, and Kari Edison Watkins.
The women were recommended and reviewed by their peers, industry leaders, and members of the Engineering Georgia editorial board. The top 100 were selected for the positive influence they have made and continue to make on the transportation systems, utilities, buildings, parks, trails, and communities that Georgia citizens interact with every day.

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