ChBE Alumni Honored with College of Engineering Awards

ChBE Alumni Honored with College of Engineering Awards

On April 6, Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering held its annual Alumni Awards Induction Ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel. Of 24 honorees, three are alumni of the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.

Each year, the College of Engineering recognizes, with an invitation-only induction ceremony, select alumni who have contributed to the profession, advanced in their careers, and enhanced the lives of others both personally and professionally. These outstanding alumni are reviewed by committees within each of the eight schools within the College and formally submitted for selection. 

John WoodyJohn H. Woody, Jr., Alumni Hall of Fame
B.ChE 1952
Director of Engineering
Steward, Inc. (Retired)

In 1952 John earned a bachelor of chemical engineering degree from Georgia Tech. Immediately he entered the U.S. Navy and served as an as Operations and Electronics Officer on an experimental ship. After active duty, he joined the Process Development staff of E. I. du Pont’s Fibers Division where they developed nylon polymer. Three years later John moved to a family business, Steward, Incorporated, a producer of dielectric and ferromagnetic materials. The company specialized in electromagnetic absorbers, developing products particularly useful in suppressing interference for the information processing industry.

He received his Professional Engineering License in 1970 and subsequently earned a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition to his professional work at Steward, John served as Chair of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Board and maintained community compliance with the requirements of the Clean Air Acts of 1970 and 1972. After Steward grew into a world-wide producer of magnetics with plants in Mexico and China, in 2007 it was acquired by United Kingdom conglomerate Laird Technologies, Incorporated.

David CarltonDavid P. Carlton, Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni
B.ChE 1979
Marcus Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1979 from Georgia Tech, David attended the Emory School of Medicine and completed his pediatric training in 1986. He then continued his clinical pursuits in neonatology and research training in developmental lung biology. Later, at the University of Utah, he continued his research in developmental lung biology, focusing on lung injury and water balance in the developing lung.

In 2007 David was recruited to Emory as Marcus Professor of Pediatrics in Neonatology to lead the Division of Perinatal-Neonatal medicine for the University. In this position he directs divisional and clinical activities at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta–Egleston, Grady Hospital and Emory University Hospital–Midtown. A principal investigator with NIH, he leads clinical trials at Emory on improving the outcomes of infants requiring neonatal intensive care. David serves on the Board of Directors for the March of Dimes, the External Advisory Board of the Center for Children’s Health, and on the Georgia Newborn Screening Advisory Committee. For his significant work, David is a 20-year recipient of the Best Doctors in America designation.

Lucy Pettitt-SchieberLucy Pettitt-Schieber, Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni
BS ChBE 2012
Well Integrity Engineer
BP Oil Industry

Lucy Pettitt-Schieber graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering in 2012. She is currently a well integrity engineer for BP, where she maintains the structural integrity and reliability of BP’s Gulf of Mexico wells, helping to deliver over 300,000 barrels of oil per day by developing relationships within different engineering disciplines at BP and with corporate partners. Since graduating from Tech, she has joined BP and rotated offshore to a drilling rig and also held various roles across a variety of disciplines within BP’s Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Wells Organization, managing large project budgets and delivering oil and gas production to the business.

As the Georgia Tech Chemical Engineering recruiting lead for BP, she supports the local Georgia Tech chapters of AIChE, WIE, and SWE. Lucy has presented at Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) conferences and enjoys putting her organizational skills to work volunteering at the Houston Food Bank, training her dog Winston to be a therapy dog, and cheering on the Yellow Jackets from Houston.

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John Woody accepts alumni award
David Carlton accepts alumni award
Lucy Pettitt-Schieber accepts alumni award