July 14, 2021 Executive Vice President Kelly Fox announced the reorganization of a new unit within Administration & Finance aimed at a more effective alignment of resources to accomplish strategic goals and better serve the campus community.
Effective August 1, Sustainability, Facilities & Safety will be renamed Infrastructure and Sustainability to reflect this new structure. Capital Planning and Space Management joins the unit to better align campus planning, design, construction, and ongoing maintenance of the campus. A national search is underway for a permanent vice president for Infrastructure and Sustainability. Updates to the website will be forthcoming.
Vice President, Infrastructure and Sustainability (interim)
Before accepting her current interim appointment, Ms. Zakir directed Georgia Tech's Environmental Health & Safety department to meet public health, safety and compliance responsibilities for the campus community. She has spearheaded training and inspection initiatives including Radiological Incident Response, Laser Safety and an increased controls program from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Zakir has been in the safety field for 23 years, with a diverse background working in the Department of Energy National Lab, in a clinical setting as a Medical Physicist and in University Health Physics. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences with a focus on Radiological Physics from Rutgers University. Zakir is also a Certified Health Physicist.
Assistant Vice President Design & Construction (interim)
Mr. Jelin, AIA, NCARB, REFP, LEED GA has been a registered architect for more than 30 years and has devoted the majority of his career to educational design. He is responsible for the operational and financial management of a core group of registered architects, engineers and construction managers that prepare design drawings and manage construction for campus projects. Jelin also maintains sustainable design standards for use in the planning, design and construction of all campus projects. He also works with senior project managers to augment design personnel by securing contracts for outside professional architectural and engineering services and integrates these services with in-house staff. He is a long-standing member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association for Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI). Always an involved member of the of the architectural community, Gary believes that he has a duty to serve, share his knowledge and to prepare the next generation of architects for the challenges to come.
Executive Director, Sustainability and Business Operations (SBO)
Formed in July 2020, SBO includes the Office of Campus Sustainability, the Kendeda Building, the Coda Building Community Support Services Team, and the Building Operations focus area. By working at the intersection of sustainability and building operations, SBO strives to convene partners to identify, develop, prioritize, and facilitate conversations around sustainable ideas, practices, and building operations.
Ms. Williamson joined the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996 from Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting). She worked in Georgia Tech's Consulting Services team for twelve years, then served as assistant vice president for Administration and Finance for nine years. She has held interim leadership roles in strategic consulting, campus services, campus sustainability, institutional resource planning and management, and capital planning and space management. She holds three engineering degrees in electrical engineering and industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech.
LINDA M. DANIELS
Director, Capital Planning and Space Management (interim)
Joining Georgia Tech in 2012, Ms. Daniels is currently responsible for the effective use of existing campus space. She has broad experience in higher education facilities and serves on the School of Building Construction Advisory Board.
Ms. Daniels holds degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design from Auburn University and began practicing as a Registered Architect in Atlanta, Georgia. She joined the University System of Georgia in 1994, managing a $150 million flood recovery Master Plan at Albany State University. That work lead to an appointment as the system's first Director of Campus Planning. During her subsequent tenure as Vice Chancellor, she championed more sustainably designed and maintained campuses, overseeing increased state funding for both Master Planning and Major Repair and Renewal ("MMR") funding for facilities.
Director, Facilities Information Technology
Mr. Sywak leads the IT team that provides computing services and technology solutions to the varied customers in Infrastructure and Sustainability. He has spearheaded the implementation of many new programs and/or systems within the department starting with what is now called the controls network. Some of the other systems Sywak has introduced is remote computer management, remedy helpdesk ticketing, EnergyCap utility billing, and a new engineering document management system. He has also been instrumental in growing and maintaining smart meter energy systems. Sywak has been working in the technology field for more than twenty years with a relentless pursuit of service excellence. Whether it is providing an energy dashboard solution or a technical resource, Sywak and his team are committed to providing superior customer service.
Director, Facilities Business Services
Mr. Goldfarb has been the Director of Financial Administration for Infrastructure and Sustainability at Georgia Tech for the past twelve years, overseeing vital processes such as work order requests, annual budgeting and contract completion. Under his charge the number of contracts administered by the Finance unit has nearly doubled and the unit has implemented major technology system enhancements to improve efficiency. Prior to working at Georgia Tech, Goldfarb worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Georgia Power Company.