Krishna Bharat

Krishna Bharat

Ph.D. CS 1996
Distinguished Research Scientist at Google

Krishna Bharat is a technologist and innovator working at the intersection of computing, research, and journalism. He is a Distinguished Research Scientist at Google and the founder of Google News, Google’s news aggregation and search service, which launched in 2002. With more than 72 international editions, Google News provides access to a diverse set of sources for stories in the news and also surfaces news results on Google search. Collectively, these products help millions follow the news, driving over 24 billion visits a month to news sites. 

Krishna joined Google in 1999 to start Google Research. He helped define the group’s charter and recruit the first batch of research scientists. He also founded Google's engineering operations in India in 2004 and served as the first director of the Bangalore R&D center.   

In 2003, Krishna won the World Technology Award for “Media & Journalism” and Google News won the Webby Award in the “News” category.  

Prior to joining Google, Krishna was a Research Scientist at DEC Systems Research Center in Palo Alto. He worked on measuring the World Wide Web and developed ranking innovations for the Altavista search engine. 

Krishna holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.Tech. in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. As an angel investor, he has helped found and advise technology startups in Silicon Valley.  Krishna serves on the boards of the Columbia School of Journalism and the Committee to Protect Journalists. 

Mayor Dickens

Andre Dickens

B.S. ChBE 1998
Mayor of Atlanta

Andre Dickens was sworn in as the 61st  Mayor of Atlanta in January 2022. A proud native of Atlanta and a product of Atlanta Public Schools, Mayor Dickens is focused on bringing opportunity and equity to the city that he loves. 

Mayor Dickens’ agenda is rooted in Moving Atlanta Forward, through improving public safety, increasing opportunities for the city’s young people, empowering neighborhoods, and investing in housing and combatting homelessness, all while fostering a culture of integrity in the City. As he shared in his first State of the City address, his vision for Atlanta is:  

One city with one bright future. A city of safe, healthy, connected neighborhoods with an expansive culture of equity, empowering upward mobility and full participation for all residents, embracing youth development, and an innovative, dependable government moving Atlanta forward, together.  

Accomplishments include making the City’s first-ever investment in early childhood education; establishing the Nightlife Division to address businesses with a history of high crime; reestablishing the Pothole Posse to rapidly respond to residents’ reports; and leading the successful coalition to keep Atlanta whole in opposition to a de-annexation effort. 

Dickens is a graduate of Mays High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology as well as a Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University. 

Mayor Dickens enjoys spending time with his daughter, experiencing live music, attending church services, and traveling the world. He is an avid supporter of all of Atlanta’s sports teams. 

Dr. Nashlie Sephus

Nashlie Sephus

M.S. ECE 2010, Ph.D. ECE 2014
Amazon Artificial Intelligence

Nashlie Sephus is the Tech Evangelist for Amazon AI focusing on fairness and identifying biases at AWS AI. She formerly led the Amazon Visual Search team as an Applied Scientist in Atlanta, which launched visual search for replacement parts on the Amazon Shopping app in June 2018. In 2018, Sephus became the founder and CEO of The Bean Path nonprofit organization based in Jackson, Mississippi assisting individuals and startups with technical expertise and guidance. In September of 2020, she became the owner and developer of the Jackson Tech District — 14-acres of mixed-use commercial real-estate in downtown Jackson — to bring tech training and workforce/economic development to the area.

Honorary Degrees

Dick Bergmark

Dick Bergmark

B.S. IM 1975

Dick Bergmark graduated from Georgia Tech in 1975 with a major in Industrial Management. He also has an MBA from the University of Oklahoma and was a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas. 

While working in London, he was fortunate to be involved in a management-led buyout of a small, unprofitable division of a Fortune 100 technology conglomerate. In his role as the chief financial officer of this geological research laboratory, he led the company’s IPO on NASDAQ, then later moved the listing to the New York Stock Exchange followed by a dual listing on the Amsterdam Euronext Stock Exchange. Prior to Dick’s retirement, the company had grown substantially with laboratories and operations in more than 50 countries with over 5,000 employees.  

Today, Dick enjoys mentoring students on career development decisions as well as serving as an advisor to a STEM-related educational foundation. He also stays engaged with Georgia Tech as an Emeritus Trustee of the Georgia Tech Foundation, Chair of the Scheller College of Business Advisory Board and as a member of the Alexander-Tharpe Board of Directors. 

During his time in London he met Toni, now his wife of more than 28 years. They reside in Houston, Texas.  

Portrait of Raphael Bostic

Raphael W. Bostic

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Raphael W. Bostic took office June 5, 2017, as the 15th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is responsible for all the bank's activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. In addition, he serves on the Federal Reserve's chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which covers Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The Bank has branches in Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, and New Orleans.