The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has introduced an awards program to acknowledge, recognize, and reward the effort, accomplishments, and contributions of employees and teams who reflect Georgia Tech’s and OIT’s values, mission, and goals on a regular basis.

The new program supports a strategy within OIT's five-year strategic plan to strengthen employee retention and morale efforts. Specifically:

  • Lead by Example, Goal 3: Create both a diverse and inclusive workforce and culture while hiring, developing, and retaining the best IT talent.
  • Objective 2: Define, develop, and promote an inclusive IT culture, diversifying the OIT workforce and improving OIT’s competitive stance for employee recruiting and retention.

  • Strategy 1: Create and implement an employee retention strategy (with programs like OIT Awards Program) to promote employee morale and well-being.

The first awards were presented in October 2021. The categories and respective winners are:

Above & Beyond Award: One Person Per Month (nominated by supervisor; selected by committee). This individual takes “other duties as assigned” to another level on a consistent basis.

Renjith Narendranathan Nair
IT Project Manager, Sr.
Strategic Initiatives – Project Management Office

Collaboration & Engagement Award: One Person or Team Per Month (nominated by any colleague; selected by committee). This individual or team serves as a strong catalyst for teamwork and cross-functional collaboration.

Richard Corey
IT Support Professional Manager
Digital Business - Departmental Computing

I Caught You Caring Shout-Outs: Number of Recipients Vary; Can be Submitted by Any Colleague. These individuals are recognized for random acts of kindness and efforts that help build morale and make this a great place to work.


Daniel Layson
IT Support Professional II
Digital Business

Alana DeAngelis
IT Support Professional Manager Sr
Digital Business

Tyesha Lumpkin
IT Project Manager, Sr.
Strategic Initiatives

Kim Kruthaup
Technical Product Owner, Sr
Digital Business

Heidi Lowe
IT Support Prof Sr
Digital Business

Wade Finch
IT Support Prof II
Digital Business

Jassen Ceci
Director of AV Services
AV Services

Charles Wright
A/V-IT Support Prof Mgr Sr
AV Services

Gabe Vannice
IT Support Prof Mgr
Digital Business

Liberty Smith
Website Developer
Digital Business