Three engineering graduates have been named to the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018. The program began in 2011 and celebrates the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of UGA graduates who are under the age of 40. The honorees will be recognized during the eighth annual 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon on Sept. 13 at the Georgia Aquarium.
The 2018 honorees include:
- Tyler Harper, 2009, Ocilla, owner/operator, Tyler Harper Farms and Georgia state senator for District 7
- Jonathan Jones, 2013, Indianapolis, Indiana, improvement engineer, Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
- Julie Secrist, 2006, Atlanta, senior project manager, Southeastern Engineering
Jones and Secrist are also members of the UGA College of Engineering Advisory Board.
This year’s 40 Under 40 class includes alumni from a variety of industries ranging from medicine to music. Among the honorees are Hulu’s Emmy Award-winning Producer Chase Cain, Georgia football alumnus Mohammed Massaquoi, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Complex Care Medical Director Dr. Margaux Charbonnet Murray, Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Stadium Corporate Partnerships Tameka Rish, Director of the National Security Council Latham Saddler, and co-founder of Google’s Area 120 incubator Adrianna Samaniego.
“We look forward to announcing the 40 Under 40 class each year, because this program demonstrates the far and wide reach of our incredible graduates,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson, executive director of alumni relations. “These young alumni are giving back to their communities and reshaping their professions—they deserve to be celebrated.”
Nominations for 40 Under 40 were open from February to April, and more than 550 alumni were nominated for this year’s class. Honorees must have attended UGA and uphold the Pillars of the Arch, which are wisdom, justice and moderation. Additional criteria are available on the UGA Alumni Association website.
“I am amazed by the diversity of our alumni and how engaged they are in their philanthropy, careers and community,” Johnson added. “Our graduates are solving the grand challenges of our time in every corner of the globe, which makes it more difficult every year to narrow the list down to 40 people. They represent us well and we could not be prouder of the positive impact they are making.”