Mike Barcik

    Technical Principal

    Mike Barcik

    Technical Principal

    LEED AP, HERS, CEM

    Mike Barcik is a Technical Principal at Southface and has been with the organization since 1995. With B.S and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, Mike is the author of numerous technical resources and has developed and led thousands of trainings for RESNET, BPI, LEED, DOE, EPA and other programs. He’s active in energy code development and often leads workshops on the latest code changes. Since 1999, Mike has trained over 1,500 individuals in RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) program, and in 2010 he helped create the Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier program to certify over a thousand individuals for blower door and duct leakage testing, as required by the 2009 and later energy codes. Mike served as LEED Faculty for BD+C, EB O&M and Homes, as well as helped develop and teach the EarthCraft family of sustainable programs.

    Mike co-authored Decatur Georgia’s High Performance Building Ordinance which requires third-party certification for new and substantially renovated single-family, multi-family and commercial projects. During the second week of January, he loves leading MLK Volunteers to weatherize homes for low-income seniors. Mike lives with his much-smarter architect wife and two daughters in a 1920 Craftsmen bungalow that they are lovingly restoring and making more efficient. Thanks to efficiency improvements and a 4kW photovoltaic array, they’ve offset 95% of their electricity consumption and use only a third of the gas originally consumed.

    Nathan Bessette

    Director, Technical Services

    Nathan Bessette

    Director, Technical Services

    Nathan directs Southface’s Technical Services team leveraging a career in innovation and product development to grow Southface’s impact through fee-for-service work. He brings a diverse background and a focus on operations, culture, strategy, and user adoption to the table to ensure Southface’s clients receive a quality final product. Nathan also applies his Mechanical Engineering and MBA degrees to support Southface on a multitude of strategy, innovation, marketing, and entrepreneurship initiatives.

    Chris Boyle

    Board

    Associate Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis
    Cox Automotive

    Chris has been with Cox Enterprises since 2002. His first ten years with Cox Communications were spent in Financial Planning and Analysis, Mergers and Acquisitions, Strategy, and Product Development Finance. Chris was also one of the founding members of Cox Conserves in 2007 and has been an active member ever since, including at Cox Automotive, where he transferred in 2013. Chris received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and MBA from the University of Texas.

    George Buchanan

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    Founder & CEO
    2KB Energy Services

    George has been working in the energy efficiency field for over 20 years and has been directly involved with over $200M of energy and environmental solutions projects in the built environment. As the Founder and CEO of 2KB Energy Services, an energy management and sustainability consulting firm, he has had direct responsibility for coordinating and supporting diverse teams to ensure project results at all levels. He is active in the energy services community, serving as the private sector co-chair for the Energy Services Coalition-Georgia Chapter. George holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida A&M University and an MBA from Georgia State University.

    Peter Carpenter

    Program Manager, Education

    Peter Carpenter

    Program Manager, Education

    As the Program Manager for Education, Peter brings a unique background leveraging his experiences as an educator and a strong acumen for navigating the construction industry. He hopes to break down barriers and ease the transition to a more sustainable future for our built environment. On the weekend you can find Peter on the golf course or enjoying time with his wife and their two dogs, Arya and Oli.

    Laura Case

    Vice President Expertise and Innovation

    Laura Case

    Vice President Expertise and Innovation

    LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C

    As Vice President of Expertise and Innovation, Laura is focused on developing and implementing goals, strategies, and business opportunities related to wholistic sustainability solutions in support of Southface’s vision. With her extensive experience in the design and construction management industry in a wide range of contexts, she serves as internal expert on high performance, sustainable and healthy buildings, and communities. Laura is an avid outdoor enthusiast – she enjoys backpacking, kayaking, ziplining, and exploring. Her household includes 5 backyard chickens.

    Will Collier

    Project Manager, Advocacy (GA)

    Will Collier

    Project Manager, Advocacy (GA)

    Will Collier is an interdisciplinary environmental researcher and educator with expertise in environmental justice, mixed-methods research, climate change, and political ecology. At Southface, he is a project manager for advocacy in Georgia and the southeastern U.S., where he leads work in regulatory engagement, coalition building, and the democratization of energy decision-making. Will holds an M.E.Sc. in social ecology from Yale University, an M.A. in geography from Clark University, and a B.S. in ecology from the University of Georgia, as well as certificates in diversity and inclusion and environmental ethics. He has conducted primary empirical research on three continents and served as a U.S. Fulbright researcher in Kenya. Will loves to cook, be outdoors, play music, and study relationships in equities and derivatives markets.

    Relevant publications: Collier et al. 2009. Strengthening socioecological resilience through disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation: Identifying gaps in an uncertain world. Environmental Hazards (8): 171-186.

    Sam D. Cook

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    Sam Culpepper

    Program Manager, Design Consulting

    Sam Culpepper

    Program Manager, Design Consulting

    Registered Architect, HERS Rater, Earthcraft TA, ENERGY STAR MF/SF Rater, Georgia DET Verifier

    As a Program Manager, Sam provides design review and consultation to outside clients and projects in the Earthcraft Multifamily program, performs energy modeling for programs across Southface and is working on his Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater certification. Sam is a registered architect and has a background in commercial, multifamily and hospitality architecture, and an undergrad degree from Georgia Tech. Outside of the office, he can often be found pedaling his two children around town in a cargo bike and tinkering away on various home improvement projects.

    Jo’De Cummings

    Project Manager

    Jo’De Cummings

    Project Manager

    As a Project Manager, Jo’De provides logistical and technical support for EarthCraft Multifamily and Southface Energy Rated Homes (SERH) projects. She is also earning her HERS Rater certification. She is a proud Georgia Tech alumna, and when she is not cheering on the football team, she enjoys dancing, creative writing and playing Minecraft.

    Stephen DeLaurier

    Senior Project Manager

    Stephen DeLaurier

    Senior Project Manager

    LEED AP BD+C, HERS Rater

    Stephen specializes in sustainability in commercial buildings. His primary role is to manage LEED and EarthCraft Light Commercial Certification projects. When he isn’t hiking or playing board games, he’s planning his next international trip – 31 countries so far!

    Neil Desai

    Board Treasurer

    Neil Desai

    Board Treasurer
    Board

    Senior Quantitative Specialist
    Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

    Neil joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in April 2011 as an Economic Research Analyst in the Research Department. His research projects were primarily focused on mortgage lending and understanding what went wrong leading up to the financial crisis, but he also kept pace with developments in labor markets. After doing that for three years, Neil moved to S&R to fill a growing need for quantitative specialists in the Federal Reserve’s Stress-Testing program. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Neil completed his master’s degree in Applied Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His focus was on econometrics and analytical techniques used in banking for risk management purposes.

    Keith Douglas

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    Executive Vice President
    The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Inc.

    Keith has been with Whiting-Turner since 1983 when he graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Civil Engineering. Keith resides in Atlanta where he oversees the company’s operations of the company’s fifteen offices in the southeast. Whiting-Turner is a 111-year old employee-owned firm and is one of the five largest commercial builders in the United States. Keith has been very active in several trade associations over his 37-year career including AIA, CMAA, SCUP, AURP, and APPA. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at COAA (Construction Owners Association of America).

    Tricia Embry

    Marketing and Communications Manager

    Tricia Embry

    Marketing and Communications Manager

    Tricia leads Southface’s multi-channel marketing strategy and messaging to homeowners, donors, trade workers, building operators, reporters, and other external audiences. She creates focused, compelling, actionable communications to increase engagement with and financial support for Southface’s sustainable building and development work. In her free time, she enjoys trying to keep plants alive, playing with her dog and cat, and camping throughout the Southeast.

    Davis Foster

    Design, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

    Davis Foster

    Design, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

    As Design, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Davis not only develops the look and feel of Southface media and programs, but also creates social posts, email blasts, and more to help widen our reach and communicate to our audience. He loves to cook, play with his two chihuahuas, and frequently visit his local public library.

    Erin Gallagher

    Program Manager, Nonprofit Solutions

    Erin Gallagher

    Program Manager, Nonprofit Solutions

    As project manager for Southface’s nonprofit grant program “GoodUse,” Erin supports day to day management of grantees. These grants help minimizing the nonprofit’s environmental impact, and ultimately saving money to go back into their missions.  As a Georgia native, Erin loves spending time outdoors exploring the state’s natural variety, and passionate about preserving its ecosystems. 

    Jacob Geerlings

    Manager, Enterprise Applications

    Jacob Geerlings

    Manager, Enterprise Applications

    As a database manager on the Finance & Operations team, Jacob primarily manages our Salesforce database. It is a good day for Jacob when he gets to learn from one of our many experts, make a complicated spreadsheet, or put a report together in a new system. 

    Tylesha Giddings

    Technical Project Manager

    Tylesha Giddings

    Technical Project Manager

    HERS Rater, BPI Building Analyst, LEED Green Associate, DET Verifier

    As a technical project manager, Tylesha performs both residential and commercial resource-efficient audits as a part of the GoodUse and NEWE program at Southface. She also has her HERS rater certification and performs energy modeling and program management for multiple programs across Southface. She is a proud University of Georgia alumna, and when she is not cheering on the football team, she enjoys dancing and spending time with friends and family. 

    Gretchen Gigley

    Program Director, GoodUse

    Gretchen Gigley

    Program Director, GoodUse

    Gretchen Gigley serves as Program Director of GoodUse, Southface’s successful resource-efficiency grant program. This expansion includes developing regional and national portfolio partnerships, fundraising and implementing strategic marketing strategies. To date, the Nonprofit Solutions programs have positively impacted over 250 nonprofits around the nation, minimizing their environmental impact, increasing water- and energy-efficiency in their facilities, and ultimately saving these organizations mission-critical dollars. In her spare time, Gretchen loves to bake, sing and explore the world with her 7-year old son, husband and hound dog!

    Amelia Godfrey

    Program Manager, EarthCraft

    Amelia Godfrey

    Program Manager, EarthCraft

    Bryant Hains

    Technical Principal

    Bryant Hains

    Technical Principal

    CEM, EPA 608

    Bryant Hains is a Technical Principal on the GoodUse Team at Southface Institute. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University. He has published building science research in the areas of HVAC performance, ventilation, and indoor air quality with Building America and ASHRAE. He currently leads the technical side of the GoodUse program and performs residential, small-commercial, and large-commercial resource efficiency audits.

    Rawson Haverty, Jr.

    Board

    John Hinton

    Board

    Shareholder
    Baker Donelson

    John specializes in commercial litigation and works a broad range of disputes that businesses commonly encounter, such as contract disputes with customers and vendors, claims that a business has committed fraud or other business torts, disputes among owners of a business and insurance coverage disputes. John received his law degree from the University of Georgia and his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Construction Litigation, 2015 – 2017 and is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association and Lawyers Club of Atlanta, among others.

    Elizabeth Karlsson

    Technical Project Manager

    Elizabeth Karlsson

    Technical Project Manager

    As a technical project manager on the Technical Services team, Elizabeth encourages progress through research and educational professional partnerships that underscore the link between energy-efficient housing and resident health in low-income communities. She also assists with thoughtful planning solutions to balance the benefits of natural and built environments. Elizabeth loves macaroni and cheese, gardening and her cat Pickles!

    Kevin Kelly

    Advisor, Policy

    Kevin Kelly

    Advisor, Policy
    Affiliates

    As a Policy Advisor, Kevin promotes energy and water efficiency and renewable energy in state regulatory proceedings, utility operations and local government policy.

    Alyson Laura

    Project Manager, FL Advocacy

    Alyson Laura

    Project Manager, FL Advocacy

    As Project Manager for Advocacy in Florida, Alyson carries the message of affordable clean energy for all Floridians. Her work at Southface focuses on energy policy advocacy. She collaborates with other climate leaders to enhance regulatory and legislative measures towards renewable energy portfolios and consumer-friendly programs that promote energy efficiency. Alyson holds a B.S. degree in Architecture and a Masters of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management, both from Georgia Tech. She loves riding bikes, paddling kayaks, and her cat JoJo.

    Stu Lipkin

    Manger Information Technology

    Stu Lipkin

    Manger Information Technology

    LEED Green Associate, Certified Duct and Envelope Verifier, Honorary Witch Doctor

    Stu is responsible for all things Information Technology related—networking, servers and security, oh my! He helps on other projects as well, whether doing blower door testing or building green infrastructure and getting to drive the Bobcat. He’s happy to help on any project. At the end of the day, he knows that Han shot first.

    Imani Love

    Program Coordinator

    Imani Love

    Program Coordinator

    As a program coordinator, Imani works on a variety of projects across several different teams to further advance Southface’s mission. In her spare time, Imani enjoys spending time with family and friends, binge-watching various Netflix series, and shopping. 

    Hugh Magande

    Technical Principal

    Hugh Magande

    Technical Principal
    Research

    As the Research Technical Principal at Southface, Hugh provides vital leadership and technical direction to various programs within the organization. His specific responsibilities focus mainly on collaborating with senior leadership to define and implement research priorities. Hugh is fervent about living, regenerative and adaptive building design methods.

    Laura Marlow

    Board

    Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
    ConstructConnect

    Laura Marlow is the VP of Strategic Partnerships at ConstructConnect, a design/construction data provider. She is responsible for managing relationships with the AIA, AGC, USGBC and other industry partners. Laura also leads her company’s corporate sustainability strategy. Additionally, she is the Executive Director of AEC Cares, a non-profit that coordinates renovation projects in low-income communities throughout the United States. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Design Futures Council and is active with Hands on Atlanta and the Tanzanian Children’s Fund.

    James Marlow

    Southface President

    James Marlow

    Southface President

    James Marlow has extensive experience in sustainability and leading organizational growth that he draws upon to further Southface’s mission and maximize impact.  Most recently, James served as CEO of Clean Energy Advisors, where he delivered strategic consulting services for sustainability, energy policy, clean technology, and solar projects. In his role as VP Strategic Alliances with Velo Solar, he collaborated with Cox Enterprises and other organizations to create innovative solar solutions and projects. He was Co-Founder and CEO of Radiance Solar, an award-winning installer of over 150 megawatts of solar capacity across commercial, residential, and utility applications, also providing operations and maintenance of solar installations. James is a technologist, naturalist, and conservationist who loves everything on, around, and about the water, learning something new daily, travel, and time with family.

    Paula McEvoy

    Board

    Co-director
    Perkins + Will

    As Co-director of Perkins+Will’s firmwide Sustainable Design Initiative (SDI), Paula assures that sustainable ideas are an integral part of the firm’s projects and practices. She coordinates sustainability efforts across the international firm’s offices, teaches sustainable design workshops and speaks frequently on sustainable construction, business practices and visioning. Paula is a Fellow of The American Institute of Architects, is the 2016 Chair of the AIA National Committee on the Environment (COTE) and immediate past co-chair of the AIA National Materials Knowledge Group. She is also a LEED Fellow and USGBC LEED Faculty member.

    Elizabeth Moore

    Philanthropist

    Elizabeth Moore

    Philanthropist
    Board

    Elizabeth Moore is well-known in conservation and philanthropic circles as a tireless champion of protecting the planet, environmental education, and engaging communities in solutions to resource challenges. She has been a leading philanthropist in this sector, providing $2M to Mote Marine Laboratory to conduct research on coral reefs in the Florida Keys, $1M to create a Marine Science Center at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, and partnering with the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast to protect Triangle Ranch, a 1,100-acre property near Myakka River State Park now permanently protected from development.

    Sumner Pomeroy

    Project Manager, Clean Cities Georgia

    Sumner Pomeroy

    Project Manager, Clean Cities Georgia

    Sumner Pomeroy serves as the Project Manager and Co-Coordinator for Clean Cities Georgia, coordinating projects focused on increasing alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure in Georgia. Before joining, she worked for UGA Small Business Development Center and Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful to manage events, education, and outreach efforts. She has a Master of Environmental Planning and Design from UGA and enjoys gardening or reading in her spare time. 

    Kayla Pressley

    Manager, Human Resources & Special Projects

    Kayla Pressley

    Manager, Human Resources & Special Projects

    Certificate: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from the University of Florida

    Kayla manages all aspects of the human resources department: benefits, recruiting and administration. She is also the liaison to the Board of Directors and the senior leadership team. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys precious moments with her cat, Samuel Bernard and her husband, Kevin. 

    Denise Quarles

    Board

    Tyrone Rachal

    Board Chair

    Tyrone Rachal

    Board Chair
    Board

    Principal
    Red Rock Global Capital Partners

    Tyrone has specific responsibility for directing all financial advisory services and private placement activity. Prior to re-joining Red Rock Global, he was Managing Director of Redevelopment at Invest Atlanta. Tyrone is a graduate of Dartmouth College with degrees in Economics and Government, as well as the University of Chicago Law School and Booth School of Business, where he received his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees, respectively. He is past Chair of the Public-Private Partnership Council of the Urban Land Institute and was a participant in the Atlanta District Council’s Inaugural Center for Regional Leadership Development. Tyrone is also a graduate of the 2012 Class of Leadership Atlanta, the 2013 Class of Leadership Georgia and the 2013 Atlanta Regional Commission Leadership Institute.

    Dave Radlmann

    Board

    CEO
    Urban Eco Group

    Dave Radlmann is a key player in the Atlanta real estate industry, with more than 21 years of experience in real estate development and general contracting with projects totaling over $400 million dollars, including $300 million in sustainable construction and design. For the last 11 years, he has served as the CEO at Urban Eco Group, and his responsibilities include managing real estate development, design and construction of urban-based projects. Many of the projects have received certifications in Earthcraft, Energy Star, LEED, Building America and Net Zero Ready. Some of his notable recent work includes development management of The Leon, a mixed-use project next to Ponce City Market in Atlanta, including retail and 75 condos. He is also doing development management and general contracting for a 308-acre mixed-use community, Eastmore, in Conyers, Georgia, delivering 756 single-family homes, 81 townhomes, 358 multi-family units, 570,000 square feet of retail, offices and medical offices, and 84 acres of open area and trails. He has also worked on Grant Park Place, Glenwood Park and Lindbergh Plaza among others. Dave’s recognitions include receiving 2018 and 2015 Awards of Excellence from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, the 2015 National Housing Innovation Award from the U.S. Department of Energy and the 2014 EarthCraft House of the Year from Southface Institute. Dave currently serves on the Greater Atlanta Home Builder Association’s Board of Directors, is a photographer and plays in the Atlanta band Rockit 88.

    Robert Reed

    Advisor

    Robert Reed

    Advisor
    Affiliates

    Charles Reith, PHD

    Sustainability Activist

    Charles Reith, PHD

    Sustainability Activist
    Board

    Dr. Charles Reith has 25 years of experience working in energy, mining, agriculture, environmental remediation, waste management, and academia. His responsibilities have included executive management, project execution, technical analysis, solution development, and sustainability auditing. His clients include multinational firms such as ExxonMobil, Shell, and Newgold; national resource companies such as Petroleo Mexicano, Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction, and Petroleos de Venezuela SA; resource ministries in Trinidad, Egypt, Peru, and Ghana; and dozens of small businesses, municipalities, and NGOs. Charles has been on the Florida House Institute Board of Directors since 2016, and Chair since 2019.

    Spencer Rose

    Multi-Team Program Coordinator

    Spencer Rose

    Multi-Team Program Coordinator

    As the Multi-Team Program Coordinator, Spencer works on a variety of policy and education projects. As an Atlanta native, Spencer loves biking around the city, playing soccer, and hiking throughout the Southeast.

    Will Sellers

    Secretary

    Will Sellers

    Secretary
    Board

    Executive Director
    Wholesome Wave Georgia

    An experienced nonprofit leader with a strong advocacy background, Will is currently Executive Director of Wholesome Wave Georgia, an Atlanta-based nonprofit whose mission is to increase access to fresh, healthy, locally-grown food for all Georgians. Prior to joining Wholesome Wave Georgia, Will was Deputy Director of Food Well Alliance, a collaborative network of local leaders working together to build thriving community gardens and urban farms. Will is an active member of Georgia’s local food movement, having served as a member of the Board of Directors of Global Growers Network and Wholesome Wave Georgia.

    Katie Southworth

    Program Director, Advocacy

    Katie Southworth

    Program Director, Advocacy

    Katie is working on advocacy for the organization, with a focus on utility regulatory and green buildings policy issues. Fun fact, she has traveled to over 30 countries and speaks 3 languages. 

    Stephen Ward

    Program Manager, BIT Building; Facility Manager

    Stephen Ward

    Program Manager, BIT Building; Facility Manager

    LEED AP O+M, LEED AP BD+C, SITES AP, TRUE Advisor, SFP, BIT Pro 

    A California Bay Area native living in Atlanta with a passion for the environment, Stephen always looks to inspire others to reduce their environmental footprint through demonstration, education, and collaboration. With over 15 years’ of demonstrated success in developing and implementing programs, systems, and processes, Stephen takes a unique and holistic approach to continually streamline operations and increase organizational value through the lens of sustainable operations. 

    Stephen serves as the program manager to Southface’s sustainable operations and maintenance green building certification program where building owners, operators, and tenants are provided with the guidance to improve operations, reduce costs, and achieve sustainability goals while also providing recognition for those achievements. Stephen is also charged with maintaining Southface’s best-in-class demonstration building and surrounding campus that showcases over 100 off-the-shelf sustainable technologies and design techniques. 

    Stephen is currently a LEED Accredited Professional in sustainable operations and maintenance (AP O+M), sustainable building design and construction (AP BD+C), sustainable landscape and design (SITES AP), a TRUE Advisor in zero waste, and a certified sustainable facility professional (SFP) through IFMA. Stephen also holds a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass from The Juilliard School and enjoys leading the double bass section of the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra. 

    Amber Whittle

    VP Development, Marketing & Communications, Southface and Executive Director, Southface Sarasota & Florida House

    Amber Whittle

    VP Development, Marketing & Communications, Southface and Executive Director, Southface Sarasota & Florida House

    Amber Whittle, a PhD in Zoology and Ecology with a specialty in Conservation Biology, is Managing Director of Southface Sarasota and leads the organization’s Florida-based presence, including external relations, program development and fundraising. 

    Prior to joining Southface, Amber was the Director of Conservation at The Florida Aquarium, Center for Conservation and she led all the conservation initiatives at FLAQ, primarily focusing on coral, turtles, and sharks/rays, and as the Director of Grants and Foundations, she raised over $3.9M in less than 2 years. She also has experience as an environmental consultant and as the Habitat Research Administrator at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.  

    Amber received her BS in Zoology and her BA in English from the University of Florida and her Doctorate in Zoology/Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoā. Amber was raised in Sarasota and returned in 2004. 

    Liz York

    Vice Chair

    Liz York

    Vice Chair
    Board

    Senior Advisor

    Buildings and Facilities Strategy and Innovation Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Liz serves as the Senior Advisor for Buildings and Facilities and previously served as CDC’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. She brings innovation to facility policy and operations while implementing healthy, resilient, equitable work environments for CDC staff. Liz was instrumental in the development of FITWEL and authored the AIA Best Practice on Lactation Rooms. She has strengthened policy and understanding around the health impacts of the physical environment, gender issues in design, access to healthy food and design effects on health equity. Liz is a registered architect with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture, from Georgia Tech.