Three engineering grads earn spot on UGA’s 40 Under 40 list

Three graduates of the College of Engineering have been named to the University of Georgia’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2022. The program celebrates the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of successful UGA graduates under the age of 40. The honorees will be recognized during the 12th annual 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon Sept. 9 in the Tate Student Center on campus.

This year’s group of outstanding young alumni includes College of Engineering graduates Dustin Dyer, Mia Mattioli and ValaRae Partee.

Three UGA College of Engineering graduates have been named to the UGA Alumni Association's 40 Under 40 Class of 2022: (left to right) Dustin Dyer BSAE '06, a guidance navigation and control expert at NASA; Mia Catharine Mattioli BSBE '08, an environmental engineering with the CDC; and ValaRae Partee '14 BSENVE, an associate environmental engineer with Brown and Caldwell.

Dustin Dyer, a 2006 graduate of the College of Engineering and the Jere W. Morehead Honors College with a degree in agricultural engineering, works as a guidance navigation and control expert at NASA. In this role, he ensures rockets can safety deliver their payload to orbit. His many honors include the NASA Silver Achievement Medal for extensive analysis to prove the Atlas V rocket was safe to fly astronauts for the NASA Commercial Crew Program. 

A 2008 graduate with a degree in biological engineering, Mia Catharine Mattioli is an environmental engineer for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alongside fellow UGA alumnae Amy Kirby, Mattioli co-led the founding of the CDC’s National Wastewater Surveillance System to help manage the spread of COVID-19. Mattioli is also a graduate of the Morehead Honors College.

ValaRae Partee, a 2014 environmental engineering graduate, works as an associate environmental engineer with Brown and Caldwell in Atlanta where she designs facilities that provide clean water to millions of people. Partee co-created the Black Legacy Engineering Scholarship Fund in the College of Engineering to support a new generation of engineering excellence.

The 40 Under 40 program is coordinated by the UGA Alumni Association. Nominations were open from February to April, and more than 400 nominations were received 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.

Learn more about the UGA 40 Under 40 Class of 2022 here.

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