Ivan Allen College Alumni Named to ’40 Under 40’ List

Posted July 25, 2023

Four Ivan Allen College alumni are among those named to the 2023 Georgia Tech Alumni Association’s 2023 "40 Under 40" list. This annual program highlights alumni who have had substantial impacts in their respective fields. 

The recipients from Ivan Allen College are Saira Draper, Stuart Michelson, Laura E. Powell, and Hira Batool Rizvi. 

Draper, Powell, and Rizvi are School of Public Policy graduates. Michelson holds degrees from the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. 

Draper, who graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy, is a civil rights attorney and state representative for Georgia House District 90. Known for her work in law, politics, and public service, Draper has dedicated her career to advocating for the rights of others, particularly in the realm of voting rights. 

Michelson received a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology, and Culture in 2011 and a Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction in 2013. He is a senior research scientist and branch head in the Human-Centered Engineering Division at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.  

Laura E. Powell, a 2013 Public Policy graduate, is a senior associate at international law firm WilmerHale. Powell also maintains a pro bono practice in Indigenous rights advocacy, emphasizing environmental justice 

Rizvi, who earned her Master of Science in Public Policy in 2015, is the co-founder and CEO of SheKab, Pakistan’s first subscription-based monthly carpool service for working women. The company is also digitizing traditional community-based carpooling services through a web-based platform and smartphone app. 

Congratulations to these terrific Ivan Allen College alumni! 

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Michael Pearson
Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts