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Think and Lead Seminar Series: George Auten

February 10, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A headshot of George Auten standing in front of a gray background.

George Auten, the CEO of Atriax and an alum of NC State’s Wolfpack, recently spoke to graduate students in the Master of Engineering Management program at NC State.

The key takeaways from George Auten’s talk on “Thoughts on Engineering Management from a Recovering Engineer” were:

  • Intersection of Engineering and Management: He emphasized the importance of understanding both engineering and management principles for successful leadership in the technology industry. He discussed how engineering managers need to balance technical expertise with business acumen to drive innovation and achieve organizational goals.
  • Insights from Leading a Technology Company: Auten drew from his experience as the CEO of Atriax, a technology company, to share valuable insights. He likely discussed challenges and opportunities in the technology sector, strategies for managing technical teams, and the role of engineering managers in driving growth and innovation.
  • Importance of Alumni Engagement: His visit to NC State, his alma mater, highlights the significance of alumni involvement in fostering the future of their respective fields. By sharing his knowledge and experiences with graduate students in the Master of Engineering Management program, also demonstrated his commitment to giving back and supporting the next generation of engineering leaders.
  • Inspiration and Learning: The opportunity for graduate students to learn from a successful professional like Auten can be incredibly inspiring and valuable. He provided the students with practical insights, real-world examples, and industry perspectives that can enhance their understanding of engineering management and help them navigate their future careers.
  • Thank you so much, George for bridging the gap between engineering and management, offering industry insights, and showcasing the significance of alumni engagement in shaping the future of engineering leadership.

Guest speaker George Auten posing with Julie Ivy and a group of MEM students.


George Auten has enjoyed a thirty-year career of increasingly responsible experience in facility management, including building and infrastructure maintenance; pavements and grounds; operating service contracts; utilities; design and construction; site planning and development; project planning and programming; environmental compliance and pollution prevention; and comprehensive emergency services such as fire protection, hazardous materials response, and disaster preparedness.


February 10, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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