Leadership Team

The members of the Georgia Tech Facilities Management leadership are honed experts in their respective fields. 

Mark Demyanek

Vice President (interim), Sustainability, Facilities & Safety

Mr. Demyanek is currently the Interim Vice President of the Sustainability, Facilities & Safety Unit. Before joining Georgia Tech in 2007, Demyanek worked for the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents since 1995.  He has been with the University System of Georgia for 32 years.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Safety Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Technology and Science Policy from Georgia Tech.

Gary Jelin

Assistant Vice President (interim), Design & Construction 

Mr. Jelin, AIA, NCARB, REFP, LEED GA has been a registered architect for more than 30 years and has devoted the majority of his career to educational design. He is responsible for the operational and financial management of a core group of registered architects, engineers and construction managers that prepare design drawings and manage construction for campus projects. Jelin also maintains sustainable design standards for use in the planning, design and construction of all campus projects.  He also works with senior project managers to augment design personnel by securing contracts for outside professional architectural and engineering services and integrates these services with in-house staff. He is a long-standing member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association for Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI) where he has presented at national conferences. Always an involved member of the of the architectural community, Gary feels that as a veteran in his field he has a duty to serve, to lend his time, to share his knowledge and to prepare the next generation of architects for the challenges to come.

Nazia Zakir

Assistant Vice President, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

Ms. Zakir directs the EHS team to meet public health, safety and compliance responsibilities for the campus community. She has spearheaded training and inspection initiatives including Radiological Incident Response, Laser Safety and an increased controls program from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Zakir has been in the safety field for 22 years, with a diverse background working in the Department of Energy National Lab, in a clinical setting as a Medical Physicist and in University Health Physics. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences with a focus on Radiological Physics and is a Certified Health Physicist. 

Steve Sywak

Director, Facilities Information Technology

Mr. Sywak leads the IT team that provides computing services and technology solutions to the varied customers in Facilities Management. He has spearheaded the implementation of many new programs and/or systems within the department starting with what is now called the controls network. Some of the other systems Sywak has introduced is remote computer management, remedy helpdesk ticketing, EnergyCap utility billing, and a new engineering document management system.  He has also been instrumental in growing and maintaining smart meter energy systems.  Sywak has been working in the technology field for more than twenty years, with a relentless pursuit of service excellence.  Whether it is providing an energy dashboard solution or a technical resource, Sywak and his team are committed to providing superior customer service.

David Goldfarb

Director, Facilities Business Services

Mr. Goldfarb has been the Director of Financial Administration for the Facilities Management Division at Georgia Tech for the past ten years, overseeing vital processes such as work order requests, annual budgeting and contract completion. Under his charge the number of contracts administered by the Finance unit has nearly doubled and the unit has implemented major technology system enhancements to improve efficiency. Prior to working at Georgia Tech, Goldfarb worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Georgia Power Company. 

Jessica Rose

Jessica Rose, Associate Director Analytics and Communication 

Ms. Rose oversees over $30M of utility billing and associated charge-backs for the campus, manages all public affairs needs for the 12-department unit and oversees the unit’s responses to all annual assessment needs. Before coming to Tech, Rose worked on sustainability and communication strategies in an agency environment. She has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Florida International University and a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech. 

Ben Mason

Assistant Vice President (interim), Operations & Maintenance 

Mr. Mason has been working at Georgia Tech since 2012 in a variety of roles, including Associate Director of Building Engineering/Energy Strategy and Sr. Facilities Director for Housing & Residence Life. Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, Mason worked in the commercial/industrial HVAC service and construction field for over 25 years. He holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech