Leadership Team

In July of 2020 Executive Vice President Kelly Fox announced the creation of a new unit within Administration and Finance named "Sustainability, Facilities & Safety" (SFS). This unit now includes all existing Facilities Management Departments, as well as the Office of Campus Sustainability, Sustainable Building Operations and the Georgia Tech Police Department. As of January 2021 a national search is underway for a permanent vice president for this new unit.

Nazia Zakir

Vice President, Sustainability, Facilities & Safety (interim)

Before accepting her current interim appointment, Ms. Zakir directed Georgia Tech's Environmental Health & Safety department 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 23 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 from Rutgers University. Zakir is also a Certified Health Physicist. 

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). Always an involved member of the of the architectural community, Gary believes that he has a duty to serve, share his knowledge and to prepare the next generation of architects for the challenges to come.

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 twelve 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.