Georgia Engineering Foundation




GEF dates back to February 1971, when the presidents of fifteen Georgia engineering societies met to discuss forming a non-profit, tax-exempt organization to improve engineering education and the image of the engineer in Georgia. GEF was chartered as a 501(c)(3) charity in July of 1971. GEF is made up of nine professional engineering societies and four associate member organizations.

For more than 47 years, the Georgia Engineering Foundation has sponsored a program that awards college scholarships to worthy Georgia students who are preparing for a career in engineering or engineering technology. Since 1985, over 900 students have been awarded scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. In 2019, 42 awards were made and a total of $76,500 was given to students pursuing a field in either engineering or engineering technology.

All scholarships are competitively awarded based on the student’s demonstrated competence in academics, interest in developing a career in engineering, financial need, and school and community involvement. Look for the next application period to open again in Summer 2020.

GEF’s legacy of success is built on the dedicated generosity not only of supporting organizations, but Board members and administrative staff who share their time and energy to keep the wheels turning.  Find out more about how you can be a part of making a brighter future for today’s students!

GEF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 
Your Donations are tax deductible

To give to the Georgia Engineering Foundation or for more information, contact

John Boneberg

Georgia Engineering Foundation Executive Committee
& Scholarship Chair


John Boneberg

John Boneberg is a professional mechanical engineer and Senior Project Manager with O’Brien & Gere. John leads project teams undertaking capital projects for industrial, institutional and higher education clients. His diverse career in consulting includes work on facilities and utility infrastructure, water, energy and environmental programs, including sustainability initiatives.

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President Elect

Beth Harris, CPSM

Beth Harris, CPSM serves United Consulting as Vice President, providing business development for the Norcross-based environmental, geotechnical, geophysical, and construction materials testing firm. Beth is currently president elect of the Georgia Engineering Foundation (GEF). She is a past president and serves on the Board of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)-Atlanta Post– a GEF Scholarship Donor.

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Scholarship Committee Chair

Julie Secrist, P.E.

Julie Secrist, PE is Senior Project Manager at Southeastern Engineering, Inc. With 10+ years of experience, she leads all civil projects including aviation, site development, large-scale mixed use and commercial developments out of the Marietta office. Ms. Secrist is also active in professional organizations including ASCE and GEF by holding active positions on the Board of Directors. Julie is the chair for the GEF Scholarship Committee.

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Anita Atkinson, P.E.

Anita Atkinson manages the Civil Engineering and Surveying Department at Patterson & Dewar Engineers. She leads a talented group of engineers and technical personnel primarily serving the electric utility market in site development, environmental, structural line design and surveying.

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Theresa Brunasso

Theresa is a 30-year veteran in the field of Electrical Engineering. Prior to starting D&S Microwave, she spent more than 20 years at EMS Technologies. At EMS, Theresa served as Microwave Engineering Manager, Director of Technology Development, and provided innovative design and development expertise for numerous programs, including JSTARS, TDRS, XM Radio, DarkStar, NSTAR, Milstar, Advanced EHF, IntelSat and the Mars Science Lab.

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Raymond J. Wilke, P.E.

Mr. Wilke is the Founder and a Principal of GeoRay, Inc., an engineering and consulting firm based in Johns Creek, Georgia since 1997. The firm serves local governments, consultants, owners, investors and individuals with expertise in water resources, watershed management, land development, permitting, and regulatory compliance through the application of risk-based planning and asset management.

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In addition, to the above Foundation leaders, click the following links to learn more about the Georgia Engineering Foundation

Scholarships awarded to students based on three criteria: financial need, scholastic excellence
& community involvement.

Since 1985, over 750 students have been awarded scholarships, worth more than half a million dollars.

This year, between 35 and 50 scholarships are expected to be awarded, and over the past several years, annual awards have been valued at over $50,000 each year!

Individual scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Total assets managed are over $600,000.

Between 300-500 scholarship applications are received annually.

GEF supports the efforts of MATHCOUNTS, working closely with the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers.

GEF supports the Exploring Engineering Academy - a science appreciation two week workshop for seventh and eighth graders at Georgia Tech.

GEF gives to the Benjamin E. Mays High School
for student travel expenses.

Future Engineers Endowment supports academic programs in engineering, science and technology in pre-collegiate educational facilities.

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