Jacob Tzegaegbe



BS, Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011

MSc, Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013


Snellville, GA

Thesis/Dissertation Topic:   

Regulating the informal transit sector in post-BRT African cities


2012 National Science Foundation GRFP recipient

Rhodes Scholar Finalist

2011-2012 Mr. Georgia Tech

Academic All-American diver

All-Academic ACC athlete

2011 N.S.B.E. Distinguished Engineer of the Year

2011 ODK National Leader of the Year

2011 Alpha Phi Alpha Regional Leader of the Year

2010 Alpha Phi Alpha Georgia Brother of the Year

2009-2011 GT Black Alumni Organization Scholar

2009 Tommy Towles Scholar-Athlete Award

2009 George W. Semmes Memorial Recipient


Jacob Tzegaegbe is a Georgia native with roots from Israel and Nigeria where his mother and father were born. He is the second eldest of five children and the first person in his family to attend college. In December of 2011 Jacob earned his BS in Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech. While an undergraduate student Jacob’s involvements included being the President and Treasurer of the Nu Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, the Academic Excellence and LDR Chairs for the Georgia Tech Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, the Nominations Chair and President for the Georgia Tech Student Foundation Board of Trustees, SGA Senior Class President, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honors Fraternity, a Georgia Tech Student Ambassador, and a two year letterman on the Division I GT Swimming and Diving Team. Jacob’s career goals are to pursue a career in social entrepreneurship trying to leverage his technical expertise to improve the conditions of citizens in West African nations through innovative private and public sector transportation projects.

Contact Information:

Email: jtzegaegbe3@gatech.edu