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Nelms Joins Tech’s Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni
Posted April 25, 2022


Angela Gill Nelms, center, at the Georgia Tech College of Engineering's annual awards gala April 23 with hosts Wonya Lucas, left, and Dean Raheem Beyah. Nelms, B.S. BME 2007, was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at the event. (Photo: Gary Meek)



The Georgia Tech College of Engineering welcomed Angela Gill Nelms into the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni April 23 at the College’s annual alumni awards ceremony. She joins a prestigious group of engineers recognized for their contributions to the Institute, society, and the profession.

“The ideas and engineering accomplishments of our alumni continue to amaze and humble me,” said Raheem Beyah, dean of the College of Engineering and Southern Company chair. “We celebrate the many ways this group of alumni has shaped the past and will help define our future.”

Nelms earned her bachelor’s degree in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2007. An experienced innovator, Nelms most recently co-founded Forge Fractional after leading Atlanta’s Florence Healthcare and working at Medtronic and Emory. She also serves as chair of the Coulter Department’s External Advisory Board.


Angela Gill Nelms

Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni

Angela received her bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Georgia Tech in 2007 as a single mother with a special needs daughter. She is an experienced entrepreneur with extensive speaking experience in building best-in-class company culture, white glove customer service, and driving leadership, management, and career growth. In 2016, after nine years at Medtronic and Emory, Angela joined Florence Healthcare’s founders to develop a novel software to advance cures. At that point, Florence had one customer. It now serves 10,000+ clinical researchers in more than 45 countries. Florence annually receives “Best Places to Work” awards, as well as recognition for being one of “Atlanta's 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies” and “Georgia’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies.” Angela retired from Florence in 2021 and started Forge Fractional, where she helps entrepreneurs build sustainable, best-in-class companies. Angela is also co-founder of Recovery Advocate Network, a 501(c)3 founded to address the disparity in resource availability for individuals suffering from mental health disorders, processing disorders, substance abuse, trauma healing, and sexual identity challenges. Angela serves as chair of the BME External Advisory board and is a member of the College’s Advisory Board.



Joshua Stewart
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering