May 2008 - Alumni Spotlight - Leah Friar

This alumni spotlight was originally shown in the May 2008 IEM Newsletter.

May's featured IEM alumnus is Leah Friar, Senior Project Manager Network Technical Engineering with AT&T. Leah has been with the Bell system since 1981, serving in seven different roles over her distinguished career. She took a four year hiatus during the dot com boom to work with a startup, Bear Creek Technologies. Returning to Bellsouth in 2001 she has been instrumental in bringing broadband technologies to the southern region.

In addition to her work responsibilities, Leah also plays a key role with the National Joint Utility Notification System (NJUNS). Not only does she sit on the board of directors, she also is the Treasurer of the 2008 Executive Committee.

Over the years Leah has invested heavily in her education. She received her undergraduate in Engineering from UAB back in 1981. Returning to school in 1999 she earned a MBA from Samford University. Finally in 2006 she became a graduate of the IEM program.

Leah has been married for twenty five plus years to her husband Rob, a Civil Engineering Graduate of Auburn University. She has two children; a daughter Pam, a senior attending Auburn University studying Health Care Admin, and a son Robby, an Eagle Scout and junior at Spain Park HS.

Leah’s interests include family, travel, reading, and knitting (a skill that she picked up at a young age). Leah grew up within a military family and attended a staggering eighteen schools before graduating high school. In addition she helped pioneer equal rights for women in Birmingham by becoming the first female usher at Legion Field (even if only a little bit).

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