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Alumni Success Story: DeEtta Famiano

This is actually an update on an alumni success story. We first profiled DeEtta Famiano in 2011, in what was then called Tech Quarterly, and is now Forsyth Tech Magazine.

A 2009 graduate of Forsyth Tech with an AAS degree in Architectural Technology, DeEtta had a background in construction and had come to the college thinking she would be a general contractor, but circumstances led her down a different path. She learned to use architectural software that allowed her to get away from the actual construction and move more toward building design.

After graduation DeEtta started her own company, Famiano Design Group, which specialized in Building Information Modeling (BIM) – using a laser scanner to collect highly accurate data about objects such as buildings and pieces of furniture and turning that data into three-dimensional models. Architects and engineers use these models to help define the scope of work for a project and detect potential problems (called “clash detection”) where parts of the building such as the structural frame and pipes or ducts may wrongly intersect. As a result, BIM has become a vital part of both the architectural and construction processes.

Early in 2015, DeEtta took her talents to Weaver Cooke Construction in Greensboro, an award-winning firm known for their use of innovative technologies. There, as Director of Virtual Design and Construction, she is using 3-D modeling software in ways she says is changing the architecture and construction industries. She loves the job, and says that being at Weaver Cooke in a way brings her full circle. “Weaver Cooke is a company I visited as a student at Forsyth Tech,” she says. “That visit made me think about working here, and now years later I am here doing really exciting things. It’s a nice story, I think.”

She has come full circle in another way as well, passing along her knowledge and experience by teaching at Forsyth Tech in the Architecture department as an adjunct. “I’m teaching students to use the same software I use every day in my job,” she says, another example of how Forsyth Tech prepares its graduates to go straight from the classroom to the workplace.

Doing what she loves and helping others find their path to what they love – that’s what makes DeEtta Famiano a Forsyth Tech success story.