Augustans make Georgia Trend magazine’s ‘40 Under 40’ annual list

Three Augusta candidates have made Georgia Trend magazine’s 2017 40 Under 40 list.


The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce recently offered “sincere congratulations” to Dr. Bhagelu Achyut, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Augusta University; Kaden Jacobs, director of communications for the Richmond County School System; and Christina Purkapile, cyber account lead with management consultant firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

The magazine’s list honors the state’s best and brightest in business, government, politics, nonprofits, science, health care and education.

Dr. Achyut was nominated for Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 by the Augusta Metro Chamber after receiving their distinguished Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch award in June.

He was honored by the Chamber, in partnership with Augusta magazine, as one of 10 rising business professionals who emerged as this year’s most promising young talent to watch over the next 10 years.

Originally from India, Dr. Achyut came to the U.S. in 2009 for post-doctorate work and now conducts cancer research at Augusta University. He is seeking funding for a research lab focused on preclinical modeling of malignant brain and breast cancers.

Jacobs, a Navy veteran, has been with the Richmond County School System since 2015, and is a previous recipient of the Chamber’s Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch award. He recently was accepted into Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Harvard Institute for Superintendents and District Leaders.

Purkapile, a U.S. Army veteran, began working for BAH in analytics 10 years ago. During that time, she earned her master’s degree in counterterrorism and terrorism studies with an emphasis in cybersecurity and extremist organizations.

The magazine is owned and operated by Augusta-based Morris Business Media.

To see the full list of Georgia Trend’s 2017 40 Under 40, visit