Here at Georgia Tech, our students are more than their major. Many of our students participate in one or more of the 400 student organizations found on campus, the co-op program, the internship program, study abroad, and much more. Below are a collection of Student Profiles from undergraduate WIE Champions and scholarship winners.

Emily Surry

Nuclear and Radiological Engineering

Where are you from and why did you choose GT?

I am from Marietta, Georgia and I chose to come to Georgia Tech because I wanted to stay close to home and also be an engineer, so it was perfect for me!

How did you choose your specific major?

I chose NRE on a whim when I first applied to Georgia Tech. It was only when I began taking major specific classes that I knew it was what I wanted to do. I love nuclear physics and nuclear science, and applying these super awesome, complex concepts to the field of engineering challenges me in the best way.

What are you working on?

I am currently working on finding an internship position for the summer! I am also actively involved in Greek life, which I enjoy because I love being with my sisters and hanging out around the house.

What do you like best about GT?

What’s great about studying here? My favorite part of Georgia tech is walking around campus in the fall weather with a coffee in my hands. We have such a great atmosphere here that really champions studying and working hard, but also appreciating the small things such as afternoon coffee dates with friends. I love seeing friends around campus and saying hello, or having study dates at the CULC. At Georgia Tech, friends are always close by and ready to help, especially freshman year!

What do you hope to do in the future?

I hope to work on designing new nuclear reactors to help with the energy crisis and carbon levels in the atmosphere. I believe in nuclear power as a clean alternative, and with the right innovation and design, I believe I will help create the next breakthrough in reactor design. Clean energy here we come!

Jade Marcus

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Where are you from and why did you choose GT?

Long Island, NY I chose GT for its ChBE program as well as for Grand Challenges so I could work on water problems around the world. I was drawn to GT because it is in a city, but also has an incredible campus along with division 1 athletics.

How did you choose your specific major?

I chose ChBE because it was the most versatile engineering majors. ChBE’s are found in almost every industry/work place from doctors to lawyers to food processing plants. What are you working on? I graduated Sum Cum Laude with my BSc in ChBE this past summer (2019) and am currently located in South Africa working on a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Reinvent the Toilet Design with Dr. Yee in the school of ME. We are working on creating Generation II, a stand-alone unit that avoids sewage systems and cost $0.05/day with a CAPEX of $450. I am currently working on creating an Additive Manufacturing suite at UKZN in Durban, South Africa, which will help with rapid prototyping once a design is chosen to move forward with.

What do you like best about GT? What’s great about studying here?

The incredible community that provided me support and challenged me to grow every single day.

What do you hope to do in the future?

I hope to continue working on meaningful projects that impact society for the better, with a hopes of working in the renewable energy sector. If this opportunity has taught me anything, it is that you never know what amazing opportunities lie around the corner.

Maria Jennings

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Where are you from and why did you choose GT?

I did my BS in Chemical Engineering @ Northeastern U. in Boston, MA before becoming a yellow jacket! I chose to do my PhD @ Gatech because of the school’s phenomenal reputation in STEM research & education in addition to all of the resources provided to students by the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE).  

How did you choose your specific major?

I am a third generation engineer! My mother was IE and her father was MechE, so it only made sense I studied engineering, too! I decided on ChE my first year of college because I really liked biology and chemistry lab!  

What are you working on?

I work in Dr. John Blazeck’s lab (ChBE) engineering human enzymes to treat erroneous immune metabolism that results in debilitating disease such as cancer and sickle cell disease.  

What do you like best about GT? What’s great about studying here?

As a researcher, I appreciate the resources allotted to me at GT. Not just in terms of equipment, but also all of my helpful lab mates and neighboring labs. Whenever I hit a road block or run out of a chemical, I never have to look far for a helping hand. As a student, each class I’ve taken here has been well-taught.  

What do you hope to do in the future?

Wherever I end up after finishing my PhD, I’m excited to keep doing great science & to empower fellow women in engineering!

Kathryn Bruss

Mechanical Engineering
Where are you from and why did you choose GT? I am from Augusta, GA and I have lived there most of my life. In high school, I figured out that I wanted to major in some sort of engineering. Because Georgia Tech is close (only 2 hours from home) and a good school for engineering of all kinds, I decided that it was a good fit for me. I decided to stay at Georgia Tech for my Master’s degree, because of the Mechanical Engineering BS/MS program, which allowed me to count some of my undergraduate classes towards my Master’s degree. In addition, Georgia Tech has become a second home to me, and I wanted to continue enjoying the campus for another few semesters. How did you choose your specific major? I've always been someone who is curious about how things work, and I love to build, fix things, and tinker. Both of my parents are engineers as well, so I knew that engineering would allow me to turn my curiosity into a career. Because I'm more mechanically inclined, I decided on Mechanical Engineering for my major. I like the idea of being able to work in a variety of fields throughout my career, and Mechanical Engineering is a broad major that allows me to do that.  What are you working on? I am currently working in Dr. Anirban Mazumdar's research lab on a project involving wellbore integrity for geothermal energy. I'm working on this project as a result of my internship this previous summer, where I worked to support the geothermal energy department of Sandia National Labs. My current classes include Machine Vision and Linear Controls, which I selected to help me better understand how to design sensor systems for future projects. I am also a staff assistant in the Georgia Tech Marching Band. This means that I assist the band directors with the day to day activities of the marching band, and work with other staff assistants to ensure that everything runs smoothly for game days and practices! What do you like best about GT? What’s great about studying here? One of the things I love the most about GT is the passion every student has, whether it's for academic work, student clubs, or their hobbies. I've seen people on campus doing everything from Dungeons and Dragons to unicycling, which is fantastic! In addition, everybody is supportive of each other. If you're struggling to understand a topic in class, other students are willing to help you, or work to learn and improve together. What do you hope to do in the future? My goal for the future is to work in research and development. I love the idea of seeing a problem, finding a solution, and testing that solution. It seems like a field that has a lot of room for exploration and learning. I am currently leaning towards working in a lab environment, but I would enjoy any career that would allow me to do system testing and design.