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.

Jovanna Patterson

Jovanna Patterson
Mechanical Engineering

Where are you from and why did you choose GT?

I am from Douglasville, GA. I chose Georgia Tech because it is one of the top mechanical engineering schools, and it’s incredibly convenient for me and family due to its proximity.

How did you choose your specific major?

I have a fascination with futurism and robotics. I wanted to create both the hardware and software of robots, so I chose to major in mechanical engineering and minor in computer science. Mechanical engineering is also a broad field. It would afford me some flexibility in my interests, and I believe it was the best choice for me overall.

What are you working on (projects, internships, etc.)?

I have an internship with Venturi Astrolab this summer thanks to the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship. I am also currently creating a business with my team from the MIT Hacking Racism in Healthcare Challenge to bridge the gap between underserved communities and telehealth companies. Next semester I will participate in the Robot Collective VIP to gain more experience in robotics.

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

I like how many opportunities Georgia Tech has. It is only my first year, and I am always working on or working towards a new project. I’m never bored, and I feel like my time is being well spent.

What do you hope to do in the future?

In the future, I hope to create robots that can aid humans, especially in extreme environments like Space. I want to do research to expand the abilities of robots and make them more efficient.

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!

Fatima Sheriff

Mechanical Engineering
  Where are you from and why did you choose GT? I am from St. Louis, MO. I chose Georgia Tech, because it was an amazing school with great academics. I wasn't certain about my major when I came in, but I knew that no matter what major I chose, I'd be getting one of the best educations in the country. I was also offered an amazing scholarship through the College of Engineering as a Clark Scholar. All in all, Tech was just the best place for me to be. How did you choose your specific major? I've always been interested in a lot of different things, and Mechanical Engineering gives me a broad enough education so that I could follow any career path of my choosing, and still be successful.   What are you working on? ​I've always been a language enthusiast, and this past summer I did a French Language for Business and Technology (LBAT) study abroad program in Paris and Nice. It was such an amazing time, and I got to explore so much. As an added bonus, I'm almost done completing my French minor. This semester I'm very involved in my extracurriculars as a FreShGA advisor and Co-founder of a start-up involving e-scooter safety. It's a very busy and exciting time! What do you like best about GT? What’s great about studying here? Everyone always talks about how hard getting a Tech education can be, but sometimes they forget to talk about how supportive the student body and staff can be! I love how there are tons of resources to help me succeed, and people who would be willing to stop and help me no matter what. The sense of community here is amazing!   What do you hope to do in the future? I am looking for a way to develop my skills outside of my major, so I’m hoping to either get involved in research here on campus or land an internship for this upcoming summer. 

Katelyn Groenhout

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Where are you from and why did you choose GT?

I am from Charlotte, North Carolina, and I originally visited Georgia Tech because of its great academic reputation for engineering. During my visit, I really fell in love with the campus, and I decided it was the right place for me!  

How did you choose your specific major?

In high school, I became very interested in renewable energy. When choosing a major, I found out that many types of engineers can work on renewable energy, but I ultimately chose to pursue Chemical Engineering because of the large variety of possible career directions. I also think that the research going on in the Chemical Engineering department is some of the most interesting work!  

What are you working on?

This fall, I started working in the Kohl lab in the Chemical Engineering department. My project is focused on Electrolyzers, which produce hydrogen gas, for potential application as an energy storage option for renewable technologies. Also, I just finished a research program this summer at the University of Mississippi. During the program, I did organic chemistry research on Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. I love getting to apply what I am learning in class to real world issues in the lab!  

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

I love the people at Georgia Tech! I have made so many friends in classes, in the dorms, and during club meetings and all of them are super supportive. I also love the location near midtown Atlanta; there’s lots to do within walking distance of my dorm.  

What do you hope to do in the future?

In the future, I hope to pursue a career in renewable energy or research. I think that the most rewarding job would be one where my work directly impacts the future of our world for the better. I hope that my work will help make the goals of the environmental conservation movement a reality!

Ananya Jain

Materials Science and Engineering

Where are you from and why did you choose GT?

I’m from the mountains of Kashmir, and I always knew that I needed a school like Georgia Tech to expand my horizons. The main reasons I wanted to come all the way to GT include: the focus on building sound technical skills, the up and coming startup culture, and the Yellow Jackets’ flying club for budding pilots! I knew that GT would be the place that would equip me with what was needed to spread my wings and fly (quite literally!), and I’ve not been disappointed- my education here has opened numerous doors for my future.  

How did you choose your specific major?

During my time in India, I interned with the Government’s nanoscience division and worked on graphene characterization and production, among other things- so materials science and engineering(MSE) seemed to be the obvious next step in that fascinating journey. However, I started off as pre-med Biochemistry at Tech to try out something different from my experience in India. Quickly though, my love for working with materials drew me back to MSE!  

What are you working on?

In my free time at Tech, I run a startup called FullCircle that focuses on giving emotional support bringing together people from different countries, and different disciplines of study to solve the most pressing problems we face as a generation. We’re currently looking building an augmented reality and sensory enhancement device that aims to solve the obesity epidemic, mainly in the US. I work closely with the High Strain Gas-Gun Lab at the MSE department under Professor Thadhani on using quantum dots as mesoscale pressure sensors, also. Over the weekends, I divide my time between being with friends and jamming with them on my guitar, and on working toward my Private Pilots’ License!

https://www.teamfullcircle.org/ 

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

I love the drive and optimism that GT students have--everyone on campus is involved with amazing things in the scientific, social, and academic arena. There is certainly a sense of responsibility among the student body to perform well above the expected standard- I think it comes with the knowledge that we have great exposure and access to world-class research and facilities that we can be using to shape the future.  

What do you hope to do in the future?

Right now, I’m still a student, and I hope to devote my skills with dedication to a central mission. With my startup, I’ve definitely been able to explore a niche that I can call my own, and say that we’re working on cutting-edge, tech-based solutions to some of the most wicked challenges of our time. I hope to continue on with this sense of mission and passion, and really devote myself to building something bigger than just my personal ambitions in life.

Amanda Lang

Materials Science and Engineering

Where are you from and why did you choose GT? 

From Duluth, GA and I chose GT because of its amazing MSE department - heard about the endless opportunities for research, internships, etc.

How did you choose your specific major?

I love to design things, but am interested in materials on a more fundamental (than, say, mechanical engineering) but still functional level. Materials is such a broad field; you become versatile with your knowledge, which can be useful in various engineering applications.

What are you working on?

I am working at a law firm right now, but last summer I had the opportunity to intern at one of Procter & Gamble's paper plants (Charmin & Bounty). My projects were industrial-engineering focused and I was able to learn a lot about process improvement and their company culture.  I serve on the state board of a community service organization called Circle K, which has clubs all over the world - we get to do service locally like at the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Bellwood Boys & Girls Club, but what makes us special is that we get to collaborate with other clubs across the state, like Georgia State University and UGA.

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

GT throws you in a very academically challenging environment, but, it's nice to be surrounded by so many motivated and intelligent individuals who are happy to help you grow and succeed. I like that GT students are defined by what they do outside of coursework. The work-hard play-hard mentality is very present on campus. I also am a sucker for cities, so I love being close to Buckhead, Ponce, Atlantic Station, etc. 

What do you hope to do in the future?  

I am still exploring my options!  

Katelynn Phang

Biomedical Engineering

Where are you from and why did you choose GT?

I am from Katy, Texas, and chose GT because it felt like home. The summer after my sophomore year of high school, I took a two week “vacation” and took a road trip to visit a bunch of different universities on my list. I was impressed and amazed by all of them, but only one gave me a feeling that I absolutely belonged. One of the first people I met on this campus was President Bud Peterson, who was gracious enough to give me directions and encourage me to pick the school that I felt could help me succeed the most. The people (faculty and students), the atmosphere, and, of course, the incredible Biomedical Engineering program gave me all the reasons I needed to make GT my dream school.

How did you choose your specific major?

I chose Biomedical Engineering because of the promise that it holds in terms of research and innovation. I have aspired to make an impact on the medical community since I was a child, but also wanted the logistical and mathematical components that engineering has to offer. Also, since BME is a relatively new major, I believe that it can evolve to fit the needs of the medical field as it changes. In this way, its impact can be widespread, unpredictable, and directed by the next leaders of the engineering field. Biomedical engineers also learn and draw from many different kinds of engineering. This makes BME, to me, one of the most interesting forms of engineering. 

What are you working on?

This past summer, I worked in a company in Hsinchu, Taiwan as a medical device evaluation intern. Getting to live in a different country on my own and having the opportunity to immerse myself in a different culture and language in a business/company setting was one of the coolest experiences I have ever had the privilege to encounter. Now at Tech, I am currently involved in immunotherapy research with the Krish Roy lab. We are working on a universal flu vaccine and studying various nano/microparticles as well as particular steps in transfection and translation. I really appreciate the people in this lab and how willing they are to teach me about anything and everything regarding our experiments. I have had the chance to learn numerous assays (lab procedures) and create my own procedures and experiments to run. 

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

GT is full of opportunities. The Invention Studio, Aero Makerspace, the free tutoring, and the career fair and resume workshops are just a few examples of the many things that Georgia Tech has to offer. The maker spaces allow us aspiring engineers to bring our ideas to life with accessible 3D printers, drills, water jets, etc. The free tutoring gives me peace of mind knowing that there is always someone I can ask or turn to if I have issues in any of my classes. The career fair and resume workshops provide places to improve my interviewing skills and give me the chance to effectively put what I’ve learned into practice by having a setting to explore possible internships, co-ops, or even full-time jobs. 

What do you hope to do in the future?

In the far future, I hope to be able to run my own lab. I aspire to someday be on the frontlines of research as one of those next generation leaders that can help guide the direction that medical science takes. Before that, I am hoping to gain industry experience to better understand the current field, and eventually obtain a PhD. 

Melanie Weaver

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Where are you from and why did you choose GT?

I am from Shamong, New Jersey. Georgia Tech had been a dream of mine since the beginning of high school. I found Georgia Tech because of its high academic ranking, especially in engineering. That’s not why I chose to go here, though. What ultimately finalized my decision to come to Tech was how I felt here. It felt like home. When I toured other campuses it was beautiful, great place to be. But touring Tech, I really could see myself living here. It felt safe, exciting, and as I said before, it felt like home.

How did you choose your specific major?

I chose Electrical Engineering because of my involvements with electronics in my FIRST Robotics Competition team in high school. I didn’t plan on joining the electrical subteam when I first joined, but immediately my freshmen year a senior took me under his wing on the Electrical side of robotics. And I loved it. The next year I became the lead of that part of the team and furthered my passion for Electrical Engineering.

What are you working on? 

I am currently involved in a lot around campus. I am one of the directors for the iGniTe Advisory Board, founded the Spark Mentorship Program, represent Summer Sessions on the Office of Undergraduate Education Student Advisory Board, and am on Wreck Camp staff. I put my heart and soul into my activities, just as I do my classes. Being involved around campus has helped me to find my family at Tech and relieve the stress of courses and other parts of academic life.

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

What I like best about Georgia Tech is the people. Everywhere you go on campus you see friendly faces open to conversation. You can bond over having difficult classes, similar interests, anything. The people are here to help you in your most difficult times and laugh with you in the happiest. The faculty often treats you as a friend rather than an inferior. You can build relationships with your professors, advisors, or any member of staff on campus. Yes, it’s nice being in the 5th best public university in the country, according to US News, but the rankings aren’t what makes Tech great. The students and faculty of Georgia Tech have changed who I am as a person, and I can’t thank them enough.

What do you hope to do in the future?

My top goal for the future is to work on robots for deep sea exploration. It’s a far ways away, but Georgia Tech is shaping me perfectly into the engineer and person that I need to be in order to achieve that dream.