Meet the Graduate Student Coaches (continued)

Alyson Colin


4th Year PhD Student in Chemistry and Biochemistry
"We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down." - Kurt Vonnegut

Alyson Colin received her B.S. in Chemistry from Oklahoma State University in 2013. During her undergraduate career, she conducted microbiology research to expand her lab techniques. Now, Alyson is a PhD candidate in Dr. Amit Reddi's group studying redox signaling networks in cell metabolism. Her life outside of lab is filled with family, friends, yoga, running, and reading.

Alyson decided to become a leadership fellow because she values the importance of investing time in the success of others. She is excited to begin her new role as a coach!

Michelle Collins


5th Year PhD Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering
“As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around.” — Oprah Winfrey

Michelle received her B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Morgan State University in 2011 and Georgia Tech in 2013, respectively. She is currently a 5th year PhD student in the Integrated Computational Electronics (ICE) Laboratory where her research focuses on design automation tools for programmable and configurable analog hardware that is poised to be incorporated in many low power applications. She has interned overseas in Germany and at the nation's largest university affiliated research center.

Michelle chose to become a leadership fellow because she understands the importance of strengthening personal leadership skills. It is her opinion that everyone has the capability to be a great leader and that it just takes the right scenario for a person to realize their capacity and to evolve and shine. Michelle is excited to assist students in refining their skills through one on one coaching. She believes her interactions with students and with other leadership fellows will lead to self reflection and growth.

Lalit Darunte


4th Year PhD Student in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

Lalit received B.Tech and M.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay. He is currently a 4th year PhD candidate in the School of Chemical andBiomolecular Engineering. He is currently working on CO2 capture from air using novel materials. Prior to Georgia Tech, he worked with Proctor and Gamble Company for 2 years across India and China.

Lalit chose to become a leadership fellow because he believes that many outstanding leaders have made a big difference in his life. They inspired him to give his best to achieve his dreams. Through coaching others, he hopes to give back. The process of coaching has made him open to new experiences and helped develop essential skills for effective leadership.

Eryn Eitel


4nd Year PhD Student in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." - George Bernard Shaw

Eryn received her B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Mathematics at Elon University in North Carolina in 2012. She is currently a 4th year PhD student in a Geochemistry lab in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences where her research focus is on using inorganic tracers to detect microbial metal respiration in marine sediments. In this work, Eryn has gone on five research cruises to collect samples from the deep sea; three trips off of the coast of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, one in the oxygen minimum zone near San Diego, and one on the basin of the Rhone river delta in France.

From these research trips Eryn has experienced first hand the difficulty presented in being an effective leader. She is dedicated to improving her own leadership skills through being a leadership fellow while guiding others to do the same.  Becoming an effective leader takes the humility to accept your own short-comings; Eryn knows that together we can all work to become better leaders. She is excited to help bring out the leader that is within everyone, because the effect that you have on people is the most valuable currency that there is.

Felix Fan


3rd Year PhD Student in Organizational Behavior

Felix has been on a journey of discovery since after high school. He moved to Chengdu, a city 24-hour train ride away from his hometown on the east coast of China, to attend college and received his double B.S. degree in business administration and economics in 2012 from Southwest University of Finance and Economics. On his junior year, he studied abroad in San Diego State University, focusing on hospitality management. After graduation from college, he continued his journey onto the Netherlands and received his M.Phil. in organizational behavior from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2014. He then moved back to the U.S. and is currently a third year Ph.D student in organizational behavior at Scheller College of Business. His research concentrates on individual identity and identification, workplace relationships and diversity.
Apart from the academic career, Felix also used to intern at Disneyland in California, work part-time at Touchdown Education Consulting and full-time in Global Education in China. While in college, he also once served as division vice chair in the student government, student organization president, and coach in the debate team. He was also a board member in the student council during the master program.

Felix choose to become the leadership fellow because of his passion to help people succeed not only in school but also in life. He believes that leadership is about confidence, courage, and compassion, and that being a leader in our own life is just as important, if not more, as being a leader of a group. He hopes that through the leadership coaching program, he could help others discover themselves and reach their full potential to achieve their goals. He also looks forward to be inspired by the young brilliant minds here at Georgia Tech! Together we swarm!

Abe Jordan

Abe Jordan

3rd Year PhD student in Chemistry
"Let us rather run the risk of wearing out, than rusting out." -Theodore Roosevelt

Abe graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 2014 with a Bachelors degree in chemistry. Following graduation he entered the Georgia Tech Chemistry Department's PhD program, where he is currently study the organometallic chemistry of copper. In addition to his research, Abe is a teaching assistant for Synthesis Lab.

Abe believes that it is very challenging to assess and improve your leadership abilities. He admires those who do, and he hopes as a Leadership Fellow he can help our coachees in that process. In that process, Abe thinks he has learned as much about himself and his abilities as the coachees have.

Sophie Kay

Sophie Kay

3rd Year PhD Student in Industrial-Organizational Psychology
“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sophie graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from The College of New Jersey in 2014. She is currently a 3rd year PhD student in Industrial-Organizational Psychology in the Work Experience Lab, where she studies the subjective experience of work. Her current research focuses on emotion regulation in the workplace.

Sophie joined the LEAD family as a team coaching fellow in fall 2015 and found the experience not only rewarding, but eye-opening. Although she had several leadership roles throughout high school and college, she realized she had never truly understood how a successful team should be built from the beginning and how effective leaders can ensure teams thrive. Sophie is excited to help continue to develop leaders at Georgia Tech, and continue to personally grow, this upcoming year as a leadership fellow.

Kartik Kothari


3rd year PhD Student in Physics
"As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world— that is the myth of the atomic age— as in being able to remake ourselves." - Mahatma Gandhi

Kartik received his B.Tech in Engineering Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay in 2014. He is currently a third year PhD student in the School of Physics where his research is focussed on heat transport in nanostructure. He has interned at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland and has worked as a Teaching Assistant in Georgia Tech.

Kartik chose to become a leadership coach because he believes this would allow him to contribute to the society by empowering people to lead and thereby, contributing to creation of a robust society driven by a broader vision and excellence. He believes leadership is a balance of empowering people by giving decision making control, deeply caring for individuals and systematically nurturing their talents.

Braven Leung


2nd Year PhD Student in Aerospace Engineering
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."—John Quincy Adams

Braven received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014. He is currently a 2nd year PhD student in the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) where his primary research focus is on the FAA NextGen efforts to accelerate development and commercial deployment of environmentally promising aircraft technologies and sustainable alternative fuels. He has previously interned with Woodward MPC, NASA, SpaceX, Raytheon, Jet Propulsion Lab, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Braven joined the Georgia Tech Leadership Fellows Program as a result of his long-standing interest and commitment to leadership development. He has been involved with the Illinois Leadership Center at the University of Illinois during his undergraduate years, working alongside other students to build personal and leadership skills together through formal programs and coursework. Recognizing the importance and impact that these experiences have had later on, Braven is excited to be a part of the Leadership Development program at Georgia Tech, where he will have the opportunity to give back to the community and help others to realize their leadership potential.


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