Meet the Graduate Student Coaches (continued)

Lalit Darunte


5th 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 5th year PhD candidate in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular 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.

Felix Fan


4th 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!

Josh Fisher


3rd Year PhD Student in Digital Media
"If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that." - Charles Bukowski, Poet

As an undergrad, Josh started his first business while getting his BA in English Studies and Political Science. After graduating, Josh went on to work as a farmer and shepherd before beginning to teach at a university in South Korea and then in Turkey. At this point, Josh began his second business, a mobile development house, and produced a number of award-winning apps. Josh is currently a 3rd year Ph.D. student studying how emerging technology like augmented and virtual reality will impact communities.

Josh believes that leadership is learned through practice, patience, and empathy. He believes that working within communities and with individuals to take meaningful chances is the best way to enhance one’s leadership skills. Josh wants to help students gain these leadership skills early in life so they can have the greatest possible impact moving forward. He sees becoming a coach as an opportunity to connect and learn with others.

Fatima Hafsa


Master's Student in Materials Science and Engineering
“The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest." - Unknown

Fatima graduated as a polymer engineer from NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi, Pakistan. During her undergraduate she headed the global community development program at a local chapter for AIESEC. This position became the inspiration for her career choice after graduation. In 2013, Fatima started her career with World Wide Fund for Nature Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan), as a programme development officer. During the two years she served at WWF-Pakistan, she worked with multiple multilateral aid agencies including World Bank, and United Nations Development Program. She also got the chance to orchestrate a partnership between K-Electric (Karachi’s primary electricity supplier), WWF-Pakistan and the city government of Karachi for commitments towards a climate resilient city. One of her favorite projects was mobilization of the organization towards addressing the growing environmental threat of plastic debris in the marine environment. In order to be able to address the challenge in Karachi technically, Fatima decided to pursue a masters in polymer engineering and study the problem closely. She is currently a Masters student in Materials Science and Engineering (with focus on polymer) and a recipient of the Fulbright scholarship.  
Fatima believes the world needs positive change agents who understand that each constructive action is an act of leadership. In addition to uplifting the society/community, albeit marginally, it reinforces the power of good and encourages observers to become change agents too. Fatima wants others to realize that their strengths can be used to serve humanity and that earlier the realization, easier it would eventually become to tackle the multiple crises facing the world today. Fatima wants to take up coaching to strengthen her skills 1) as a leader, 2) as a mentor, 3) in the art of communication. She also looks forward to an exchange of brilliant ideas.

Andrew Hanus


2nd Year Student in Dual Master's in Public Policy and City & Regional Planning
"Does the dog wag the tail?" - Unknown

Andrew is an active duty veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he spent 6-years as a Military Working Dog Handler, and presently remains a member of the Air National Guard.  He has an associate degree in criminal justice, and has worked as a paralegal at the Department of Veteran Affairs.  He obtained his undergraduate in science and technology policy from Arizona State University, and spent time in Washington D.C. as a student leader at the McCain Institute for International Leadership.  Before beginning his dual master's program, Andrew worked as a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Fellow and worked to advance science-driven research and policy for the nation.  And as a hobby, he has trained and competed in strongman and powerlifting sports for many years.

With his military experience and work elsewhere, Andrew has been exposed to a number of leadership roles and has learned in some of the most unusual situations.  One thing he understands is the importance of self-discovery, and encourages looking at life past the myopic focus we tend to hold.  Andrew is not afraid to take a step into the unknown, and looks forward to working with others to accomplish the goals that they have set out for themselves and learning more about himself along the way.

Ramy Imam


2nd Year Master's Student in Mechanical Engineering
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." - Neale Donald Walsch

Ramy Imam holds a Bachelor’s of Science with high honors in Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo (AUC). His pursuit of excellence along with his outstanding academic performance has placed him on the Dean’s Honor List and has earned him the Exemplary Student Award in 2014. Ramy is recipient of both the AUC’s academic and sports scholarships, he was also nominated for the Parents Association Cup for sustaining academic excellence and extracurricular activities. His interests lie in the areas of energy sustainability, design, and energy efficiency has led him to undertake his undergraduate thesis project on solar thermal energy and earning a Professional Graduate Certificate in 'Corporate Sustainability and Innovation' from Harvard University. Ramy’s enthusiasm coupled by his passion for research and development has incited him to present and publish his research activities and findings at reputable conferences in Austria, Canada, Egypt, Spain, and the United States. In pursuit of his goals, Ramy has also presented his research as pertains to Radio Telescopes and Solar Energy respectively in the 8th and 9th Undergraduate Research Conferences at the AUC. Furthermore, due to his uncompromising dedication and keen, Ramy was nominated and selected for an exceptional opportunity to assist Dr. Jonathan Grindlay of Harvard University to work during the summer of 2012 and 2013 on the DASCH Project at the Center for Astrophysics. He has also conducted research relating to heat transfer under the supervision of Dr. Ahmed Ghoneim in summer 2013 while working on the CO2 Capture project at MIT. Ramy has also worked as an Engineer and Lab Assistant at Harvard University, where he helped design and maintain several equipment and machinery in the DASCH project. Ramy is currently doing his masters of science in mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also working as a research assistant with Professor Sheldon Jeter in concentrated solar power.

Rainey Jernigan


2nd Year Master's Student in Public Policy
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

Rainey graduated from Babson College in 2013 with a BS in Business and Entrepreneurship. She has worked with various social enterprises and is currently studying energy technology and entrepreneurship policy. She has mentored students in the past in programs such as Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship at Olin College and Grand Challenges right here at Georgia Tech. She also is a teaching assistant for the Leadership introductory course in the LEAD program here at Georgia Tech.

Rainey's main passion lies in helping others find and recognize the power within themselves in order to achieve great things! During this fellowship she is looking forward to working with students and creating an environment where they feel comfortable trying new things, reflecting, and pushing themselves in order to grow. Her philosophy in leadership development is to try, fail, learn, and try again. She is looking forward to working in partnership with her students to make progress, reflect, and most importantly learn and grow as a student and leader!

Simple Kamar


3rd Year PhD Student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
"The fool didn't know it was impossible so he did it anyway" - Unknown

Simple is a 3rd year PhD student in School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, working on Intracellular Drug Delivery. He received his Bachelors and Master’s degree from IIT Chennai and is a Coal India Ltd scholarship recipient. He also interned in Politecnico di Milano, Italy and is always looking for ways to sneak out and travel the world. He has presented his undergrad research work in International Conference on Chemical Kinetics, 2015, held in Belgium.

Simple chose to become a Leadership fellow to enable students to redefine their capabilities. He believes this will give him an opportunity to not only help others grow but also to refine his own interpersonal skills and build character. He believes that he can help students see beyond the horizon through self-belief and constant motivation (yes, the horizon looks beautiful but there’s more to it beyond what’s visible).

Jason Lee


4th Year PhD Student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
"Just remember, you can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Jason received his B.S. in chemical engineering from The Ohio State University in 2013. He is currently a 4th year PhD candidate in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering where he is currently working on materials for CO2 Capture. He co-oped for General Electric Lighting during his undergraduate years.

Jason chose to become a leadership fellow to improve his leadership skills while also helping others achieve their goals and gain confidence in themselves.






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