Meet the Graduate Student Coaches
4th Year PhD Student in Human Centered Computing
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them” - Aristotle
Udaya is a PhD student in the Human Centered Computing program. She interned at Microsoft as a User Experience Researcher for two summers, adding to her tech experience in India over nine years. She has an MS in HCI (GT) and a MBA in Communication Management (India). She cares about how we use technology in ways that empower our communities. She currently studies DIY innovation on medical devices in healthcare settings.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Udaya finds the pursuit of growth is rewarding beyond goal completion. The gift is the process of learning to hone one's own sense of self through reflection. She believes a systematic approach to situations and outcomes helps her manage the inevitable changes any challenge throws her way. She wants to learn with others to evolve approaches to help us lead ourselves through such opportunities. To be a coach, facilitator, and co-conspirator is simply a project in self-transformation for her. She is eager to meet her fellow learners and find new ways to grow together.
A. Lynnae Luettich
3rd Year PhD Student in Civil and Environmental Engineering
"I have no idea what I'm doing, but I know I'm doing it really, really well" -- Andy Dwyer (Parks & Rec)
Lynnae is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in civil and environmental engineering. Her research focuses on natural treatment systems for urban stormwater pollution. She is also working toward a teaching certificate through Georgia Tech's Center for Teaching and Learning. Other activities she does on campus includes serving as a graduate student senator for Georgia Tech's Student Government Association, and TAs an undergraduate course in geotechnical engineering. Outside of school Lynnae enjoys traveling, going to concerts, hiking/fishing, and playing with her dog!
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Lynnae was inspired to become a Leadership Coach because she held many leadership positions. Whether her position was a captain for a sports team or serving as a chair for an academic committee she always found herself in a role of leadership. When Lynnae heard about Georgia Tech's Leadership and Education Development program (LEAD) she was intrigued to learn more about how she could use leadership skills she had gained throughout the years to not only help enhance another persons skills, but also continue to enhance her own. She is very excited to begin the semester with LEAD and know that great things will come of it!
Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering
“You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down” ― Charlie Chaplin
Originally from China, Cong finished his bachelor of science in degree in Environmental Science prior to coming to Georgia Tech. He just graduated with his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering this August and is an incoming associate at McKinsey in 2021. During graduate school, Cong has engaged himself in several teaching positions including co-instructor of CEE 3340 Environmental Engineering Lab and Teaching Assistant (TA) Fellow for facilitating campus-wide TA orientation and training. In 2018, he conceptualized and founded Grad Pride, the 1st charted student organization for LGBTQIA grads, post-docs and allies at Georgia Tech, and led a group of Ph.D. students to promote LGBTQIA visibility on campus.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Cong believes that effective leadership is not merely being “ in charge” or “ the boss”, but being responsible, confident, inspiring, patient and more. He attributes most of his success to his own initiatives as well as various coaching experiences received from his peers and coaches. Through his role as an instructor in the classroom, he is ready to bring his passion for helping students to succeed professionally, as well as personally, beyond the classroom. Cong has worked with two cohorts of coachees in the past year and is excited to help his future coachees grow faster and better in his last semester at Tech.
6th Year PhD Student in Psychology
"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self." - Hemingway
Emily completed her B.S. at the University of Michigan in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and a minor in Epistemology and the Philosophy of Science. Alongside her academics, she also served as the Student Body Vice President and the Program Assistant for Beyond the Diag which organized and planned events to build community in off-campus neighborhoods. Emily is currently a 6th year PhD Student studying Cognitive Aging in the Psychology Department here at Georgia Tech. Emily has always participated in leadership activities alongside academics and is excited to get the opportunity to work with her coachees at Georgia Tech. She believes that leadership starts from within by building confidence in one’s self, setting macro and micro-level goals to monitor progress, and being adaptive. She also believes that part of being a leader means being able to evaluate yourself and your peers in a constructive way. She is very much looking forward to building new relationships, learning, and growing as a leader and community member alongside her coachees for a third year!
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Emily wanted to connect with the Georgia Tech community by coaching others to reach their full leadership potential. Leadership entails evaluation, development, communication, empathy, curiosity, and growth. Not only are these things her coachees experience - but she also learns and grows with each coaching engagement.