Meet the Graduate Student Coaches

Choose by first letter of last name of coach.

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Udaya Lakshmi
3rd 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 pursues her PhD in Human Centered Computing after a Masters in Human Computer Interaction. She interned at Microsoft and ADP as a User Experience Researcher. She added to her work experience in India as a Business Manager. She mentored a 16 person team at a design startup and previously worked at Google India for two years. She holds an MBA in Communication Management. Udaya is currently a 3rd Year PhD Student applying participatory design methods for self-managed healthcare.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:
Udaya finds a growth mindset is rewarding not only towards achieving a goal, but also for learning to hone one’s own sense of self through reflection. She believes a systematic approach to situations and outcomes lets her manage the inevitable challenges that accompany change. She wants to learn with others to practice habits to support change. In addition, Udaya likes to evolve approaches that help lead ourselves to do things. Coaching contributes to her project of self-transformation. She is eager to meet her Coachees and hopes to find new (awesome) 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!
Cong Luo
5th Ph.D. Student 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 is currently a 5th year Ph.D. candidate majoring in Environmental Engineering. 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 is excited to help his future coachees grow faster and better while growing himself at the same time.
Emily Lustig
Emily Lustig
5th 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 5th 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.