3rd Year PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another."
Jonathan hails from the beautiful Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Jonathan graduated from Tech with his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. A real yellow jacket at heart, Jonathan has been involved in many aspects of campus life over the years, and outside of Tech, he has spent almost ten years helping to coordinate medical relief efforts to the South Caribbean. Jonathan's research deals with exploring the field of human centered robotics, human augmentation, and rehabilitative robotics, focusing on using robotic and control systems to design better prosthetic and orthotic devices. His hope is that these continued research into these devices can one day positively impact the quality of life of stroke victims, differently-abled individuals, and wounded veterans.
Jonathan believes Georgia Tech's watchwords, progress and service, clearly describe what the people at Georgia tech strive for, and by extension, the reason for participating in the Teams for Tech Program. Jonathan believes that through the framing of students' thinking to allow for practical, realizable, problem solving in the local community, a renewed sense of ownership and pride can be fostered on Tech's campus. He would love to have students achieve this ideological shift through tackling problems that truly frustrate them, allowing them to truly "make an impact, and leave a legacy".
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.
Over three years at GT, Udaya has realized that she is happiest when she facilitates team interactions. Udaya could work with the nurses at the VA, CS students as a TA, and bio-medical engineers as a peer only because she has learned to rely on teams to find a way through dissent to reach consensus. She benefits from coaches and learns to facilitate both the research and design process. Evaluative feedback and active attention has helped her grow. Mentors and coaches over the years have helpfully shaped her understanding of ambition as an internal force better channeled into action instead of a competitive game. Udaya would like to enable the same for others at Tech. She thinks the sooner a person understands this aspect of leadership as an inward compass, they can adjust to themselves and the outside world better.
PhD Student In Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior "There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” -Hugh Laurie
Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s of Biology from Georgia Tech in 2015 before continuing on to start her PhD. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior where she studies multi-scale dynamics of group behavior in microbes. Broadly, she is interested in how molecular mechanisms of bacterial communication, cooperation and competition translate from individual rules to group behavior and if we can predict group-level outcomes. When outside of the lab, she enjoys cooking, crocheting, and hiking.
Jennifer has been involved at Georgia Tech since 2011 and was excited to become a Teams for Tech facilitator to gain experience facilitating groups while also helping bring concepts to enhance the life at Georgia Tech to fruition.
5th Year PhD Student in Public Policy "[I pray for] the strength to change what I can, the inability to accept what I can't, and the incapacity to tell the difference." --Bill Watterson
Evan conducts research in environmental conservation policy at Georgia Tech. His work engages a wide number of topics centered around understanding how different decision-making structures influence environmental management outcomes. His current research project investigates collaborative resource management and aims to identify the implications of engaging stakeholders in sea turtle management in Georgia.
Evan joined the Teams for Tech program as a facilitator in order to engage with the broader Georgia Tech community, gain a deeper perspective into the lives of the student body, and help support new avenues toward progress at his university.
3rd Year PhD Student in Civil and Environmental Engineering Be the change you wish to see in the world - M.C. Gandhi
Prerna is from India, where she completed her B.Tech with Honors in Civil Engineering from IIT Gandhinagar. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a student guide for the freshmen and a Peer Assistant Tutor for the academically weak students. It was an amazing experience and she got to know a lot of great people! Prerna also leads a social initiative for education and health of underprivileged kids which is the most satisfying experience of her life so far. She was the recipient of Director’s Silver Medal for outstanding overall performance in the class of 2017 CEE and award for outstanding social service to the community at my undergraduate school, IIT Gandhinagar. Prerna is currently a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Infrastructure Research Group in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In her free time, she likes to eat, sleep, and repeat!!
As an undergrad in India, Prerna had a lot of ideas to make my campus better, but did not have a channel to actually do anything about it. She shared this feeling with a lot of other friends. Teams for Tech bridges this gap, and brings the crazy ideas we have to actually benefit something we have a connect with- our campus!. She sees Teams for Tech as an example of - 'Change begins at home', and hence is inspired to be a part of it.