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. He moved to Atlanta to pursue robotics at Tech, where he completed his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. He now conducts research that 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 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. He loves exploring and traveling, and spends his spare time trying new and interesting foods, cooking, volunteering, cycling, hiking, hitting the gym and taking impromptu road trips or standby flights. A Yellow Jacket through and through- Jonathan Is incredibly excited to be involved in the Teams for Tech program. He loves the fact that it empowers both the students and facilitators to take ownership of the issues they see on or around campus, and helps participants making meaningful connections while effecting visible change. He truly values the way that the program embodies Tech's mission of Progress and Service- by challenging both facilitators and students to grow as servant leaders on our beautiful campus.
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.
4th 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.