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Pralav Shetty
Pralav Shetty
Postdoctoral Fellow
"Greatness is many, many individual feats, and each of them is doable." (Angela Duckworth)
Pralav completed his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. During his time there he held several on campus jobs, internships, and research positions. After attaining his B.S. degree, he pursued a Ph.D. degree at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the field of Materials Science. At Illinois, his research focused on reducing environmental degradation to structural components in turbine engines and pipelines. Currently, he works on electronic materials at Georgia Tech. It is his belief that a positive mindset, hard work, and seeking coaching are crucial to attaining professional goals. Since he attributes his success to the mentorship he has received, he joined the LEAD program to offer the same opportunities to other students. However, he also values the opportunity to mentor students as he believes it will better equip him to serve as a professor in the near future. He is happy to start a journey of personal and professional growth with his coachees.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:
My reason for becoming a LEAD Fellow is two-fold: to improve my coaching skills so I may be better equipped to run a research group someday, and to invest in the community at Tech by setting coachees up for personal and professional success.
Paula Skinner
Database Administrator/Technical Writer in Workplace Learning and Professional Development
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same - Maianne Williamson
Paula is currently the Database Administrator and Technical Writer for the Georgia Tech Human Resources Office of Workplace Learning and Professional Development. Before beginning her 12 year run at Georgia Tech, Paula spent time at Invesco in the corporate financial world as an e-commerce project manager. Paula believes in building bridges, but not the kind Georgia Tech students build. Holding firm the belief that we are all hard wired for connection, she loves to make a nurture these connections with and between people. Paula specializes in leadership, culture building and intentional life coaching. She has dedicated herself to helping people find their inner strengths to create leadership and intention in their own lives that they can carry with them where ever the go. She is looking forward to taking these skills to work with her Coachees as well learning from them in return.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:
I know that I was put here on this earth to help others know that they are not alone. I feel that there’s more to life and want to experience a greater purpose and meaning in my life and work.Being a part of Leadership Fellows gives me the opportunity to use my gifts and do what I was put here to do.