Fellowship Recipients

2009 Fulbright Scholars to Indonesia

John Akin is a International Affairs and Economics major and is one of 85 students in the U.S. named as a Presidential Fellow by the Center for the Study of the Presidency. As a Fulbright scholar, he will teach English in Indonesia. He plans to be a lawyer and work on environmental issues in the future. While in Indonesia, he plans to volunteer to help for projects to save coral reefs.

2014 Goldwater Scholar

Mohamad Ali Najia is a junior biomedical engineering major from Massachusetts and is part of Dr. Todd McDevitt’s Engineering Stem Cell Technologies Laboratory. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Tower Undergraduate Research Journal and will continue this position during his senior year. During the summer of 2013 he was a Bioinformatics Fellow through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology and focused on how genes are activated and silenced. During the summer of 2014 he is an Amgen Fellow at UC Berkeley. He plans graduate study in genomics engineering.

2014 Fellow at the Center for the Study of The Presidency and Congress and Moffett Award Recipient

Shereka Banton is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering and was a Presidential Fellow through the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress during the 2013-14 academic year. Her paper, “Evaluating Transformative Programs in Science: A Case Study of a National Science Foundation Minority Graduate Education Incentive,” won the James R. Moffett Award for the Most Original Paper on the modern American Presidency. Banton previously was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and holds a Georgia Tech DC Internship award for summer 2014 when she will work for National Science Foundation. She has recently been awarded a Merck Dissertation Fellowship.

2010 Hertz Scholar

Andrea is one of four women and 11 men selected from an elite pool of nearly 600 applicants and is the only student from the southeastern United States to receive the fellowship this year. Hertz Fellowships are a unique no-strings-attached award that allow exceptional applied scientists and engineers the freedom to innovate. The awards provide support lasting up to five years of their graduate studies.

Andrea is a senior Biomedical Major. She is a President’s scholar and Vice-chair of the President’s Council Governing Board. She has research experience at Harvard Medical School and at the Bio-nano-optics lab in Japan. She won the Goldwater Scholarship in 2008 and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2010.

2010 USA Today All-USA Team Member

Will was selected as a member of the USA Academic All Star Team in May 2010. He graduated from Georgia Tech in December 2010 and is planning a long hike on the Appalachian Trail before beginning graduate work in physics at MIT next fall. Will and his team won the first INVENTURE prize at Georgia Tech for their work on an algae-based photobioreactor, and he was a President’s Scholar and participated in the Honors Program. Will won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship this year.

2013 Fulbright Scholar to Bangladesh

Allison Braden is a 2013 graduate in International Affairs and Spanish major from Savannah, Georgia and will be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Bangladesh during 2013-14. She studied in Peru during the summer of 2012 through a Campoamor Scholarship and Honors Program Challenge Fund Award for Study Abroad. She attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders and was founder and president of Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. She also served for two years on the Women’s Awareness Month executive board. After her Fulbright year, she plans to complete a master’s degree and PhD in international development.

2012 Fulbright Scholar to Zambia

Joy Buolamwini received her BS in Computer Science in 2012 and was selected for a Fulbright research award in Zambia. As a high school student, she founded Jovial Designs and developed a web presence for the Ethiopian Embassy in Côte d'Ivoire. She was born in Canada to an Ashanti mother, who is an artist, and a Dagau father, who is a professor of medicinal chemistry. She lived for part of her childhood in Ghana and learned the African language Twi. She represented the US in a Global Student Entrepreneurship Competition in Hong Kong and participated in a study abroad program in Barcelona. She developed a mobile survey system for the Carter Center as a technical consultant. In Zambia she will work with the Computer Society of Zambia to provide education for young people in the country.

2013 Rhodes Scholar

Joy Buolamwini completed her BS in Computer Science with highest honors in May 2012. She is a Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Fellow, Stamps Scholar, a two-year recipient of the Astronaut Scholarship, a Google Anita Borg Scholar, and a Carter Center technical consultant recognized as a distinguished volunteer. At the Carter Center, she created an android-based mobile surveying solution that was used to survey nearly 40,000 people in Ethiopia to help eliminate blinding trachoma for over 17 million people. After starting a freelance development company in high school, Joy has gone on to establish other companies while an undergraduate. At Georgia Tech she conducted research on health informatics as well as social robotics and autism. As a Fulbright Fellow in Zambia she is working with local organizations in the Zamrize Center (http://www.zamrize.org/) to empower Zambian youth to become creators of technology. Joy’s mission is to show compassion through computation and encourage underrepresented groups in computer science to become full participants in creating the future.

2014 Humanity in Action Fellow

Jasmine Burton is an Atlanta native, a senior Honors Program Industrial Design student, and her team won the 2014 InVenture Prize for the SafiChoo toilet, an inexpensive mobile toilet. She has participated in the Georgia Tech Women’s Leadership Conference that focused on designing improved feminine care products and toilet designs for the developing world and the CDC’s Summer Public Health Scholars Program at Columbia University. As a Humanity in Action Scholar she will work in Poland during the summer of 2014. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in Public Health with a focus on maternal health and to continue work to improve sanitation for the developing world.

2014 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Recipient

Camilo A. Caballero is a junior International Affairs major with a focus on Latin American and European studies. He was born in Colombia and is now a U.S. citizen with a passion to serve the U.S government as a Foreign Service officer. As a Thomas Pickering Fellow of Foreign Affairs, Camilo will attend graduate school through funding from his fellowship and then work for the Department of State. He has previously held internships in U.S. embassies in Spain and Peru.

2010 Fulbright Scholar to Mongolia

Hunter Causey will be doing research with the Water Research Center of the National University of Mongolia to project the impact of climate change on the Tuul River basin. The Tuul River provides half the population of Mongolia with water and is a critical asset to the country. Impacts of climate change will be assessed, and mitigation measures will be suggested.

2008 Marshall Scholar

Inn Inn Chen is a biomedical engineering major planning to study tissue engineering and regenerative medicine at Oxford University. She is President of Engineering World Health, has developed a sustainable solar-powered refrigerator for vaccine storage, and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Young Investigators. She leads the Engineering World Health (EWH) chapter on the Georgia Tech campus to enable repair and shipment of life saving equipment to areas of the world with critical needs. She is currently studying immune responses to new medical devices. She was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in 2007.

2012 Goldwater Scholar

Binbin Chen was selected for a Goldwater Scholarship during his junior year at Georgia Tech. He has been involved with undergraduate research since his freshman year with Dr. Manu Platt at Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering Department. His long-term project was to understand how proteases play a role in multiple diseases, including cancer and sickle cell diseases, by using innovative sensitive assays and computational modeling. He was also awarded an NIH Biomedical Engineering Summer Fellowship and Georgia Tech President's Undergraduate Research Award for four times.  He plans to graduate from Georgia Tech in 2013 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and attend Stanford School of Medicine to pursue a combined MD/PhD degree.

2012 Cambridge Trust and NIH Scholar

Michael Chen is from Marietta, Georgia and graduated in 2012 with a BS in Chemistry. He received both a Cambridge Trust Fellowship and a National Institutes of Health NIH-Cambridge Fellowship to work with Dr. Shankar Balasubramanian at the University of Cambridge and Dr. Adrian Ferré-D'Amaré at NIH to investigate the chemical biology of nucleic acid (G-quadruplex)—protein interactions. In 2009, he did a 3-month internship at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria. He received a Goldwater Scholarship his sophomore year, held PURA awards, and was active in the Honors Program. He was both a Parker H. Petit Scholar and Hypercube Scholar. He served as Editor-in-Chief of The Tower, a peer-reviewed journal available in print and digital formats. He plans to complete a PhD at Cambridge and continue research in the biochemistry field.

2010 Goldwater Scholarship recipients

Michael Chen is a sophomore Chemistry major pursuing research in molecular biology. He has studied plant molecular genetics in Nigeria, won the President’s Undergraduate Research Award, and is part of the Georgia Tech Honors Program. He plans to study RNA viruses such as HIV and influenza.

2008 Udall Scholar

An Earth and Atmospheric Science & International Affairs double major, Thomas Christian is the Southeast U.S. Regional Director for 2020 Vision, a U.S. non-profit organization that focuses nationally on energy security, oil addiction, and climate change. He has served as a member of the United Nations Environmental Program and is Co-founder of the Environmental Alliance at Georgia Tech. Thomas was a representative at the Tunza International Youth Conference in August, 2007 in Leverkusen, Germany and was elected by the 160 youth from 85 countries to serve on the UNEP Tunza Youth Advisory Council to represent the Region of North America. Thomas is Georgia Tech’s first Morris K. Udall Award recipient.

The Udall Scholarship provides up to $5000 for sophomore and junior college students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment and its care.

2009 Udall Scholar

Thomas F. Christian, III won a second Morris K. Udall Scholarship! Thomas was selected for the award last year as a sophomore and is one of the few students chosen this year to receive a second award. Thomas is majoring in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and International Affairs. Thomas studied in Cairo this past fall and recently participated in an Innovate Conference in Vietnam and Singapore to observe economic, political, scientific, and engineering development in these countries. Of particular interest to Thomas was his observation of how these Asian areas are handling the environment. Thomas has interned previously with the CIA and will participate in a Georgia Tech program in Asia this coming summer. He is active in the United Nationas Environment Programme (UNEP) and was selected as an advisor for the Tunza Youth Advisory Council in a meeting in Leverkusen, Germany.


2011 Knowles Fellowship Recipient

Andria is from Colorado, is completing her PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and plans high school teaching. The total award for each Fellow is valued at nearly $150,000 over the course of the five-year Fellowship. Fellows have a mentor and receive tuition assistance while participating in a teacher credentialing program, monthly stipends, and grants for professional development and teaching materials.

2011 Goldwater Scholarship recipients

Allison is a sophomore from Maryland and is majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. Currently she plans to do a doctorate in Computational Neuroscience to conduct neuroscience research focused on fundamental discoveries for clinical applications.

She is a President’s Scholar, has held an NIH Intramural Research Training Award at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and another at the National Institute of Bioengineering and Biomedical Imaging, where she learned the neuroscience and physiology of how the brainstem generates and controls the respiratory rhythm. She holds a Women in Engineering Cisco Scholarship. She plans to do a doctorate in either Neuroengineering or Biomedical Engineering with a focus in neuroscience.

2013 Fulbright Scholar to Mexico

Thomas Douthat will do research on “The Role of Cooperatives and Sustainability Networks in Coffee Agroforestry Landscapes” in San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico. He is a PhD student in City and Regional Planning and holds a law degree from the University of Puerto Rico Law School. In Mexico he will use social network analysis and analyze land use change to measure the impact of cooperatives in preventing deforestation of shade coffee farms. He holds a Georgia Tech Presidential Fellowship and received the 2012 School of City and Regional Planning Professional Excellence Award. After his Fulbright year and completion of his PhD, he plans to continue research about applied sustainability in a university or developmental organization.

2008 Fulbright Scholar to Tunisia

Thomas Earnest, a 2007 graduate of Georgia Tech, majored in international affairs (INTA) and spent several months studying Arabic with the American Research Center and the International Language Institute in Egypt. Thomas plans research at the Center for Maghrib Studies in Tunis on the high levels of urban migration in Tunisia and the economic development challenges presented by this population shift. He spent time working at the Georgia state capital and on Capitol Hill for Congressman Phil Gingrey. Thomas is from Cullman, Alabama.

2012 Ford Foundation Scholar

Maria Elena Casas is from Miami, FL and is a doctoral student in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department where she works with Dr. Hang Lu. She was awarded both a Ford Foundation Fellowship and an   NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and received numerous awards from Georgia Tech, including the President’s Fellowship and the Goizueta Foundation Fellowship that encourages underrepresented minorities to pursue higher education. Maria Elena's thesis incorporates the model organism C. elegans with microfluidics and image processing to elucidate obesity pathways. After completing her degree, she plans to pursue a career in academia as a professor.

2008 Fulbright Scholar to Germany

Halley Espy majored in international affairs and participated in a program at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin during the summer of 2005. Halley will work in the area of international energy security policy and has done previous research on economic and security cooperation between France and Germany. Halley’s activities at Georgia Tech included serving as executive editor for The Technique, participating in the Swim Club, being a Summer Youth League Swim Coach, and membership in Alpha Xi Delta. Halley is from Lawrenceville, Georgia.

2013 Fulbright Scholar to Mexico

Lauren Face is a 2013 graduate in Business Administration and Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies. She received a Fulbright award in Mexico through a Binational Business Internship and will be working and studying in Mexico City for 10 months. After her sophomore year, she studied abroad in Mexico for six weeks and fell in love with the culture. During her time at Tech, she worked for the Department of Housing and Georgia Tech Dining Services. She also interned at the Latin American Association in Atlanta as a communications intern. After her Fulbright year she plans to get an MBA and work in the field of marketing for nonprofit organizations.

2014 Fulbright Scholar to Turkey

Ayanda Francis majored in Economics and International Affairs with minors in Korean and French. She was selected as a Pickering Fellow her junior year and will attend graduate school in economic and political development before entering a career in the Foreign Service. While a student at Georgia Tech, Ayanda studied in South Korea and in France and chose her Fulbright experience to learn about a new part of the world for her. She hopes to meet with refugees while in Turkey on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and learn about their resettlement experiences.

2009 Fulbright Scholars to Indonesia

Carrie Freshour is studying History, Technology, and Society and Sociology and has played varsity-level soccer. She has 11 brothers and sisters from five different countries. As a Fulbright scholar, she will teach English in Indonesia. After the Fulbright year, she plans to pursue a PhD in Sociology at Cornell and concentrate on global right-to-food issues.

2009 Erasmus Mundus Scholar

Janae Futrell, a recent Georgia Tech grad, has worked as a professional architect the past two years and has been awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship funded through the European Union. She will complete a double degree that includes a Master of Science in International Cooperation and Urban Development (Germany) and a Master of International Cooperation in Architecture (Spain). There were 300 international applicants for 19 awards.

Janae maintained an impact on campus through her volunteering as the Architecture Lecture Series Assistant. She has also participated in architectural competitions, one of which was sponsored by the History Channel.

2011 Fulbright Scholar to Bolivia/Peru

Nancy is from Wauwatosa, WI and has a master’s degree in Public Policy and City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech and a BA in International Development and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She is a Research Associate at the Enterprise Innovation Institute.

Nancy has a Fulbright grant that will provide three months of research in Bolivia and seven months in Peru. She will work on developing community participation in urban service provision in a community in each country. She will work in Cochabamba, Bolivia and Arequipa, Peru because both cities face similar difficulties with waste, water, and energy management, and both cities have dealt with anti-privatization demonstrations of basic urban services.

2013 Goldwater Scholar

Gautam Goel grew up in Atlanta and is fascinated by the interplay between different branches of mathematics. His research interests include probabilistic models of mathematical physics, the theory of algorithms, and mathematical biology.  He is a member of the Georgia Tech Honors Program, and as a sophomore, he received national recognition as a Goldwater Scholar.  In the summer of 2013, he is in an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates at Brown University on “Integrating Dynamics and Stochastics.” After he completes his degree at Georgia Tech he plans to obtain a PhD in Applied and Computational Mathematics and become a mathematical researcher to develop the next generation of algorithms in areas ranging from bioinformatics to data compression.

2013 Fulbright Scholar to Chile

Ari Gordin received his BS in 2009 and is a PhD student in Material Science Engineering. He received a Fulbright research award for Chile where he will work at the University of Santiago de Chile on “Nanostructured Titania for Photocatalytic Removal of Chemical Contaminants from Water.” In Northern Chile scarcity of natural water resources combined with discharge of contaminants from metal extraction plants into groundwater present health dangers for residents. Ari is investigating a way to remove chemical contaminants from water sources. He completed his BS Summa cum Laude and holds a Presidential Graduate Fellowship. After his Fulbright year, Ari plans to work in either industry or academia.

2012 Whitaker Graduate Scholar

Katy Hammersmith is a Biomedical Engineering major who has conducted research in the laboratory of Dr. Todd McDevitt where she used microparticles to engineer 3D microenvironments of stem cells. Katy was a HOPE scholar throughout her time at Tech and was awarded the 2012 Helen Grengha Woman in Engineering Award and the 2013 BME Outstanding Senior Award. After graduating, Katy received a Whitaker International Foundation Fellowship to conduct immunology research at Imperial College in London, UK for one year. Katy will return to Georgia Tech in the fall of 2013 to begin her PhD in Bioengineering with support from a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. 

2011 Fulbright Scholar to Australia

Matt Hoffman is a Mechanical Engineering major from McKinney, TX who has received a Fulbright award for research at the University of New South Wales in Australia where he will work on an innovative hybrid solar concentrator for roof-mounted applications. He will focus on a technology that combines the benefits of photovoltaic and concentrating solar thermal components in a form that can be adopted building by building.

Hoffman has also received an NDSEG Fellowship that he will use to attend Stanford University for doctoral work following the Fulbright year. He is a triathlon competitor and qualified for the Ironman World Championship in 2009. While at Tech, he has been the Alternative Breaks Coordinator for Trailblazers and participated in the Co-op Program.

2014 Churchill Scholar

Alisha Kasam is a 2012 graduate in Mechanical Engineering and holds a 2013-14 German Fulbright at the Technical University Munich.  During her Churchill award year at Cambridge University she will do a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in Energy Technologies to improve the efficiency of alternative fuel technologies with a focus on thermal sciences. She received the Chair’s Award from Mechanical Engineering for outstanding scholarship and worked through the co-op program at BMW as an intern. She is a member of Tau Beta Pi and received an AT&T Foundation Scholarship, a Watson Scholarship, and a Robert C. Byrd Scholarship as well as two President’s Undergraduate Research Awards. She is the fourth Georgia Tech student to be named a Churchill Scholar.

2013 Fulbright Scholar to Germany

Alisha Kasam is from Milton, GA and completed her BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2013. She has been a co-op student with BMW in South Carolina and a BMW intern in Munich, Germany. She has a strong background in German language and has also done work in Spanish and Arabic. Her Fulbright year will be at the Technical University of Munich where she will do research in thermodynamics with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency. She received Tau Beta Pi, Thomas J. Watson, and AT&T Foundation Scholarships in addition to the Chair’s Award for the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and a President’s Undergraduate Research Award. She is a member of Circle K, Tau Beta Pi, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. After her Fulbright year she plans to do a PhD in thermal sciences.

2010 Marshall Sherfield Scholarship Recipient

Mitch Keller will pursue postdoctoral work in combinatorics of partially ordered sets at the London School of Economics. The work has implications for scheduling or comparisons between complex objects. Mitch is involved with a Mathematics Genealogy Project to chronicle the history of mathematics mentoring.

Mitch won the Bob Price Research Award from the School of Mathematics at Georgia Tech in 2009 and received the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges & Universities in 2009. He has been both a teaching and research assistant, served as a student leader during his graduate work, and played a major role in gaining acceptance and understanding of the Institute’s policy on Academic Integrity. He served as President and Vice President of the Georgia Tech Graduate Student Governance Association and worked on health care issues that impact students.

2014 Goldwater Scholar

Forrest Kieffer is a junior from Florida and is a double major in physics and mathematics. His research at Georgia Tech focuses on computational astrophysics to understand stellar interactions with accretion disks around supermassive black holes. As a theoretical physicist in the future he wants to develop new mathematical tools in algebra, combinatorics, and geometry that can be applied to quantum theory.  His theoretical/computational astrophysics research has been guided by Dr. Tamara Bogdanovic.

2009 Fulbright Scholar to Germany

Josh Krisinger studies Economics and International Affairs and German. As a Fulbright scholar, he will teach English in Germany. He was a State Department intern and plays club ice hockey at Georgia Tech.

2011 Fulbright Scholar to Switzerland

Colby Mangels is from Valdosta, GA and graduated from Tech in December 2010 with a degree in International Affairs and Modern Languages. He spent a year abroad in Mainz, Germany as a high school student, and as a college student held an internship in Leipzig through the US State Department and another internship with a member of the German Bundestag.

Colby will be doing research to examine the model of Swiss non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism finance. He plans to document how Swiss NGOs have affected policy and judicial outcomes and to provide a roadmap for developing countries to use. Money laundering and the financing of terrorism are problems in developing countries, and Mangels hopes to provide a documented approach for such countries to use. He will be working with the Basel Institute on Governance and with the University of Geneva Faculty of Law to create a model that shows how governmental, business, and civic-activist groups can work effectively to create needed policies.

2013 Fulbright Scholar to South Korea

Kiran Manikarnika completed his BS in Aerospace Engineering in 2013 and received a Fulbright English Teaching assistantship for South Korea for 2013-14. He grew up in an Asian American community in New   York City and has worked with the Partnership for Afterschool Education there. He spent four months studying in Singapore and traveling to Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and China in 2011 and also spent a summer in Spain in 2010. He is a member of Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Engineering Honor Society and has been manager of the Georgia Tech Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team. After his Fulbright year, Kiran plans to continue his engineering education and obtain a doctorate and work in youth development to improve college readiness and promote STEM fields.

2008 Gates Cambridge Scholar

A chemical and biomolecular engineering major, Andrew Marin proposes using nanotechnology to develop the next generation of electronic devices and photovoltaic cells. He plans to work with the Device Materials Group at Cambridge University on metal oxide structuring and investigating novel solvents to aid in electrode organization. He has served as president of the Professional Chemistry Fraternity and as president of the Georgia Tech Triathlon Club. He received the Mr. Georgia Tech Fitness Award in 2006. He was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in 2006.

2014 Rhodes Scholar

Melissa McCoy is a 2012 Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate of Georgia Tech.  She was a President’s Scholar and founded a mentorship program for this group.  She interned for five different engineering companies and founded the Enterprise to Empower (En2Em) social entrepreneurship organization at Georgia Tech. After seeing the devastating Chilean earthquake, she developed Tubing Operations for Humanitarian Logistics (TOHL) along with three other Georgia Tech students to provide water to remote places for disaster relief. She also co-founded Authentise, a patented software platform for 3D printing. At Oxford Melissa plans to pursue a master’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA with work focused on water and energy systems.

2009 Fulbright Scholar to Poland

Micajah McGarity is an Industrial and Systems Engineering major. While on the Fulbright award, he will develop models for optimal repairs for Krakow’s sewer system.

2010 Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Recipient

Jose Medina is a master’s student in Environmental Engineering with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He won a Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship to come to Georgia Tech from a community College. He is a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the Mechanical Engineering Honor Society as well as Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. He is passionate about working on renewable and alternative energy for both the US and his native country of Ecuador. He lived in four states while serving internships with three top engineering and manufacturing companies, including Caterpillar, Inc.

2009 Fulbright Scholar to Switzerland

Jennifer Munson is a PhD student in bioengineering. She was a student at Tulane when Hurricane Katrina hit and completed her Tulane degree at Harvard the following year. Her research on drug delivery systems for brain tumors will be at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland. Before coming to Georgia Tech, Jennifer worked at Genentech in San Francisco.

2008 Huygens Scholar

Andrew Musser is a 2006 Georgia Tech graduate majoring in physics with minors in INTA and German. Since graduation he spent time at the Max Planck Institute in Germany and served as a volunteer for a nonprofit agency in Moscow to perfect his Russian. He has now accepted the Huygens Award in the Netherlands where he will pursue a Top Master's degree in nanoscience at the University in Groningen. He is one of 6 international students chosen for this program. His plans eventually are to complete a doctorate and work in science policy and renewable energy technologies.

The Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science has made seven million euros available for excellent students coming to the Netherlands under the HSP Huygens Programme.

2014 Whitaker Undergraduate International Program Award Winner to France

Divya Natarajan was born in the U.S., grew up in India, and is a double major in biomedical engineering and biology.  She was a summer research fellow at the Morehouse School of Medicine and received the John H. Ridley award for outstanding academic achievement and interest in research. She works with Dr. Eric Gaucher and through a Whitaker award spent spring semester of her fourth year doing research at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France in the Laboratory of Molecular Mechanisms of Membrane Transport. She plans to do a PhD in neuroscience and study neurotransmitter chemistry in the brain and its role in neurodegeneration. 

2014 Marshall Scholar

Nick Picon is from Boca Raton, Florida and majored in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. As a 2014 Marshall Scholar he will attend Cranfield University in the UK to do a master’s degree in Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control and then go to King’s College London to do a master’s degree in International Conflict Studies. Nick served as Undergraduate Student Body President and held internships at Boeing and Rolls-Royce North America. He was a Stamps Leadership Scholar and an active member of the Student Government, Engineers Without Borders, and the Men’s Lacrosse club team. His career goal is to work with aerospace defense policy at an international level.

2012 Goldwater Scholar

Ramya Ramakrishnan is a computer science major with a strong interest in robotics who received a 2012 Goldwater Scholarship. In 2011 Ramya participated in a Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Minnesota. She interned at Google and plans to work in the future on computer medical and human care applications. A paper she co-authored was accepted for an IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces, and she participated in the Grace Hopper Conference in 2010 and 2011. She is a reporter for the Women at College of Computing and was a participant in the Women’s Leadership Conference. She is planning graduate school at MIT to focus on research in interactive robotics.

2012 Fulbright Scholar to Turkey!

Matthew is from Roswell, Georgia and graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree with a focus on heat transfer and fluid flow. Matthew's Fulbright research is on microelectronics cooling using microchannels and thermoelectric coolers in collaboration with the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. His project was designed to support development of better electronics performance, reliability, and energy efficiency. He has done internships with General Electric, NASA, and the Air Force Research Lab and will join NASA full time after his Fulbright year.

2012 Whitaker Undergraduate Scholar

Monet is a 5th year senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Through the Whitaker International Program and the Institute of International Education (IIE), she received a Whitaker Undergraduate Program Award for fall 2012 for proposed study in France at Georgia Tech Lorraine.  Also, she is a fourth time recipient of the Office of Minority Educational Development Tower Award for Academic Excellence.  She currently is an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Manu Platt's lab studying arterial remodeling in HIV-mediated cardiovascular disease.  Monet is a Peach State Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Scholar (LSAMP) and mentors other undergraduates in the BME department. She is currently serving as Vice President of the Minority Recruitment Team as part of Georgia Tech Admissions.

2013 Fulbright Scholar to Germany

Erin Robinson is a fall 2012 graduate with a degree in International Affairs and Modern Languages (German).  She will be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Ludwigshafen, Germany from September 2013 until June 2014. Previously she held a Washington Internship through Georgia Tech and worked at the US Department of Health and Human Services where she researched quality measures in early childhood systems. Erin worked with the Georgia Tech Black Leadership Conference, AIESEC, and the Student Foundation Board of Trustees among other organizations while on campus. After her Fulbright year she plans to attend graduate school in public policy with a focus on education/social policy.

2011 AT&T Fellowship Recipient

Sean is from Decatur, GA and is a senior who received one of three national AT&T Fellowships awarded. He is a Computer Engineering major, and his focus is computer security. The AT&T fellowship provides an internship, a mentor throughout doctoral work, financial support, and work at AT&T if desired after the doctorate. Sean also won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a Ford Fellowship. He will attend the University of North Carolina for doctoral work in computer security.

2009 USA Today All-USA Academic Team Member

Virgil Secasanu, a recent biomedical engineering (BME) graduate, has been named to USA Today’s All Academic Team. Secasanu was one of 20 students named to the first-team; each recipient will receive a $2,500 cash reward. Judges based the selection on grades, leadership, activities and, most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

He worked to develop electrospinning to help heal damaged nerves and authored a related article published in “Biotechnology Process.”He has also worked with several physicians to design and develop medical devices.

2009 George J. Mitchell Scholar

Sarang Shah is a Physics and Public Policy major. He once testified before the Georgia State House committee on Higher Education and authored a resolution on behalf of the student body that was successful in opposing a bill that would have inhibited free speech on campus. Sarang Shah will study mathematical physics at University College Dublin and will work with the Dublin Center for Advanced Studies.

2008 Fulbright Scholar to Japan

Daniel Shorr is a senior psychology major and did a senior thesis about pictorial warning symbols, which he plans to continue in a cross-cultural context during his Fulbright experience. He is a professional tango and salsa dancer, is currently the president of Circle K, and has participated in Trees Atlanta and Habitat for Humanity programs. He has worked with Georgia Tech’s WREK radio shows as a disc jockey. Daniel is from Atlanta, Georgia.

2014 Fulbright Scholar to Switzerland

Cole Simpson is from Bowdon, GA and holds a BA in music (he plays trumpet) with a minor in mathematics from Emory University and a BS in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech. He studied in Metz, France and  has run marathons in both Europe and North America. He is working on a master’s degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in applied physiology and research focused on improving human-robot interactions. He will continue this research on a Fulbright at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and then return to the US to pursue a PhD supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

2010 Goldwater Scholarship recipients

Jaydeep Srimani is a junior Computer Engineering major with minor in Biomedical Engineering. He is a President’s Scholar and has participated in NSF Research for Undergraduates in Applied Intelligent Systems. His research involves working with high-performance computing and advanced molecular biology.

2009 Fulbright Scholar to Mexico

Kathryn Stucki is a 2009 Fulbright Binational Business Award Scholar in Mexico. She is majoring in Economics and International Affairs and Spanish. While on the Fulbright award, she will work for a company in Mexico and take graduate courses. She has participated in Georgia Tech programs in Mexico. After the Fulbright year Kathryn plans to attend law school and focus on international trade.

2008 Mitchell Scholar

Working on a masters in statistics after earning a bachelors in discrete mathematics, Adam Tart is interested in language modeling for computer control through speech. He will study at University College Cork, Ireland where he will do graduate work in mobile networking and computing. He spent one summer at Cornell working on matroids and spent last summer as an intern at NSA where he increased the speed of one of their algorithms for language modeling by more than 250 times.

2012 Astronaut Scholar

Anna Thomas is a junior Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major who discovered her passion for jet propulsion while serving as an intern at the NASA Glenn Research Center in 2011. As an undergraduate, she co-authored three papers (lead author on one) with research completed at NASA and presented at NASA headquarters. She also presented her research at conferences in the Netherlands, Hawaii, and Denmark. Prior to the internship at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, she interned at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in 2010 where she participated in a Solid Rocket Design Workshop to design a solid rocket motor capable of taking a payload from low Earth orbit to Mars. During the summer of 2012 she plans an internship at Pratt and Whitney.

2013 Fulbright Scholar to Germany

Anna Thomas, from Marietta, GA, graduated from Georgia Tech in May 2013 with a degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She served as trumpet section lead for the Marching Band during her four undergraduate years. She won a 2012-13 Astronaut Scholarship and held a NASA Aeronautics Scholarship 2010-12 and completed three internships with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA Glenn Research Center, and Pratt & Whitney.  Her Fulbright year will be at the Technical University of Munich where she will study the flame dynamics of a lean direct injection combustor for application to future jet engines with low nitrogen oxide combustion systems. Anna also won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship that she will use to attend Stanford University for doctoral work in Aeronautics and Astronautics after her Fulbright year.

2013 Astronaut Scholar

Keval Tilva is originally from London, England but has lived in Alpharetta, GA for the last 13 years. He is a senior at Georgia Tech studying Biomedical Engineering and will graduate in May 2014. He has won a PURA award twice and is currently pursuing a minor in Japanese language. In the summer of 2013, he studied in Japan and participated in the Japan LBAT program.  During his freshman year he created a computational model to determine if the January 2008 earthquake in Haiti caused the cholera outbreak later that fall.  During his sophomore year he worked in the Lee Lab on a dynamic meta-analysis model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Keval won the 2013 National Astronaut Scholarship.

2011 Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands

Holly Tinkey is from Lawrenceville, GA and is majoring in Physics. She will be doing research at the University of Leiden with the Magnetic and Superconducting Materials group that specializes in growing thin magnetic films capable of enhancing the range of superconductivity.

Holly will use specialized training in thin film development she received both at Georgia Tech and during a summer internship at the University of Illinois. The research is important in the new field of quantum electronics because it directly pertains to the manipulation and longevity of quantum states. Current silicon electronics is reaching its limits, and scientists are looking for nano-devices in which single electron currents can be maneuvered to engineer ultra fast transistors capable of gigahertz speeds. Holly is a musician and plans to participate in musical activities while in the Netherlands. She also won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

2014 Fulbright Scholar to Finland

Taylor Tyger graduated with a master’s degree in City Planning in 2014 and will hold a 2014-15 Fulbright in Finland where she will conduct research on the health, recreation, and social capital benefits of urban lakes, rivers, and wetlands. She will use public participation surveys, site visits, and spatial data analyses in her work with Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. She has an ongoing collaborative project to examine the ecosystem services and environmental justice issues of these areas. After her Fulbright, Taylor plans to pursue a PhD in urban planning or global environmental sustainability and gain experience in international urban environmental issues.

2013 Marshall Scholar

Jacob Tzegaegbe, from Snellville, GA,  completed his BS in Civil Engineering in 2011 and his MS in 2012. He served as the 2012-13 Georgia Tech Fellow for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and focused his paper on transportation issues and the possibility of a national infrastructure bank. During his first two years at Georgia Tech he was a diving champion until an injury prevented his continued athletic career. He was recognized by his peers during his senior year when he was elected Mr. Georgia Tech. He was senior class president and President/CEO of the Georgia Tech Student Foundation Board of Trustees. During his senior year he received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. As a Marshall Scholar, Jacob will work on a PhD in Planning Studies at University College London.

2014 Whitaker International Fellow to Switzerland

James Wade will work on modeling and analysis of cell signaling in breast cancer at ETHZ and the University of Zurich in Switzerland. In Zurich he will work with Dr. Bernd Bodenmiller who is a co-developer of mass cytometry, a new technique that allows simultaneous measurements of many more signaling proteins in cells than was previously possible. Wade’s work is expected to improve understanding of metastasis, provide information about drug targets, and pave the way toward personalized cancer treatments. Wade has been a College of Engineering G.F. Amelio Fellow, holds a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, is a Georgia Tech graduate in Industrial Engineering, and is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering under the direction of Dr. Eberhard Voit.

2010 Fulbright Scholar to the European Union

Thomas Wall will be working at Oxford and the University of Amsterdam on a project to develop enhanced risk- and cost-benefit analytical framework to understand transportation systems in relation to climate change. This method will aid in designing cost efficient management systems and adaptation of infrastructure to future conditions. He will be doing case studies of two EU highway corridors.

2010 Fulbright Scholar to Cyprus

Alice Wang will be using technology to help with the peace process in Cyprus. Her hosts asked her to design an interactive online Cyprus-like island with some of the challenges faced by the Greek and Turkish communities so that young people can work with conflict resolution tailored to the Cyprus situation. She will be working with the Cyprus University of Technology and the University of Nicosia.

2011 Fulbright Scholar to Venezuela

Emilie Warren is from Roswell, GA and graduated in May with a major in biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. She will be an English Teaching Assistant in Venezuela for 10 months from October to July.

She participated in a Georgia Tech study abroad program in Cádiz, Spain and plans to attend medical school in the future. While in Venezuela she be a teaching assistant in English at the Venezuelan Binational Center, and her community participation will focus on Misión Barrio Adentro, an operation dedicated to bringing the universal health care system of the Venezuelan government to those in the population with little access.

2009 Truman Scholar

As an Industrial Engineering and Public Policy major at Georgia Tech, Nick Wellkamp has pursued his passion for energy, sustainability, and politics. After graduate school, Nick hopes to help advance federal energy policy. He is currently the student body president at GT and is advocating changes to the state’s tuition and university funding policies. He has also interned for the governor’s office and a political consulting firm in Georgia.

2011 Marshall Scholarship Recipient

Nick is from Louisville, KY and graduated from Georgia Tech last May with majors in industrial engineering and public policy. He was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship in 2009 and will study economics at Oxford University. Nick is especially interested in clean energy and has worked in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House and has done internships at the Department of the Treasury in Washington and at the State Capitol here in Atlanta. He plans a career in public service and political involvement.


2011 Goldwater Scholarship recipients

Chun is a junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering. He has held PURA awards, a Petit Research Award, participated in an NSF REU here, and held a Russ Bell Undergraduate Research Scholarship. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Pioneer, Biomedical Engineering Departmental newsletter and has significantly increased its circulation.

He is a co-founder of a new Biomedical Research and Opportunities Society and has made substantial contributions to microcapsule experimental work done with investigators at Emory. He and his family moved to Georgia in 2003 after living in Singapore, Vietnam, and Malaysia. His parents are unemployed, and he is providing for his family as well as doing outstanding research.

2012 USA Today All Star Academic Team Member

Chun Yong was chosen as a 2012 USA Today All Star Academic Team Member. He majored in Biomedical Engineering, held PURA awards, a Petit Research Award, and a Russ Bell Undergraduate Research Scholarship. He participated in an NSF Research Experiment for Undergraduates (REU) at Georgia Tech and served  as Editor-in-Chief of The Pioneer, Biomedical Engineering Departmental newsletter while significantly increasing its circulation. He was co-founder of a new Biomedical Research and Opportunities Society and made substantial contributions to microcapsule experimental work done with investigators at Georgia Tech and Emory. He graduated in 2012 and is currently working as a software entrepreneur. One of his software developments is designed to manage Type II diabetes.