Hiring Control Engineer

Engineering firm called Vacuum Technology Incorporated (www.vacuumtechnology.com) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee is currently looking to hire a Controls Engineer. Should any of my fellow PS’s be interested, they should contact Michelle Solomon at msolomon@vacuumtechnology.com and attach a copy of their resume. Please take a look at the attachment!VTI Controls Engineer Job Description

MBA Pathway Info Session

MBA Info Session specifically for GT Undergraduate Students: http://scheller.gatech.edu/news-events/events/event.html?event_id=2119

Admission staff and current MBA students (who graduated from GT as an undergrad) will candidly talk about when, why and how to pursue an MBA. Learn about the MBA Pathway application. Dinner will be provided.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Pizza and registration is from 6-6:30

Info session is from 6:30-7:30. Click the link above to register and for more details. Email mba@scheller.gatech.eduwith questions.

MBA Pathway Application: http://scheller.gatech.edu/degree-programs/mba/mba-pathway/index.html

MBA Pathway offers deferred admission exclusively for Georgia Tech undergrads to the Full-time and Evening MBA program. Get accepted now. Work two years. Start your MBA. Click the link above to learn more information. Attend the Info Session specifically for GT undergrads on February 16, 2015 to learn more. Email mba@scheller.gatech.edu with questions.

NSF: A letter from PS Tucci on the importance of research

If any engineering or science or math students are still looking for something to do this summer, I wanted to tell you about something that you should consider. The summer after my freshman year, I participated in something called an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates). The National Science Foundation basically sponsors students at a variety of universities around the country to do research for around 10 weeks. You and about 10 other students get a nice stipend, free housing, free food, but most importantly awesome research experience. I also learned so much about professional development at my REU as well as the ins and outs of graduate school. I am still really close with the professors that I worked with, more so than any Tech professor I’ve ever had. I would highly encourage y’all to apply! Most applications are due in February, so hurry and get those recommendation letters going. You can search for all of the available opportunities here: http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/

I will say that up until my REU I never wanted to touch research- I thought the idea of being cooped up by myself in a lab coat and goggles all day was a miserable way to live my life. But it was not like that at all, and I learned to love the lab way of life. Since then, I have traveled to conference across the United States to present my research, won competitions, and even gotten published! I’m not bragging- I’m telling you how many doors this kind of opportunity can open up for you!

I’m not going to grad school or anything, but I just strongly strongly believe that everyone who goes to Georgia Tech should perform research at least on some level before she/he graduates. You can’t possible know that you will hate it until you actually do it- and doing chem lab or synth lab DOES NOT COUNT FOR SQUAT. Please please let me know if you want to talk about getting involved!

TL; DR Apply to do research at an REU site this summer. You will not regret it.

Miss y’all,

Lara “Texas 4 lyfe” Tucci

Ambassador of Colombia Visits Tech

You are cordially invited to attend “The New Colombia: A successful Case of U.S. Foreign Policy”, a lecture by His Excellency Luis Carlos Villegas, the Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, on Thursday, February 5th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Press Room A of the Bill Moore Student Success Center. Ambassador Villegas will present a political and economic outlook and address advances on the bilateral agenda with the U.S. regarding information and communications technologies. Below is Ambassador Villegas’ short bio.

This interesting event is open to the entire GT community and students, faculty and staff from the following colleges, schools and majors are especially encouraged to attend: Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts (especially International Affairs, Modern Languages, Public Policy, Economics and related fields); College of Sciences (especially Psychology); and, College of Business.

Refreshments will be served. Casual attire. There is no need to RSVP. This event is sponsored by the Office of International Initiatives/Development and the Office of Hispanic Initiatives.

We look forward to seeing you on February 5th.


Luis Carlos Villegas was appointed Ambassador of Colombia to the United States on November 13, 2013, by President Juan Manuel Santos. Throughout his career, Villegas has been a leader in both the public and private sectors, including serving most recently as President of the National Business Association of Colombia (ANDI), a position he held for more than 17 years. In addition, Villegas is a member of the Colombian government’s negotiating team in the ongoing peace talks with FARC.

Besides his work on behalf of the Colombian business community, Villegas has also held a number of positions in public office. Between 1990 and 1992, he was a Senator representing the Risaralda department (state) of Colombia and served as its Governor between 1985 and 1986. He was also International Secretary of the Colombian Liberal Party from 1989 to 1994. Over the course of 10 years, between 1979 and 1989, Villegas served in various capacities, including Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; General Secretary of the National Federation of Coffee Growers; Secretary of the Commission of Foreign Affairs; Secretary-General and Under-Secretary for Economic and Social Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and as Economic Counselor at the Embassy of Colombia in Paris.

He has been awarded with the highest distinctions of the Colombian government and from the administrations of Spain, Italy, France, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, and Peru.

A native of Pereira, Colombia, Villegas received both his bachelor’s degree in Socioeconomics and Law degree from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. He also submitted a D.A. in Public Administration from the University of Paris. He is married to Carmela Restrepo and has two grown children, Juliana and Daniel.


Ideas to Serve Competition 2015

We are kicking off another season of the Ideas to Serve Competition. Please encourage your students and members of your organizations to participate in the 2015 Ideas to Serve Competition with projects that address social/environmental issues – locally or around the globe. The Competition provides students mentor-matching, workshops, access to a large network of local social entrepreneurs, and CASH PRIZES to help  launch their projects. All details available on the I2S website<http://scheller.gatech.edu/centers-initiatives/ile/i2s/index.html>.

Kick-off Info Session is this Thursday (1/29) at 11AM in CoB 101 – RSVP here<http://ilebackend.gatech.edu/i2sinfo> to secure lunch.

If available please share this Facebook event<https://www.facebook.com/events/910142525697084/?ref=22> on your page.

Everyone is invited to cheer on the finalist teams and vote for their favorite on March 27 from 6:00pm in the Scheller College of Business Atrium at the Poster Showcase.

More about I2S: The competition is for current Georgia Tech students and recent alumni who have early stage product/service ideas or venture concepts that are geared towards creating a better world. Entries might focus on reducing poverty, alleviating hunger, promoting health and wellness, improving air and water quality, reducing of the rate of depletion of natural resources, or developing alternate sources of energy…just to name a few!

Triangle Fraternity keen on President Scholars

A letter from Marc L. Leber, Director of Recruitment (GTtriangle.recruitment@gmail.com):

I would like to invite each of you to come to Spring Rush for Triangle Fraternity, beginning on January 12th at 7pm, located at the Architecture Courtyard. Yes, I understand that this seems strange, and that you may have no intention of joining a fraternity. Regardless, I would love for you to come by, enjoy some good food, and have interesting conversations! In the case that you do not come visit us, here are a few quick facts about Triangle.

1. Triangle is the nation’s only major-specific fraternal organization. We restrict admission to engineers, architects, and scientists

2. Triangle was founded at the University of Illinois on April 15, 1907.

3. Georgia Tech is Triangle’s newest colony, being formed on March 12, 2014

4. In accordance with Georgia Tech’s no hazing policy, Triangle is one of eight fraternities that formed the Fraternal Health & Safety Initiative (FHSI) to fight the most pressing social issues facing college campuses today: sexual and relationship misconduct, binge drinking and hazing. We are a 100% no hazing organization, and will not stand for anything that resembles hazing, or worries our new members and brothers.

5. The Georgia Tech Colony of Triangle is a dry colony, meaning that we do not serve alcohol at our events, nor will we permit an underage member to consume alcohol at those events.

I hope to see you at Spring Rush! We will have food, drinks, and several different forms of entertainment provided. Each night is a different theme, so come back often!

Epic Intentions

Epic Intentions is new student organization on campus seeking diverse student talent from every corner of campus for nonprofit and social enterprise consulting opportunities. We are looking to recruit students from

ALL MAJORS who are not only passionate about and/or interested in service learning and community engagement, but also accruing legitimate consulting work experience with local firms through robust projects that require the technical knowledge and leadership skills of an elite Georgia Tech education. Epic Intentions offers Georgia Tech students the unique opportunity to work with companies, organizations, and firms with a triple bottom line focus of social impact, sustainability, and economic prosperity to solve real social, environmental, and economic problems that need interdisciplinary solutions.

Contact Drew White at awhite68@gatech.edu for more information.

IMPACT Speakers Series takes on Spring

This Spring’s IMPACT talks are incredibly interesting so make sure to pencil them into your calendar. See printable version attached and here is the review of the speakers with links to their bios.

Please also save the date for the Ideas to Serve Competition finals which will take place on Friday, March 27 from 5pm in Scheller. If you have students working on projects with social/environmental implications please encourage them to attend our kick-off info session for i2S on January 29 at 11am, CoB 101.

Wishing you a great year and semester ahead.

IMPACT Speakers


14 – Paul Brown, CEO, Arby’s

Alum Paul Brown has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Arbys Restaurant Group, Inc., the second largest quick-service sandwich chain in the U.S., since May 2013. He served as President, Brands and Commercial Services for Hilton Worldwide, a global hospitality company, from 2008 to April 2013. Prior to that, he was with Expedia Inc., an online travel company, for four years, most recently serving as President, Expedia North America and Expedia Inc. Partner Services Group. Full bio

21 – Jerome Hamilton, VP at 3M

Alum Jerome Hamilton has served as Vice President 3M Lean Six Sigma, Supply Chain Acquisition Integration and Quality for 3M. Previously, he served as General Manager of 3M’s Masking and Surface Protection business. Full bio

28 – Faruq Hunter, President, Genius Corps

Faruq Hunter is the founder and President of GeniusCo and its subsidy GeniusCorps. He has traveled and worked in over 90 countries, servicing both the public and private sectors and is the Head Geek in charge connecting innovative start-up communities across 180 countries with Geeks Gone Global. Mr. Hunter has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine for creating a legacy of wealth and stability for your family and selected as one of the top 50 most important African American’s in technology. Full bio


4 – Scott Jenkins, GM, New Falcons Stadium

Scott Jenkins comes to the Falcons from the Seattle Mariners, where he spent the past seven-and-a-half years as vice president of ballpark operations.  Before his time with the Mariners, Jenkins served as vice president of stadium operations and facility management for the Philadelphia Eagles. Full bio

11 – Katharine Kelley, President, Green Street Properties

Katharine has more than 16 years of experience in the real estate development business. Prior to Green Street, Katharine was Senior Vice President at Post Properties, where she led the team that developed the flagship, $120 million Riverside by Post mixed use development, which gained national recognition for product innovation. Most recently, she honed her entrepreneurial skills as a Co-founder and President of internet company Blue Rock Avenue. Full bio

18 – Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Workers Alliance

Recent McArthur Genius grant recipient Ai-jen Poo is a labor organizer whose compelling vision of the value of home-based care work is transforming the landscape of working conditions and labor standards for domestic or private-household workers. The estimated 1–2 million domestic workers—housekeepers, nannies, caregivers for the elderly or disabled—in the United States today are excluded from most federal and state labor laws and to address that Ai-jen has created a vibrant, worker-led labor movement and spearheaded successful legislative campaigns at the national and international levels. Full bio

25 – Katie Huie, SM Elavon

At Elavon, Katie serves as an innovative change agent. These efforts contribute to business growth and incent cultural change.  She has a passion for business challenges and creative problem solving.


4 – Lara Hodgson, President, NOWaccount

GT alum Lara has launched product and service businesses, raised capital, and served in executive management roles with Nourish, Insomnia Consulting LLC, Dewberry Capital Corporation, DCH , Dunk, and iXL, an Internet development company. Lara has extensive experience in brand development, corporate strategy, business development, marketing, and operations. Full bio

11 – Willie Tillery, Director, Nuance

Willie Tillery co-founded Accelarad in 1999 while earning his Masters of Science in electrical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At the time, he recognized an opportunity for cloud technology in radiology. Due to his vision and leadership, today Accelarad’s network covers more than 1,700 facilities and hosts the exchange of over 400 million medical images annually.

25(Williams Lecture) – Robert Pozen, Former Chair MSF Investment Management

Robert C. Pozen is Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was formerly Chairman of MFS Investment Management®, which manages over $200 billion in assets for over five million investors worldwide. He was formerly vice chairman of Fidelity Investments and president of Fidelity Management & Research Company, the investment advisor to the Fidelity mutual funds. Full bio

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

You are cordially invited to attend Georgia Tech’s 4th annual Georgia Tech Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration! This year’s theme is “From Civil Rights to Human Rights: The Courage to Act.” The student celebration will be held on Thursday, January 8th in the Student Center Ballroom at 7:00 PM.

It will feature a candle lighting ceremony during the student celebration in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The goal is to have a diverse representation of student organizations participate in this ceremony. Diversity is one of Tech’s greatest strengths, and we would not have been allowed the opportunity to study with students from different backgrounds without civil rights leaders. Your organization should be present at the Thursday night celebration to light a candle on the behalf of Rev. Dr. King. Last year, it had over 40 organizations participate in the candle lighting ceremony and it would be great to see more this year!

Please fill out this short form and let Keyona Wells know by January 1st, 2015 if your organization will be able to participate. You do not have to give the name of the representative until January 7th. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Keyona Wells at kwells30@gatech.edu.

Please visit http://www.diversity.gatech.edu/mlk-calendar for a full calendar of events.