Mentoring Program

Mentoring Program for Incoming Graduate Students: 

We’re pleased to offer a mentoring program to incoming graduate students, so that they can easily get used to the life at Georgia Tech. Here are the mentors who decided to volunteer for this program. Feel free to reach out to them via email.

I grew up in France before moving to the United States at the age of 19, to live with my family in Huntsville, Alabama and go study at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In 2014, I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics and joined Georgia Tech in the fall 2015. I am now a member of the Rocklin group in Soft Matter, studying how topological states of matter control mechanical deformations in materials. I also carry the responsibilities of Vice President of GAP.

I am from Maryland (just outside of DC). I went to University of Maryland where I studied physics and philosophy while working at NIST. I am currently working for Mike Schatz (and Roman Grigoriev) doing experimental chaos theory stuff, mostly with fluid turbulence. I am still unsure of whether I will try the academia route or the industry route. I am going to let the reception of my papers in the next few years guide my decision — if they are not well received, I will not waste my time/effort/emotional investment on the academia path. Ultimately, I want to do research in a lab. In my spare time, I drive my golf cart around that always needs work, I built a tesla coil, I take high-speed footage of this and that, and put what I learned on my website for my future amusement later… usual nerd stuff.

I grew up here in Atlanta, about 10 minutes east of campus. I did my undergrad at Boston University, then moved back to pursue my doctorate at GT. I work with Prof. Mike Schatz, studying fluid turbulence in 2D flows. After graduating, I intend to teach physics at a teaching-focused college; to meet this goal, I’ve nearly completed the Tech to Teaching program, as well as a minor in higher education, and I’m happy to answer questions you may have about this path! In my spare time I tutor high school and college kids, play drums and piano, and cook, make cheese, and brew beer!

Hey! I’m Danielle Skinner. I went to the University of Washington in Seattle before I moved to Atlanta for graduate school. I work for Dr. John Wise in the Computational Cosmology group where I work on understanding the first stars in the universe. I would stay in academia but I would also be interested in entering the space industry. Outside of school, I love playing video games, knitting, and hanging out with my kittens! Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. I’m very interested in helping out new students and making the first year experience more manageable and even more fulfilling.

I moved around a lot as a kid, but spent most of my life growing up in Phoenix, AZ (yes, it’s hot as blazes most of the year). Although I originally had plans to go to Northern Arizona University for education, a perfect storm of physics + AP calc + recruitment counselor had me taking a hard right into choosing physics my junior year of high school. I attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for space physics and took a year off after earning my Bachelor’s degree before moving to Atlanta for grad school. I’m now in my fourth year and I’m researching with Dr. William Hunt in the ECE department, working on development of a new type of solid state particle detector. I was fortunate enough to earn a DOE SCGSR award which gave me the opportunity to work with a collaborator at Sandia National Laboratories in spring and summer 2018. Although my original career drive was to enter academia post-PhD, I’m strongly considering national labs for post-docs and long-term careers as a result of my experiences at Sandia (although no matter where I end up, I’ll probably seek out some form of teaching opportunity). When I’m not doing research or other schoolwork, I dance west coast swing socially and competitively, read for fun (highly recommend Terry Goodkind), play piano/flute/hand bells, and spoil the crap out of my senior kitty. Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or concerns about TA-ing, surviving first year, issues with potential advisers, or anything else!

I am from Haddam, CT originally and went to undergrad at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. I work in soft matter physics for Peter Yunker, where I mostly do experimental evolution of snowflake yeast. I am still undecided about whether I will stay in academia or move to industry, but I can say that I’ve enjoyed TAing here at GT. Maybe this will sway my decision some. I ran Cross Country and Track & Field all throughout high school and college, and at the moment I am training for my first triathlon! I am also jealous of anyone with a dog, and I love playing the guitar.

I grew up and went to college in upstate New York before moving to Atlanta for graduate school. My research is in the fabrication and characterization of ordered epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide substrates. I’m still undecided in my future career aspirations, but I am interested in both technical and business consulting.