Mentoring Program

Mentoring Program for Incoming Graduate Students: 

In collaboration with CETL 8000, we are pleased to offer a mentoring program to incoming graduate students, so that they can adjust to life here at Georgia Tech. Here are the mentors who decided to volunteer for this program. Feel free to reach out to them via email if you have any questions.

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.
Danielle Skinner
I have lived on three different continents, last living with my family in Muscat, Oman before returning to the US to attend the College of Charleston in South Carolina.  My undergraduate research focus was observational astrophysics, but I decided to try something new for Spring Special Problems and have been working with Dr. Glen Evenbly on modeling different many-body quantum systems with tensor networks since then. In my free time, I like to make art, play the ukulele, and watch anime. Let me know if you have any questions about grad life at GT, or want to talk about Netflix originals.
Elyana Crowder
Hey, I’m Hannah, a fourth year! I grew up in Virginia just outside of DC. I did my undergrad at Bryn Mawr College, a historically women’s college, before heading to Tech. My research with Laura Cadonati combines both gravitational wave and neutrino astronomy in collaboration with Ignacio Taboada’s neutrino group. After my time here, I hope to find a position where I can do research and engage in public policy (my minor here at Tech!). I want to make your first year as manageable as possible, so I’m always available for questions!
Hannah Griggs
I'm super interested in improving the climate and making students feel welcome at GT, so please reach out for anything. I was born in India, moved around to Malaysia and Indonesia for a few years, and grew up in California before moving to New Jersey in high school. I'm a fourth-year in John Wise's group where we work on computational cosmology. I'm undecided on whether to continue in academia or go into industry after this program, so I'd love to talk to you about both options. I'm a foster dog mom, a forever procrastinator, and very invested in music and art, so if you want to talk shop about any of this I'm always down.
Snigdaa Sethuram
Hi, I'm Julia. I'm a third year PhD student doing experimental atomic physics with Dr. Mike Chapman. I look forward to meeting and connecting with incoming physicists, and I hope programs like this can help strengthen the physics community here at Georgia Tech. Outside of physics, I love to listen to music, spend time with friends, and take care of my plants.
Julia Cohen
Hey y’all, I’m Sarah. I’m a Florida native and went to undergrad at a tiiiiiiiiny little liberal arts school where I did mostly astrophysics research. I’ve since joined Dr. Sabetta Matsumoto’s soft matter group, where I study the mechanics of different types of knitted materials. That means that I have seven balls of yarn on my office desk right now and I run simulations that generate cute little stress v strain plots. I just started my second year so I’m probably not the person to consult if you want restaurant recommendations. My hobbies include sitting on the couch in a stupor, eating bread, and walking my over-enthusiastic dog.
Sarah Gonzalez
Hey, I'm Pranav, a 6th year PhD student from India studying astrophysical neutrinos from IceCube with Prof. Taboada. I studied IT engineering in India and did my MS in Physics at UMass Dartmouth, where my research focus was on theoretical modeling of Type Ia supernovae. I enjoy cooking, biking, running, gaming, and exploring Atlanta in my passtime. Did you know a pinch of baking soda while sauteeing onions brown them quicker? I didn't when I first started here and you quickly realize there's more to life than getting a PhD, more specifically how to make delicious indian curries by caramelizing onions! On a more serious note, getting through your PhD is like running a marathon after your first-year here at Tech, which can be more like a sprint. Juggling through different classes while getting acclimated to life in Atlanta can take its toll, so I'm here to talk about anything and everything as you start this exciting adventure of being a graduate student here at Tech.
Pranav Dave
Hi all! I’m Sami, and I grew up just outside of Atlanta. I double majored in physics and electrical engineering during my undergrad at Yale. Afterwards, I took a gap year as a research assistant doing AMO experiment studying ultracold quantum gasses. Now I’m a 3rd year PhD student in condensed matter theory with Prof. Itamar Kimchi at GaTech. This means I’m 1% physics, 99% hot gas.
Sami Hakani
Nice to meet you! My name is Steven and I am a 3rd-year PhD student originally from New Jersey. In my undergraduate days, I studied physics at Brandeis University with Dr. Bulbul Chakraborty. Now that I'm at Georgia Tech, I work on experiments in robophysics and fluid mechanics with Dr. Daniel Goldman. When not grinding away at research, I love concocting delicious (and occasionally devious) dishes ranging from gnocchi to okonomiyaki to original ice cream flavors and everything in between. If food is not your forte, I also love jamming on trumpet and piano, playing tennis, and gaming. I'm looking forward to getting to know you and helping out however I can!
Steven Tarr
Hi all! I am Aawaz, a third year graduate student here. I did my undergrad in Gettysburg College before joining Yunker Lab in Georgia Tech. My work mostly comprises of experimental biophysics where I use Statistical mechanics to understand different biological systems. Currently, I am not sure about my future career path but, I guess, that’s the fun part. Outside of school, I am mostly interested in reading existential philosophy, making music and camping. For me, first year in graduate school was one of the most unique time in my life in terms of fun, difficulty and exploring my own self. So,I am excited to share these experiences to our incoming first years .
Aawaz Pokhrel