CRIDC Sessions

Information about the 2022 CRIDC sessions will be available in January 2022. See the information below for the 2021 session descriptions. 


Feb. 9

Business Education Program for PhD candidates in Engineering, Computing, and Science​
3-4 p.m.

For nearly 20 years, the TI:GER (Technology Innovation: Generating Economic Results) program has uniquely accelerated the careers of Science, Computing, and Engineering PhD candidates in Product Development, Product Management, Corporate R&D, Consulting, and Startups. Teaming up with Scheller MBA students and Emory Law students, Ph.D candidates work to develop research into successful technology innovations. ​

Join Session:

Jonathan Giuliano (TI:GER Executive Director and Academic Director)​
Margi Berbari (former TI:GER director)​​

Stephanie Duncanson  (Senior Director of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Oncorus) ​
Nathan Evans (Vice President Technology & Strategy, restor3d)​
Michael Griffin (Product Manager, Cook MyoSite)​
Yogi Patel (Co-Founder and CEO, Focused Cryo Inc)​
Oliver Moreno (PhD Candidate, Organic Electronics, Georgia Tech)​
Mohammad Nazemi (Postdoc, Chemistry, Georgia Tech)​

Campus Resources:​​

Science Policy and Regulation
5-6 p.m.​

This panel session is aimed at graduate students interested in pursuing roles and generating impact in policy and regulatory spaces, with a particular focus on students with science and engineering backgrounds. The panel includes three participants who have interned or are currently working in the industry, who have or are currently pursuing degrees in engineering. The panel will address their current and/or past roles as well as the contributions of their backgrounds. We expect to provide an improved understanding of diverse roles available in science and regulatory fields, as well as recommendations on how to best prepare for these roles. ​

Join Session:

Dylan Son (Organizational Committee of CRIDC)​
Evenly K Williams (BBUGS - Science Policy)​
Hyoann Choi (BBUGS - Science Policy) ​

Panel Speaker:​
Stephan Browning (Assistant Director – Blood pressure and flow devices, U.S. FDA; B.S. in Biomedical Engineering)​
Gretchen Goldman (Research Director, The Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists; PhD in Environment Engineering @ GT)​
Kai Littlejohn (Former Researcher, National Center for Toxicological Research and the Office of Women’s Health, U.S., FDA; Current PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech.)​

Campus Resources:​

Feb. 10

Gender, Equity, Queer Rights, and Safe Space
5-6:30 p.m.

The Georgia Tech LGBTQIA resource center and Grad Pride at GT are hosting an educational panel on gender equity and queer rights in research labs and industry workspaces. Recent alumni and current students with diverse backgrounds will address issues that arise from the climate of academia and from interpersonal relationships within their research labs. This will be followed by discussions about the best practices and resources to build supportive and inclusive working environments and the meaning of intersectional diversity in the workplace. Lastly, guest speakers will identify programs and policies that corporations and institutions have employed to improve employee cultures around LGBTQIA rights. Ultimately, all participants can expect to acquire a better understanding on forming a safe space for gender equity and queer rights at work.​

Join Session:

Dylan Son (Organizational Committee of CRIDC)​
Naiki Kaffezakis (President of GradPride)​

Dr. Aby Parsons (Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Georgia Power; Past director of LGBTQIA Resource Center)​
Dr. Chloe Arson (Associate professor in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering)​
Tegra Myanna (Current director of GT LGBTQIA Resource Center)​
Dr. Cong Luo (Consultant, Mckinsey Co.; GradPride Founder, Ph.D in Environmental Engineering)​
Naiki Kaffezakis (Current GradPride president; Ph.D student)​
Anup Chandora (Founder of LGBTQIA employee group at Becton Dickinson, Ph.D student)​
Dylan Son (Ph.D student)​
Jordan Taylor (Past interns at Facebook and Google; Master student)​

Campus Resources:

Job Search During Challenging Times, a Collaboration with CRIDC  
6-7 p.m.

Partnering with the Career, Research, and Innovation Development Conference (CRIDC), meet amazing alumni that struggled for searching for a job during challenging times. Whether it’s the 2008 recession or the 2020 pandemic, these alumni will offer advice to tackling the job search. ​

Join Session:​

Feb. 11

Diversity and Inclusion for Career and Personal Development
4-5 p.m.

How can understanding diversity and inclusion empower graduate students for the success of research, career, and personal development? In this session, we will provide resources of diversity and inclusion available on institutional division and diverse student organizations. Through invited speakers, especially for women and people of color in the STEM industry, all participants will be expected to expand their understanding of the power of diversity and inclusion.​

Join Session:


Dylan Son (Organizational Committee of CRIDC)​
Ojuolape Oghenetega (The Society of Women Engineering)​

Calicia Johnson (Strategy and Development Engineering, Chevron, Texas; Engineering Recruiting Team Lead for Georgia Tech; The Society of Asian Scientist and Engineers; National Society of Black Engineers)​
Karen K. Yiu (Student Diversity program director)​
Shireen Datta (Past intern at Jaguar Land Rover, ADAPT centre, and IBM; M.S. student in Aerospace Engineering)​​

Campus Resources:​

Introduction to Management Consulting
5-6 p.m.

Are you interested in choosing Management Consulting as a career path? Join us for a panel discussion with Georgia Tech Alumni and consultants at leading Management Consulting firms as we discuss the transition from research to consulting, culture, work-life balance, and how to successfully step into the shoes of a consultant from a graduate student. There will be also time to network with the panelists. ​

Join Session:

Derek Jang (President of PhD2CC)

Xuetian Ma (Associate Consultant, McKinsey & Company)​
Abhirup Mukherjee (Associate Consultant, McKinsey & Company)​
Nico Beskid (Consultant, Bain & Company)​

Campus Resources:​​​​​

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