CRIDC Sessions

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CRIDC 2022: Thursday, January 27


Business Model Design and Entrepreneurship in Engineering, Computing, and Science
2:00PM-3:15PM | Midtown V | 1st Floor

  1. Sandeep Ahuja, Co-founder and CEO, cove.tool 
  2. John Avery, Director, Advanced Technology Development Center
  3. Sean Joyce, VP, Engineering for Payment Products at Waystar
  4. Raghupathy Sivakumar, Wayne J. Holman Chair Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Vice President of Commercialization and Chief Commercialization Officer - Georgia Tech
  5. Lydia Turkié, Director, Creative Destruction Lab, Georgia Tech​


Diversity and Inclusion for Career and Personal Development
2:00PM-3:15PM | Centennial (Room 242) | 2nd Floor

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.

  1. Luoluo Hong, Vice President for Student Engagement & Well-Being, Georgia Tech
  2. Lindsey Trejo (Moderator), President, Society of Women Engineers, Georgia Tech
  3. Manya Subbaramaiah, Board Member of Georgia Tech Society of Women Engineers
  4. Naresh Mevada, Vice President of Business Integration & Strategy at Assurant
  5. Yingying Kang, Director of AI & Data Science, Assurant
  6. Rashmi Sinha, Sr. Director of Technology, COX
  7. Lisa Pinkey-Coleman, Executive Director of Technology, COX


Environmental Sustainability in Engineering Projects
3:30PM-4:45PM | Centennial (Room 242) | 2nd Floor

  1. Michael E. Chang, Deputy-Director of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems at Georgia Tech
  2. Patrick Chopson, AIA, Chief Product Officer (CPO) and Co-founder of cove.tool
  3. Shira ColskyProject Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants
  4. Dan Raudebaugh, Executive Director, Center for Transportation and the Environment
  5. Akissi Y. Stokes, CEO & Cofounder Wundergrubs


Gender, Equity, Queer Rights, and Safe Space 
3:30PM-4:45PM | Inman Park (Room 270) | 2nd Floor

An educational panel on gender equity and queer rights in research labs and industry workspaces. A diverse panel 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.

  1. Naiki Kaffezakis (Moderator)
  2. Noah Barnes, Technical Analyst II, COX
  3. Tegra Myanna, Director of LGBTQ Resource Center, Georgia Tech
  4. Chloe Arson, Associate Professor in CEE, Georgia Tech


Introduction to Management Consulting 
3:30PM-4:45PM | Midtown V | 1st Floor

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.

  1. Nithin Nedumthakady (Moderator), PhD2CC, Georgia Tech
  2. Sunny Kim (Moderator) PhD2CC , Georgia Tech
  3. Les Thomas, Consultant, McKinsey & Company
  4. Nicholas (Nico) Beskid, Consultant, Bain & Company
  5. Kavya Ashok, Associate, McKinsey & Company

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