Troy Batugal received his B.S. degree in materials science and engineering from Cornell University in May 2015. While at Cornell, he worked as a residential adviser for three years where he developed a fondness for engaging in deep conversations and bringing a diverse set of people together. Batugal commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve through Cornell Army ROTC.
He is currently a third-year graduate student in bioengineering conducting protein-engineering research under the advisement of Ravi Kane. Batugal's passion for diversity and inclusion resides in a belief in the dignity of all people and that a society is at its best when all citizens are safe, comfortable, and valued.
Natashia Boland is a professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. She came to Georgia Tech in 2015, moving from her home country of Australia, where her academic career spanned 20 years, with faculty positions at the University of Melbourne (1995-2008) and the University of Newcastle (2008-2014). Her research is in the field of operations research, which is a mathematical science intersecting with industrial engineering, involving the application of mathematical and computing techniques to improve decision-making in human enterprises, especially in large, complex systems. She has received awards for both teaching and research innovation.
Rachel Chen is a first-year graduate student studying human-computer interaction at Georgia Tech. After graduating from University of California San Diego in 2016, she organized a narrative-based event for local residents, which was her first effort in diversity and inclusion. As a Diversity and Inclusion Fellow, Chen would like to further this effort, leveraging the impact of narratives to tackle social issues. Outside of classes, she does UX engineering work at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and is an avid listener of podcasts.
Sheila Cranman, a senior attorney in the Office of Legal Affairs at Georgia Tech, focuses her work on export control and compliance matters. She has been in the Office of Legal Affairs for more than 12 years. Cranman is also a mediator and has mediated civil, family, special education, and juvenile matters. Previously, she taught mediation and dispute resolution at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's William H. Bowen School of Law where she directed a juvenile mediation clinic. She was also the director of the Clayton County Juvenile Court Mediation Program in Jonesboro, Georgia.
Rishabh Datta is a third-year undergraduate student in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. He has an avid interest in contributing to his community. Datta is currently involved with the Student Center Programs Council and the Office of Student Engagement. Previously, he was involved with SGA, Mental Health Student Coalition, and International Ambassadors. Datta has an interest in sustainability and green technology, and conducts research on solar fuel technology at the Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory.
Claudio V. Di Leo
Claudio V. Di Leo is an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2015, M.S. degree in 2013, and B.S. degree in 2010.
Heather Dicks, a career development advisor for the Excel Program, joined Georgia Tech in August 2017. She has spent 22 years supporting people labeled with disabilities in areas of independent living, education, transition, advocacy, therapeutic recreation, Christian camping, adapted recreation, and employment. Dicks' career spans three different states (Massachusetts, Maine, and Georgia), but she has called Georgia home since 2006. She is proud to be a part of the 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program and looks forward to increasing disAbility perspectives at Tech.
Jennifer Glass is a fifth-year assistant professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. She grew up in Olympia, Washington. Glass leads a lab group at Georgia Tech that studies the global impacts of tiny microbial cells. She teaches courses in environmental geochemistry at Georgia Tech. Glass believes in diversifying and democratizing science for all, and regularly tweets from @methanoJen.
Skyler Tordoya Henckell are an second-year undergraduate studying psychology with a minor in social justice. They spend the majority of their time at DramaTech, serving as the club’s secretary. There, they are involved in acting, technical theater, the improv troupe, and the tap troupe. They are also involved in Georgia Tech’s psychology community as the recruitment chair of the Psych Club, as a GT1000 TL, and as a research assistant in Singleton’s lab.
Lacy Hodges is the assistant director of the Center for Academic Enrichment. In her role, she oversees the GT 1000: First-Year Seminar, GT 2000: Transfer Student Seminar, and Project One programs. Hodges earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Florida, and prior to coming to Tech, she was an assistant professor of English at East Georgia State College. Hodges joined the Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program to develop a way to create a more inclusive environment for incoming students at Georgia Tech.
Avanti Joshi is a third-year computer science major focusing on the people and intelligence threads. She loves traveling, learning languages, trying new food, and being at Georgia Tech! During her past three years, Joshi has been involved with the Student Alumni Association, Habitat for Humanity, Girls Who Code, and Hack GT. She has worked to help end the gender gap in STEM fields, and she is excited to work with this issue throughout the year as a Diversity and Inclusion Fellow.
Angela Keys earned her bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in radio/television/film from DePaul University. She completed her master's degree of fine arts in creative writing with a specialty in the young adult genre from Columbia College Chicago. Keys currently serves as the administrative supervisor in the Center for Career Discovery and Development, coming to Georgia Tech from the Office of Fellowships at Northwestern University. She plans to encourage and empower young black women in the STEAM field with career mentoring and to help create a welcoming community for and among them here at Tech. Soap operas are her guilty pleasure.
Preksha Kukreja is a third-year biomedical engineering student from India. An aspiring physician, she is interested in neurosciences and works in the Translational Neurotrauma Lab. Kukreja is also a research assistant in the Teaching, Learning, and Cognition Lab.
During her time at Georgia Tech, she has been heavily involved with Georgia Tech International Ambassadors and the Science, Math and Research Training community. Kukreja is extremely excited and honored to work as Diversity and Inclusion Fellow.
Minda Monteagudo is a second-year Ph.D. student in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Science at Georgia Tech. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, she completed her B.A. degree in earth science at the University of Southern California and M.S. degree in earth science at University of California Santa Barbara. At Georgia Tech, Monteagudo is a Goizueta Fellow through the Office of Hispanic Initiatives and member of the newly formed College of Science's Graduate Student Diversity Council.
Rhea Perkins has served as the program and operations manager for CREATE-X for almost two years. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and helping students of color view starting a business as a viable career option. Prior to Georgia Tech, Perkins attended Arizona State University where she received her B.S. degree, fell in love with Miami while completing her M.S. degree at Florida International University, and learned to eat crawfish while at Louisiana State University pursuing her Ph.D. degree.
Raneem Rizvi is a first-year undergraduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology from Athens, Ga. She is a biology major on the pre-health track. In addition to being a Diversity and Inclusion Fellow, Rizvi is involved in Georgia Tech’s MSA and is an intern for the Georgia Muslim Voter Project. Academically, she is a TA for Biology Labs and a TL for GT 1000. Outside of academics, Rizvi also makes YouTube videos for her channel in her free time because she finds video making and editing to be her creative outlet. Rizvi loves watching new movies and exploring different places with her friends, especially around the city of Atlanta.
Rockie Marie Rodríguez
Rockie Marie Rodríguez is a Ph.D. student in the Science, Technology, and International Affairs program at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. She earned a bachelor's degree in international studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and a master's degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Rodríguez has held positions with Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Texas House of Representatives, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her research interests include non-traditional security threats such as global health security, public health diplomacy, and the policies that shape the global health agenda.
Sahana Srivatsan received her B.A. in international affairs from the University of Georgia in 2016. At the University of Georgia, she worked as an intern in the Office of Sustainability attempting to further environmental initiatives on campus and encourage students to be more active in their community.
Currently, Srivatsan is first-year graduate student in industrial design at Georgia Tech. While at Tech, she hopes to explore how design can help resource restrained communities locally. Srivatsan believes that by building relationships with people and understanding the context in which they live, we can design experiences that are robust and withstanding.
Maloreigh Todd is a first-year undergraduate student at Georgia Tech. She is majoring in business administration with hopes to obtain a minor in political science. Along with being a Diversity and Inclusion Fellow, Todd is involved in a sorority, Model United Nations, TEDxGeorgiaTech, and the Women’s Recruitment Team. Outside of her Georgia Tech involvements, she is a spring 2018 communications intern for the United States Senate. Additionally, Todd competes in the Miss America Organization, and her platform is Better Together: Promoting Social Inclusion and Diversity.
Emily Weigel is an academic professional in the School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Tech, where she also earned her biology undergraduate degree. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she ventured to Michigan State University to complete dual doctorate degrees in zoology and ecology, evolutionary biology, and behavior. Now at Georgia Tech, Weigel conducts research in behavioral ecology, evolution, and biology education alongside her several departmental instructional and advising duties.
Conan Zhao is a research assistant in the School of Biological Sciences studying microbiome dynamics. Before coming to Tech, he studied physics and math at Washington and Lee University. Zhao is an avid musician, having trained as a classical pianist since the age of five.
He was inspired to join the Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program after reading an NPR article on Daryl Davis, an African-American pianist and activist who used his musicianship to improve race relations. In addition to being a Diversity and Inclusion Fellow, Zhao is an active member of the Georgia Tech Racquetball Club and enjoys volunteering at Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute as a pianist.