Welcome to Georgia Tech and congratulations on making it to this prestigious university. My name is Zachary Booker and I'm going to into my 5th Year as a Mechanical Engineering Major. I'm from Clayton County, Georgia (20 mins south of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport) and I'm involved on campus through being a research assistant and an assistant in the Office of Student Diversity. I'm really excited to share information about how to be successful at Georgia Tech and support your transition from High School to College.
Hey everyone!!! My name is Caleb Buchanan and I'm a 3rd-year Business Administration student with a concentration in Strategy & Innovation, and I'm so extremely excited to serve as a Challenge Counselor this year!! I've been a public speaker professionally and competitively since I was 7 years old, am the 2nd oldest of 6 children, and played varsity soccer and tennis in high school. I love playing and watching literally any sport imaginable (supporter of all ATL teams), so don't hesitate to ask me to come out to the court or field with you this summer (be ready for the consequences of my competitiveness though). At Georgia Tech, I've served as President of the African American Male Initiative, am serving as the newly elected President of the Scheller Business Ambassadors, am a leader at my church on campus, and you can probably catch me at any event either giving the keynote speech or networking. I can't overstate how excited I am about bonding with all of you this summer and being a big part of the best 6 weeks of your lives, leading into the greatest college experience imaginable. Please reach out to me for ANYTHING! WOOOOO GO JACKETS!!!
Hi everyone! My name is Taylor Campbell and I am a rising 4th year majoring in Literature, Media, and Communications. Currently on campus, I am on the executive board for the African American Student Union and a Diversity Ambassador for the Office of Student Diversity Programs. In the past, I have been a teaching assistant for GT 1000: Freshman Seminar, GTSBE’s Black Connect Mentoring Program, SGA, and Leading Edge. I have a strong passion for music and a growing love for photography. I am so excited to meet you all and help you all have a smooth transition into Georgia Tech. I am always here to help any and everyone with anything! Please reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns or just want to talk. Congratulations and Go Jackets!!!!
Kelley Collier IV
Hi! My name is Kelley Collier IV and I am a rising 3rd year Computer Science Major here at Tech. I am also a former Challenge Program participant so I can assure that any and all incoming participants are in for a treat this summer. At Georgia Tech, I am involved with the African American Male Initiative (AAMI), the African American Student Union (AASU), the Student Government Association (SGA), and I work as a student assistant in the College of Computing. I love meeting new people and uplifting my community so I saw serving as a Challenge Counselor to be a great opportunity to fulfill both of those passions this summer.
Hi everyone!! My name is Iliyah Dean! I am a third-year Computer Science major from Alpharetta, GA and I am very excited to be a Challenge Counselor this year! I love traveling, trying new things, and eating good food. Within Georgia Tech I am involved in the African American Student Union (AASU), Lifting Our Voices, Inc. (LOV), Healthy Jacket Peer Educators, GT Salsa Club, the Women of Color Initiative (WOCI), and the Minorities @ the College of Computing (M@CC). I am a Resident Assistant and part of the Impact LLC. I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain as well. I’m really looking forward to helping you all adjust to Tech this summer. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to talk! Go Jackets!
Welcome, yellowjackets! My name is Julian Dudley. I am a rising second-year aerospace engineering student, and proud to be one of your amazing Challenge counselors. Throughout my time at Georgia Tech, I have been involved with Lambda Delta Rho (LDR: freshman organization), Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers (GTSBE), GATech4Wildlife, African American Student Union, and a couple more things. I was born and raised in GA, specifically in Conyers, GA. In my down time, you can find me cherishing moments with friends and family, exploring my endless curosity, playing sports and video games, and animals. Challenge allowed me to build a strong foundation and empowering momentum that carried me through my first-year. I hope you guys are able to enjoy this experience and use all the opportunities and resources to your advantage. I am beyond excited to meet you guys and contribute to the success of the incoming class of 2023!
Hi! My name is Alana Edwards and I am a third-year Mathematics major with a concentration in Data Science from all over the east coast! On campus, I am involved in the African American Student Union (AASU), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Salsa Club, Mobilizing Opportunities for Volunteer Experiences (MOVE), and Data Science at GT. Outside of school, I enjoy eating good food, watching movies and TV shows, reading, hanging out with friends, going to cool new places, listening to music, and spending lots of time with animals. I am very excited to be a Challenge Counselor this summer, and I look forward to meeting you all and helping in your transition to Tech. Don't hesitate to reach out to me with any of your questions or concerns!
Strap in and get ready for the ride. Challenge is going to be an amazing journey for you, as it was for me. I'm a multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer, social media influencer, songwriter, graphic artist, and mixing engineer. I specialize in studio mixing and serve as the head mixing engineer at Jah Studios. I make music. I split my musical expression into two different personas. As JahWill, the pop artist, I focus on the meaning of music and strive to push positive messages through intricate storytelling and catchy melodies. As J@h, the hip-hop artist, I focus on the feeling of my music and am an untamed and often more explicit artist. J@h pushes his expression through hard-hitting beats and powerful vocal delivery. At the moment, I write, produce, mix, and publish all of his music.
Hello everyone! My name is Amari (she/her), and I'm a rising fifth year from Atlanta. I'm a spring 22 initiate of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as well as a member of the African American Student Union, and Lifting Our Voices, Inc. I love going out to eat, spending time with friends and sisters, and binging new shows. I can't wait to meet you all. Welcome to Georgia Tech!
Aimée Marie Ogando Melo
Hello everyone!! My name is Aimée Ogando! I am a fourth-year Civil Engineering major from Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic and I am very excited to be a Challenge Counselor this year! I love watching sports (specifically Formula 1 and the NBA), traveling, learning new things, and meeting new people. At Georgia Tech I am involved with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the Hispanic Recruitment Team (HRT), FASET, SMILE, Construction Engineering Association (CEA), and Student Government Association (SGA). I am really looking forward to the summer to help you all adapt seamlessly to Tech and meet interesting, awesome incoming students. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, doubts, want to chat, or simply rant! Go Jackets!
Hi everyone! My name is Jadon Pauling and I am a 1st Year Graduate student pursuing my Master's in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Automation, Control, and Robotics! I graduated from Georgia Tech in December 2022 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and minors in Computer Science and Spanish! On campus I am involved in Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Georgia Tech Student Ambassadors, National Society for Black Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, as well as African American Male Initiative. The Challenge Program was an extremely influential program for me when I came to Georgia Tech and I look forward to passing on the wealth of knowledge that I have gained to the next generation of students! If you see me around don't be afraid to say hello!
Hey everyone! I’m excited to meet you all and have a great summer!
David Ramon Lee, Jr.
Hey everybody! My name is David Lee, Jr. and I am a 4th year Industrial Engineering major from Atlanta, GA. On campus, I am a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, GT Student Ambassadors, African American Student Union, GTWBB Practice Team, co-founder of Black Industrial Engineers at Tech, and much more! I love playing, watching, and talking about basketball on my Youtube & Tiktok (dlee4three on all platforms, tap in). I also like listening to music and going on hikes. While I did not participate in Challenge, I've seen the program's seismic impact on everyone who attended and I'm honored to help replicate that experience for you guys this summer!
Hey! My name is Kemuel and I am a Biology major. I'm from the St. Croix Virgin Islands. I like cooking, watching anime, and listening to music.
Looking forward to seeing you all this summer!
Hi, I am a high-energy ball of laughter and fun. I seek never to be similar to those around me and love that about myself. So if you see me hanging from the ceiling, join me and not judge me.
Hello GT '27! My name is Miyang Tamanji from Alpharetta, but I am proudly Cameroonian. I am majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering. The organizations that hold my heart are the Georgia Tech Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, GT Student Ambassadors, and THE Xi Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Some of my passions are traveling, anime, soccer, tennis, and fitness. I am so excited to be one of your Challenge Counselors this summer, and I cannot wait to meet everyone.
Hello everyone!! My name is Isaiah Thompson! I am a fourth-year Aerospace Engineering major from the ATL, and I am very excited to be a Challenge Counselor this year! I love basketball, music, video editing, and meeting people from all walks of life. I'd also be remised if I didn't mention how much I love to watch tv as well! At Georgia Tech, I am a chapter manager of Georgia Tech's Fair Fight U, Executive Officer at the Alexander Hamilton's Society, and involved with Voters of Tomorrow, Design Build Fly (DBF), and Identity in Christ Ministries. I am a resource for you all, and I hope to make your experience as insightful as possible. I'm here for you, so feel free to come to me with anything you may need. See you soon!
Hi! My name is Jasmine and I am a 2nd year Business ITM major with a minor in computing from Villa Rica, Ga. I am so excited to be a Challenge Counselor for this summer and I can't wait to meet you all. I am a 2022 Challenge participant, a Scheller Dean Scholar, and T&M Scholar. On campus, I am involved in African American Student Union, Caribbean Students Association, Diversity in Business, Lifting Our Voices, and I am the event coordinator for NaturallyMe. I love watching sports, listening to music, cooking, and napping. I also love plants, marvel movies, harry potter, and sight seeing. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions!
Hey, y'all! I'm Micah Washington, a third-year Mechanical Engineering student from Columbia, South Carolina. I am involved in the Grad & Fam Area Council, African American Student Union(AASU), the GT Chapter of NAACP, and GT Salsa. I love listening to audiobooks, dancing Bachata, watching anything animated, and hanging out with friends and family. As a 2021 Challenge participant, this program was a great way for me to meet my closest friends and get accustomed to Tech. I can't wait to meet everyone and help give y'all an amazing summer to kick off your college journey.