Challenge Counselors

Jianni Adkisson

Hometown: Fort Washington, Md.
Class: Junior
Major: Electrical Engineering

My name is Jianni Adkisson, and I am a rising third-year electrical engineering major with a computer science minor from Maryland. I participated in the National Society of Black Engineers, African American Student Union, Lambda Delta Rho, GT 1000 as a team leader, Diamond Campaign, and Opportunity Research Scholars. I enjoy running, playing basketball, and watching sports, movies, and TV. I look forward to meeting the new Challenge students and helping them throughout their first year.

Pampam Akinyemi

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Class: Sophomore
Majors: Public Policy and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

My name is Pampam Akinyemi, and I am a rising second-year chemical engineering major originally from Lagos, Nigeria. I live in Nigeria, but I went to boarding school in Rome, Georgia. Last semester, I was the parliamentarian of the Lambda Delta Rho freshman organization, a program of NSBE. I am also part of the membership committee for the African American Student Union. This year, I will be serving as the historian of the Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, "occasionally" working out, or getting some alone time (Netflix!). I am looking forward to meeting all the incoming freshmen and being able to have an impact on them. It is important to me that they have a successful first year because at Tech, a strong foundation goes a long way.

Brittany Burnett

Hometown: Lithonia, Ga.
Class: Senior
Major: Civil Engineering

Hello! I am Brittany Burnett, a senior civil engineering student with a minor in leadership studies. I enjoy learning about infrastructure systems, urban development, and the construction and management of mega projects. I am a member of ASCE, NSBE, and SWE. I enjoy playing volleyball, shopping, and Pinteresting.

Corey Beasley

Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
Class: Sophomore
Major: Mechanical Engineering

My name is Corey Beasley, I'm a second-year mechanical engineering major. I'm originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which I consider my true home, but I grew up in Augusta, Georgia where I attended Greenbrier High School. I finally moved to Atlanta to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology. My true interests are building big things and helping people, and outside of school, I like video games and weightlifting! In the fall, I will be a peer leader for the freshman class, working with freshmen in the Hopkins Residence Hall. Challenge is overall an amazing experience, and I look forward to meeting everyone over the summer!

Vicente Blat

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Class: Sophomore
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Hi, my name is Vicente Blat. I’m a sophomore biomedical engineering major from Caracas, Venezuela, and I’ll be one of your counselors for the duration of the program. My personal interests are football (soccer), specially the Venezuelan national team and FC Barcelona, music, and movies. Academically, I’m interested in neuroengineering and computer-brain interface. I also have plans to get a minor in computer science. On campus, I’m involved in the Society of Hispanic and Professional Engineers as the secretary of our executive board. My two favorite things about Georgia Tech are the people and the traditions; they really make this school unique.

Joy Brown

Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
Class: Junior
Major: Biomedical Engineering

My name is Joy Brown, and I am a rising third-year biomedical engineering major with a minor in industrial design from Orlando, Fla. My goal is to design and develop prosthetics and other medical devices. I am involved in the National Society of Black Engineers, African American Student Union, Society of Women Engineers, The Diamond Campaign, Georgia Tech Honors Program Council, KNIT, and intramural soccer. I am most passionate about soccer, art, and singing. I also enjoy making YouTube videos with my sister singing rap songs. I look forward to helping GT '21 students succeed and accomplish all of their goals at Georgia Tech.

Kylie Byrd

Hometown: Lawrenceville, Ga.
Class: Junior
Majors: International Affairs and Japanese

Hi, my name is Kylie Byrd, and I am a third-year international affairs and Japanese major. I was born and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia and went to Greater Atlanta Christian School. Some of my hobbies are playing video games (particularly League of Legends), baking, watching anime, singing, and soccer. I am a Challenge alumnae (shout out to Challenge Class of 2015). During my freshman year, I was involved in Lambda Delta Rho as the vice president, Model United Nations, and African American Student Union. After I graduate, I hope to work as either a consultant or a United States diplomat. As a Challenge counselor, my goal is to help you learn how to be successful at Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech is a hard school, and I want you to be able to navigate your way through it. I can't wait to meet you all!

Renee Copeland

Hometown: Kennesaw, Ga.
Class: Senior
Major: Biomedical Engineering

I am Renee Copeland, a rising fifth-year biomedical engineering major from Kennesaw, Ga. My OMED involvement started back in Challenge 2013: I participated in the Edge program my freshman year, and have served as an Edge Leader for the past three years. I have also been a member and served on the executive boards for the Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers, the women’s club soccer team, the African American Recruitment Team, Biomedical Engineering Student Advisory Board, and Omicron Delta Kappa. I also serve as an ambassador for OMED. I have been doing research in the Laboratory for Drug Delivery for about two years now, and work on developing new drugs to be delivered through the skin. In my free time, I enjoy exploring new places and restaurants in Atlanta, training for my half marathon in June, playing soccer, and hanging out with friends. After Georgia Tech, I ultimately plan to become a doctor. I am super excited to meet Challenge 2017, and can’t wait for the fun summer ahead!

Meghan Dietrich

Hometown: Milledgeville, Ga.
Class: Sophomore
Major: Psychology

My name is Meghan Dietrich, and I am a rising second-year psychology major and health and medical sciences minor. I am originally from Milledgeville, Ga where I attended Baldwin High School and Georgia Military College before coming to Georgia Tech. I am very interested in studying cognition and behavior, and would like to attend medical school in the future. I currently work as a research assistant in the Cognitive Motor Control Lab and will serve as a peer leader in the fall. On campus, I am involved in GMMA, the Global Medical Missions Alliance, and play alto saxophone in the band here at Tech.

Isabella Dolor

Hometown: Savannah, Ga.
Class: Senior
Major: Psychology

My name is Isabella Dolor, and I am rising fifth-year psychology major with a social justice minor from Savannah, Ga. My main passions lie in mental health education, mentorship, and social activism. This upcoming year will be my third year serving as a student staff member with Housing. I have served Georgia Tech's campus in multiple capacities from SGA's Cultural Diversity and Affairs Committee to the Counseling Center's Peer Coaching Program to serving as a FASET leader and Diversity Ambassador. I strive to create a welcoming environment for students, so they feel supported throughout their experiences at Georgia Tech. Some of my hobbies include yoga (in the park especially), running, and reading. I'm so excited to be a part of the class of 2021's lives and can't wait to see how they grow.

Somto Egbuna

Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.
Class: Junior
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering

My name is Somto Egbuna, and I am a third-year industrial and systems engineering major from Stone Mountain, Ga. Efficiency in all facets of life on a daily basis is a passion of mine, which is why this ISyE is the perfect major for me. I am currently a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and manager of the baseball team. I enjoy exercising/working out, listening to music, playing baseball (played two years at Savannah State) and basketball, exploring new places, and helping others. As a Challenge counselor, I plan to assist incoming students in their assimilation to life here at Georgia Tech. I aim to create an environment that is as open and friendly as possible to make this difficult transition to success in a different atmosphere as easy and enjoyable as possible. I look forward to meeting and becoming an immensely positive influence on the incoming class of 2021's lives!

Marion Guthrie

Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.
Class: Junior
Major: Industrial Engineering

Hi, my name is Marion Zoey Guthrie, most people call me Zoey. I attended Arabia Mountain High School. I am currently a rising junior, and I'm pursuing a degree in industrial engineering. Some of the things I enjoy include traveling, watching movies and basically all cartoons, playing Sims 4 and Bob’s Burgers, and snacking. I am passionate about education because I believe that with knowledge you can achieve anything; I also believe that it is important to share the knowledge you obtain with someone else. On campus, I am involved in both the National Society of Black Engineers and African American Student Union. I look forward to working with my future Challenge family.

DeVon Ingram

Hometown: Ypsilanti, Mich.
Class: Junior
Majors: Computer Science and Physics

I’m DeVon Ingram, a third-year computer science and physics double major originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan. I have been living in Duluth, Georgia for the past nine years, attending the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, and now Georgia Tech! I’m involved with the Big-O Theory Club, Society of Physics Students, and The Agency. My hobbies include playing chess, competitive Pokémon, and Starcraft 2. I have also been playing the piano for 13 years and percussion for seven years. I aim to pursue a Ph.D. and eventually obtain a faculty position, researching either quantum information theory, quantum gravity, or mathematical physics. As a Challenge counselor, I’m here to mentor you throughout your time at challenge and teach you about time management, study skills, and what it takes to have a successful freshman year.

Nicholas Johnson

Hometown: Fairburn, Ga.
Class: Senior
Major: Computer Science

I am a fifth-year computer science major from Fairburn, Ga. I was originally born in Chicago, but have lived in Georgia most of my life. I went to Langston Hughes High School. While on campus, I've been a part of the MLK Student Celebration Committee, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., FASET, Georgia Tech Ambassadors, Ramblin' Wreckords, and African American Student Union. My hobbies include playing tennis, reading manga, working out, and DJing. My ultimate goal is to go to obtain my Ph.D. in public policy, start a career in government, and run for an elected public office. I have a wide array of experiences and have touched many parts of campus, so feel free to ask me anything! Even if I don't know the answer, I can point in you the direction of someone who does. I'm very excited for this summer!

Marcus Jones

Hometown: Smyrna, Ga.
Class: Junior
Major: Computer Science

Harrison Skelton

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Class: Sophomore
Major: Chemistry

Hi, my name is Harrison Skelton, a rising second-year chemistry major from Atlanta, Ga. I am currently involved as a KNIT mentor and member of the TORCH committee of Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers. My passions include mentorship and self-care. Some of my hobbies include yoga in the park, attending concerts around the city, and watching television. I look forward to Challenge 2017 and meeting and helping the class of 2021!

Morris Smith

Hometown: Collingswood, N.J.
Class: Senior
Major: Civil Engineering

My name is Morris Smith, and I'm from Collingswood, N.J. I've recently completed my fifth year studying civil engineering at Georgia Tech, with a minor in engineering and business. I'm currently working as an intern at the Georgia Department of Transportation, and once I finish classes this summer, I'll have all my degree requirements to graduate! At Tech, I've been involved with the Club Baseball team, Marching Band, African American Student Union, African American Male Initiative, American Association of Blacks in Energy, among other groups. I have always enjoyed introducing people to, or making them aware of, people and opportunities — of which there are countless amounts at Georgia Tech — that can help them achieve their goals. My hobbies include sightseeing and traveling, as well as gaming and sports (playing and watching).

Amidat Sonekan

Hometown: Bowie, Md.
Class: Senior
Major: Materials Science and Engineering

Hey y'all! I'm Amidat Sonekan, a fourth-year materials science and engineering major from the DMV. During my time at Tech, I have been heavily involved with BSOs, particularly the Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers. I have also studied abroad, conducted research, and spent time volunteering in the greater Atlanta community. You can find me at the CRC working or playing basketball, or around Atlanta eating at a new restaurant or being a yogi. My odd obsessions are Target and international airport terminals. I'm so excited to be a part of your Tech journey!

Darryl Terry II

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Class: Junior
Major: Public Policy

My name is Darryl J. Terry II, and I am a public policy major and law, science, and technology minor at the Institute. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga., graduating from Frederick Douglass High School. As a Georgia Tech student, I am a member of The Collegiate 100 of Atlanta, former chair of the SGA Campus Infrastructure and Community Relations Committees, justice of the Undergraduate Judiciary Cabinet, community outreach chair for the African American Student Union, president of the African American Recruitment Team, among other leadership positions on campus. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, debating politics, and playing video games. I believe that in order to be successful in your first year, you have to focus on time management, prioritization, utilizing Institute resources, and personal well-being. Remember that Georgia Tech is challenging, but if you Got In, you can Get Out!

Ta Nycia Wooden

Hometown: Decatur, Ga.
Class: Senior
Major: Business Administration

My name is Ta Nycia Wooden! I'm a fifth-year business administration major from Decatur, Ga. (originally from San Antonio, Texas). During my time at Tech, I have been a resident adviser for 8th Street South, on the executive boards for the Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers and African American Student Union, and many other leadership positions. I'm a photographer and pianist with a passion for the arts. I enjoy watching Netflix, doing yoga, and reading. I look forward to mentoring and welcoming students to Tech and Atlanta! I'm so excited to help the upcoming class in the beginning of their college lives!