Edge Leaders

An “Edge Leader” is assigned to a group of participating students. This coach is an upperclassman who is responsible for helping incoming students get adjusted to their first two semesters at Georgia Tech. During the school year, Edge Leaders provide help with tutoring, registration, study habits, and a wide variety of first-year issues.

Arnett Christian

Hometown: Ellaville, Ga.
Class: Sophomore
Major: Electrical Engineering

I am a second-year, Electrical Engineering major from Ellaville, Georgia. Along with being an EDGE Leader, I am a part of the Black Student Recruitment Team (BSRT) and I am an Adviser for Lambda Delta Rho (LDR), the freshman subset of the National Society of Black Engineers. I aim to help and guide the ones that come after me with wisdom learned from the ones who came before me to ensure future success for all.

Niya Ford

Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
Class: Senior
Major: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

My name is Niya Ford and I’m a fifth-year Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering major from Silver Spring, Maryland. On campus, I’ve been involved in Residence Life as a Peer Leader, Student Government Association, Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, bioengineering research, and more. I’ve also had the opportunity to complete a couple of internships with ExxonMobil and study abroad in France. I love to dance, workout, read, and travel. I am so excited to meet you all and pass on the knowledge I’ve accumulated in my time here at Georgia Tech!

Kusona Fortingo

Hometown: 
Class: Junior
Major: Neuroscience

Hello! My name is Kusona Fortingo and I’m a rising 3rd-year Neuroscience major. In my time at Tech I've participated in a number of roles such as being a Challenge counselor, an executive member for Minority Association of Premedical students, and volunteer as an Excel Mentor for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In my free time, I love exploring the city, working out, and the occasional run.

Samantha Guada

Hometown: Valencia, Venezuela
Class: Senior
Major: Industrial Engineering

Hello hello! My name is Samantha Guada, I am a 3rd year Industrial Engineering major from Valencia, Venezuela. Throughout my time at Georgia Tech, I have had the be involved with several organizations where I have learned to develop academically, professionally and as a leader. Looking forward to meeting you and helping you obtain the opportunities this university has to offer!

Marion Zoey Guthrie

Hometown: 
Class: Senior
Major: Industrial Engineering

Hi, my name is MarionZoey (Zoey) and I an a fifth year Industrial Engineering major. I came in as a summer freshmen, changed my major and I have had a lot of experience and during my time here at Tech. I am involved in AASU and NSBE, I have also servered as a challenge counselor and I have had the opportunity to intern with both Delta Airlines and UPS. I would love the opportunity to help you on you road to success.

Tamia Jones

Hometown: 
Class: Sophomore
Major: Biology

Hello! My name is Tamia Jones, and I am a 2nd year pre-med Biology major with a minor in International Business, Language, and Culture. In addition to being an Edge mentor, I am also involved in the Minority Association of Pre-Med Students (MAPS), Junior STEM, and the Diversity Council for the College of Sciences. This is my first year being an Edge mentor, and I really hope to be a friend and a resource on campus. I'm always willing to talk, listen, rant, etc. so please let me know if you need anything. I can't wait to meet everyone!

Malaikatu Kargbo

Hometown: 
Class: Senior
Major: Mathematics

Greetings! My name is Malaikatu Kargbo. I'm first generation Sierra Leonean American, and I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I love Spongebob, Beyonce, Macaroni and cheese and the color yellow!

Castro Laurentino

Hometown: 
Class: Junior
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hi ! My name is Laurentino Castro, a third year Mechanical Engineering major. I grew up in suburbs of Atlanta but also got the chance to attend school in Mexico for some time. I currently serve as Vice-President of communications for the Hispanic Recruitment Team, work on the communications committee for Engineer Without Border’s Nicaragua Project, am a member La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Inc, etc. I also spent this past spring semester in Cincinnati, OH interning for GE Aviation. I spend most of my free time playing soccer, watching different movies, and spending time in nature. I’m looking forward to meeting all the freshmen and having a great time!

Maria-Jose Luzan

Hometown: Lima, Peru
Class: Senior
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

I'm originally from Lima, Peru. During my time at Tech, I've been involved in several organizations including GT Ambassadors, Student Government, Tour Guides, SHPE, HRT and Alpha Phi. I'm really excited to be an Edge Leader as I was part of the Edge program during my freshmen year and also attended The Challenge program in the summer of 2016.

Selby Nyla

Hometown: 
Class: Senior
Major: Mechanical engineering

Nyla is a senior mechanical engineering student from Richmond, VA. She is involved in the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and Pi Tau Sigma National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. Also, Nyla teaches Zumba classes at the Campus Recreation Center and works in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering as a tutor for fluid mechanics. Nyla is passionate about mentorship, both receiving and giving, so she is excited about her role as an EDGE Leader.

BOLUWAJI OMODELE

Hometown: 
Class: Senior
Major: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Hey folks! Boluwaji (BJ) checking in! I am a 5th Year ChBE major who transferred into GT in fall 2017. Coming to this school and allowing myself be open to the resources and impacts has been the best thing to ever happen to me. I have been impacted in so many ways like academically, socially, and many others. From research to an internship, I have been able to apply myself in areas I would have never thought fit. I have grown in so many ways and am hoping to help incoming students experience this type of growth. Definitely reach out to me as a resource!

Maria Padilla Fuentes

Hometown: Cartagena, Colombia
Class: Senior
Major: Electrical Engineering

I am Maria Padilla Fuentes and I am a third-year Electrical Engineering major from Cartagena, Colombia. I am pursuing a minor in Computer Science, in the Intelligence thread. I am an active member in Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE), holding positions as both the Industry Relations Chair and the Outreach Chair. My hobbies include playing tennis, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Jonathan Pegues

Hometown: 
Class: Sophomore
Major: Electrical Engineer

Hi, my name is Jonathan Pegues. I am a second year Electrical Engineering student with a concentration in Digital Signal Processing. Besides being a mentor I am a member of the Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers. I am excited for the upcoming year and please feel free to reach out to me anytime on campus.

Autumn Phillips

Hometown: 
Class: Senior
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Hello there! My name is Autumn Phillips and I am a rising fourth year biomedical engineering student. I have a deep passion for helping others and career development. With co-op, internship and research experience I look forward to helping incoming students make there career dreams a reality.

Nathaniel Sharper

Hometown: 
Class: Senior
Major: Nuclear and Radiological Engineering
My name is Trevon Sharper. I am a fourth-year nuclear and radiological engineering student and I am a military child, so I have lived all around. While on campus I have been very engaged, and I currently serve as a PL at Smith Residence Hall and the President of the American Nuclear Society. In my spare time, I like working out at the gym, going hiking, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. I look forward to mentoring this year's group of students as they begin their journey at Tech!
 
 

Briana Sims

Hometown: Stuart, Florida
Class: Junior
Major: Industrial Engineering

My name is Briana Sims and I’m a 3rd year Industrial Engineering major from Stuart, FL. On campus, I’ve been involved in Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers, M.O.V.E (Mobilizing Opportunities for Volunteer Experiences), Women's Club Basketball, and more. I’ve also had the opportunity to complete a couple of internships with FedEx Ground and Delta Air Lines and study abroad in Barcelona, Spain! In my free time, I like to workout, read, and travel. I am so excited to meet you all and pass on the knowledge I’ve accumulated in my time here at Georgia Tech!

Liana Syrkett

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

I am a third year Computer Science major (intelligence and people threads) and a Spanish minor from Lawrenceville, GA. I am passionate about women in technology and community service and am excited to be working with Girls Who Code GT this year. I was a Engineering Practicum Intern at Google in Boulder, Colorado this past summer. I also studied abroad in Granada, Spain during the Spring 2018 semester. In my free time, I like exploring Atlanta and doing puzzles! I am excited to be and Edge leader for the second year and can't wait to meet everyone!

Harrison Skelton

Hometown: 
Class: Junior
Major: Chemistry

Hi, my name is Harrison Skelton, a third-year environmental engineering major from Atlanta, Ga. On Campus, I am currently involved as a KNIT mentor and EDGE Leader. I also am a Diversity Ambassador on campus and a member of the TORCH committee of the Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers. My passions include mentorship and self-care. Some of my hobbies include yoga in the park, Dancing, attending concerts around the city, roller skating, and watching television. I look forward to working for EDGE and meeting and helping the class of 2022!

Nandi-Assata Tavares

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Class: Sophomore
Major: Literature, Media, and Communication

As a literature, media, and communications major, I have a particular interest in film and graphic design. I do not know if I would call myself a film buff, but I do spend quite a lot of my free time watching and analyzing films. Music is something else I'm particularly passionate about. I can spend hours on end searching for, listening and jamming to new music. Since I have started Georgia Tech, I have become involved in the black student organizations. This includes the National Society of Black Engineers and African American Student Union. These organizations have helped shaped my leadership abilities within the community. I have also been on Dean's List every semester and hope to continue with this academic excellence in the coming semesters. I am excited to begin working with the incoming freshmen and assist them with anything they may need this upcoming year. I am eager to provide my gained knowledge and the wisdom I have acquired in the one year I have been at this institution.

Lyde Vinez

Hometown: 
Class: Junior
Major: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Hi! My name is Vinez Lyde and I am a third-year Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering major from Columbia, SC. On campus I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers, M.O.V.E (Mobilizing Opportunities for Volunteer Experiences), Georgia Tech Club Swimming, and more! I've had the opportunity to intern with Proctor & Gamble for the past two summers. I love online shopping, dancing, trying new food & finding new music to listen to. I look forward to assisting new students in accomplishing their goals at Georgia Tech!