Challenge Counselors

Angelica Acevedo

Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Class: Sophomore
Major: Aerospace Engineering

Hi, my name is Angelica Acevedo, and I am a rising sophomore majoring in aerospace engineering. Last summer, I participated in OMED’s Challenge Program, and I currently hold a position as a Living Building Equity Champion the Center of Student Diversity and Inclusion. As a bilingual Puerto Rican, I am also involved in FresHRT where I help to recruit more Hispanics to come to Tech. During the spring semester, I was heavily involved in research in which we focused on cloud modeling through data fusion. In my free time, I enjoy doing yoga, meditating, running, and being in nature. I am looking forward to meeting the incoming Challenge class of 2022!

Faith Aisien

Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
Class: Sophomore
Major: Biomedical Engineering

My name is Faith Aisien, and I am a rising second year from Marietta, Georgia. I am a biomedical engineering major on a pre-health track, as I aspire to become a pediatrician. Due to my passion to help others, I joined the Freshman Servant Leadership Organization my first year, and I now serve as Recruitment Director. My other involvements at Tech include being a member of Student Government's Cultural and Diversity Affairs Committee as well as a member of MOVE’s Medical Assistance committee. In my free time I enjoy finding/listening to new music, playing viola, and exploring Atlanta! I look forward to a great summer and helping the Class of 2022!

Zivan Bholai

Hometown: Orlando, Fl.
Class: Senior
Major: Aerospace Engineering

Hi, my name is Zivan Bholai and I’m a 4th year aerospace engineer from Orlando, Florida. I enjoy adventurous activities such as hiking, kayaking and traveling, but also a plethora of sports such as soccer and basketball. I've had an internship with GE Aviation which I did 2 rotations for and now I will be working for Eaton this summer. Following my first internship I had participated Georgia Tech Lorraine during spring 2017. While I was there, I became the Bureau de Etudiants (BDE) president and also had the opportunity to visit 24 different cities from about 14 different countries. I can't wait to meet all the new Challenge students this year and show them how much GT has done for me!

DeLauryn Irie Brown

Hometown: Suwanee, Ga.
Class: Junior
Majors: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Hi! My name is DeLauryn Irie Brown, and I am a rising 3rd year Industrial and Systems engineering major here at Georgia Tech. Born in Atlanta and raised in Suwanee, Ga, I am an alumnus of Peachtree Ridge High School. Here on campus, I am an Resident Advisor in Crecine Residence Hall, involved in the National Society of Black Engineers, the African American Student Union, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Outside of school, my favorite activities are dance and gymnastics; in fact, I have been dancing with a local professional modern/contemporary company for the last year. As a Challenge Counselor I am excited to get to know you all and help you successfully emerge into student life at GT. Can't wait to meet you; we're going to have a great time!

Booker Farrior

Hometown: Furlong, Ga.
Class: Senior
Major: Electrical Engineering

Hey everyone, my name is Booker Farrior IV and I am a rising 4th year Electrical Engineering major from Furlong Pennsylvania. I participated in Challenge in 2015 and am very involved in and around campus. I'm a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., NSBE, and AASU, and I hold a job in the Division of Student Life in the Parent’s and Families Program office. In my free time I like hanging out with friends, playing soccer, watching anime and movies, playing music, and reading. Some of my main life goals include traveling the world and continually improving myself and others in everything I'm involved in. As a Challenge counselor I want to help the new Challenge class understand the basics of what it takes to succeed academically and socially at Tech and provide you all with a rewarding experience and insight I wish I had going into Tech. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you this Summer!

Brenna Fromayan

Hometown: Milton, Ga.
Class: Senior
Major: Industrial Engineering

Hello! My name is Brenna Fromayan and I'm a fifth year Industrial Engineer. In my time at Tech I've bounced around plenty of different roles trying to find my niche where I can help people using my engineering degree. I've served in student government, participated in the living learning community Grand Challenges, conducted healthcare research, and held multiple internships. I love exploring Atlanta and finding fun events like Yoga in the Park and the hanging out on the roof on Ponce City Market. I'm really passionate about education and I'm the cofounder of non-profit Stempower which brings STEM education to girls across the world. I'm an avid cook with a sweet tooth so there will always be some kind of dessert on our floor. I'm beyond excited to meet Challenge 2018 and kickstart their time at Tech!

Nicholas Grant

Hometown: Alexandria, Ga.
Class: Senior
Majors: Mechanical Engineering

Hi, I'm Nicholas Grant. I am a 4th year Mechanical Engineering major. I'm also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Upon graduating I plan to work towards my engineering license. I myself was a challenge participant in 2015. I have been involved in Lamda Delta Rho freshmen year as the secretary. I am a participant in the National Society of Black Engineers and the African American Student Union. I chose to be a counselor because of the great impact it had on me. My favorite sports are basketball and football, I'm a diehard Lakers and Saints fan. In my free time I like to learn new things, so this summer I am trying to learn how to play soccer. As a counselor, my job is to help you all be prepared for the fall semester and help you all learn how to navigate Georgia Tech. I'm excited to work with you all!

Abigail Gutierrez-Ray

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

Hi, my name is Abigail Gutierrez-Ray and I am an Electrical Engineering major from Woodstock, GA. I am involved in the Women's Recruitment Team at Tech and last semester I was involved with the Residence Hall Association and served as president of my hall council. My goal is to create an open and safe environment for students so that they feel supported and heard throughout their time at Georgia Tech. Some of my hobbies include volleyball, lettering, writing with cool pens, and playing guitar. I'm so excited to be apart of the class of 2022's lives and see how they grow.

Sin Henry

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Class: Junior
Major: Architecture

My name is Sin Henry and I am a fourth year Architecture Major originally from Brooklyn, New York. I attended a liberal arts school K-12 and I believe it was a pivotal point in shaping how I see the world because, surprisingly enough, we NEVER received grades. My family still wonders how I ended up here at a technical institute! While on campus, I have been a part of National Society of Minority Architecture Students as their previous Public Relations Chair, National Pan-Hellenic Council as their previous Parliamentarian and current President, and I am also currently the Vice President for my beloved sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. When I’m not wrapped up in the College of Design or my other responsibilities I am obsessed with watching anime and love to explore different places to eat. My dream is to get my Masters in Architecture and become part of the .03% of licensed black women architects in the world. I want to use my success to show girls of color, especially elementary and middle school age, that architecture is a career that they can pursue and excel in. I’m very excited for this summer!

Kennedy Houston

Hometown: Lawrenceville, Ga.
Class: Sophomore
Major: Computer Engineering

Hi, my name is Kennedy Houston, and I am a rising second-year student from Lawrenceville, Georgia. I am majoring in Computer Engineering, due to my profound interest in STEM topics. My hobbies include reading all kinds of books, watching Netflix and Hulu, discovering new music, and petting dogs. As far as Tech involvement, I was a member of Freshman Council during my first year, and I will be a Sophomore Advisor for the club starting in the fall. I am also a Diversity Ambassador for Tech. I am so looking forward to meeting and working with the class of 2022!

Devon Ingram

Hometown: Ypsilanti, Mi.
Class: Senior
Major: Math/Physics

I’m a fourth-year mathematics and physics double major originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan. I have been living in Duluth, Georgia for the past ten years, attending the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, and now Georgia Tech! I’m involved with the Big-O Theory Club and Society of Physics Students. My hobbies include playing chess, competitive Pokémon, and Starcraft 2. I have also been playing the piano for 14 years and percussion for eight years. I aim to pursue a Ph.D. and eventually obtain a faculty position, researching either low dimensional topology, geometric analysis, or algebraic geometry. 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.

Aldric Koolman

Hometown: Daphne, Al.
Class: Junior
Major: Industrial Design

My name is Aldric Koolman, and I am a rising third-year Industrial Design major from Daphne, Alabama. Although I’m from the south, I have studied in a variety of places, including Manchester, England; Liberia, Costa Rica; and Puebla, Mexico. Last semester I served as Vice President of Community Outreach for the Hispanic Recruitment Team and became one of the newest members of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc.’s Lambda Delta Chapter where I now currently serve as Historian. I enjoy playing tennis, photo editing, and taking that dub at Fortnite. You’ll probably catch me watching Game of Thrones or Rick and Morty and listening to WizKid. I’m excited to connect with GT’22.

Debora Nya

Hometown: Acworth, Ga.
Class: Junior
Major: Biomedical Engineering

My name is Debora Nya, but most people just call me Debbie. I am a rising third-year biomedical engineering student from Acworth, GA. On campus, I have been involved in the African Student Association and Stamps Health Ambassadors. This past year, I was the vice president of Lambda Sigma Honor Society, a teaching assistant for CS 1371, and a volunteer at Grady Hospital. After Tech, I plan on going to medical school to become a radiologist. Some of the things I like to do include watching DC shows, eating, and playing ping pong. I am really excited to get to know everyone this summer!

Maria Padilla Fuentes

Challenge Counselor
Hometown: Cartagena, Colombia
Class: Junior
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.

Harrison Skelton

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

Hi, my name is Harrison Skelton, a third-year chemistry 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, attending concerts around the city, roller skating, and watching television. I look forward to Challenge 2017 and meeting and helping the class of 2021!

Dami Taiwo

Hometown: Tyrone, Ga.
Class: Senior
Major: Biochemistry

Hello! My name is Oludamilola "Dami" Taiwo, and I am a fourth-year biochemistry major under the pre-health concentration. I love learning about organic chemical synthesis and medical drug delivery, as well as learning Mandarin and playing basketball. At Tech, I have been with OMED as a former challenge student in 2015, and a part of American Medical Student Association, Peer-Led Undergraduate Sessions, Center of Engineering and Education Diversity, and the Honors Program. I hope to learn all about of your interests and help you succeed in Challenge this summer!

Nathaniel Sharper

Hometown: Augusta, Ga.
Class: Junior
Majors: Nuclear and Radiological Engineering

My name is Nathaniel Sharper, I go by Trevon. I am a rising third-year nuclear and radiological engineering student. I am a military child, so I have lived all around, but I went to high school in Augusta, Georgia. I participated in Hall Council as Secretary, was the co-fundraising chair of Lambda Delta Rho, and was a resident assistant last year at Georgia Tech Lorraine. I am also part of the community outreach committee of the African American Student Union and participate in Hands on Future Tech. I enjoy playing sports, lifting, watching movies, and spending time with friends. I look forward to meeting all the incoming students this summer!

Connor Vizon

Hometown: Lawrenceville, Ga
Class: Sophomore
Major: Materials Science and Engineering

Hi! My name is Connor Vizon, and I am a rising second-year Industrial and Systems Engineering major from Lawrenceville, Georgia, where I attended Grayson High School. I am a part of Theta Xi and am also a rower for Georgia Tech, as well as a regular at the Georgia Tech Catholic Center. Additionally, I am a part of FASET staff! A fun fact about me: I can solve a Rubik's cube in less than 40 seconds. Congratulations about getting into Tech, I'm so excited to meet each and every one of you!

Davy Waku

Hometown: Lyon, France
Class: Sophomore 
Major: Computer Science

Bonjour! My name is Davy Waku, I'm a second year Computer Science major. I lived in France for most of my life, but I now live in Lawrenceville, GA. At Georgia Tech, I work as a Student Assistant in the College of Computing, I am also involved in the Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers, the GT Barbell Club, and Grey H@T. Additionally, I am a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. I can't wait to help with GT22 embark on their college journey!

Mack Wilson

Hometown: Ridgeland, Ms.
Class: Sophomore
Major: Computational Media

Hello! My name is McKennley Wilson. I am a second-year Computational Media major from Mississippi who is hoping to specialize in artificial intelligence and augmented reality. I work as a student ambassador for both the College of Computing and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, assisting in the coordination of recruiting events and implementation campus-wide initiatives. In my free time, I perform improvisational comedy around Atlanta as a part of Georgia Tech's premier improv troupe, Let's Try This! I am also involved in various other clubs and organizations. I'm looking forward to helping incoming students explore and fall in love with Tech!