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.

Sofia Blasini

Hometown: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Class: Senior
Major: Industrial Engineering

was born in San Juan and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, where I grew to love the beach, "criollo" food, my friends and family, music and the arts, and the maths and sciences (don't most of us here at Tech after all?). My upbringing and my experiences have led me to where I am today: a fourth-year industrial engineering major in pursuit of a Certificate in Finance. Throughout my college career, I have been involved in GT-SHPE, Google BOLD Discovery Program, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), club volleyball, intramural sports, Consult Your Community (an organization that provides pro-bono consulting to local small businesses), and Undergraduate Consulting Club. I also studied abroad in Georgia Tech Lorraine. In regard to my professional experience, I have interned at Google in the Finance department and at GE Energy Management in the Information Technology department. During my senior year, I want to impart my knowledge to freshmen from diverse backgrounds and guide them to success at Tech. I am excited about what this new year has in store for us and am confident that we're going to make this one the best yet!

Caitlyn Britt

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

Hi! My name is Caitlyn Britt, and I am a third-year computer science major (People and Information-Internetworks Threads) from Lawrenceville, Georgia. On campus, I have been involved with For the Kids, Wreck Camp, KNIT Mentorship, Student Government Association, Well-Being Advocates, Georgia Tech Chapter of the National Society of Engineers, Lambda Delta Rho, intramurals, and more! I have also worked at Cisco Systems as an IT Engineer Intern, and studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain! For fun, I love to try new restaurants, visit art galleries/museums, go to festivals and concerts, sing karaoke, play sports, and travel. I am so excited to meet Georgia Tech’s newest students, and to help them find their home at the greatest institute in the land!

John Butler

Hometown: Phoenix City, Ala.
Class: Sophomore
Major: Civil Engineering

I am so excited to be an Edge Leader for the 2017-2018 year. I am a second-year, civil engineering major with a minor in Sustainable Cities who loves everything about Atlanta and cities in general. I love music (SZA, Beyonce, Isaiah Rashaad, and Lauryn Hill are definitely the wave), sustainability, intelligent conversations, food, and everything about Blackness. I am so eager and excited to help you out with your first year at Tech to get you that good GPA you need. Welcome to Georgia Tech!

Virgilio Capriles Prosperi

Hometown: Panama City, Panama
Class: Junior
Major: Industrial Engineering

My names is Virgilio Capriles, and I am originally from Panama City, Panama. I am currently a junior studying industrial engineering.

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!

Carolina Fernandez

Hometown: Bogotá, Colombia
Class: Senior
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Kuna Fortigo

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

Hello! My name is Kuna Fortingo, and I am a rising fourth-year biochemistry student with a minor in Spanish. I have had the privilege to be involved with many organizations and clubs on campus. Currently, I am an Edge Leader and work for housing as a supervisor for the Learning Assistance Program. I am community service chair of the Minority Association of Premedical students. I was a FASET staff member in 2016 as well as a Challenge Counselor in 2016. I am also a Wreck Camp Staff member. I have had the opportunity to perform academic research as well as study abroad in Spain. I have picked up an interest for outdoorsy things, like white water rafting, and I was on the rowing team my freshman year. I love to explore Atlanta and try new restaurants with my friends. If you have any questions about being pre-health, declaring a minor, research, academic help, or Georgia Tech in general never be afraid to ask me for help!

Cristina Guruceaga

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela 
Class: Senior 
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hi! My name is Cristina Guruceaga, and I am a senior at Georgia Tech studying mechanical engineering with a minor in technology and management. I am originally from Caracas, Venezuela but was raised in France. My family is now living in Miami, where I completed high school. I have been involved in OMED since my freshman year, and it has been one of the highlights of my time at Georgia Tech. It has not only introduced me to great mentors, but has also opened up my doors to internships, a network for academic support and community involvments. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to say hi. :)

Brandon Harris

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Class: Junior
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Hello! My name is Brandon Harris, and I am a junior chemical and biomolecular engineering student. I have a passion for mentoring and career development. Throughout my time at Georgia Tech, I have had the opportunity to complete four internships in multiple industries with companies like ExxonMobil, Georgia Pacific, and Eastman Chemical. I am currently doing research in the Christopher W. Jones Laboratory working on CO2 capture. If you have any questions or interests in doing research or interning, please feel free to reach out. I am looking forward to a great semester! My primary interests after graduation are in the chemicals, oil and gas, or consumer products industries.

Kierston Jackson

Hometown: Conyers, Ga.
Class: Senior
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

My name is Kierston Jackson, and I am currently a fourth-year chemical and biomolecular engineering major. I serve as the 2017-2018 Membership Chair for the Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers, and I am a colorguard instructor for Campbell High School. I also am a participant in the Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program from the Center for Engineering and Education Diversity. I have interned with Waccamaw Primary Care as a physicians shadow, Amputee-Brace Clinic as a custom orthotics production intern, and at Procter & Gamble as a process engineer in their largest manufacturing plant. For fun, I love to explore the hidden gems of Atlanta, and I am finding a new love for photography. My belief that there is beauty in every shape, color and size led me to participate in the Miss Black and Gold Pageant held by the Nu Mu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where I won the title of Miss Gold 2016-2017. I love to talk and share my experiences, both good and bad, because I believe that you can learn from every situation. If there is one thing that I have learned while at Georgia Tech, it is that your failures do not define you, and instead of being viewed as setbacks they should be viewed as the stepping stones that will propel you into a prosperous future. 

Manuela Jimenez

Hometown: 
Class: Junior
Major: Civil Engineering

I am a third-year civil engineer focusing in the construction field. I am part of the Society of Professional Engineers. I also enjoy all types of outdoor activities, especially getting to explore new places.

Milan Johnson

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

My name is Milan Johnson, and I am a third-year biomedical engineering major with a minor in social justice from Atlanta, Ga. My goal is to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. I am involved in the National Societies of Black Engineers, African American Student Union, Society of Women Engineers, and Black Women's Initiative. I love online shopping, dancing, watching TV ,reading, and eating. I also enjoy meeting new people and great conversation. I look forward to assisting new students in accomplishing their goals at Georgia Tech.

Jade Lewis

Hometown: Norcross, Ga.
Class: Senior
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Marina Matos Amaro da Silveira

Hometown: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Class: Junior
Major: Industrial Engineering

I am an industrial engineering major from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Since freshman year, I have been involved with the Brazilian Student Association, bringing Brazilian culture to campus. I’m also a part of PRIME Junior Enterprise, a new initiative at Georgia Tech which offers consulting services and provides us students the opportunity to practice the skills we’re learning in school through meaningful projects (okay, enough of the sales pitch). 

Sergio Sandoval

Hometown: San Diego
Class: Senior
Major: Aerospace Engineering

Gabriel Santana

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Class: Senior
Major: Industrial Engineering
  • Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity
  • GT 1000 Team Leader
  • GT Lorraine Study Abroad Summer 2016
  • General Electric Intern 
  • SGA Leadership Committee 
  • SCPC Comedy and Entertainment 
  • SHPE

Elisa Schrader

Hometown: Medellin, Colombia 
Class: Sophomore 
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Quinell Smith

Hometown: Belle Chasse, La.
Class: Junior
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hi! My name is Quinnell Smith, and I am a third-year mechanical engineering major with an industrial design minor here at Georgia Tech. I am from Belle Chasse, La., so New Orleans is very dear to my heart. On campus, I have been a member of and served on the executive boards for the Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers, African American Recruitment Team, Lambda Delta Rho, and Georgia Tech Dance Company. In the past year, I have completed a co-op rotation with GE Aviation as a quality engineer, and an internship with Caterpillar Inc. as a design engineer. In my free time, I love to draw and paint, dance, travel, volunteer, learn about different cultures, and meet new people. If you ever see me around on campus, feel free to say hello! I know that you will enjoy your first year at Georgia Tech, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Go Jackets!

Liana Syrkett

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

I am a second-year computer science major with a Spanish minor. I am passionate about community service an learning about cultures other than my own. I am excited to be able to spread this passion with new students.

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.

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!

Ching-Chi Tu

Hometown: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Class: Senior
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Hi! My name is Ching-Chi, and I’m a senior industrial engineering major. I’m from a Taiwanese-Hispanic background, and I absolutely LOVE food. I love making, looking, and talking about food. At the end of the day, I’m still a student, so I’ve been involved in the Residence Hall Association where I won "Vice President of the Year" my freshman year and served as a peer leader the following year. Professionally, I have worked at Coca-Cola and DHL. I also competed in Accenture’s national case competition where we were second place out of over 1,200 teams! All in all, Georgia Tech has been a helluva’ experience, and I can’t wait to share it with y’all! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat!

Joselyne Umubyeyi

Hometown: Kigali, Rwanda
Class: Senior
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Fun facts about me: I was born on a Wednesday (the third day of the week). I have three siblings. I have lived on three continents (Africa, North America, and Europe). I have lived in three countries (Rwanda, USA, and Ireland). I speak three languages (English, French, and KinyaRwanda).

Hobbies: Singing, bowling, and adventuring

Charles Van-Hein Sackey

Hometown: Elmina, Ghana
Class: Senior
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Hey good people! Charles here! I'm a senior chemical and biomolecular engineering major with a German minor from Elmina, Ghana. Georgia Tech has gifted me with many phenomenal experiences, which have had a holistic impact on my personality. From studying abroad in Germany to engaging in hydrogen fuel cell research, I always seek opportunities to etch out my unique path to success at Tech, while helping others along the road. As such, feel free to reach out to me with any and every question you have about Tech or life in general!

Lucas Zea Montes

Hometown: Barranquilla, Colombia
Class: Senior 
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial and Systems Engineering student strongly interested in computer science with concentration in machine learning and data science. I played tennis since I was eight years old and was ranked in the top 20 national ranking in various categories.