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.

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.

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.

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!

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!