Student Spotlight – Quirtina Crittenden


Quirtina Crittenden

4th Year, Business Administration, Marketing

Hometown: Conyers, GA

How have you connected to OMED?

I participated in Challenge 2010, which helped me tremendously in transitioning into college life and exceeding during my freshman year. I then became a peer tutor and was a Challenge Counselor twice (2011 and 2012).

What advice would you give to students on succeeding academically?

Learn good time management and prioritization as quickly as possible. A lot of academic success lies in knowing how to utilize your time wisely, especially when dealing with extracurricular activities, work, and your social life.  

What advice would you give to students on acclimating socially?

Get involved! Find an organization that piques your interests and become active in it. A lot of great relationships are fostered this way.

Where have you co-opped/interned/worked, and what did you enjoy about that experience?

This past summer, I interned at Images USA, a media marketing agency owned by a GT alumnus. I got to work hands-on with some major clients (namely, KFC and VIBE Magazine), launching a social media campaign and coordinating on-site executions here in Atlanta and Las Vegas. It was a great experience because I felt that I was a real part of the team and was able to actually see the results from the work that I put in.

What has been your favorite Georgia Tech experience?

To this day, my favorite Georgia Tech experience is still Challenge 2010. We made so many memories!

What are you involved with on campus and why?

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., GT Student Ambassadors, and the Student Alumni Association. I joined SAA my freshman year and got involved right away. I spent two years on the leadership team, and it has given me an opportunity to connect with and be mentored by some great GT alumni. This encouraged me to join GT Student Ambassadors, which allows me to represent Georgia Tech as an official host at major alumni and sporting events and as a tour guide for official GT guests, which has been one of my best experiences here. I became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha in Fall 2013, which has allowed me to have a true sisterhood and provide service to my community.

What type of leader are you?

I am a “lead by doing” type of leader. If I am over a team/committee, I delegate tasks; however, I still actively engage in every aspect of whatever project we are doing.

Share your study abroad experience

I studied abroad in Spring 2012 at the University of Leeds in Leeds, England. It was a culture shock, but I had a great experience and got to travel to some great places, including France and Italy.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

Marketing or Consulting.

Each week, OMED will profile students who are succeeding academically, displaying leadership skills and impacting Georgia Tech. If you know a student we should highlight, please email



Message from OMED’s Director – Cynthia Moore

The New Cynthia (2)



OMED staff offices have temporarily relocated to Tech Tower  by Highland Bakery on the ground floor (go through the double doors, we are the first door on the right).

What you will find in Tech Tower:  Free printing, computer lab, and other resources.

What you will find in Clough #489: Computer lab and tutoring

Tutoring will take place in Clough #489 from 5-10pm and from 6-10pm in Clough #278.

Continue to read the Weekly E-Blast for updates


Black History Month – Firsts at Georgia Tech

In recognition of Black History Month, OMED: Educational Services would like to acknowledge students, faculty and staff who paved the way at Georgia Tech:

Dr. Archie Ervin – First Vice President for Institute Diversity



Dr. Augustine Esogbue – First Black faculty member (1972)

Ralph A. Long Jr., Lawrence Williams and Ford C. Greene return to campus.

Ralph A. Long, Jr., Lawrence Williams, Ford C. Greene – The three first enrolled Black students (1961)

Dr. Gary May – First Black alumnus department chair (2006) BEE ’85, first African-Americana to be a member of the President’s Cabinet, and first Black dean of the College of Engineering

Stephanie Ray – First Black associate dean/director of Diversity Programs in Student Affairs

Dr. Jacqueline Jones Royster, Dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, becomes the first African-American dean at Georgia Tech

Cedric Stallworth – First Black “Mr. Georgia Tech” (1995)

Kenn Walker – First Black President’s Scholar

Rev. Enoch Ward – First to integrate Housing

Dr. Dorothy Yancy – First Black faculty member (1972)

Ronald Yancey – First Black graduate of Georgia Tech (1965)

Please click here for a complete list of Pioneers. 

OMED Corporate Sponsor Profile – Bechtel

Bechtel Bechtel logoCompany Name: Bechtel Corporation

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Job opportunity locations: San Francisco, CA; Glendale, Arizona; Houston, Texas; Reston, Virginia; Fredrick, Maryland; Pueblo, Colorado; Richland, Washington; Various project sites around the US

Career website:

Company description: 

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, procurement, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right — no matter how big, how complex, or how remote the project. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation; communications and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas and chemicals; and government services. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 22,000 projects in 140 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 employees team with customers, partners and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 50 countries.

Who should students contact if they would like more information about your company?

What majors do you hire?

Engineering, Supply Chain, Computer Science, Management Information Systems

Do you have opportunities for graduate students?

Limited to Masters in Civil Engineering and majors related to Construction Management

Do you provide internship and/or co-op opportunities?


What is your company’s perspective on diversity and inclusion?

It is part of our Bechtel Core Values

Please describe your relationship with Georgia Tech and OMED.

We are a Executive Partner with Georgia Tech and have been a supporter and sponsor of OMED.  Our engagement has been since roughly 2009.  Our latest activity has been building a partnership with the Challenge Program.

Student Spotlight – Nicole Cohen

Nicole Cohen headshotNicole Cohen

Third Year, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

How have you connected to OMED?

I’ve been involved with OMED since my freshman year. I was assigned a team coach during my first year, I’ve taken advantage of the tutoring opportunities from the very beginning and now I’m a team coach for the OMED Team Coach program.

What advice would you give to students on succeeding academically?

I’d say that the best skill you can have to succeed academically is time management. Students that come to Tech usually were really involved in their high schools and want to keep it that way. I definitely recommend getting involved, but classes always come first. Know how much time you need to put into each class, ask for help, study in groups and go to office hours and all the tutoring opportunities available on campus!

What advice would you give to students on acclimating socially?

Come prepared to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds. You’ll have the opportunity to meet people from many different places, so take advantage of this because there’s a lot you can gain! Also, make sure you find a group of people that you feel comfortable and identify with (maybe a student organization).

Where have you co-opped/interned/worked, and what did you enjoy about that experience?

I interned this past summer in Empresas Polar, which is the largest food and beverage company in Venezuela. I enjoyed the working environment, being able to work back home and get exposure to the working environment.

What has been your favorite Georgia Tech experience?

Snowpocalypse (part I and part II)

What are you involved with on campus and why?

I’ve been involved in many organizations. I played for Georgia Tech’s Women Soccer Club during my freshman year, I was social chair for both the Hispanic Recruitment Team (HRT) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (GT-SHPE). As I mentioned before, I’m currently a team coach for the OMED Team Coach Program and I’m also the Internal Vice-President for SHPE. I find really rewarding being involved outside of the classroom. I’ve been able to give advice to new students and share my experiences.

What type of leader are you?

I’d say I’m a committed leader. Whenever I join an organization or group my goal is to make a difference. I work really hard toward my goals and I put a lot of effort and commit a lot of time to it.

If applicable, share your study abroad experience.


What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I’m not sure in which industry I want to work when I graduate. I’ve had experience in the Supply Chain industry, this summer I’ll be interning in the Finance industry. I’m trying to get the most working experience I can to figure out what I want to do when I graduate. One thing I’m sure: I want to grow in the company I work for and in the long-term I want to start my own business.