Challenge Counselors

Angelica Acevedo

Hometown: Orlando, Fl.
Class: Junior
Majors: Environmental Engineering

Hi, my name is Angelica Acevedo, and I am a rising third-year student majoring in environmental engineering. I have been both a Challenge participant and a Challenge counselor in my last two summer here at Tech. I currently hold a position as a Living Building Equity Champion, where I focus on the fusion of equity and sustainability within the Kendeda Building currently being constructed on Tech's campus. I am also a Goizueta scholar, which allows me to be an active member of the Latinx community. My freshman year, I did research with NASA, which focused on cloud modeling through data fusion. In my free time, I love traveling, hiking, running, practicing meditation, and being in nature. I look forward to meeting the incoming Challenge class of 2023! I hope to help you grow and prepare for an exciting new journey in your life.

Delauryn Brown

Hometown: Suwanee, Ga.
Class: Senior
Major: Computational Media

Hello! I am DeLauryn Brown, a 4th-year Computational Media major from the metro-Atlanta suburbs. I have had the privilege of being both a participant in the 2016 Challenge program and a Counselor for the 2018 Challenge program. On campus, I am currently the Treasurer of the Xi Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a Computational Media Student Ambassador, and I just completed 2 years of being a Resident Advisor for the GT Housing community. Outside of school, I am a professional dancer and recently performed in the first annual production, SKID, by Komansé Dance Theater at the Ferst Center. When I have free time, I enjoy listening to music, going to concerts and festivals, reading books, watching documentaries, and making memories with my friends. Additionally, I am super excited to meet and get to know you all this summer! Wishing you all the best on the start of your journey at Georgia Tech!

Samuel Brown

Hometown: Tyrone, Ga.
Class: Senior
Major: Business Administration

Hello! My name is Samuel Brown and I’m a 5th year Business Administration major from Tyrone, Georgia. I'm pretty involved on campus; I've been a member of several clubs and organizations such as the Freshman Council, the African American Student Union, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council. My favorite things to do in my spare time include reading, hanging with friends, and trying new food. The Challenge program was a great experience for me, and I’m looking forward to meeting the new Challenge class of 2019!

Tino Castro

Hometown: Mableton, Ga
Class: Junior
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hi ! My name is Laurentino Castro and I am a rising 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. Last semester, I had the opportunity to serve as Vice-President of Community Outreach 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 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 incoming freshmen and having a great time!

Taylor Chevalier

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

 I am a rising third-year Biomedical Engineering student from Lawrenceville, GA, and a student of Challenge Class of 2017. I’ve also been a member of the Yellow Jacket Marching Band and the Georgia Tech Drumline since freshman year; this Fall starts my third year with the band and my first as a section leader for the Front Ensemble. As of Spring 2019, I am a neophyte sister of the band service sorority Tau Beta Sigma. My main hobbies include music, musical arrangement, culinary arts, and Hulu. I am very excited to work with the Class of 2023!

Meghan Dietrich

Hometown: Milledgeville, Ga.
Class: Senior
Major: Psychology

Hi everyone, I’m Meghan Dietrich. I’m a rising senior studying psychology (health and medical sciences minor) and hope to go to physical therapy school when I graduate!! This will be my second summer as a challenge counselor and I can’t wait to meet you all! Here at Tech, I work with first year students as a Peer Leader and volunteer with mental health, well-being, and sexual violence prevention services. I’ve also been involved in undergraduate research for the past three years and have been a teaching assistant as well, so I can answer any questions you might have about either of those! I love playing and watching soccer/football/basketball, playing piano/clarinet/guitar, and playing with kids! This is going to be a great summer :D

Stephan Dupont

Hometown: Lake Worth, Fl.
Class: Junior
Major: Civil Engineering

Hi, my name is Stephan Dupont. I am a rising third year from Lake Worth, Florida. I am studying civil engineering with a Global Engineering Leadership track and minor in Spanish. I’m a peer advisor for the Office of International Education, where I talk to students interested in studying abroad about my experience on the Barcelona Fall Program last year. I’m also a part of the Georgia Tech Solar Initiative, which is trying to bring renewable energy to Haiti. I was a part of Challenge in 2017, and it was one of one of my favorite experiences at Tech so far. I hope that as a counselor I can help everyone succeed and become proud and determined yellow-jackets this summer!

Max Ferandez

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

Hi! My name is Max Fernandes, and I'm a rising second year Electrical Engineering major from Tucker, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. Around campus, I work as an OMED tutor and I am also a member of
the Georgia Tech marching band. When I have free time, I usually spend it reading, playing Minecraft, playing with Rubik's cubes, watching anime, or just passing time with friends in general. Last summer I took part in Challenge 2018, and it's been one of my favorite experiences here at Tech. I'm really looking forward to meeting and working with the new Yellow Jackets of the class of 2023!

Kusona Fortingo

Hometown: Lawrenceville, Ga.
Class: Junior
Majors: 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. My first year I was in the living-learning community SHARP and Challenge 2017. I’m currently an executive member for Minority Association of Premedical students, and volunteer as an Excel Mentor for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Off campus, I volunteer at the Emory Winship Cancer Institute and engage in child autism research. In my free time, I love exploring the city, working out, and the occasional run. I’m a Pinterest fiend so I’m always trying new recipes and hope to share some with you all! I am looking forward to meeting and working with the class of 2023!

Louis Grady

Hometown: Covington, Ga.
Class: Sophomore
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hey, my name is Louis Grady. I am a 2nd year Mechanical engineering major from Covington, GA. I actually participated in the Challenge last summer. Around campus, I am a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, African American Male Initiative, and I was previously an Edge mentee. I also work with the Alumni Association and the Ticket Office during the school year. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing tennis, watching movies, and reading. As a challenge counselor, I want to help you all be prepared for your first semester at Georgia Tech by sharing what it takes to be successful and my personal experiences. I'm looking forward to meeting you all!

Ski Ingurgio

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

My name is Ski Ingurgio, and I'm a second-year computer science major. I was born in Oklahoma, and graduated high school in Columbus, Georgia. I’m really interested in artificial intelligence and how machine learning can be leveraged to make new things possible. While my hobbies are mostly relaxing through Netflix, music, or just sleeping, most of my time goes into being a part of the Residence Hall Association and the Yellow Jacket Marching Band. Last summer I was a student in the Challenge program, and I thought it was an amazing program for me, so I’m looking forward to being a counselor for Challenge 2019 and helping you guys have just as great an experience!

Nema Jawara

Hometown: Riverdale, Md.
Class: Senior
Major: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

My name is Nematou Jawara. I usually go by Nema for short. I am a rising 5th year studying Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. I was born in Sierra Leone and raised in Prince Georges County, MD. I was also a member of Challenge 2015. On campus I am involved with Georgia Tech's Student Ambassadors, African Student Association and NSBE. I recently started my own lash extension business and plan on one day opening my own beauty bar. I also enjoy reading, listening to music and traveling during my free time. I can't wait to meet you all and I look forward to an amazing summer!

Cameron King

Hometown: Tyrone, Ga.
Class: Junior
Major: Materials Science & Engineering

Hi my name is Cameron King and I’m a third year Materials Science and Engineering major from Tyrone, Georgia. I have an interest in R&D and I am currently researching optoelectronic materials with GTRI. On campus I am a staff member with the Materials Innovation and Learning Laboratory (MILL) and a member of NSBE. This past fall I studied abroad at Georgia Tech Lorraine and had the opportunity to visit 7 countries in Europe. My favorite things to do around campus are running the Pi mile trail, eating at Amelie’s and taking photos of friends. I’m looking forward to meeting the Challenge class of 2019 and helping y’all succeed at Tech and transition into Yellow Jackets!

Zion Martell

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

Hello! My name is Zion Martell,  I am a rising second-year Environmental Engineering major from Marietta, Georgia. I am a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, and the Georgia Tech Chamber Choir. I am also involved with the Christian Campus Fellowship and was a member of the Freshman Servant Leadership Organization this past year. I enjoy singing, writing, and making my own music, and I also have a heavy interest in global development and sustainability, and I am working towards providing clean water to developing countries and regions. My very first residential experience with Georgia Tech was participating in the Challenge Program last year, and it opened up a world of opportunities and exposure to campus. To the Class of 2023, congratulations, welcome, and I cannot wait to meet you! You have a life-changing experience ahead of you

Dorien Minor

Hometown: Port Republic, Md.
Class: Sophomore
Major: Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Hello! My name is Dorien Minor, and I am a rising second-year majoring in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. I participated in OMED’s Challenge program last summer and am excited to share the same wealth of knowledge that imparted by those before me. On campus, I am an avid member of the African American Student Union, Association for Environmental Engineers and Scientists, and the Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers. Due to my interest in meteorology and nature, I am also a member of the Georgia Tech Storm Club (part of the American Meteorological Society), and I create weather forecasts and science vlogs on various platforms. Outside of school and career, I enjoy playing basketball, playing the piano and percussion, eating, and spending time with friends. I can’t wait to meet all of the new Challenge students this year; welcome to Georgia Tech!

Chika Okonkow

Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.
Class: Senior
Major: Computer Science

Hi! My name is Chika Okonkwo and I am a 5th year student studying computer Science with focuses in People x Media. I was born and raised in Georgia, a little bit outside Atlanta. I was also a part of the Challenge 2015 class. On campus, I am involved in a myriad of organizations. Most recently, I've served as the VP of Finance and Partnerships for Girls Who Code, Academic Excellence Chair for NSBE, student assistant in the College of Computing, Membership Chair for revive, and a member of the club Tennis team. In my free time, I love to travel, read and watch movies, act, design and hang out with my friends. I am really looking forward to meeting you all and helping you begin your journey at Georgia Tech! Congrats on everything thus far Class of 2023!

Jadon Pauling

Hometown: Snellville, Ga.
Class: Sophomore
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hi, my name is Jadon Pauling and I’m a rising second year Mechanical Engineering major. I am from Snellville, Georgia and an alumni of Brookwood High School. I participated in the Challenge program in 2018 and am very involved on campus. I am a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., the National Society of Black Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, African American Male Initiative, AASU, and Student Alumni Association. I chose to be a Challenge counselor because of how amazing my Challenge experience was when I was a freshman. I wanted the incoming freshmen to have the same amount of fun and experience that I had. In my free time I like to play the saxophone, play sports (especially soccer), and watch movies. I’m so excited to meet the new class of 2023 Challenge students and help them navigate and overcome the rigors of Georgia Tech!

Jeniveve Vaia

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

Hello! My name is Jeniveve Vaia and I am a second-year Computer Engineering major from Smyrna, Georgia. You can find me on campus working at the Materials Innovation and Learning Laboratory where I serve as an Assistant Chief Technical Officer in 3D printing. I also am involved as a Sustainable Undergraduate Research Fellow and as a member of Alpha Gamma Delta. When I have free time, I love to play guitar, attend concerts, swim, and watch Netflix. I look forward to Challenge 2019 and helping the class of 2023!

Michael Zimmerman Lemus

Hometown: Brookline, Ma.
Class: Sophomore
Major: Aerospace Engineering

My name is Michael Zimmerman Lemus, and I am a rising second year aerospace engineer from Brookline, MA, which is just outside of Boston. My first experience at Georgia Tech was being a part of the Challenge Program of Summer 2018. While a first year at GT, I became involved with a variety of organizations on campus. I'm currently a tour guide for the Office of Admissions, a member of the Hispanic Recruitment Team and am also a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity chapter on campus. In my free time, I like to run, explore downtown, and find new places to grub in Atlanta. Congratulations on your acceptance into Georgia Tech, and welcome to the Yellow Jacket family!