Challenge Counselors

Christian Arnett

Hometown: Americus, Ga.
Class: Junior
Majors: Electrical Engineering

I'm a rising 3rd year Electrical Engineering Major from Americus, Georgia. I graduated high school in Ellaville, Georgia. I enjoy playing basketball, video games, and watching anime.

Naomi Davis

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Class: Sophomore
Majors: Business Administration

Hey! My name is Naomi Davis and I am a rising 2nd year Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. I am currently the Historian for Georgia Tech’s Society of Black Engineers and Co-Marketing Chair for Sports Business Club. My favorite things to do include playing any type of sports (mostly tennis and basketball) and making music! I enjoyed my Challenge so much and I can’t wait to meet all of you!

Morgan Knowlton

Hometown: Fayetteville, Ga.
Class: Senior
Majors: Industrial Engineering

Hello! My name is Morgan Knowlton, and I am fifth-year Industrial Engineering student at Georgia Tech. I am also studying for a minor in Engineering & Business, and I have completed two data-focused internships for the resorts at Walt Disney World. Four years later, I still attribute my academic and networking success to the foundational skills that I learned at Challenge. You have made an excellent decision to enroll in Challenge, and I am very excited to meet you! Go jackets!

Tanya Mbugua

Hometown: Decatur, Ga.
Class: Junior
Majors: Business Administration

Hi loves! My name is Tanya Mbugua and I am a rising 3rd year in Business Administration. I was originally born in Nairobi, Kenya, and came to America when I was just two years old. Currently, at Tech, I serve as a Co-facilitator of the Black Women's Community Circle under the Women's Resource Center as well as the Event Coordinator for our school's chapter of HerCampus. One thing about me is that I am convinced that astrology is real, and you can't convince me otherwise! I'm a Leo and that should say a lot for itself lol. I participated in Challenge 2018, so I KNOW how much you will enjoy and benefit from it.
I am SO excited to meet you guys and I can't wait to get to know you all!

Christopher McCrary

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Class: Sophomore
Majors: Architecture

What's up? My name is Christopher and I'm a rising second-year student studying Architecture here at Tech. On campus, I'm a part of the Black Student Recruitment Team, and I will also be a sophomore advisor for Lambda Delta Rho next year. Outside of class, I enjoy listening to music, photography, and hanging out with my friends. I did Challenge if the summer of 2019 and it was one of the most fun-filled experiences I've ever had. Challenge helped me a lot with making friends and getting familiar with the courseload at Tech, as well as introducing me to many academic resources to help me be the best student I can be. I'm hoping I can be a part of your Challenge experience and help make this one of the best Challenge programs ever!

Erwin Nana Nkwedjeu

Hometown: Yaounde, Cameroon
Class: Senior
Majors: Aerospace Engineering

Hello everyone, my name is Erwin Nana, and I am a rising fourth-year Aerospace Engineering major from Cameroon. During my time here at Georgia Tech, I was an undergraduate researcher at Tech's combustion laboratory; and, I have participated and served executive roles for a number of organizations including the African Student Association (ASA), Lambda Sigma, Georgia Tech's Society of Black Engineers (GTSBE), the Student Government Association (SGA), and Georgia Tech's marching and concert bands. Outside of school, I enjoy running, dancing, playing the clarinet, and playing tennis. I participated in Challenge 2017, and I still have an active network of colleagues and friends that I have made from the program. I aspired to be a Challenge counselor mainly to prepare Challenge 2020 students for the academic rigor that Tech is well known for. I plan to project some my skills and techniques for academic success to this incoming class, and also help them navigate and exploit some of the resources that Georgia Tech has to offer. I am looking forward to meeting and working with the Challenge class of 2020. Go Jackets!

Jasmine Ramirez

Hometown: Kingsland, Ga.
Class: Sophomore
Majors: Chemical Engineering

Hi, I'm Jasmine Ramirez a rising second-year majoring in Chemical Engineering (biotech option) with a minor in Spanish! On-campus, I have the opportunity to work in undergraduate research as well with Serve Learn Sustain as a student photographer. I am also involved with the WREK Student Radio as the Studio director, the Hispanic Recruitment Team as the VP of Communications, and greek life. I enjoy making excessive amounts of playlists on Spotify, photography, and sight-seeing. Challenge 2019 really helped me become acquainted with Georgia Tech campus/life and I hope that you all will let me share my failures, achievements, and resources to help you have a great introduction to being a Yellow Jacket!

Ricardo Rivera

Hometown: Chatsworth, Ga.
Class: Sophomore
Majors: Biomedical Engineering

What's up everyone, my name is Ricardo Rivera and I am a rising second year majoring in Biomedical Engineering. I come from a small town in north Georgia called Chatsworth, where I worked as a part-time contractor. On campus, I am mostly involved with some of the clubs that revolved around BME. I would also love to attend events that would help shape a better community. On my free time, I watch anime, play video games, and stream(wow what a nerd). Through my time in the Challenge program, I realized all nerds are welcome since chances are you will find other with the same interest. I made long-lasting memories and friendships through this program, and I really hope all of you will too! I am looking forward to seeing what all the new members will bring this year, and I cannot wait to help guide you through it! Go Jackets!

Harrison Skelton

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Class: Senior
Majors: Computational Media

Hey my name is Harrison Skelton. I am a 5th year computational media major from Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to being a challenge counselor, I've had campus involvements in the African American Student Union (AASU), Diversity Ambassadors, Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers (GTSBE), Edge program in OMED, and the College of Computing's k-12 education programs. I've been professionally dancing for about 3 years and I enjoy playing outside, listening to music, watching tv, and trying new things. I am so excited to meet and work with you all this summer.

Alaika Suffrena

Hometown: McDonough, Ga.
Class: Junior
Majors: Chemical Engineering

My name is Alaika Suffrena and I am a rising third-year Chemical Engineering major from McDonough, Ga. From my time here at Tech, I’ve participated in many semester programs, such as Taste of Africa, hair show, Miss Black and Gold pageant, LEAD coach program, and more. I enjoy being a member of GIFTED (God’s Influence Flowing Through Every Disciple) an on-campus ministry that serves the community by singing and spreading God’s love through community service. I’ve studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain, and had the chance to experience a new culture. I chose to be a summer 2020 Challenge counselor to share my experiences, mistakes, and knowledge with the next class so you can be successful. There are a lot of challenges and opportunities here at Tech and I am here to help you in any way I can. I hope you are proud to be a Ramblin’ Wreck and ready to make history this summer. Super excited to meet you all!!

Miyang Tamanji

Hometown:Cumming, Ga.
Class: Sophomore
Majors: Biomedical Engineering

Hey y'all!!! I am a rising second year biomedical engineering student, and I am currently an LDR Sophomore advisor, an EDGE leader, and a member of Lambda Sigma and NSBE. Outside of class, I love traveling, anime, fitness, and soccer. My favorite country I have been to is Costa Rica or Italy, my favorite anime is My Hero Academia or Demon Slayer, and my favorite soccer team is Real Madrid or Atlanta United! Even though Georgia Tech can be challenging, this school presents so many opportunities and has a wonderful community! I am so excited for this year's Challenge, and I cannot wait to see y'all grow. See you guys soon!