Meet Edge Leader Brandon Harris

How are you connected to the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (CSDI)?

I participated in Destination Tech and Challenge in 2014, and I am now a mentor for OMED’s Edge program.

What advice would you give to students on succeeding academically at Georgia Tech? 

The key to success at Georgia Tech is persistence and the ability to utilize the many resources Georgia Tech has to offer.

What advice would you give to students on acclimating socially to Georgia Tech? 

Be open to new experiences and opportunities. You never know how someone or something can positively impact you.

Where have you worked while at Georgia Tech, and what did you enjoy about that experience? 

Throughout my time at Georgia Tech, I have had the opportunity to complete four internships with three different companies in a variety of industries. Prior to my freshman year, I participated in OMED’s Challenge program and was one of more than 70 freshman to receive a summer internship from Eastman Chemical, who was a Challenge sponsor.

I was then able to obtain a co-op position with ExxonMobil during my first semester of my freshman year making me the first freshman to ever be recruited by ExxonMobil from Georgia Tech. I have completed two co-op terms at ExxonMobil, one in their chemicals division and one in their refining and supply division.

Then, I was able to obtain an internship with Georgia-Pacific working as an internal consultant. This was an amazing experience as I had the opportunity to travel around the United States starting up corporate projects. All of these experiences have allowed me to gain a holistic view of several different industries. One reason why I chose to become a chemical engineer is due to the versatility of the major. Chemical engineering will allow me to explore numerous different industries in order to get a better understanding for what I would like to do upon graduation. I have had the opportunity to explore research and development with Eastman Chemical. I explored both the chemicals and refining industries with ExxonMobil.

Finally, I have a better understanding of both the consumer products industry and consulting from my experience with Georgia-Pacific.

What has been your favorite Georgia Tech experience? 

My favorite Georgia Tech experience is definitely being a mentor. I am a mentor for OMED’s Edge program as well as a mentor for the ChBE mentor program. Throughout my time mentoring, I had the opportunity to learn from my mentees while watching them develop and succeed.

What are you involved with on campus, and why?

  • OMED’s Edge program, Georgia Tech’s ChBE mentor program, ChBE ExxonMobil graduate mentor program, and Leading Edge one-on-one leadership coaching: I have a passion for mentoring and helping others.
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow: I find career development intriguing.
  • Undergraduate Research in the Christopher W. Jones Laboratory: I enjoy investigating cutting-edge technologies.

What has been your study abroad experience while at Georgia Tech?

I plan to study abroad in London during summer 2019.