Meet Our Women Engineering Students

Tyler Rice
Biomedical Engineering
Tracey Dinh
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Alyssa Whitlock
Aerospace Engineering
Morgan Watt
Materials Science Engineering
Tyler Rice
Biomedical Engineering

Where are you from and why did you choose Georgia Tech?

I am from Jacksonville, Florida. The reason I choose Tech was because it has one of top programs for engineering. Also for my major, Biomedical Engineering, it is in the top three for the past several years. 

Why did you choose your major?

I have always wanted to help people, and I thought I wanted to be a doctor but as a I grew older I found out that was not for me. What made me really get into Biomedical Engineering though was a teacher of mine who is a quadriplegic, and watching him struggle to do daily task was heartbreaking. I use to help him eat his lunch during my lunch and free period. And I thought to myself that I would like to help people like him to have an easier life. What made me pick Biomedical Engineering was because I wanted to help those whose life may be hard because of disabilities, and help develop something that could make life and certain activities easier for them.  

What are you working on?

In my BMED 2300 class my group and I are working on developing a knee replacement that will last longer than what is currently out on the market. We are considering having it where the bone will start to grow on the metal of the replacement so that it does not deteriorate as quickly and will not need to be replaced as often. 

My favorite club on campus is WREK Radio. It is a lot of fun playing music live on the radio, and also listening to all the different kinds of music. I also work at the radio as a Sports Broadcaster, and help with making sure that the sports are played live on our station during the games.

What do you like best about GT?

I love the atmosphere of Tech. The students and facility are always willing to help out if there is a problem, and they want you to do your best and are very encouraging. I have met so many interesting and different people and I feel blessed to go to school where there are so many different cultures that live on campus. 

What do you hope to do in the future?

I hope after Tech to go into industry and work on the Research and Development side of a company and to better current products, or make new ones that work better than the current ones. What area I would really like to work on would be Neurology and develop a product that would help those with back problems.   

Tracey Dinh
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Where are you from and why did you choose Georgia Tech?

I am from Woodstock, GA. Georgia Tech has always appealed to me because of its academic distinction and highly respected engineering program. I love that Tech is a challenge. It upholds a high academic rigor and expects excellence from its students, but at the same time it provides so many resources and community support for students to achieve this excellence. Georgia Tech is overflowing in opportunities in research, coop, study abroad, etc. I am so grateful to be at a school that truly invests in its students.

Why did you choose your major?

I love the combination of science and math. Chemical engineering specifically stood out to me because of its broad work opportunities. While still narrowing down my career choices, I know my options range all types of industries from oil and energy to pharmaceutical and research. I also enjoy the integration of application and theory that is involved in the chemical engineering problem solving.

What are you working on?

I just returned from a co-op term with Kimberly-Clark Health Care. During my 7 month work term, I gained so much real world experience in two different KC plants. As a process engineering co-op, I wrote and executed process validations for new product manufacturing/production. I really enjoyed learning about the different manufacturing processes and working alongside so many interesting and supporting professionals. Back on campus, I am involved in Connect with Tech, SWE, AIChe, and Students for Life.

What do you like best about GT?

Georgia Tech has built such a unique atmosphere. The students, faculty, and staff come from all different areas of the world, but when we come together on campus, we all share one thing - a passion and a drive for excellence. Just being around people with such high aspirations and the courage to achieve them gives me encouragement to persist in my studies. In the end we push each other to work harder because we want to find answers, we want to inspire innovation, and we want to create change. 

What do you hope to do in the future?

In the near future, I hope to participate in undergraduate research and continue getting more involved at Tech. After I graduate, I would like to go to graduate school for a masters in chemical engineering. 

Alyssa Whitlock
Aerospace Engineering

Where are you from and why did you choose Georgia Tech?

I am from Jacksonville, FL. I chose Georgia Tech because of its reputation for engineering. I also liked Tech's many opportunities for undergraduate research and the professor's willingness for students to be involved.

Why did you choose your major?

I chose Aerospace Engineering because of an internship I had in highschool with Rockwell Collins. The work I did at Rockwell sparked my interest in working for military, specifically aerospace applications.

What are you working on?

I work in two research labs at Tech, Aerospace Systems Design Lab and the Cognitive Engineering Center. At ASDL, I am working on a Navy-funded project to model communication between unmanned vehicles for different missions such as anti-pirating. As a part of the CEC, I help to run experiments to determine pilot interation with the Traffic Collision and Avoidance System under varying circumstances using a flight simulator.

What do you like best about GT?

I like the environment at Tech and that most students are very passionate about their field of study.

What do you hope to do in the future?

I will be graduating in May so I will be working with Prysmian Group as a Process Engineer. I had an internship with them over the summer and thoroughly enjoyed working for them so I was thrilled when they asked me to come back. I can't wait to graduate!

Morgan Watt
Materials Science Engineering

Where are you from and why did you choose Georgia Tech?

I am from Franklin, TN, and I chose Georgia Tech because I knew that I would get a great education that will take me wherever I want to go. I specifically wanted engineering, and GT is one of the best for engineering. It also is close enough to go home on long weekends.

Why did you choose your major?

When I applied to Georgia Tech, I applied as a Chemical Engineering Major. Shortly after that, I saw a video called "A Day Made of Glass" by Corning. That was when I realized what I wanted to do with my major: I basically wanted to make materials and alter their properties. After that realization, I switched to Material Science and Engineering. I want to help advance technology through the materials we use.

What are you working on?

For three semesters I worked as a student researcher at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). I am a co-author on a publication titled: Functionalized Carbon Nanotube Supercapacitor Electrodes: A Review on Pseudocapacitive Materials. I went into the research group when I was a second semester freshman, and it was one of the best decisions I made. I was able to gain valuable experience and learn a lot along the way.

What do you like best about GT?

The atmosphere at Georgia Tech is very positive toward learning and has a feeling of unity. Tech is not easy, but we are all in it together. Georgia Tech also has a lot of cutting edge research; there are plenty of opportunities even as a freshman to get involved with.

What do you hope to do in the future?

After completing graduate school and obtaining my PhD, I want to work in research and development. Materials have evolved through the ages, and with new technologies and innovations the Materials field has endless possibilities to enhance our lives and invigorate a scientific mind!