Workshop 1-1: How to Save the World 101 by OpenIDEO ATL

Samantak Ray is a recent graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, graduating in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and minor in Industrial Design. While there, he was involved in a building a high brand value technology startup and kickstarting the design-thinking movement at Georgia Tech and also the Atlanta community. He currently serves as the Head of Branding and Digital Strategy at OpenIdeo ATL and Design Researcher at I3 Labs.You'll usually find Samantak in the corner of a room plotting his next move to unleash product design innovations on the world, or in the other corner planning his next workshop to elicit a drive for social change in the Atlanta community, or in the next corner working his day-job analyzing bleeding-edge tech to forecast the future of digital experiences, or in that last last corner acting out sketches for his followers on social media platforms. For all this obsession with corners, you will be pleasantly surprised to find him be the center of attention at OpenIDEO ATL's talks and workshops.

Students are often highly driven to make a difference in their careers, but come out of their workforce stints (read: internships) with less than revolutionary experiences. At OpenIDEO ATL, we are a force for change through social innovation - with members from both the professional and student community - and we see the bigger potential in students to be harbingers of this change. Dealing with relevant social issues on fast paced design and engineering sprints is no simple task but immensely rewarding - so come by to hear more about and learn through a real-world prototyping workshop on how you can actually make an impact and save the world.
P.S. - OpenIDEO is also looking for interns for the summer. All majors welcome. Come talk to us as well as representatives of organizations like the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Juice Analytics and Georgia Tech - Design Bloc and find out why they consider working with OpenIDEO ATL as one of their most rewarding experiences.


Workshop 1-2: Networking and Mentorship in the Workplace by ExxonMobil

Vikas has 20+ years of experience in industry in various capacity. A Texas Tech alum, he did various technical, business development roles as a consultant. After joining ExxonMobil, he held numerous positions of technical leadership, business planning, coordination and supervisory roles. He currently supervises Process Control Systems group for the greater area Baytown sites.

Veena graduated from Georgia Tech in May 2016 with a degree in chemical & biomolecular engineering. While at Georgia Tech, she completed three co-op terms with ExxonMobil. Following graduation, she began working for ExxonMobil as a process contact engineer in Baytown, Texas. As a process contact engineer, she provides technical support for a designated unit of equipment, involving quick problem solving and long-term troubleshooting.

This workshop will focus on –

o   Networking in your workplace

o   Leveraging connections to discover and develop a flourishing mentor-protégé relationship

o   Utilizing such relationships to develop your career, receive guidance, and expand your network

Workshop 1-3: Why Don’t You Eat Last? by U.S. Army

Joon Yoo, Staff Sergeant, is a local Army recruiter with more than 10 years of service. SSG Yoo’s expertise is recruiting our qualifying young men and women into the United States Army. SSG Yoo has a assumed leadership position since 2010 and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from University of Maryland University College. He was an immigrant from South Korea who never had experience with the U.S. Army. However once immigrated, he decided to join to learn how to speak English.

Staff Sergeant Britney Byrd is a native of Savannah, Georgia. She enlisted into the United States Army on October 21st 2009 and attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She then attended Advanced Individual Training at Corry Station in Pensacola, Florida where she successfully obtained the MOS 35S (Signals Collection Analyst). After departing Pensacola, Florida, she later attended the 35Q (Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist) course at Corry Station in Pensacola, Florida before officially reclassifying as a 17C, (Cyber Operations Specialist) at Joint Base San Antonio in 2015.

Her assignments include: Highly Elliptical Orbital Satellite Team Lead, 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Carson, Colorado; Threat defense Analyst, Charlie Company 1st Cyber, Fort Meade, MD; Operations NCOIC, 781st Military Intelligence Battalion , Fort Meade, MD; Digital Network Exploitation Analyst Cell Lead, 782nd Detachment Texas, Joint Base San Antonio; Small Group Leader, Cyber Training Battalion, Fort Gordon, GA; Instructor/Writer, Cyber Training Battalion, Fort Gordon, GA.

Staff Sergeant Byrd's military schools include two levels of NCOES including The United States Army Advance Leaders Course; The Army Equal Opportunity Advisor Course; Applied Suicide Intervention Training; and the Army Basic Instructor’s Course. 

Staff Sergeant Byrd has numerous awards to include the Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Bronze Numeral 2),  and the Army Service Ribbon.

This workshop will provide information you need to know about leadership. You will learn about leadership traits and a leader’s responsibilities that you can implement in your daily lives and at your workplace.

Workshop 1-4: World Changing Technologies…..Life Changing Careers! by Sandia National Laboratories

Rebecca D. Horton is a Senior Manager in the Research Strategy and Partnership Center at Sandia National Laboratories working with Georgia Institute of Technology to develop strategic research collaborations, enhance the talent pipeline for work in national security missions and to accelerate technology adoption.   She joined Sandia in 1984 and has worked in multiple safeguards and security programs for both domestic and international applications.  Her areas of research and program management have included information systems analysis, information security technologies, and risk and vulnerability assessments; physical security technologies RDT&E including contraband detection & entry control; statistical signal processing and international nuclear materials protection for Non-Proliferation & Arms Control and International Safeguards.  Rebecca earned an MS/EE degree from Stanford University and BS/EE degree from New Mexico State University.

This workshop will be discussing an overview about the innovative work environment at Federally Funded Research and Development Centers like Sandia. Learn what it is like to work at Sandia and gain insight into the types of work leading researchers do.

Workshop 2-1: Nike and You: The Influence of Branding by SASE Southeast Regional Marketing Managers

Sunny Liu currently works as a Process Engineer at WestRock in Virginia. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 2016, she became involved with SASE. As the National Conference 2017 Marketing Manager and South Regional Marketing Representative, she enjoys the creativity and intellectual curiosity through working with marketing. In addition, she loves applying technology and media to connect with people and share their stories within the SASE community.

James Hsiung is a 3rd year mechanical engineering student at the University of Florida. His involvement in SASE has grown since his freshman year of college. He has held many roles starting as a member at UF, an executive board member, and now as a Regional Marketing Representative for the South Region. He is also a part of SASE's National Public Relations Committee as a Communications Specialist. In his free time, he enjoys reading books, going to the gym, eating all types of foods, and travelling the world.

Nike started as a small shoe store in Oregon. Now, it is the leading sports brand you see everywhere. Track & field, basketball, tennis, school uniforms, football, you name it, you see it. How did this company grow to be worth over $300 Billion? How did Nike convince everyone to "Just Do It"? One word. Branding. Creating a reputable brand is essential for reaching ultimate success. In this workshop, discover how branding can significantly impact a business or idea and learn how to increase your Personal Brand to transform your Network into Net-worth.

Workshop 2-2: Training is the Key to Success by U.S. Army

This workshop will provide a brief overview of the Army Medical Department.  After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to test their clinical skills using the SMART STAT patient simulator.  This simulator is intended to be used in various environmental locations for training of emergency medical personnel.



Workshop 2-3: Learning the Secret Corporate Menu by National SASE Executive Director

Khánh Vũ and his family immigrated to the USA from Vietnam during the Vietnam conflict.  Khánh graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in chemical engineering and 3 minors.  His passion for helping teenagers and fondness for Mines led him back to be the Director of the Multi-cultural Engineering Program (MEP), which Khánh was part of MEP's inception in 1989 as a student and was instrumental in the founding of the Asian Student Association in the early 90's (eventually joined SASE).   Khánh joined SASE in 2010 and became the Executive Director in 2011.  Khánh oversaw the doubling of the collegiate chapters and tripling its membership during his 1st year tenure with SASE.  He looks forward to growing SASE to its full potential.
Khánh enjoys spending time with his wife, Uyển, and 4 children, Thiên Ân “JP”, Thiên Sơn “Vincent”, Thiên Hải “Dominic” & Thiên Hà “Teresa”.  His hobbies include youth ministry, volleyball and food.

Have you wonder how people become successful in companies or who gets promoted?  Do you know if you will thrive at the company or leave after awhile?  This workshop will help you to ask those very important questions to learning the secret menu of being very successful at a company.

Workshop 2-4: Thinking Differently About Sustainability by Southwire

Jeff Herrin is Southwire’s Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Environmental Health & Safety and Quality. Herrin and his team are focused on the company’s vision toward multi-generational success and creating a Culture of Zero with regards to Safety and Quality. He is also responsible for providing leadership and accountability for Southwire’s sustainability journey.

Herrin, who joined Southwire in 1987 as a manufacturing engineer, has held numerous management positions, including President and Executive Vice President of Southwire’s Industrial Division, Executive Vice President of Operations, Director of Manufacturing for the Wire and Cable Division, plant manager at Southwire’s former NSA aluminum smelter and operations manager at NSA and Southwire Company Kentucky Plant.

A 1987 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Herrin earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is a steering committee member for the Southwire Sustainable Business Honors Program, the company’s collaborative partnership with the University of West Georgia.

This workshop will discuss how good intentions can sometimes result in bigger problems when we think about the environment and sustainability. Herrin will share some of Southwire’s experiences and lessons learned and dive into discussion on how social responsibility and sustainability should be a strong factor when deciding which employer to work for.

Workshop 3-1: See, Explain, Laugh: A Workshop on Science Communication by Dr. David Hu

Dr. David Hu is a mechanical engineer who “puts numbers onto animals,” discovering how the natural world can teach us how to build better devices. He wrote “Confessions of a wasteful scientist” to defend his work against a senator. He is the winner of the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics, for research that makes people laugh, and then think. Originally from Rockville, Maryland, he earned degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering from M.I.T., and is now Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biology and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Georgia Tech. He has published in Nature and Science and his work has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Good Morning America, Highlights for Children, the IMAX film, 'Fire Ants 3D: The Invincible Army', and recently on the NOVA series Gross Science. He lives with his wife Jia and children Harry and Heidi in Atlanta. For more, see @drdavidhu

Where do you publish research on the aerodynamics of eyelashes?  The New York Times, The Economist, Cosmopolitan, and Saturday Night Live, of course!  In this talk, Dr. David Hu will show how to be an effective teacher to audiences across the world, using newspaper, magazines, radio, and film.  Particular attention will be paid to the use of photographs, explanations, and humor to convey your message efficiently. We will discuss how to create an online press kit for reporters to accommodate the rapid press cycle.

Attendees are encouraged to do the following homework before the workshop:

1. Bring 1-2 images or movies of your research, along with one-line captions.
2. Explain your research using the most commonly used 1000 words in a single paragraph, using

Workshop 3-2: Attaining World Class Delivery by Shell Oil Company

Parul Kapur is currently an oil & gas upstream operations supervisor in the Permian basin located in West Texas. Experiences spanning the world from Algeria and Alaska to New Zealand working on front end planning, technical & non-technical risk evaluation, project engineering & execution, asset development, and decommissioning.

This workshop will explore performance at the limits from the perspective of a multinational organization. Our discussion will cover performance optimization and innovation, risk management, and how you can drive your teams to overcome the hurdles associated with delivering competitively on tough projects.

Workshop 3-3: Where Do I Fit In? by Tennessee Valley Authority

Michael D. Skaggs is Executive Vice President for Operations at the Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its $12 billion in annual revenue from the sale of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

Mike has over 30 years of experience in the utility industry—22 at TVA. He has held top management posts at each of the company’s three operating nuclear plants and oversaw the completion, integration, testing, and startup of Watts Bar Unit 2 - the nation’s first new nuclear generation of the 21st century. Today Mike is responsible for transmission and power supply, stewardship, and supply chain functions, including safety and health, river management, natural resources, continuous improvement, security, and emergency management.  Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University and is a registered professional engineer.

This workshop is about the importance of choosing a job that’s a good fit. If you’re beating your head against the wall, you’re going to have a hard time doing your job well. Perhaps it’s because your skills are a poor fit. Or perhaps the role you’re in lacks clarity. Your career will be more rewarding if you are satisfied with each job along the way. With a sense of humor and tell-it-like-it-is style, Mike will share his insights on how to get yourself into roles where you can succeed while also having fun.

Workshop 3-4: Procrastination and Self-Disclosure by Startup Exchange

Wesley Samples is a third year business student at Georgia Tech. For the past year, he has been working as Co-Director of Startup Exchange, leveraging university resources, student passion and the Atlanta entrepreneurial community to create a centralized community of hackers, hustlers and storytellers at Georgia Tech. Through his passion for art and people, Wesley co-founded Elevate Media to provide digital media production and consultation services to Atlanta startups including R.E.D.S., Mystro and larger companies, such as Coca-Cola, LifeProof and Petland. Wesley loves working with small businesses and startups to learn about their business strategies and help them better support their brands. In his free time, Wesley maintains an active following on YouTube and Instagram (@wesleysamples), where he engages local content creators and work on creative photo and video collaborations. Wesley has a passion for realizing mankind's true potential and harnessing the power of UX, collaboration and love in his ATL startup community and abroad.

This is Indra Sofian, a student at Georgia Tech studying Business Administration, concentrating in Finance, with a minor in Engineering through the Denning Technology & Management program. Indra has a broad background in entrepreneurship, product development, marketing strategy, film production, and UI/UX design. As Co-Director of Startup Exchange, Indra has built a team of intelligent, passionate students and created a powerful entrepreneurship brand at Georgia Tech that now works with organizations like Y Combinator, Techstars, Sequoia Capital, and Salesloft. Through his company, Elevate Media, Indra crafts content to capture the stories of the businesses he works with, from small startups like Mystro to huge corporations like Coca-Cola. When he’s free, Indra likes to write for his Medium blog, where he discusses issues and topics that everyone thinks about, but no one is willing to talk about. Indra is fueled by his love for creativity, and he hopes to bring that to all of the stories to be told in the future.
Learn more about Indra at his website:

This is not your average entrepreneurial workshop. Founding a company is much more than having soft skills like pitching and thinking on your feet. Some of the best founders, such as Steve Jobs, have learned, through introspection and self disclosure, how they think and how they can harness that to do better work. We’ll break the audience into small groups, and based on cited research, pose questions that invoke thoughtful discussions. A few groups will have the chance to share at the end of the workshop.

Workshop 4-1: Wish for WASH by Brandon Philbrick

Brandon Philbrick is a December 2016 GT graduate in biomedical engineering, and he currently holds the position of Senior Technical Engineer for Wish For WASH. He became involved in Wish for WASH through Engineers Without Boarders in his second year of undergrad, and he led the EWB team for about a year and a half. Currently, he advises the EWB team on their projects as well as undertake projects of his own, mostly with expanding his team’s presence to more communities and families globally. He oversaw the completion of a local installation of their toilet product in Decatur, GA, as well as participated and documented the installation of their unit in Lusaka, Zambia. Outside of Wish For WASH, he works in a GT research laboratory before he will begin his medical school career this August.

During the workshop, he will discuss the development of sanitation on a global scale, its importance, and where Wish For WASH falls on the spectrum. An engineering challenge/question will be posed for groups to answer and possibly come up with designs for. This could be related to waste management, hand-washing stations without plumbing, or construction methods with limited resources.

Workshop 4-2: Redefining Leadership: The Role of Empathy and How to Develop It by Suraj Sehgal

Suraj Sehgal is a speaker, writer, and third-year student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is studying Industrial and Systems Engineering, International Affairs, and Psychology and has helped to lead several organizations on campus, including Epic Intentions (an organization that pairs teams with semester-long service projects with local nonprofits), One Voice Atlanta (an organization that works to fight sex trafficking in Atlanta), and the Food Fighters (a Grand Challenges Living-Learning Community team addressing college food insecurity). He is also a volunteer meditation instructor who helps provide people with a space for introspection and reflection.

From focusing on effectiveness to efficiency to innovation, the market and the world have been evolving throughout time. But what is the next frontier? Empathy. In today's interconnected world, it's no longer sufficient to create an innovative product or to connect everything to the cloud. The next and most important step is understanding the user, learning how to anticipate needs, and leading with humility.
In this workshop, we will dive deeper into the role of empathy in today's world and explore ways in which each of us can develop it within ourselves to become better leaders.

Workshop 4-3: Congratulations on the Job Offer…..Don’t Accept Yet! by Tennessee Valley Authority

Megan N. Murden, PHR, is a Certified Human Resources Professional with more than 10 years of Talent Acquisition experience. Megan’s expertise is recruiting, program management and university relations. As a TVA Program Manager, she travels throughout the Tennessee Valley to engage student chapter associations, on campus and at conferences to highlight TVA initiatives, discuss internship opportunities and deliver professional development presentations. Megan is a native of Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Robert Morris University. She enjoys volunteering her time to share the recruiter “secrets” to college graduates entering the workforce.

This workshop will provide information you need to know before accepting an employment offer. You will learn how to gather information before beginning employment negotiations. Learn from a recruiter which benefits are negotiable and how to make a strong counter offer that is accepted.

Workshop 4-4: Listening Machines -- An Introduction to Music Information Retrieval by Dr. Alexander Lerch

Alexander Lerch studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University Berlin and Tonmeister (Music Production) at the University of the Arts Berlin. He received his PhD on algorithmic music performance analysis from the Technical University Berlin. In 2001, he co-founded the industry leader company zplane.development - a research-driven technology provider for the music industry. In 2013, he joined the faculty of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, where he works on creating the next generation of music software technology, enabling new ways of understanding, creating, accessing, and listening to music. His main research areas are Music Information Retrieval/Audio Content Analysis and Intelligent Signal Processing. His book "An Introduction to Audio Content Analysis" has been published in 2012 by IEEE / Wiley press.

How can we teach computers to listen to music? And what is the use? This workshop will give a short introduction to the research field music information retrieval and related applications.