High School Education
At Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, VA, the school’s motto was “Discover Your Path” enabling me to explore all of my abilities while finding a true calling. I was a two varsity sport per year athlete playing golf and soccer, two things I enjoy to this day. I also earned an International Baccalaureate diploma, because hey, why not take higher level classes in every subject. Most importantly, I was heavily involved with FIRST Robotics.
If you haven’t experienced this program as a mentor, student, or spectator, you should. The basics of the program is that every year a novel “game” consisting of a number of engineering challenges is released. Students are given 6 weeks to design, build, and test a robot. Through this program, I was exposed to countless valuable tools and problem solving skills at a very young age. I was using Autodesk Inventor in the 7th grade. (I was on the only middle school team in the country.) Just seeing the design and prototyping process from engineering mentors was invaluable. Alas, all was not well in Camelot. As adults often will in kids’ competitive environments, they decide to live vicariously, and things spiral rapidly out of control. My team had a shoestring budget, and a team size of less than 10 students, and no advanced manufacturing facilities. We competed against teams with full corporate backing, five and six figure budgets, and robots that were designed and built by people with advanced engineering degrees. I learned a key lesson here: you can overcome a great deal of disadvantages with a creative solution. By employing unique approaches to the game, such as defense and task specialization, with novel designs, we were able to achieve great success with rudimentary fabrication abilities. I also discovered my love for high stress, fast paced, team-based work environments.
Having always sought out a challenge I decided to attend The Georgia Institute of Technology. But just no engineering discipline would do, so wanting to be the best of the best I selected the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering. The AE program at Georgia Tech is the source of some of my greatest failures and successes as an individual. What it will do though is break you down, and build you up into a stronger and more capable individual. This isn’t to say I didn’t have fun in college. I joined the Alpha Sigma chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order after having only been on campus for five days and made friends whom I am close with to this day. Sadly, the reality of the undertaking before me became apparent at the start of my first true AE classes. Being able to successfully solve a problem similar to an example will earn you a C at best. The level of your competition is exceptional, the A students will get PhD’s in this discipline. Despite challenges and struggles what I didn’t do, is give up. I redoubled my efforts when others would have changed majors or schools. I learned how to teach myself a subject from online resources and text books. At the end of the year I encountered an insurmountable obstacle in the form of AE3515 with Haddad. Yes, that is a GPA of a 1.7 for the course. A savvy veteran of the AE program at this point, I chose to drop the course rather than chance the failing grade. This left me at a crossroads, as I was stuck at GT until the next Senior Design cycle, the next year (4 semesters). I could take the few remaining AE courses I had in a relaxed, spread out time table, or double down taking an extreme course load and get a Bachelors in Business Adiministration. Double down it is. Over my last two years at GT I registered for the maximum hours possible without a waiver numerous times. Taking 21 hours a semester at Georgia Tech is an exceptional challenge, but I found that my work ethic and time management was up to the task. Now, here I am getting ready to graduate as a dual-major, too many all nighters to count, and a mediocre GPA but having learned a good deal about myself and overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges.
“Don’t tell me what you have done, tell me about yourself.”
One, I can’t really do that over a website. Static text is worth even less than words, and words are worth less than actions. Use the Contact Me page to get in touch, and I would be glad to meet up in person if possible. I have included the results of a business oriented personality test, to hopefully give you an idea of how I would mesh with your team.