Techlanta - The Tech-Atlanta Connection

Entreprenuers and startup supporters mingle in Georgia Tech's ACDC meeting space

Techlanta - The Tech-Atlanta Connection


The good fortune of being part of the Georgia Tech-Atlanta connection is not lost on Tech students.


Rachel Brashear plans on graduating from Georgia Tech in May 2018 with a civil engineering degree.

She’s tremendously grateful for the chance to work with a top construction management company since it began work on the Van Leer Interdisciplinary Design Commons, a plaza and makerspace for Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering that will offer a dedicated project-based lab area for undergraduate courses that cover subjects such as embedded systems, analog devices and communications, and senior design projects.

“I have been on the project since it started and will be on it until it is finished,” said Brashear. “I feel like this is a great representation of how Tech makes it so easy to take advantage of opportunities while getting an incredible degree.

The combination of job experiences and the ingrained work ethic and expectation of excellence produced by Tech, together, provide students with the best possible set of skills to do great things in the world.”

For Georgia Tech alumni, remaining part of that Tech-Atlanta cycle is also a no-brainer.

“I chose to stay in Atlanta after graduation because during my time at Tech, I had made connections with other students, recent alumni, and Atlanta professionals from internships.

After graduation, Atlanta felt like home. It’s a fun city where I can always find something interesting and new to do,” said Audrey Shlapak, who received her undergraduate degree in industrial engineering in May 2015. 

“Atlanta also offers endless opportunities regardless of industry. It is a city that attracts young professionals of all different backgrounds, so it is a great place for learning, growth, and advancement.”

“I think we are becoming a center for tech in the Southeast, because we have some of the best research universities in the Southeast anchored by Georgia Tech.”

 Mayor Kasim Reed,
Black Enterprise -
 "Here’s How Atlanta is Becoming a Center of Tech Innovation” (July 2016)

Shlapak also noted that making the most of all Atlanta has to offer is that much easier because of the background she brings to the table from Georgia Tech.

“It wasn't until after graduation that I really realized the power of the Georgia Tech name,” she said. “Having a Georgia Tech degree has opened doors and provided opportunities for me that I never even considered until after a few years in the professional world.

My Georgia Tech education also provided me with a strong technical background that has been helpful in a variety of industries in which I have worked.”



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