Advisory Board

Sang Yun han

Executive officer

Sang is a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering who studies nanostructures and Li-ion batteries. He has served as the Vice President of Graduate Events in the Student Government Association for the past two years and led various large-scale and campus-wide events, such as convocation, fall/spring picnics, and the career fair for graduate students at Georgia Tech. He has extensive experience with growing the team, managing projects, and delivering results in a timely manner. Outside of school, Sang loves to explore nature, make latte arts, and play the piano.

JOHN Vande vate

Faculty MENTOR

Professor and Executive Director of EMIL-SCS, School of Industrial & System Engineering

Yutao Gong


Yutao is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He formerly obtained a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. His research mainly focuses on gas separation using metal-organic frameworks, but he has further extended the application of these porous materials in the area of supercapacitors and electro-catalysis. He is also pursuing a Data Analysis degree. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, singing and playing MOBA games.

Kip hart


Kip is a Ph.D. student in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. His thesis topic is focused on landing people on Mars, specifically the interaction between the landing jets and the local terrain. Kip has interned at NASA and JPL and worked on both the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes. He co-founded and manages The South African Lacrosse Project, a non-profit that has been teaching lacrosse for over 10 years to children affected by HIV in South Africa. Kip is also a member of the fencing team and is learning to play bridge. 

shreya dwarkanath

Director of Engagement and outreach

Shreya is a Ph.D student in Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech, and previously received her B.Tech in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from IIT Madras. Her research focuses on developing dielectric materials for high-density electronic packages to meet bandwidth requirements for data centers and other HPC needs. Currently, she serves as the international graduate team lead at Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and has been actively involved in developing resources for graduate women globally. She has diverse internship experience spanning from investment banking, risk analytics to corporate R&D. Outside of work, she enjoys new experiences such as sky diving, loves dance and likes to spend time with friends

Executive Board

John Vande Vate, founder and executive director of Georgia Tech's Executive Master's in International Logistics and Supply Chain Strategy (EMIL-SCS) program, is a professor in the School of Industrial & Systems Engineering.  He received a B.S. in mathematics from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Until recently, Dr. Vande Vate has divided his time between MIT's Sloan School of Management and ISyE.

His research has been published in Econometrica, Mathematics of Operations Research, Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, Questa, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Mechanics of Structures and Machines and other established journals. He served on the board of the Supply Chain Council as the Global Treasurer and was named among Supply & Demand Chain Executive's Pros to Know in 2006.

During the past 20 years, Dr. Vande Vate has consulted for a variety of companies on a range of management science applications. In the area of financial planning, he has worked with companies ranging from Adam Investment Services to the Bank of Boston. He has contributed to logistics systems design for Burger King, Unilever, Scientific-Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific, International Paper, GlaxoSmithKline, Wyeth and RockTenn. Vande Vate has taught management science at Georgia Tech, MIT's Sloan School of Management, Carnegie Mellon University's Graduate School of Industrial Administration and the Shanghai Institute of Mechanical Engineering. 

Sourabh Jha


Sourabh is a current PhD candidate, with a major in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship at Georgia Tech. His research focuses on experimental investigations and theoretical modelling of heat transfer enhancement with a wide range of industrial applications such as thermal management of electronics and thermo-electric power plants. He is open to expand the envelope of his problem-solving skills. Currently,  He also serves as the CFO of a social startup, Mini City and as the Center of Civic Innovation 2019 fellow,  with primary focus on creating strategic partnerships with Non-profits and government organizations within Atlanta to create tech-based solutions for serving the homeless. In his free time, Sourabh loves to play guitar and read books.

Michael LIU

director of MS affairs

Michael is an MS student in Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech and holds a BS in Materials Science & Engineering from UC Berkeley. His current research focuses on nano-engineering new materials for high-performance lithium and sodium ion batteries. Michael has interned at diverse environments such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Apple in lithium-ion battery development roles. He is passionate about enabling customer-side health monitoring and analytics, vehicle electrification, and clean power grid energy storage.  When not in the lab or consulting, Michael hones his skills in portrait photography, coffee extraction, and long-distance backpacking.

Jonathan Leung


Jonathan is a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and received his B.ASc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. His research focuses on developing predictive computational models of fatigue damage in bearing steels. Jonathan has previous internship experience in industrial R&D in Canada and abroad and has been an active member of the campus community as the Vice-President of the Materials Science Graduate Student Advisory Group. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys reading historical biographies and traveling abroad.  

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