Directory

IPaT Leadership

Beth Mynatt

Beth Mynatt

Executive Director
mynatt@gatech.edu
(404) 894-7243

Elizabeth Mynatt is the Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology, a College of Computing distinguished professor, and the director of the Everyday Computing Lab. Mynatt is also the Chair of the Computing Community Consortium, and serves as member of the National Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB). She has been recognized as an ACM Fellow, a member of the SIGCHI Academy, and a Sloan and Kavli research fellow. Mynatt is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of ubiquitous computing and assistive technologies. Her research contributes to ongoing work in personal health informatics, computer-supported collaborative work and human-computer interface design.

Russ Clark

Russ Clark

Director, GT-RNOC
russ.clark@gatech.edu
(404) 385-4706

Russ Clark is a senior research scientist in Georgia Tech's School of Computer Science, who engages hundreds of students each semester in mobile development, networking and the Internet of Things. He emphasizes innovation, entrepreneurship and industry involvement in student projects and application development. He's co-director of the Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center (GT-RNOC), which supports research efforts across campus, and principal leader of the Convergence Innovation Competition, which pairs students and industry sponsors on novel projects. He has played a leadership role in the NSF GENI project, leading both the GT campus trials efforts as well as the GENI@SoX regional deployment and the Software Defined Exchange (SDX). Russ is active in the startup community, including roles with the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program and as a principle with Empire Technologies during its acquisition by Concord Communications.

Maribeth Gandy Coleman

Maribeth Gandy Coleman

Associate Director
maribeth@imtc.gatech.edu
(404) 894-3638

Dr. Maribeth Gandy is the Director of IMTC as well as the Associate Director of Interactive Media for the Institute for People and Technology. She does research in the areas of augmented reality, mobile computing, and HCI. She is a computer scientist who is interested in not only building interesting mobile applications, accessible interfaces, and AR experiences but in bringing HCI techniques for design and evaluation into these domains.

Maribeth has worked on a wide array of projects in the 12 years she has been a faculty member at Georgia Tech; ranging from an augmented reality prototyping tool, to an accessible computer interface based on gesture, to a virtual reality experience for exposing theater students to vaudeville. She is currently collaborating with NC State on an NSF funded project to develop cognitive games for older adults.She is currently developing presence metrics for measuring engagement in AR environments using qualitative and quantitative (physiological measures) data. She also teaches the “Video Game Design” course and the "Principles of Computer Audio" (which she created in 2001) in the College  of Computing at Georgia Tech.

Siva Jayaraman

Siva Jayaraman

Strategic Partnerships Director
jsiva@gatech.edu
(404) 939-7858

Siva Jayaraman is the Strategic Partnerships Manager for the Institute for People and Technology. Prior to Georgia Tech, Siva spent over a decade in the telecommunications industry architecting and delivering Value Added Services to Tier 1 & 2 operators in the United States, Africa, and the Middle East.

Debra Lam

Debra Lam

Managing Director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
debra.lam@gatech.edu
(404) 894-3547

Debra Lam is Managing Director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation at Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology. She has over a decade of experience in urban innovation and resilience, strategy and management, and previously served as Chief Innovation and Performance Officer for the City of Pittsburgh. Lam is a founding leader of the MetroLab Network and serves on their executive steering committee. She’s also a World Cities Summit Young Leader, a Leadership Pittsburgh alumni, and has spoken nationally and internationally on inclusive innovation, performance management, data-driven decision-making, and cultural change. Management Today named Lam to its “35 Women Under 35” list, and she was also a finalist for Women of the Future, Science and Technology.

Francine Lyken

Francine Lyken

Financial Manager II

As part of Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) team, Francine is responsible for the management of budgets for IPaT and its reporting units, processing cost transfers, salary distributions, budget amendments, review and approve expenditures, answer audit inquiries and generate expenditures. Her responsibilities also include: managing/overseeing the financial operations of IPaT; managing/overseeing all center sponsored, GTRC, GTF, revenue accounts; preparing and submitting original fiscal year operational budget; supporting Executive Director with financial goals and objectives; data analysis and reporting - (Center, GTRC, GTF); overseeing salary distribution process (SPD)

Leigh McCook

Leigh McCook

Deputy Director

Leigh McCook is Deputy Director of the Institute for People and Technology, and Division Chief of the Socio-Technical Division within the Georgia Tech Research Institute Information and Communications Laboratory (GTRI-ICL). As deputy director, Leigh works to strengthen industry and international partnerships and build new research collaborations across the Georgia Tech campus. While she continues to conduct research, McCook's focus is on growing IPaT’s research portfolio of federal and industry projects, particularly in education and humanitarian systems.

Cynthia Moore

Cynthia Moore

Assistant Director for Business Operations

Cynthia Moore is Assistant Director for Business Operations at the Institute for People and Technology. She has over a decade of experience at Georgia Tech, previously serving as director of Institute Diversity's OMED: Educational Services. She provided oversight and leadership of programs and initiatives that address the academic transition, retention, and academic success of underrepresented students in STEM. Moore also oversaw various initiatives at OMED, including the Tower Awards, an annual celebration of student diversity and academic success. She began her Georgia Tech career in Business Services where she was responsible for administrative and financial management.

Alyson Powell Key

Alyson Powell Key

Marketing Communications Manager

Alyson Powell Key is Marketing Communications Manager at the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) at Georgia Tech. She leads IPaT’s Marketing Communications team — creating publications, website and social media content, planning events, and providing brand management and communications strategy. Alyson writes and publishes the monthly IPaT Insider e-newsletter, which highlights IPaT’s research, news, and events. And, she’s the creator of Everyday Georgia, an audio and visual storytelling project that explores the lives of those touched by Georgia Tech’s research and technology initiatives. Previously, Alyson worked as a marketing consultant for non-profit organizations and small businesses and in the television news industry as a producer, videographer, and video editor.

Matt Sanders

Matt Sanders

Director of Research Operations
msanders@gatech.edu
(404) 894-9107

Matt Sanders is the Director of Research Operations at IPaT. Matt works with Georgia Tech students and researchers, along with industry partners in the creation of innovative mobile and converged applications and services. He is also the Associate Director, and co-founder, of the Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center (GT-RNOC), a unique research center supporting industry and student engagement through research and operational projects; and the wireless services manager for Georgia Tech in the Office of Information Technology.

IPaT Research Faculty

Doug Bodner

Doug Bodner

Principal Research Engineer
doug.bodner@gatech.edu
(404) 894-2363

Doug Bodner is a principal research engineer, where he leads a research program focusing on computational analysis and decision support for design, operation and transformation of complex systems. This work combines systems engineering, operations research, applied probability and statistics, and interactive computing to seek novel solutions to large-scale problems such as cost-performance trade-offs in complex system design and development, diabetes care management, and counter-measures for mitigating adverse effects from counterfeit parts in supply chains.

Funded by variety of government agencies and companies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, GE Energy and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, his research has spanned a number of industries, including aerospace and defense, automotive, electronics, energy, health care, paper, semiconductors and telecommunications.  He also teaches part-time in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and in the Professional Masters of Applied Systems Engineering program.

He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), and is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS). He holds a Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology and also is a registered professional engineer in Georgia.

C. David Byrd

C. David Byrd

Research Scientist

David Byrd is a research scientist and PhD student at the Georgia Institute of Technology focusing on machine learning for financial applications.  In his PhD research with advisor Tucker Balch, he has investigated mutual fund portfolio inference, intraday equity market forecasting, stock market simulation, and machine learning approaches to the evaluation of market efficiency. As part of his PhD research, and to support AI research in interactive markets, David is leading the development of an open-source multi-agent equity trading simulation environment.  David also instructs classes for the College of Computing: CS 3600 Intro AI (Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Summer 2018) and CS 4646/7646 Machine Learning for Trading (Summer 2016, Summer 2017, Spring 2018). In 2018 he won the Graduate Student Instructor of the Year Award in the School of Interactive Computing.

As a research scientist, David works at Georgia Tech's Institute for People and Technology where he has applied machine learning to business intelligence, animal tracking and activity recognition.  He has also worked on a variety of projects including augmented reality for STEM education, jaw gesture recognition for wearables, “big data” analytics for public radio, and cognitive training games for disabled persons.  Prior to joining Georgia Tech, David spent several years as a software developer and manager at internet startups and in the telecommunications industry.

Jiten Chhabra

Jiten Chhabra

Research Scientist

Dr. Jiten Chhabra is uniquely qualified Research Scientist at IMTC. There are only a handful of technology researchers in the world that hold both a medical degree and a MS in Human-Computer Interaction and he is one of them. He also possesses a Certificate in the Management of Technology from the Scheller School of Management at Georgia Tech. His research is broadly in the areas of nutrition technology, personal health and wellness informatics, and health focused user interface technology and software. Featured multiple times on CNN, Chhabra’s work has made it much easier to translate evidence based medical and nutritional guidelines into real-world decisions to support positive behavior change. His portfolio includes research in nutrition interventions, games for health, non-contact cardiorespiratory sensing, digital doctor-patient communication, health information technology, stress monitoring and tools for care effectiveness. He has developed novel methods to design and execute clinical and economic utility studies that enable the collection of insights into the biological, environmental, and behavioral factors that drive multiple diseases, many of whom do not have proven preventions or treatments as of today. Chhabra’s work has been funded by agencies like the National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Google Research, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. His projects have received several prestigious awards including one from the American Heart Association. He also been an invited expert speaker at well known health and wellness forums like the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Health 2.0 and Ted Med.

Russ Clark

Russ Clark

Director, GT-RNOC
russ.clark@gatech.edu
(404) 385-4706

Russ Clark is a senior research scientist in Georgia Tech's School of Computer Science, who engages hundreds of students each semester in mobile development, networking and the Internet of Things. He emphasizes innovation, entrepreneurship and industry involvement in student projects and application development. He's co-director of the Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center (GT-RNOC), which supports research efforts across campus, and principal leader of the Convergence Innovation Competition, which pairs students and industry sponsors on novel projects. He has played a leadership role in the NSF GENI project, leading both the GT campus trials efforts as well as the GENI@SoX regional deployment and the Software Defined Exchange (SDX). Russ is active in the startup community, including roles with the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program and as a principle with Empire Technologies during its acquisition by Concord Communications.

Sean Donovan

Sean Donovan

Research Scientist II

Sean Donovan is a research scientist specializing in software-defined networking (SDN) and software-defined infrastructure (SDI). He is currently focused on the AtlanticWave/SDX project in association with Florida International University (FIU) as the chief software engineer, and consults on various other projects in the networking and IoT space.

Maribeth Gandy Coleman

Maribeth Gandy Coleman

Director
maribeth@imtc.gatech.edu
(404) 894-3638

Dr. Maribeth Gandy is the Director of IMTC as well as the Associate Director of Interactive Media for the Institute for People and Technology. She does research in the areas of augmented reality, mobile computing, and HCI. She is a computer scientist who is interested in not only building interesting mobile applications, accessible interfaces, and AR experiences but in bringing HCI techniques for design and evaluation into these domains.

Maribeth has worked on a wide array of projects in the 12 years she has been a faculty member at Georgia Tech; ranging from an augmented reality prototyping tool, to an accessible computer interface based on gesture, to a virtual reality experience for exposing theater students to vaudeville. She is currently collaborating with NC State on an NSF funded project to develop cognitive games for older adults.She is currently developing presence metrics for measuring engagement in AR environments using qualitative and quantitative (physiological measures) data. She also teaches the “Video Game Design” course and the "Principles of Computer Audio" (which she created in 2001) in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech.

Scott Gilliland

Scott Gilliland

Research Scientist II

Scott Gilliland has been at Georgia Tech since obtaining his Masters in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 2008. During his time at Tech, he's gained skills as a hardware engineer, developing electronics designs and firmware for many wearable and ubiquitous systems. His previous work includes wearables for underwater use, conductive textile sensing and fabrication for use in electronic garments, and interface vests for use with service animals. He has also taught CS3651, an electronics prototyping course for computer science students, and is the manager of the GVU Prototyping Lab.

Jeremy Johnson

Jeremy Johnson

Senior Research Scientist
jeremy@imtc.gatech.edu
(770) 314-8437

Jeremy Johnson is a Research Scientist with the Interactive Media Technology Center (IMTC), where he has been working since 1999. Jeremy’s interests include ubiquitous computing, augmented reality, human-computer interaction, computer audio, sound design and creative applications of computing to the arts. At IMTC he contributes his skill as a software engineer to guide software development projects through the full software life cycle, from requirements gathering to deployment.

Brian D. Jones

Brian D. Jones

Principal Research Scientist

Mr. Brian D. Jones is a Senior Research Engineer at the Interactive Media Technology Center at Georgia Tech, where since 1993, he has developed interactive applications for use in informal learning environments, on smartphones, and in the home. In 2008, Mr. Jones was named Director of the Aware Home Research Initiative (AHRI), a group of Georgia Tech faculty and students researching the next generation of technologies and applications to support residents in their homes. In this capacity, Mr. Jones is working to build new research and industry partnerships as well as enable faculty and students to innovate new technologies for the home that will improve the lives of residents. As part of this effort, he oversees the Aware Home Living Lab, a facility on campus designed to provide an authentic home environment and supporting technology infrastructure for Georgia Tech faculty and students interested in researching a variety of applications in the home.  

Mr. Jones’ primary research interests are in the area of design and development of technologies to improve health and well-being and enable healthy aging and increased independence. His current research projects are considering the role of the connected home as a support in the lives of older adults and people with disabilities; exploring options for measuring gait speed in various clinic and home settings as a proxy for frailty;  and designing a SmartBathroom for understanding bathroom transfers of people with lower body functional limitations.

As a logical extension of the Aware Home as a resource for technology development, Mr. Jones collaborated with researchers in the Georgia Tech Research Institute, to establish Georgia Tech HomeLab to provide a pool of over 600 individuals age 50 and older willing to participate in research projects and evaluate industry products in their homes.

In 2007, Mr. Jones joined with other research faculty at Georgia Tech to form the Design and Technology for Healthy Aging (DATHA) initiative. This effort is aimed at bringing together researchers, students, state and local organizations, and industry with a common interest of providing our older adult population with the communities and technologies they need to successfully age in place.

Mr. Jones serves on the staff of the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) at Georgia Tech, strategizing how Georgia Tech research in empowered personal health can align with industry interests to provide more significant societal impact.

Mr. Jones holds both a Bachelor's degree (BEE `93) and Masters of Science degree (MSEE `96) from Georgia Tech in Electrical Engineering.

Laura Levy

Laura Levy

Research Scientist II

Laura Levy is a Research Scientist II working as a human factors psychologist at the Interactive Media Technology Center (IMTC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Laura is focused on maximizing human performance and potential through novel and engaging technology design validated by rigorous scientific inquiry. Laura received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Florida, and has a Master of Science in both Biology and Psychology from Georgia Tech. She is expected to complete her PhD in Psychology from Georgia Tech in 2018.

Laura takes a behavioral approach to understanding human interactions with technology. She specializes in games user research, serious game design, audio/music psychology, augmented reality, wearables, and health technologies.

Peter Presti

Peter Presti

Senior Research Scientist

Peter Presti is the Co-Director of the Wearable Computing Center and a Senior Research Scientist with the Interactive Media Technology Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. During his 22 years with the university he has collaborated with companies such as IBM, Humana, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Alcatel-Lucent, Bellsouth, Denon Nippon-Columbia, and others. Government research sponsors have included DARPA, NIH, NSF, DoE, USDA, and the VA. His areas of research include sensor systems and biometrics, wearable computers, signal processing, pattern recognition, embedded systems, electronics design, data visualization and computer graphics, and computational geometry. His background spanning both custom hardware and software development provides him the skills to design and build fully integrated prototype systems, and in past projects has designed and built high-speed data capture systems, a variety of kinetic sensors, biometric sensors, and wearable computer systems.

Scott Robertson

Scott Robertson

Associate Director, Interactive Media Technology Center
scott@imtc.gatech.edu
(404) 894-0403

Scott Robertson has been a Research Scientist at the Interactive Media Technology Center since obtaining his Masters in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 1994. During his career at IMTC, he has developed expertise in several areas of research including real time 3D graphics simulation, computational photography and high dynamic range imaging (HDRI), motion capture and animation, CMS-based web application deployment and mobile and general software engineering and applied research and development. He has served as Principal Investigator on a number of projects during his tenure at Georgia Tech and has authored and co-authored refereed journal papers on a number of computer science topics, including video games for stroke rehabilitation, 3D visualization and VR surgery simulation, VR systems for simulating artistic and cultural performances, video game systems for air traffic control simulation training and human factors testing, telemedicine and distance learning.

Matt Sanders

Matt Sanders

Director of Research Operations
msanders@gatech.edu
(404) 894-9107

Matt Sanders is the Director of Research Operations at IPaT. Matt works with Georgia Tech students and researchers, along with industry partners in the creation of innovative mobile and converged applications and services. He is also the Associate Director, and co-founder, of the Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center (GT-RNOC), a unique research center supporting industry and student engagement through research and operational projects; and the wireless services manager for Georgia Tech in the Office of Information Technology.

Richard Starr

Richard Starr

Research Scientist

Richard Starr is a research scientist responsible for the Protected Health Data infrastructure at IPaT. He is developing a common infrastructure to work with healthcare data. This secure environment will be able to be employed across campus to house research data to maintain compliance with HIPAA, IRB, and partnership agreements.

Benjamin J. Thompson

Benjamin J. Thompson

Research Technician II
Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wilson

Senior Research Scientist
jeff@imtc.gatech.edu
(404) 894-7021

Jeff Wilson is a Senior Research Scientist in the Interactive Media Technology Center. He received a Bachelors of Computer Science in 1999 and a Masters of Computer Science in 2001 from Georgia Tech.  His areas of specialization include graphics, visualization, digital audio, game design, and virtual and augmented reality applications.  Some of the projects Jeff has worked on include large-format, projected VR displays, mobile and head mounted AR applications, auditory interfaces for automotive applications, educational games, and mobile health applications.

Clint Zeagler

Clint Zeagler

Research Scientist

While teaching textiles and fashion design studio classes at Savannah College of Art & Design, Zeagler realized his true passion lies in bridging the gap between the disciplines of Wearable design and Human Centered Computing. A diverse background in fashion, industrial design and textiles drives his research on electronic textiles and on-body interfaces with the Contextual Computing Group of the GVU center of Georgia Tech. As a Research Scientist  for the Georgia Tech Interactive Media Technology Center and Instructor for the Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design he teaches courses on Wearable Product Design and an ID section of Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing (MUC).  Zeagler enjoys working with corporations such as HP/Palm and Google to bring real world experience into the classroom. He recently acquired a NASA Georgia Space Consortium grant to fund MUC student projects on wearable computing for space—a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate students. He is also a member of the NASA Wearable Technology Cluster a group of scientists and academics working together to give advice to those in NASA working on wearable computing or electronic textile projects. A deep understanding of the garment production process fosters innovation in his research. Zeagler’s company Pecan Pie Couture hand dyed, embroidered, and screen-printed textiles and garments. Building upon that skillset, his recent research led to the creation of the Electronic Textile Interface Swatch Book (ESwatchBook) in collaboration with Thad Starner. The ESwatchBook is designed to help facilitate discussions between the skill and craft-based design disciplines (.i.e. fashion) and more technical disciplines (.i.e. computer science). To put the ESwatchBook’s capabilities to the test, he developed a series of workshops at multiple colleges with the purpose of bringing together designers with engineers / technology specialists. The workshops were funded by a National Endowment for the Arts grant, which he co-authored. Zeagler’s most recent endeavor FIDO: Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations is an exploration into using wearable electronics to enhance interactions between service dogs and their handler/owners.

Richard Starr

Richard Starr

Research Scientist

Richard Starr is a research scientist responsible for the Protected Health Data infrastructure at IPaT. He is developing a common infrastructure to work with healthcare data. This secure environment will be able to be employed across campus to house research data to maintain compliance with HIPAA, IRB, and partnership agreements.

IPaT Support Team

Marcia Chandler

Senior Administrative Professional
marciac@gatech.edu
(404) 385-7602

Marcia Chandler has been with Georgia Tech for more than 15 years, with assignments in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Tennenbaum Institute before joining IPaT. She provides administrative support to the researchers in the Interactive Media Technology Center (IMTC) and other IPaT units. Her responsibilities include purchasing and p-card administration, travel and expense processing, student hiring and HR actions, and asset management. She also assists researchers with Georgia Tech’s rigorous Research Faculty Promotions Process and coordinates IPaT Research Faculty Promotions Peer Review Committee activities. Finally, she compiles and edits the IPaT Weekly Highlights. A native of Florida, Marcia holds a master’s degree in public administration from Kennesaw State University, a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida A&M University, and she is a 20+-year member of the Grammy award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Paul Diederich

Paul Diederich

Systems Support Engineer
paul.diederich@gatech.edu
(404) 385-3714

Paul Diederich is a Systems Support Engineer responsible for the day-to-day IT operations supporting our users. He also helps create IT solutions and played a key role in creating the Protected Health Data Infrastructure at IPaT.

Paul graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor degree in Information Security Assurance. Prior to Georgia Tech, Paul did freelance IT providing technical support to individuals and companies including medical offices. He also worked at Mesa Community College as a media technician while he lived in Arizona.

Fariba Hollister

Fariba Hollister

Program & Operations Manager, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation

Fariba Hollister is the program & operations manager for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation at Georgia Institute of Technology. She has over 20 years of experience in Product Development, Software Engineering, Supplier Quality and Project Management in Transportation Industry working for Ford, Visteon, Alcoa and Fiat/Chrysler. Before joining Georgia Tech she worked for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in Michigan as a project manager for the Powertrain Application Department where she applied her experience in software/system engineering, supplier quality and project management to manage Powertrain Calibration planning for multiple production vehicle programs. She worked cross-functionally with multiple teams from product development, regulatory affairs, and sales/marketing to successfully launch Dart, Fiat 500 X, Renegade, Abarth, and Hybrid Pacifica models. She holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Western Michigan University.

Shawn Imtiazuddin

Shawn Imtiazuddin

Systems Support Engineer
shawnimtiaz@gatech.edu
(404) 385-5545

Shawn Imtiazuddin is a Systems Support Engineer responsible for supporting IPaT’s day-to-day IT operations. He graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems. Prior to Georgia Tech, Shawn worked for a cloud service provider, specializing in supporting and migrating physical client infrastructures into Green Cloud's virtual platform.

Kristi Kirkland

Kristi Kirkland

Research Associate II

Kristi Kirkland has been with Georgia Tech for more than 15 years, joining the Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation Initiative (SCII) in 2017. In collaboration with SCII faculty, staff, and students, Kristi provides administrative program management support for all SCII’s programs, activities, and events. Before joining SCII, Kristi provided research support for the Tennenbaum Institute at Georgia Tech which conducted research on various issues, opportunities, and challenges associated with fundamental transformation in enterprises.  

Kristi received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Furman University, a Master of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University, and a Master of Science Degree in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University. 

Queen Marrero

Queen Marrero

Financial Administrator

Queen Marrero is a retired U.S. Army Major, and a 36-year veteran. Her last assignment was with the U.S. Army Reserves Command Headquarters, Fort Bragg, North Carolina where she served as watch commander, contract procurement officer, and communications-electronics operations officer. She is an alumna and former employee of Georgia State University and graduate of their Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC). Queen has over 20 years’ experience in research administration, grants & contracts, pre and post-award management. She is also a professional puppeteer and ventriloquist and member of the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Atlanta Puppetry Guild and Puppeteers of America. Queen has two children and two grandchildren.

Raul Perez

Raul Perez

Graphic Designer
rperez38@mail.gatech.edu
(404) 385-4305

Raul Perez is the Graphic Designer for IPaT’s Marketing Communications team. He ensures that all of IPaT and their clients have the best visually represented designs needed for marketing and communications. Raul joins IPaT from South Florida where he graduated from the Art Institute of Ft Lauderdale, winning best print portfolio. He has worked in the e-commerce field as well as designing for a sports nutritional company making tradeshow displays, booklets, business cards, website landing pages and promotional emails.

Don Schoner

Don Schoner

Event Coordinator
dschoner3@gatech.edu
(404) 894-0075

Don Schoner is the longest-serving member of the IPaT staff. In addition to event and meeting planning, Don manages the IPaT suite as well as space in two remote locations. He is responsible for day-to-day logistics and operations and is the central repository of knowledge for all things event related, a sort of "man behind the curtain.” Previously, Don served as Administrative Assistant in the GVU Center. If Don doesn’t know, Don knows who knows.

Faith Sumpter

Faith Sumpter

Program and Operations Manager
faith@gatech.edu
(404) 385-3368

Faith Sumpter (she/her/hers) joins the IPaT team as the Program & Operations Manager. Faith joins the team from Georgia Tech’s Institute Diversity department where she provided support for several programs including Employee Resource Groups, Inclusive Leaders Academy, and Transformative Narratives. Prior to that position she worked within student activities, orientation and leadership programs at UNC Asheville, Chattahoochee Technical College, and Agnes Scott College.

Faith received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA and a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. Outside of work, she is an active member of her community and serves as the member-at-large for diversity and inclusion for the Wesleyan College Alumnae Association Board of Managers.