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From Retiree to Data Scientist at NASA

For most of us, unfinished business at college means a few remaining credits standing in the way of a diploma – not pursuing an additional advanced degree.

The Key to a Successful Late Career Transition

Change. The word alone can trigger anxiety. When life as we know it takes a turn, it’s easy to feel intimidated; the familiar, after all, is comfortable.

But change prevents stagnation. It injects energy into routine and propels us forward into unexplored terrain, presenting opportunities that would remain beyond reach if we didn’t take action and move ahead.

Space, STEM, and Saturn V: The Journey from Earth to the Moon

Half a century ago Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins –with the help of thousands of NASA engineers, scientists, and mission controllers –pulled off a moon landing that remains history's greatest adventure.

Bob Macdonald was completing his master's degree in nuclear engineering at Georgia Tech when plans for the historic moon landing was announced.

“I thought what a great thing to do,” Macdonald remembered. “It wouldn’t be easy but we knew the physics and we knew the math. We just didn’t have the equipment to do it. That’s where the engineers came in.”

Always Improving: Philosophy as a Procurement Specialist

Georgia Tech’s Procurement and Supply Management Leadership Certificate is designed to prepare sourcing, planning, and procurement professionals to lead their companies in successfully navigating the complexities, risks, and rewards of the modern global sourcing environment. Project leaders, business unit leaders, operations managers, and sales leaders are all typical learners.

Family Ties: Father and Son Take Power Systems Certificate Program

It’s not uncommon for multiple generations of a family to attend the same university. But at the same time? Not usually.

In a twist on tradition, Terry Tucker and his son, Carson, both recently took the Power Systems Certificate program, offered by Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE). The two also work together, so for them, sitting next to each other in a classroom didn’t seem all that out of the ordinary.

Thinking Big and Plunging In

When it comes to work, Genna Gold is all about big. Big market, big product, big picture.

And, in the last two-and-a-half years, big change, at a rapid clip. “I’m a very on-the-go type of person,” Gold said, giving insight into why embarking on Georgia Tech's Master's in Systems Engineering program, moving two months later and starting a new job didn’t daunt her. “I enjoy that sort of thing.”

Taking the Fast Track in Manufacturing Leadership

Amanda Dannemiller had long known she wanted to get a master’s degree. She was closing in on 10 years of working as a process engineer when a pull towards management told her it was time to do it.

Dannemiller began looking into MBA programs “because that seemed to be the standard choice,” she said. “But, I just didn’t feel excited about any of them."

“An MBA covers things at a very high level,” Dannemiller explained. “Right now, I'm focused on knowing how to run my department.”

Shun Griffin Makes her Mark in Manufacturing Leadership

With ample experience in manufacturing, Lukisha T. "Shun" Griffin recently became the first woman to earn a Manufacturing Leadership Certificate from Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE). Knowing she always had a knack for working with machines, Griffin, who is currently studying Industrial Engineering at Kennesaw State University (KSU), enrolled in GTPE's program to gain the skills necessary to further her career and become a manufacturing manager.

Cultivating a Growth Mindset

For Eric Taylor, Georgia Tech’s Professional Master’s in Manufacturing Leadership (PMML) program elevated his professional value and opened his eyes to a new take on management -- part of what he sees as a continual journey.

Taylor grew up in Southern Mississippi. While he wasn’t the first member of his family to attend college, he would prove the first to graduate -- following a period of adjustment.

First Graduate of OMS Analytics Sees Data Science as More than a Job

Data scientist Nicole de Vries knows that life takes us in unexpected directions, but thanks to Georgia Tech's Master of Science in Analytics (OMS Analytics) program, she didn’t have to postpone her career goals.

“I mean life happens,” said de Vries. “I was living in Georgia, and I had an opportunity to go up to Boston, and I didn't want to have to drop out of school. I was in the on-campus program. And if the online program hadn’t been an option, I don't know if I would have been able to complete the degree.”

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