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Rick Clark

Director of Undergraduate Admission

Years at Georgia Tech: 16.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The fact that faculty, staff, and students are bonded by our motto of "Progress and Service" and our mission of "Improving the Human Condition." This focus and goal definitely bonds our community and makes for an inspiring place to be.

Favorite Place on Campus: The Tyler Brown Pi Mile. Named after a former SGA President who embodied "Progress and Service.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: The Atlanta Beltline. Great restaurants and parks- plus unrivaled people watching.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Cypress Street Pint and Plate. Great atmosphere (sit outside, if it’s nice) and an easy walk to Tech Square. Sweet potato nachos, poutine, Southern fried chicken—what’s not to like?!

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Go for a run or walk on the Atlanta BeltLine. What started as a master’s thesis at Georgia Tech has revolutionized our city. Incredible views of the city, great restaurants, shopping and public art along the way. 

Mary Tipton Woolley

Senior Associate Director

Years at Georgia Tech: 9.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The talent, innovation and drive present in faculty, staff and students all over campus.

Favorite Place on Campus: Bobby Dodd Stadium - where you'll find me cheering on the Yellow Jackets during football season.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Centennial Olympic Park.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: JCT Kitchen, Antico Pizza & West Egg Cafe

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Head to Centennial Olympic Park to visit the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke and CNN Center. Be sure to check out the Olympic fountain water show, the skyline view and the yummy restaurants all around the park!

Find Mary Tipton on the Georgia Tech admission blog.

Ashley Brookshire

Regional Director of Admission - West Coast

Years at Georgia Tech: 4 as an Undergraduate Student and 9 in Admission

Favorite Thing About Georgia Tech: My favorite thing would have to be all of Tech's quirky traditions. Whether it's the Freshman Cake Race, RAT Caps, or singing "I'm a Ramblin' Wreck" after every touchdown, Tech students are very proud of their traditions and love to keep them going strong!

Favorite Place on Campus: The Tech Tower Lawn is beautiful year-round, whether you're studying in the sun during the Spring or playing in the snow during Winter. With both Tech Tower and Bobby Dodd Football Stadium adjacent to the lawn, it's easy to forget you're in the heart of Atlanta!

Favorite Restaurant Near Campus: Flip Burger is a great restaurant that is run by a Top Chef contestant. Their food is definitely one of a kind!

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Peachtree Street is one of my favorite parts of Atlanta. If I'm just driving through or going for a run, there's always so much going on with the restaurants, shops, and offices that line the street.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: If you have a few days to just be a tourist, I recommend getting a City Pass for Atlanta. You'll be able to visit the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, and Zoo Atlanta with a discounted pass. Even as an Atlanta native, I really enjoyed touring the city and getting a glimpse into a little bit of everything!

Find Ashley on the Georgia Tech admission blog.

Chad Bryant

Senior Assistant Director

Years at Tech: 4.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The people. Everyone truly embodies the Institute’s motto of Progress and Service. 

Favorite Place on Campus: Bobby Dodd Stadium. It is a great place to watch a football game with the Atlanta skyline in the background. 

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Ponce City Market. Great food options with easy access to the Atlanta Beltline for a quick jog to Piedmont Park. 

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Fox Brothers BBQ.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Visit Stone Mountain. You can hike to the top of Stone Mountain or on one of their many trails. Be sure to stay late and enjoy a great laser show.

Katy Beth Chisolm

Assistant Director (campus visits)

Years at Tech: 3.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The people. I get to work with amazing colleagues across campus that love Tech and fantastic students that are looking to make their soon to be alma mater proud. It's hard to find this kind of campus culture anywhere else!

Favorite Place on Campus: The Rooftop Garden at Clough Commons. It has a beautiful view of campus and is a great place to enjoy the sunshine. 

Favorite Place in Atlanta: The Beltline! It is such a fun way to explore different parts of Atlanta and some quirky neighborhoods you wouldn't necessarily find on your own. Plus all the runners and cyclists are great inspiration to get moving:)  

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Octane Coffee Bar - their iced coffee is out of this world!

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Enjoy the outside! Explore Piedmont Park, wander around Midtown for lunch, or catch a Braves game. There are so many things to do and we have great access to them.

Andrew Cohen

Associate Director, Guest Experience

Years at Tech: 1.

Favorite thing about Georgia Tech: I love all of the traditions that exist on campus!  From the whistle blowing between classes to the Rambling Wreck leading the football team out onto the field, there are so many long standing traditions on Georgia Tech’s campus. My favorite tradition is when first-year students decorate their RAT cap.  Whether you are a current student or attended Georgia Tech 50 years ago, all students’ RAT caps are still decorated in the same exact way!

Favorite place on Campus: The Bill Moore Student Success Center, which is home to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.  This is where we welcome prospective students on a daily basis, when the come to visit campus.  It is always great to meet visitors who are traveling from all over to experience Georgia Tech firsthand.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Ponce City Market has so many different food options, access to the Beltline and even has miniature golf course on the roof!  I just keep going back to try different food vendors.  (Krog Street Market is set up very similarly and also has great food options!) 

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Since I am originally from the Northeast, I have come to love authentic southern cuisine and there is no better place than Mary Mac’s Tea Room!  If you are visiting from out-of-town, you need to find time to make it to Mary Mac’s!

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: The World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium and CNN Center are all great options if you want to hit some of the major tourist attractions in the city!  I also recommend spending some time on the Beltline or head to Piedmont Park.  I love the park because it reminds me of Central Park in New York City, which makes sense because the same landscape architect (Olmstead) designed both parks!

Find Andrew on the GT Admission Blog

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Caroline Cox

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Position: Senior Admission Counselor

Years at Tech: Less than 1.

Favorite thing about Tech: I absolutely love Georgia Tech’s campus! It is incredibly beautiful with so much green space. You almost forget you are in a big city until you look up and see the amazing Atlanta skyline. Since Tech was founded in 1885, there is so much history here and many traditions that have remained strong over the years from Sideways the Dog to the Freshman cake Race.

Favorite place on campus: Harrison Square. This is the grassy area right outside of Tech Tower. It is very beautiful when the spring flowers have bloomed. You also have a great view of the city. It is a great place to have a cup of coffee or tea in between classes.

Favorite place in Atlanta: Piedmont Park! This park is in the heart of Midtown Atlanta and is great place for a walk, bike ride or picnic. You can often times find some sort of festival or market taking place here. I highly recommend checking out the park and then venturing to Beltline where there are many great restaurants.

Favorite restaurant near campus: I really enjoy going to Superica in Krog Street Market. They have fantastic steak fajitas! For dessert, check out Jeni’s ice cream. My favorite mix is coffee and dark chocolate in a waffle cone.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: I love being outside! If you do too, I would highly recommend visiting Botanical Gardens. If you are here for a few days, you could explore East Palisades Trail as well. It is a beautiful hike along the Chattahoochee River that is not too far from campus. If you enjoy biking, I would recommend checking out the Silver Comet Trail.

Katie Faussemagne

Senior Assistant Director

Years at Georgia Tech: 20 years

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The amazing people that make up the Georgia Tech Community- students, faculty, staff, alumni, and my COLLEAGUES in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. We work hard to recruit and admit a very talented group of students each year, and to see these students come in as freshman, graduate, and then move on into the "real world," is the most wonderful thing to experience.

Favorite Place on Campus: Bobby Dodd Stadium at night - we have the BEST views of the Atlanta skyline.  My kids also love the CRC and the indoor water slide.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: The Westside!

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: YEAH! BURGER, they have great onion rings.  And you cannot visit campus without stopping by The Varsity.  I suggest you walk there from our office (to get some extra exercise, before you order a naked dog and a frozen orange). 

Favorite restaurant in Atlanta: Sotto Sotto.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Atlanta is made up of some great neighborhoods.  From the Westside, to Inman Park, Buckhead and the Virginia Highlands, there are many places to visit.  I would always recommend the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coke, and if you have the time, the High Museum.  Last, but not least a Braves, Hawks or Falcons game.

Laila Flores-Cervantes

Senior Admission Counselor

Years at Georgia Tech: 5.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The people! My colleagues are very friendly, supportive, and truly live the Institute's motto: "Progress and Service." The students I work with are very nice; smiles around campus are contagious!

Favorite Place on Campus: Ferst Center for the Arts. I have seen amazing shows here, such as the Guthman New Instrument Competition and a show by Pilobulus, a renowned dance theater company.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: I love to visit Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden all year around. I am also very fond of the Virginia Highlands neighborhood. When I visit that part of town, I like to eat dinner at Yeah! Burger and buy ice cream at Paolo's Gelato. The city of Decatur (nearby) is also a great place to go and explore the food and music scene. If you go, I recommend to eat at Taqueria del Sol, Victory Sandwich Bar or The Pinewood and buy dessert at Butter and Cream.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: The Canteen at Tech Square and Sweet Hut Bakery & Cafe in Midtown.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: I love art museums, so if you have the time I recommend that you visit the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), and the Michael C. Carlos Museum. I also enjoy hiking, so you can visit the state parks (there are so many close by or a few hours away!) like Cloudland Canyon State Park and Amicalola Falls State Park.

I speak Spanish / Yo hablo Español.

Ellery Kirkconnell

Senior Admission Counselor

Years at Tech: Less than 1.

Favorite thing about Georgia Tech: This is a hard one to narrow down, but one thing that comes to mind immediately is the integration of technology in nearly every classroom experience. It teaches our students to think and do far beyond both in and out the classroom. 

Favorite place on Campus: Tech Green instantly became one of my favorite spots on campus! I love being able to say that I work in a campus centered in a city yet surrounded by green spaces. You will find students and guest relaxing outside, a lineup of food trucks, hammocks and of course one or two footballs being thrown around. 

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Little Five Points has become one of my favorite spots in Atlanta due to its artistic vibes, mom and pop shops and of course the great food selections. 

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Negril Village Atlanta.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Spend a good portion of the day at Ponce City Market and if you’re into farmers markets, checkout DeKalb Farmers Market. DeKalb Farmers Market is truly an experience and it gives other farmers marker a run for their money!  

I speak Spanish / Yo hablo Español.

Katie Mattli

Senior Assistant Director

Years at Tech: 5.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech really surprises you. It is in the heart of Atlanta but the campus has so many green lawns and cozy spaces you almost forget until you look at the skyline. It is its own community with a thriving city as its backyard.

Favorite Place on Campus: I think I have a tie! The Kessler Campanile was instantly one of my favorite places on campus.  It is a bustling spot with students coming and going out of the student center, but you can tuck away under a tree and listen to the fountain, taking a quiet moment to think. I also love the Chihuly sculptures in the atrium of the Scheller College of Business.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: I love the DeKalb Farmers Market. You can be a tourist and wander through the aisles taking it all in, but the locals park their shopping carts on the left-hand wall and go through the hot food buffet. The food is incredible and filled with ethnic dishes.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Mary Mac’s Tea Room really celebrates Southern cuisine and is the real deal. Everyone talks about their peanut butter pie (and it is delicious!) but their peach cobbler is my favorite. Ask your server about celebrity sightings. They always have great stories about stars and famous politicians stopping by.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: The Fox Theatre is so iconic that I feel it is a “can’t miss” spot. I have seen some amazing productions there like The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.

Find Katie on the Georgia Tech admission blog.

Sara Riggs

Assistant Director - International Recruitment

Years at Tech: 4

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech:  Tech provides students with the resources and support they need to creatively approach some of the world’s biggest challenges.  The motto “Progress and Service” really represents what is happening across campus.  

Favorite Place on Campus: I love catching views of the city from any of the great vantage points across campus.  Bobby Dodd Stadium, the West Village Dining Commons, and the top of Clough Commons are a few of my favorites.  

Favorite Place in Atlanta: The Fabulous Fox Theatre.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Head over to Krog Street Market in Inman Park (just off the Beltline) for a variety of delicious options. If you want to stay closer to campus for lunch, try Taqueria del Sol or Antico

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Explore the Beltline or find a weekend event happening in one of Atlanta’s many parks. If you’d prefer an indoor activity, check out the World of Coke and the Georgia Aquarium.  

Find Sara on the GT Admission Blog


Samantha Rose-Sinclair

Senior Admission Counselor - Women's Recruitment

Years at Tech: 1

Favorite thing about Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech is the embodiment of passion without pretense. The achievement and innovation of the students, faculty, and alumni that call this campus their home never fails to amaze me, and the talent coming from every corner of this campus is inspiring. 

Favorite place on Campus: Tech Square! As one of the first places that I ever visited on campus, Tech Square is a hub of student & industrial activity, innovation, and most importantly, FOOD. 

Favorite Place in Atlanta: I’m a sucker for aquariums and the Georgia Aquarium is one of my favorites. I could sit in front of the large tank with the manta rays and whale sharks all day long, its surprisingly peaceful. 

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Bartaco or Antico.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Ponce City Market is a great place to spend an afternoon! There are lots of great little shops, and the food hall is a great way to try something new and/or meet all the different food cravings of a large group all at once. Best of all, it’s located right on the Beltline, making it a wonderful place to start or end your adventures around Atlanta. 

Find Samantha on the Georgia Tech admission blog.

Laura Simmons

Assistant Director - Dual Enrollment Coordinator

Years at Tech: 4.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The fearlessness with which students go for their dreams.   They use their amazing math and science skills to solve problems right here on campus or across the globe.  It's fun to watch them, the dreamers.

Favorite Place on Campus: Tech Square. Where the campus intersects with the city of Atlanta, you can see students and local entrepreneurs enjoying the fun restaurants together.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Zoo Atlanta is my favorite, with the extraordinary gorilla exhibit and the adorable pandas. Every spring, you can enjoy the new babies across the zoo.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Just because it's such an Atlanta tradition, I have to say The Varsity. Whether you're a visitor or a resident, you have to be able to say you've had a frosted orange and a peach pie.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: The Georgia Aquarium can keep you entertained for hours.  From whale sharks to river critters, it truly lives up to the hype of the world’s largest aquarium.  And when you step outside, you have quick access to all of the other downtown Atlanta attractions.

Evan Simmons

Senior Admission Counselor

Years at Tech: Less than 1

Favorite thing about Georgia Tech: The Georgia Tech community! Everyone you meet has a great story about how Georgia Tech has impacted them in the positive way. Progress and Service is at the heart of the community.

Favorite place on Campus: Harrison Square. There sits 2 statues of Rosa Parks. It’s peaceful and an great place to reflect.

Favorite place in Atlanta: Piedmont Park! A great place to hang out with friends and see a different side of Atlanta.

Favorite restaurant near campus: Ann’s Snack Bar. Great burgers and an Atlanta landmark.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Explore the hotspots! Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead and Little 5 Points. They all have great eats and things to do!


Alexandra Thackston

Senior Admission Counselor

Years at Georgia Tech: 5.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The camaraderie with the students and staff. Everyone here genuinely loves to be here. It's great to see everyone lending a helping hand around campus.

Favorite Place on Campus: The Rooftop Garden atop Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons. You can take in the best views of the city, while enjoying a cup of coffee or studying for exams. It’s a beautiful area on campus. 

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Has to be the Atlanta Beltline from Krog Street Market all the way to Piedmont Park! It’s just over a 2 mile walk and you can see gorgeous views of the Atlanta Skyline, take in local art, check out trendy restaurants, and learn more about the city’s culture in a short couple of blocks. Best time to go is in the Fall when it’s getting cooler outside. 

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Most of the restaurants in West Midtown are great! However, I recently have developed a love for Eclipse Di Luna in Miami Circle. They offer Spanish Tapas that are delicious! 

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Definitely stroll down the Beltline if you have the time! Otherwise, I would encourage you to check out a Braves game or ATL United Soccer game, enjoy the roller coasters at Six Flags Over Georgia, explore the culture of Atlanta through Buford Highway Farmer's Market, or catch a show at the Fox Theatre. There are endless amounts of activities to participate in while in Atlanta.

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Kathleen Voss

Regional Director of Admission - Mid-Atlantic

Years at Georgia Tech: 5.

Favorite thing about Georgia Tech: The people!  Diverse, brilliant, and FRIENDLY!

Favorite place on Campus: The Hinman Research Building, which is home to The College of Design. This 35,000 square foot facility successfully blends the old with the new.  Much like the Institute, it has served a variety of purposes and has had to rise to the occasion of the times. Even if Architecture is not your intended major, do drop by this dramatic, award winning facility which originally opened in the 1930’s and was renovated and reopened in 2011.  It has captured prizes in Architect Magazine, Building Design and Construction Magazine and Interior Design Magazine to name a few.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Bobby Dodd Stadium! Go Jackets!

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Marlow’s Tavern on West Peachtree, introduced to me by my cousin Kevin (class of ‘89). Also Baraonda which is right next to The Fox Theatre.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Visit the spectacular Botanical Gardens. There are over 30 acres of amazing outdoor gardens! The Garden hosts a variety of cultural and fun events throughout the year.