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Class of 2020
Celebrating Future Leaders

Class of 2020 Celebrating Future Leaders

As the Spring 2020 semester comes to a close, the School of Building Construction would like to acknowledge all of our future leaders. Below are just a few of our extraordinary students, now alumni. We wish everyone much success!

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Soowon Chang

Program: Ph.D. in Building Construction

Concentration: Sustainable Resilient Building Design and Construction for Smart and Connected Communities

Why did you choose to study at the Georgia Tech School of Building Construction? I chose the School of Building Construction at Georgia Tech for its unique academic setting that includes design, engineering, construction, and facility management. 

What advice would you give to future leaders? Work hard and dream harder, and believe your efforts will better yourself for the future.

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Yuqing HU

Program: Ph.D. in Building Construction

Concentration: Clash Resolution Optimization Based on Component and Clash Dependent Networks

Why did you choose to study at the Georgia Tech School of Building Construction? Georgia Tech is a top-ranked institute that aims to change the world through advanced science and technology. At the School of Building Construction, I can learn and research state-of-the-art technologies for construction to improve human living conditions. In addition, the School provides many opportunities to connect with the practice; which makes the knowledge that we learn really play its roles. Here is a place that inspires you to pursue your dream and teach you how to do it.

What advice would you give to future leaders? Don't limit yourself. We are here to shape the future of construction and create better-built environments.

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Monica Sierra Aparicio

Program: Master of Science in Building Construction and Facility Management

Concentration: Facility Management

Why did you choose to study at the Georgia Tech School of Building Construction? I chose the Georgia Tech School of Building Construction for its competitive master's program, which was accompanied by excellent professors, researchers, and staff. Additionally, the strong connection the School has with the construction industry.

What advice would you give to future leaders? Georgia Tech has a lot of resources for you to succeed, thrive, and enjoy your life on campus. Engage, learn, and don’t forget to stop along the way to take photos.

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Charisse Spence

Program: Master of Science in Building Construction and Facility Management

Concentration: Program Management

Why did you choose to study at the Georgia Tech School of Building Construction? I chose Georgia Tech School of Building Construction because it was the only program I knew in the U.S. that had exactly what I was looking for, program management. The School offers a primary focus in Program Management concerning the construction Industry. Its curriculum has a holistic approach to learning different segments of building construction.

What advice would you give to future leaders? This program has taught me that it’s okay not to know everything. Take it as an opportunity to ask many questions and to participate in further research so that you can teach the next person.

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Wayne Watson

Program: Master of Real Estate Development

Why did you choose to study at the Georgia Tech School of Building Construction? I chose to study at the Georgia Tech School of Building Construction because of location in an emerging urban city, Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to the combination of multiple disciplinary technical skills and real-world applications learned from the program.

What advice would you give to future leaders? The journey at Georgia Tech was amazing. I learned so much about the built environment in some of the most advanced buildings in the world.

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