Meet Our Student Ambassadors

 

Interested in learning what life is like as a graduate student in the School of Building Construction at Georgia Tech? Ask one of our student ambassadors.

 

Adit GandhiAdit Gandhi

Program: Building Construction & Facility Management (MSBCFM)
Concentration: Construction Management
Student Affiliation: Student Alumni Association (SAA)
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Civil Engineering; NMIMS University, India

Why did you choose to study at the GT School of Building Construction? I chose to study at GT School of Building Construction because of its a specially tailored construction management program which covers all aspects of managing a construction site; from procurement to closure. 

What is your professional experience? My past work experience includes a leadership role where I was selected as the head of a sales & marketing team for a particular project. I want to better understand leadership skills and how I need to develop them. 

What do you like about Atlanta? Atlanta is one of the most important factors which influenced my decision to come to GT. The weather of Atlanta totally suits me and is similar to the weather conditions in my hometown. Also, its one of the very few cities in the United States that is growing at such a fast pace, especially it's construction market which is booming right now. 

What are your hobbies? Tennis, Swimming, Research

Do you have questions for Adit? Email him at aditgandhi@gatech.edu 


Clare HealyClare Healy

Program: Master of Real Estate Development (MRED)
Student Affiliations: President, GT Student Planning Association; Student Co-Chair, GT Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee; Urban Land Institute (ULI) Atlanta Mentor Program
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Human & Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University

Why did you choose to study at the GT School of Building Construction?I worked as a real estate consultant at RCLCO for 3 years. However, I felt like I needed a stronger educational foundation in real estate (as my undergraduate degree is in another field) to continue to advance my career in real estate. GT's MRED program was an opportunity to build my real estate knowledge while also studying urban planning and economic development through GT's School of City and Regional Planning. I was also impressed with how practical and applied the program is, and particularly how much experience the faculty and lecturers have. You're learning from expert practitioners. The program is also run incredibly efficiently from an administrative standpoint; Rick works with you to give you all the support, flexibility, and resources you need.

What is your professional experience? For the past few years, I worked in Washington, D.C.,  as a Senior Associate at RCLCO. RCLCO is a real estate economics consulting firm that does market analyses and other feasibility studies for developers, municipalities, and institutional investors. Prior to that, I was a fellow at Smart Growth America. Last summer, I was an intern at Urban Realty Partners and Bleakly Advisory Group.

What do you like about Atlanta? Atlanta's development patterns have created challenging land use and traffic problems to overcome, but also opportunities for the region to become a leader in infill development, transit, and other issues relating to real estate. The BeltLine is one example of this. As a student of real estate and urban planning, Atlanta is a great laboratory.

What are your hobbies? Bike commuting, going to coffee shops, politics

Other degree program affiliation? I am also earning a separate MCRP degree from the School of City and Regional Planning.

Do you have questions for Clare? Email her at clare.healy@gatech.edu


Raj ShahRaj Shah

Program: Building Construction & Facility Management (MSBCFM)
Concentration: Facility Management
Student & Industry Affiliations: Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA); American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Georgia Tech Chapter; Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Civil Engineering; L.J. Institute of Engineering and Technology, India

Why did you choose to study at the GT School of Building Construction? The thought of being a yellow jacket is enough to choose Georgia Tech School of Building Construction. Apart from that, the coursework and research opportunities offered at Georgia Tech will help me in my future endeavors. Also, the knowledge you get from faculty with years of research experience and working in the industry creates the perfect mix.

What is your professional experience? I have experience working on commercial projects, and residential and educational units; gaining experience in the construction industry and understanding the need for more knowledge in the field of construction management. 

What do you like about Atlanta? The calmness. Even though being a major city, the calmness in Atlanta makes it different from other cities.

What are your hobbies? Soccer, badminton, table tennis, cycling, swimming, watching Game of Thrones

Do you have questions for Raj? Email him at rshah373@gatech.edu