Are you Ready for College? - Vibha


Student Panel Discussion

Keynote Speaker

Thiago Olson
Keynote Speaker

Thiago is a Managing Director at Engage and is a Venture Partner at Tech Square Ventures. Thiago has a background of branding and launching products in both consumer technology and financial Business-to-Business industries. Prior to Engage, Thiago served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Advanced Technology Development Center, one of the first technology incubators in the country, and was also the CEO and co-founder of Stratos Technologies, a connected hardware and mobile payment platform. Stratos was backed by investors including Hyde Park Venture Partners, Resonant Venture Partners, Toba Capital, and Western Technology Investment and was later acquired in 2015. Thiago has also served in various roles in Venture, Think Tank and Engineering Program Management at the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Energy, where he worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Sandia National Laboratories. Thiago also worked overseas in research capacities at the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. A resident of Atlanta, Thiago holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Vanderbilt University. He also was a fellow in the National Fellowship Program in Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Sciences at Princeton University. Thiago came into the national spotlight as a teen for his research in plasma physics; successfully building a fusion reactor in his home in Rochester, Michigan.

Other Speakers

Marjorie Mitchell

Marjorie Mitchell, Director of Enrollment Management, has managed the admissions and financial aid programs at The Westminster Schools for the last seventeen years. A former Economics teacher, she enjoys working with young people. In the greater Atlanta community, Marjorie serves as past chair of the Board of the Student Aid Foundation, on the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Speech School and Westside Charter Schools, and as a local summer workshop leader on College Admissions Essay Writing for Jack and Jill of America, Inc. A UGA Foundation Fellow graduate, she completed her BBA in Finance in three years, and worked for 17 years in the high tech industry at both Digital Equipment Corporation and Oracle prior to Westminster. Marjorie is the proud parent of A. Alexis (Yale), Robert (Vanderbilt) and David (Princeton). She enjoys theater, reading, travel, mentoring teens, and helping high school seniors with their college essays.


Anish Bikmal
University Of Pennsylvania

Anish Bikmal is a rising freshman at the University of Pennsylvania where he plans to complete a dual degree in statistics in the Wharton School and computer science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Anish graduated as Valedictorian of South Forsyth High School and is the state winner of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards which he was awarded for his work with his non-profit organization, Motivate and Inspire Inc, which raised over $55,000. Anish is also the winner of the Georgia Positive Athlete Award and Scholarship for tennis, the Georgia Brain Bee, an attendee of the Governor’s Honors Program, a National Merit Scholar, and a National AP Scholar. In his senior year, Anish was a full-time dual enrollment student at Georgia Tech where he also worked as a researcher at Laboratory for Pathology Dynamics. During his time at South Forsyth, Anish served as the Region 11 Vice President of FBLA, president of Mu Alpha Theta, president/founder of the chemistry olympiad club, and captain of the varsity tennis team which won the state tournament.

Shreya Rekapalli
Vanderbilt University

Shreya is a rising freshman at Vanderbilt University, majoring in Economics with a minor in Business. She is attending Vanderbilt as an Ingram scholar and was also selected as a Stamps President’s scholar at Georgia Tech. At Riverwood HS, she was a part of the IB Diploma program and active in student government as a Student Body Officer by leading many social justice campaigns. She also served as the President of her FBLA and Model UN chapters and played soccer and ran cross country. Additionally, during her sophomore year, Shreya and her team advanced to the TIE Young Entrepreneurs Global competition and won first place. Over her summers she researched behavioral economics at the Georgia Tech Marketing Department. She also attended the Governor’s Honors Program and the Yale Young Global Scholars program in Politics, Law, and Economics. She also volunteered with the organization Los Ninos Primero to teach young spanish-speaking students english.

James Lee
Princeton University

James Lee is a rising freshman at Princeton University. At Peachtree Ridge HS, he founded the Mock Trial program, organized the school recycling program, and served as the President of the Future Business Leaders of America chapter. Outside of school, he co-founded two non-profit charities to raise money for cancer research. He learned about policy and local government as part of the Gwinnett County Youth Commission. He graduated as a National Merit Scholar, National AP Scholar, and Governor’s Honors student. He plans on pursuing a career in domestic policy.

Yannie Tan
Stanford University

Yannie Tan, graduated from Atlanta International School, will attend Stanford University in the Fall. Yannie has performed and competed piano since the age of four and has won numerous national and international competitions. She has been featured in numerous news organizations, shows, such as Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta and Company, 11Alive, among others. Yannie also enjoys sharing her ideas with students and young musicians of all ages about the importance of applying classical music in our lives. Her initiatives have grown to an global level, in which she has reached 100,000 subscribers and 15 million views on her YouTube channel. Besides music, Yannie is also dedicated to science research. Ever since she became a finalist in the Google Science Fair in 2016, she has actively encouraged girls to participate in STEAM fields through Astutia, a national competition and organization for girls in STEAM that she founded. She will continue to support girls through Astutia in college and beyond.

Erin Chang
Brown University

Erin Chang is a rising freshman at Brown University, majoring in Biochemistry and enrolled in the Program in Liberal Medical Education (Brown’s 8 year BS/MD program). She graduated as salutatorian from Chattahoochee High School, where she was actively involved in tutoring, student council, and community service. She served as an officer in several organizations at Chattahoochee including 121 Reach Tutoring, National Honor Society, and Class Council. Erin also attended the Governor’s Honors Program in 2018 as a science major. Outside of school, Erin was an active dancer and volunteer, performing on China’s nationally broadcast Spring Festival Gala and assisting staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Nathaniel Alemayehu
Harvard University

Nathaniel Alemayehu is a recent graduate of Northview High School and will be attending Harvard University in the fall. Throughout high school he acted as President of HOSA, Vice President of National Latin Honor Society, and Vice President of Class Council while also being involved in Secretary of State Ambassadors, Student Leadership Johns Creek, and Junior Classical League. Nathaniel is a National Merit Scholar and a National AP Scholar. He will be pursuing a pre medical track for the next four years, and he plans to work towards bridging gaps in health equity for underserved communities.

Mona Mahadevan
Yale University

Mona is a rising freshman at Yale University. She graduated from Woodward Academy as the Valedictorian. She was a policy debater in high school and is ranked #3 in the country. She was also the GA State Spelling bee winner, and represented GA at the Scripps National Spelling bee and finished as the national “finalist”. She is also the “Fulton County Youth Commissioner” for the legislative committee, run and organized by the Georgia government. She is the “voice” of the youth, tackling the issues and needs of the current youth. She presented her proposal at the GA state assembly to change the law around increasing the dropout age for high school students and also appealed to end corporal punishment in GA schools. Mona was the founder and president of the “Intersectional feminism Club” at Woodward Academy which created an “inclusive” environment, where the members felt comfortable to discuss their grievances. Mona truly believes in helping to bring some needed changes to the justice system, and to build a loving, inclusive community, where everyone benefits to learn from each other.

Sneha Kadiyala
Georgia Tech

Sneha Kadiyala is a rising sophomore and Stamps President’s Scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology. She graduated from Northview High School where she was President of the Techno Titans Robotics Team, involved with the Northview and Atlanta Vibha Youth Chapters and Editor of Vibhascope. In addition, she was part of Student Leadership Johns Creek. In her first year at Georgia Tech, she took an active role in the Stamps community as Threads Coordinator for the Stamps National Convention, researches digital archiving as part of the DILAC lab, and volunteers through MoveGT. She currently is pursuing a degree in Computer Science.

Shashank Ganeshan
University of Georgia

Shashank will be attending the University of Georgia, where he intends to study Economics and Statistics as a Foundation Fellow and Stamps Scholar. At Northview High School, he served as Editor for the school’s newspaper. He was also Mock Trial President and led the team to multiple region and district level championships. Additionally, Shashank spearheaded service projects through Student Leadership Johns Creek, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Child Rights and You. During the summers, he participated in 21st Century Leaders, interned at the law firm Alston & Bird, and attended Governor’s Honors Program as Communicative Arts Major. Outside of school, Shashank trains in Indian classical music and performs concerts in the US and India. His academic and extracurricular work has earned him awards such as the Georgia Certificate of Merit, National Merit Scholarship, and prizes from national music competitions.

Luke Bell
Yale University

Luke Bell is a rising freshman at Yale College, majoring in mathematics. Luke graduated as the male Best-All-Around, Mr. Jefferson High School, Homecoming King and valedictorian from Jefferson High School. Luke was a 2017 Governor’s Honor Program alumnus in mathematics, 2018 Washington Youth Tour delegate and recipient of the 2017 Best Senate Bill Award and the 2018 Outstanding House of Representatives Bill Award in Georgia Youth Assembly. He also placed first in the AAA State Literary Competition for Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking. Outside of school, Luke works as an SAT/ACT math tutor and co-owner of Triple L Farms with his two younger brothers. Luke is a 14th-year classically trained pianist and serves at Belmont Baptist church as the worship team drummer and youth worship team guitarist. Luke hopes to become a mathematics professor and work as a Christian apologist in defending the veracity of the Christian worldview.

Healthcare Panel

Manasa Kadiyala
University of Georgia

Manasa Kadiyala graduated from the University of Georgia as a Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholar with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and a minor in Spanish. As an undergraduate, she was the co-founder and co-president of Athens Prison Tutorial, an organization that provides GED and other educational programming for local inmates. She was also an admissions ambassador through Georgia Recruitment Team, a member of the Biochemistry Undergraduate Society, and a Kaplan pre-college and MCAT tutor. In her free time, she loves dancing, singing karaoke, reading healthcare novels, and spending time with family and friends. This fall she will be attending the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as a first-year medical student.

Vineet Raman
University of Georgia

Vineet Raman graduated from the University of Georgia as a Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholar with degrees in Biology, Spanish, and Latin American & Caribbean Studies in May 2019. On campus, Vineet was Executive Director of Roosevelt @ UGA, a student-run policy think-tank and Campaign Director for UGAvotes, a voter registration campaign. He volunteered throughout college as an interpreter at low-income clinics and conducted public health research. This fall he will be a Fulbright Student Researcher in India, focusing on tribal health equity.

Shalini Vemuru
Medical College of Georgia

halini is a second year medical student, who currently attends the Medical of Georgia. At MCG, she helped found the ALAS Free Mental Health Clinic and is currently working on a summer research project on Vitamin K.

Dr. Vikas Kapil
University of Michigan

Dr. Kapil is Chief Medical Officer and Associate Director for Science at the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended medical school at the Michigan State University and received a Masters in Public Health (M.P.H.) from The University of Michigan. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at POH Medical Center in Pontiac, Michigan and in Preventive Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and in Preventive Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Kapil is licensed to practice medicine in Georgia and Ohio and has adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine. His primary areas of research and clinical interest include environmental and occupational lung disease, environmental emergencies, preparedness and response for mass casualty events, and non-communicable disease and injury in low-income countries.

Vaishnavi Pattabiraman

Ms. Vaishnavi Pattabiraman, MSc, MS, MPH is a public health professional. After having completed MS in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Emory University in 2011, she began working as a Microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. As a Microbiologist, Ms. Pattabiraman has worked in the area of food borne diseases by developing molecular assays, characterizing food borne disease causing pathogens at the genome level and transferring knowledge to domestic/international public health parterns. Additionally, she has published her research in peer-reviewed journals, delivered oral talks in scientific conferences and mentored undergraduate students through summer internship programs.

Technology Panel

Animesh Koratana
Stanford University

Animesh Koratana is a third year undergraduate student and researcher at Stanford University majoring in computer science and artificial intelligence (AI). At Stanford, he is a part of the Stanford DAWN initiative, working on building accessible and scalable data-intensive machine learning systems. He is also the Founder & CEO of, a quality assurance company working on using AI to automatically test user interfaces. In his free time, he loves to swim and bike. More details can be found at

Nishant Sinha
Georgia State University

Nishant Sinha is a senior presidential scholar, honors ambassador, and university ambassador at Georgia State University majoring in computer science. He graduated summa cum laude from Chattahoochee High School in 2016 serving as the president of the junior classical league, programming club, and gardening club. Nish has worked multiple internships including: as a fintech consultant with Z/Yen Group in London, as a software engineer with GE in New Orleans, and in R&D with The Home Depot in Atlanta. His work is published in IEEE and he has won numerous conferences and hackathons. Nish is currently president of the computer science club at Georgia State University and is now co-founding a startup--Observe--that helps students make more informed career decisions by connecting them to working professionals. His other interests include travel and mentoring.

Vijay Gandipodi
Georgia State University

Dr. Vijay Gandapodi, globally heads data analytics/data science/AI for The Coca-Cola Company’s Marketing/Strategy & Insights/Public Affairs communication & sustainability divisions. In his current role he is responsible for the data science/AI vision and data strategy, he is also accountable for large portfolio of analytical products and global databases for 200+ countries. Vijay also leads the Machine learning projects, data management platforms (look like model user segmentation), Azure data lake consolidation and NLP projects using social media data. He has architected recommendation engines using deep learning algorithms and guided various data discovery Azure Machine Learning projects for the organization. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Vijay led the data strategy for Cox media group and provided thought leadership to the data science and DMP projects. He also led a very large CMS implementation in AWS and was responsible for Architecture, Development, Content databases, and Technology operations. Before joining Cox, Vijay worked at E*TRADE Financials for 15 years and was the head of International IT where he managed 70+ software/database engineers, he was also responsible for International technology vision, strategy, delivery and operations. Vijay completed his Executive Doctorate in Business from Georgia State University (GSU) in 2016. He works at GSU as Executive in Residence teaching data analytics, big data, AI, AWS, Salesforce to the Master program students. He has taught more than 70 students in Advanced AI. Vijay has vast speaking experience, he was the keynote at Chief Data Officer Gartner conference and as rated as best speaker at the conference. He was also handpicked for TAG panel along with other PhDs to discuss Ethics in AI. He also spoke at Coca Cola Analytics conference, Infosys AI panel, East coast leaders conference and CDO conference 2018. He has been invited as a keynote speaker for North American Chief Data Conference and also Next tech Asia Malaysia (Only two are invited from North/South America, Vijay along with Google AI).

Business/Law Panel

Siri Patel
Georgia State University

-Graduated from Alpharetta High School in 2009 - Graduated from Georgia Tech in 2013 with B.S in Business Administration - Graduated from Georgia State University College of Law in 2016 with Juris Doctorate and Masters Business Administration - Assistant District Attorney with Fulton County

Guru Kashyap
Georgia State University

-Guru Kashyap is VP of product at Deloitte Digital - leading a portfolio of big data and AI products for enterprise customers in Advertising & Marketing. Prior to Deloitte, he has held several leadership roles in successful startups (eSecuritel acquired by Brightstar, a SoftBank division) and Fortune 500 organizations (Alltel/AT&T). He has led teams across product management, business strategy, product development and CTO functions. As a Business Technologist with more than 20 years of experience, he has launched 25+ products in B2B and B2C markets globally. Guru has an executive MBA from Georgia State University and Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electronics from N I T, Nagpur, India. He mentors at Techstars Atlanta - a startup Accelerator and is passionate about volunteering with Chinmaya Mission Alpharetta as a teacher. He lives with his wife and daughter in North Fulton.

Aditya Patel
Kennesaw State University

-Aditya (Adi) Patel is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments. Adi holds a MBA in Finance from Kennesaw State University and a B.S in Electrical Engineering. He serves his community by making smart, goal oriented investments for his clients while educating and empowering them in regards to their finances. He develops and implements financial strategies, through an established process, by understating his clients most important needs and interests. He is married to Sarita Patel for nine great years and has two boys, Ishan (5) and Kian (8 months). He spends his free time giving back to the community through several organizations. He serves on various Forsyth Chamber of Commerce committees and is a member of the Lanier/Forsyth Rotary Club. He is involved with Bald Ridge Lodge as a member of the Executive Board and as Secretary. Finally, he pursues his passion for leadership by serving on the Leadership Forsyth Board and is currently a 2019 Class Coordinator.

About the College Readiness Conference

The College Readiness Conference is aimed to prepare and guide high school students and their parents with Experts and Panel of College Students, speaking about the admission process, tips and tricks to prepare and survive through the tedious planning, scholarships and financial assistance along with coaching the parents to brace themselves for what's in store for them and their student-child.

Location: Denmark High School
645 Mullinax Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30004
Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019
Time: 1 PM - 6 PM


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