ITA Liaison

As your Liaisons, our goal is to be here to support you in your Teaching Assistant work at Georgia Tech. We want to make it easier for you to do a great job! 

Arriving in a country where you will be studying a very challenging program in another language is stressful enough to add to having to teach in a second language.

We want you to know you are a very valuable part of our learning community.

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ITA Liaison Cohort 2022 - 2023

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Ximena Pizarro-Bore

Ximena is a 5th year Joint Ph.D. in the School of Public Policy. Her research focuses on innovative development for human resource management in public administration. Particularly focused on telework and its effects on job attitudes. Her interest as an ITA Liaison is to help firm up the program for the future, identifying new key alliances to make this program a success.   


School: Public Policy 


Abdulaziz Qwbaiaban

Abdulaziz (Aziz) is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests focus on the design of induction and permanent magnet motors for renewable energy applications. He is also interested in centralized protection for electrical substations. He has been serving as a GTA for two graduate level classes in his field for the OMS programs for almost two years. As an ITA Liaison, he aims to ensure that international TAs are well-equipped to manage challenges and obstacles during their first few semesters. 


School: ECE - Electrical and Computer Engineering


Tinomutenda Chikate

Tino is a Zimbabwean-born/Botswana resident M.S student in Cybersecurity. With a background in Computer Science and Mathematics, one of her many goals is to provide better platforms and substantial support for girls (and underprivileged children) at the K-12 level who want to get into S.T.E.M fields. Her belief is teachers lay the foundation for how the world is technologically developed. As a result, every child must be encouraged to achieve their aspirations, regardless of societal norms on gender roles.  

She has served as a TA before and is currently the Head TA for a Computing ethics undergraduate class. Her objective as an ITA Liaison is to help make the program a comfortable, safe environment for ITAs to learn from one another and to feel confident in sharing their knowledge with their new community. 


School: School of Public Policy/School of Cybersecurity and Policy (SCP) 

Genaro Soto Valle

Genaro Soto Valle

Genaro is from Mexico and is a second year Ph.D. student in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research focuses on printed electronics for applications in energy harvesting, sensing, and wireless communications. He has served as a TA before, and his goal as an ITA Liason is to help make the transition process for new ITAs as easy as possible.


School: ECE - Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Zhaoxin Li

Zhaoxin Li

Zhaoxin is a first-year Robotics Ph.D. student in the school of Aerospace Engineering, his research lies in human robot interaction and robot learning. He serves as a TA in class CS 3630 in the spring semester. As an ITA Liaison, his goal is to bridge the gap between TAs and students, and help TAs perform better in their first or second TA classes. During his leisure time, he loves traveling and swimming. 


School: Aerospace Engineering




Nadya Pramaputri

Nadya is a second-year Master student in the School of City and Regional Planning (SCaRP). Nadya is interested in looking at ways to globalize the planning curriculum and to provide better career development support for students who are interested in pursuing an international career. Nadya is excited to replicate and expand the work of the Associate of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) in planning curriculum internationalization at SCaRP. In her free time, Nadya likes to try out new recipes, play with her calico cat Ellie, and being outdoors.  


School: City and Regional Planning 


Sourabh K Choudhary

Sourabh is a Ph.D. at the Industrial and Systems Engineering department majoring in Operations Research. His research interests lies in using global optimization techniques for solving non-linear and non-convex optimization problems. Currently, he is working on a problem on packing equal circles in a square. In Spring 2022, he was a TA of  ISyE 3013 Supply Chain and Logistics.  


School:  Industrial and Systems Engineering 

Sijan Tan

Sijian Tan

Sijian is a second-year Ph.D. student in the school of Computational Science and Engineering, his research focuses on computational fluid dynamics, modeling and simulation optimization, and system engineering. As an ITA Liaison, his goal is to help international TAs share their unique multicultural experience with each other and master some important techniques for TA duties. He loves watching movies, skating, and traveling during his free time.


School: Computational Science Engineering

Chang Ding

Chang Ding

Chang is a first-year Ph.D. student in the school of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Her research lies in earthquake and seismology. She is very interested in exploring nature and the environment. She served as a TA in class EAS 1600 for one semester. As an ITA Liaison, her goal is to spare the effort she can to increase the confidence and strategies of TA in their first or second TA classes, helping them adjust to new life. In her leisure time, she loves reading and playing badminton. 


School: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences 


Selim Tekin

Selim is a first-year Ph.D. student in the School of Computer Science (SCS). His research interest is to detect new concepts, irregularities, or regime changes in continuous data to enhance the performance, stability, and robustness of Machine Learning models. He serves as a GTA in the Online Master of Science (OMS) program. As an ITA Liaison, Selim wants to secure the struggles that international TAs face in OMS to be heard and provide solutions to create a good learning environment. 


School: Computer Science