President and VPs are elected yearly; elections are held every semester for director positions. Officers and Initiatives Committee positions are encouraged to change every semester so that board members gain exposure to all facets of the board.




Arjun Patra | President

Arjun is a third year Industrial Engineering student from Suwanee, Georgia. Arjun has been involved with IISE for three years across many different areas. He started out as an Initiatives Officer where he helped plan and launch a new Mentorship Program within the Industrial Engineering community. Last year, he was the Director of Career Fairs and was responsible for organizing and planning the IISE Career Fair. Today, Arjun is excited to serve as the 2018 IISE President and hopes to continue providing students with a wide variety of opportunities to enhance their Industrial Engineering college experience. Outside of IISE, Arjun is a Team Leader for Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO) and is also an avid stock trader.


Danielle Gresge | Vice President of Student Development

Danielle is a third year industrial engineering student at Georgia Tech with a concentration in Economic and Financial Systems from Chicago, Illinois. She served as Tours & Conferences officer for a year and coordinated Georgia Tech’s attendance of the IISE Regional Conference at the University of Florida. This experience led her to become a director of the IISE Regional Conference in 2018 at Georgia Tech. She now serves as the Vice President of Student Development and plans to cater to students’ preferences to put on workshops to further develop skills in programming, data visualization, and more. She will also arrange the Lean and Six Sigma Certifications for students. Outside of IISE, Danielle is a Co-Op student at Delta Airlines and a Georgia Tech Tour Guide.


Shannon Gerhard | Vice President of Finance & Operations

Shannon is a third year Industrial Engineering & Computer Science student from Cumming, Georgia. She has interned for Delta as a Data Analyst, in which she used SAS and Tableau to automate numerous reports and increase the frequency of these reports. She has also worked on a research project analyzing crime patterns to find correlated incidences with the Atlanta Police Department. She currently serves as Vice President of Finance & Operations for IISE and is a member of the Investments Committee, as well as a teaching assistant both within the IE and Physics schools. Shannon is very interested in pursuing a career in quantitative finance. In her free time, Shannon is both an avid baker and reader.


Mahati Vavilala | Vice President of Professional Planning

Mahati is a third year Industrial Engineering major and Computer Science minor, concentrating in Quality & Statistics and Artificial Intelligence, from Novi, Michigan. She has interned for the Bank of New York Mellon as a Technology Summer Analyst and General Dynamics Land Systems as a Systems Engineering Intern, driving process improvement and streamlining an array of processes in both financial services and defense. As VP of Professional Planning for IISE, Mahati works with the Career Fair and Information Sessions teams to plan the Fall and Spring Career Fair and coordinate information sessions and Career Fair Prep Week workshops. Aside from IISE, Mahati is also the VP of Technical Development for the Society of Women Engineers, a member of the Student Center Programs Council, and volunteers as a MATHCOUNTS Coach for middle school students.

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Nihar Ullal | Director of Information Sessions

Nihar is a fourth year Industrial and Systems Engineering student from Johns Creek, Georgia. Before coming to Georgia Tech, he interned at UPS, where he worked in the engineering group in the Global Business Services Department. He helped to optimize their customer call centers, cutting down the speaking time between customer and agent and solving customer issues through the automated message system. Nihar is excited to be serving as the Director of Information Sessions and hopes to bring a fresh and diverse set of companies and speakers to the ISyE community. He also serves as a representative for ISyE on student government and is the Vice President of Sports Business Club!


Pooja Juvekar | Director of Internal & External Affairs

Pooja is a second year student and is ecstatic to serve as Director of External and Internal Affairs! Aside from IISE, Pooja is involved in SGA's UHR where she works to help allocate the student activity fee, serves as a GT tour guide, GT 1000 TL, mentor for Tech the Halls, and serves as Executive Vice President of her sorority. Last year, Pooja planned the "What's the Scoop" event to help aid freshmen in understanding all things Industrial Engineering. Pooja has absolutely loved serving on IISE because of the neat opportunities she gets to partake in and the unifying feeling of working with people of the same major!

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Bhargava Samanthula | Director of Technology

Bhargava is a second year Industrial Engineering student (minoring in Computer Science) from Columbus, Ohio. He initially joined IISE as the Historian, where he took care of internal operations for the Georgia Tech chapter. Now he is serving as the Director of Technology as well, which includes maintaining the IISE GT Chapter's website. In Summer 2017, Bhargava interned at GTRI as a Machine Learning Intern, and this upcoming summer, he will be working at JPMorgan Chase & Co. as a Technology Analyst Intern; his interests primarily lie in the fields of financial technology and engineering. Outside of IISE, Bhargava is also a Teaching Assistant in the College of Computing as well as a Business Analyst for CYC (Consult Your Community).  In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing basketball.


Nishant Reddy | Director of Career Fair

Nishant is a second year Industrial Engineering Student from Alpharetta, Georgia. He first joined the IISE executive board as a Career Fair Officer, where he assisted with the day-of operations and ensuring the satisfaction of our attendees. Now, as the Director of Career Fair, he works with representatives from companies to plan the Fall and Spring IISE career fairs. He worked at General Electric in the summer of 2017 as an engineering intern, and he is currently working as a data science intern in the financial markets research group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is also involved in the Georgia Tech Student Foundation as a Sector Head in the Investments Committee and a Sophomore Advisor in GTSF’s Freshmen Leadership Initiative.


Nithya Koganti | Director of Marketing

Nithya Koganti is a second year Industrial Engineering student from Los Altos, California. Nithya is currently co-oping with Cisco, working in the Global Manufacturing Operations department. She recently studied abroad in Europe, through Georgia Tech’s Oxford Program. Nithya joined IISE during her freshman year as the Social Media Officer, making sure that students were updated on IISE workshops, info sessions, and other events through Facebook posts. Now, as the Director of Marketing, Nithya sends out the weekly newsletter and makes sure students are informed about all of IISE’s upcoming events. Outside of IISE, Nithya is involved in Women’s Recruitment Team and Engineers without Boarders. 


Nikita Raina | Director of Operations

Nikita is a second year Industrial Engineering student from Johns Creek, Georgia. She has been on the Exec Board for an entire year now and her previous position was Spring Picnic/Social Events Officer. Besides her involvement in IISE, she has also been involved in Mental Health Coalition and AIESEC as well as being a Teaching Assistant for the College of Computing. This summer she will work for Viasat as a Manufacturing Intern in Atlanta. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar and piano.