About Us

We are a Vertically Integrated Project team at Georgia Tech exploring the lives of those touched by Georgia Tech’s research and technology initiatives. The Vertically Integrated Project Program at Georgia Tech brings together teams of undergraduate students from various years, disciplines, and backgrounds with faculty and graduate students to work on long-term, large-scale, multidisciplinary projects. Learn more about Georgia Tech’s VIP program here.

Our team focuses on building an immersive digital archive of interviews, photographs, multimedia, and writings from diverse communities. We explore the connections these communities have to Georgia Tech research and creative endeavors. Using technologies such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and mobile apps, our team hopes to allow users to step into another person’s shoes while exploring our oral history projects. By collecting and documenting oral histories and augmenting them with immersive technology, we aim to inspire and build empathy among our users.

Our Advisors

Alison Valk

The program architect of the Georgia Tech Library’s Communication Through Art program. This IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services) funded program provides a framework and support for projects such as Everyday Georgia. Since 2013, the Communication Through Art program has supported over 20 specialized initiatives that integrate art, library resources, special collections, multimedia and storytelling into campus culture. Alison holds a Masters in Library & Information Studies from Florida State University. She coordinates the Georgia Tech Library’s instruction program and has developed numerous educational programs that foster community engagement. She regularly teaches video editing, audio editing and visual design at Georgia Tech. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys exploring nature and keeping her 35mm film camera collection active.

Email: alison.valk@library.gatech.edu

Amanda Pellerin

The Access Archivist at the Georgia Tech Library. She equally enjoys working in quiet solitude with archival materials and in the louder world of archival reference, instruction, outreach, and advocacy. Amanda is the current Chair of the Society of American Archivists Oral History Section.  She holds a Masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University.  

Email: amanda.pellerin@library.gatech.edu

Members

Spring 2021

Jocelyn Kavanagh

Jocelyn Kavanagh is a 3rd-year student at Georgia Institute of Technology pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Music Technology with a minor in Computing and Media. Jocelyn is passionate about the intersection of technology and the arts, and she hopes to leverage technical and artistic skills to encourage community enrichment and to explore interactive entertainment. Jocelyn joined the Empathy Bytes team in Fall 2020, working in the Media Production track. In her free time, Jocelyn directs community theatre productions and enjoys listening to music and watching movies. 

Email: jkavanagh3@gatech.edu

Molly Brigham

Molly Brigham is a 2nd-year student at Georgia Institute of Technology pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with threads in Media and Intelligence and a minor in Russian Studies. Molly has a pass ion for software development, and hopes to use her technical skills to expand the framework of technologies and facilitate new understandings between a multitude of people. Molly joined the Empathy Bytes team in Fall 2020, working in the Emerging Technologies track. In her free time, Molly enjoys playing piano, singing as a classically trained musician, and listening to music. 

Email: mbrigham@gatech.edu

Lawrence Williams

Lawrence Williams is a 2nd-year student at Georgia Institute of Technology pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with threads in Media and Intelligence. Lawrence is interested in the development and use of interactive media and hopes to design impactful experiences. Lawrence joined the Empathy Bytes team in Spring 2021, working in the Emerging Technologies track. In his free time, Lawrence enjoys playing video games, creating digital art, and listening to music. 

Email: lwilliams320@gatech.edu

Samina Patel

Samina Patel is a 1st-year student at the Georgia Institute of Technology pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in International Affairs. Samina has a passion for design and writing, and she hopes to use her skills to delve deeper into different communities in order to curate empathy and understanding. Samina joined the Empathy Bytes team in Spring 2020, working in the Interview track. In her free time, Samina enjoys reading books and writing short stories and poems. 

Email: spatel790@gatech.edu

Kirtana Mogili

Kirtana Mogili is a 2nd year student at the Georgia Institute of Technology pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with threads in Information Internetworks and Intelligence. Kirtana is passionate about using software development to work on projects that make a social impact. Kirtana joined the Empathy Bytes team in Spring 2021, working in the Emerging Technologies track. In her free time, Kirtana competes on a Georgia Tech dance team called Satrangi, as she is a classically trained dancer in the Indian dance form Bharatanatyam. She also enjoys painting, sketching, and hanging out with friends.

Email: kirtanamogili@gatech.edu

Medha Gaddamanugu

Medha Gaddamanugu is a 2nd-year student at Georgia Institute of Technology pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science with threads in intelligence and people. Medha is excited and curious about everything that the field of computing encompasses and wants to work with technology that brings people from all walks of life closer together. Medha joined the Empathy Bytes team in Spring 2021, working in the web-app development track. In her free time, Medha enjoys watching movies, singing, and finding new coffee spots.  

Email: mgaddamanugu3@gatech.edu

Harsha Karanth

Harsha Karanth is a 2nd-year student at the Georgia Institute of Technology pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science with threads in intelligence and InfoNetworks. Harsha enjoys to create products that improve people’s lives and wants to represent people and communities using technology. Harsha joined the Empathy Bytes in Spring 2021, working in the Emerging Technologies track. Harsha loves any types of sports with a ball: spikeball, football, basketball. He loves food too.

Email: hkaranth3@gatech.edu

Juliet Orth

Juliet Orth is a 3rd-year student at the Georgia Institute of Technology pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering concentrating in Economic and Financial Systems. Juliet has a passion for reading and writing, and she hopes to develop her interview and research skills through her work on this team. Juliet joined the Empathy Bytes team in this semester, working in the Interview track. In her free time, Juliet enjoys reading books and going on walks with her friends around Atlanta. 

Email: jorth6@gatech.edu

Aayush Mittal

Aayush Mittal is a  1st-year student at Georgia Institute of Technology pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with threads in Intelligence and Modeling and Simulation. Aayush is passionate about  development and use of affective computing and AI in various avenues. Aayush joined the Empathy Bytes team in Spring 2021, working in the Emerging Technologies(AR/VR) and Web Development track. In his free time, Aayush enjoys reading books, playing games, watching movies, and listening to music. 

Email: amittal98@gatech.edu

Fall 2020

Jaewon Drake

Jaewon Drake is a 5th-year student at Georgia Institute of Technology pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a minor in Korean Language. With threads in Media and People, Jaewon is working towards a career in video game and software development. As a former contributing web developer for The Technique, Jaewon has had extensive experience in web development and design and is currently leading the VIP (Vertically Integrated Project) team, Empathy Bytes, as the web developer. As a proponent in pushing for forming strong and inclusive team bonds, Jaewon has worked towards recruiting successful team members by attending several poster sessions. Jaewon enjoys biking around Atlanta, playing video games, and playing piano. 

Jocelyn Kavanagh

Jocelyn Kavanagh is a 3rd-year student at Georgia Institute of Technology pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Music Technology with a minor in Computing and Media. Jocelyn is passionate about the intersection of technology and the arts, and she hopes to leverage technical and artistic skills to encourage community enrichment and to explore interactive entertainment. Jocelyn joined the Empathy Bytes team in Fall 2020, working in the Media Production track. In her free time, Jocelyn directs community theatre productions and enjoys listening to music and watching movies. 

Molly Brigham

Molly Brigham is a 2nd-year student at Georgia Institute of Technology pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with threads in Media and Intelligence and a minor in Russian Studies. Molly has a pass ion for software development, and hopes to use her technical skills to expand the framework of technologies and facilitate new understandings between a multitude of people. Molly joined the Empathy Bytes team in Fall 2020, working in the Emerging Technologies track. In her free time, Molly enjoys playing piano, singing as a classically trained musician, and listening to music. 

Pranathi Singareddy

Pranathi Singareddy is a 2nd-year student at Georgia Institute of Technology pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with threads in Intelligence and Devices and a minor in Industrial Design. Pranathi has an interest for robotics and virtual reality and hopes develop technologies that can further development of virtual reality experiences. Pranathi joined the Empathy Bytes team in Fall 2020, working in the Emerging Technologies track. In her free time, Pranathi enjoys playing tennis and the violin and is a part of the Georgia Tech robotics team.