Demystifying Tech: Balancing Research and Family

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  • Tuesday January 22, 2019
  • Student Center, Room 343
  • 11 a.m. - noon

While working towards their Ph.D. degree, students sometimes feel challenges in balancing the demands due to coursework, Teaching Assistant (TA) or Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) responsibilities, research, funding, preparation for the next steps in their career, etc. Similar challenges are faced by post-doctoral fellows as well. The challenges and the potential stress can be compounded if the student/post-doc also needs to manage family responsibilities, including the care of a small child (or children). In a dialogue event held during Fall 2018, students and post-doctoral fellows shared some of the challenges they face while managing research/work and family responsibilities. This event will focus on current and potential mechanisms and resources that could alleviate these challenges or provide support.


Bonnie Ferri
Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development at Georgia Tech and Professor

Bonnie Ferri, Ph.D. is the vice provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development at Georgia Tech, and she is a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Ferri previously was the associate chair for Undergraduate Affairs in ECE and the associate chair for Graduate Affairs in ECE. She does research in embedded control systems and in engineering education. Dr. Ferri has received many honors and awards including the 2017 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award and the 2016 Regent’s Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is the co-chair of a campus-wide commission at Georgia Tech on the future of higher education, and has been active with the IEEE Control Systems Society and served two terms on its Board of Governors

Kim D. Harrington
Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Kim D. Harrington, Ph.D. is the associate vice president and chief human resources officer at Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to this role, she served as director of the Student Center at Georgia Tech. Kim has 27 years of experience in higher education and has worked at Georgia State University, the University at Buffalo, and the State University of New York at Fredonia. A mother of three, she is originally from Buffalo, New York and currently resides in Douglasville, Georgia.

John Stein
Vice President for Student Life and Brandt-Fritz Dean of Students Chair

John M. Stein currently serves within the role as vice president of the Division of Student Life. John arrived at Georgia Tech in 2002 to serve as director of Success Programs and in 2006 became dean of students and assistant vice president of Student Affairs. He was promoted to associate vice president in 2013, and took on the additional responsibility of interim vice president in February of 2015. Prior to coming to Tech, Stein served as dean of students at Sarah Lawrence College and Manhattanville College, and worked in Student Affairs at Skidmore College, all in the state of New York. Stein holds degrees from State University of New York at Oneonta, Long Island University, and State University of New York at Albany.