Marcia Chandler has been with Georgia Tech for more than 15 years, with assignments in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Tennenbaum Institute before joining IPaT. She provides administrative support to the researchers in the Interactive Media Technology Center (IMTC) and other IPaT units. Her responsibilities include purchasing and p-card administration, travel and expense processing, student hiring and HR actions, and asset management. She also assists researchers with Georgia Tech’s rigorous Research Faculty Promotions Process and coordinates IPaT Research Faculty Promotions Peer Review Committee activities. Finally, she compiles and edits the IPaT Weekly Highlights. A native of Florida, Marcia holds a master’s degree in public administration from Kennesaw State University, a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida A&M University, and she is a 20+-year member of the Grammy award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Paul Diederich is a Systems Support Engineer responsible for the day-to-day IT operations supporting our users. He also helps create IT solutions and played a key role in creating the Protected Health Data Infrastructure at IPaT.
Paul graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor degree in Information Security Assurance. Prior to Georgia Tech, Paul did freelance IT providing technical support to individuals and companies including medical offices. He also worked at Mesa Community College as a media technician while he lived in Arizona.
Fariba Hollister is the program & operations manager for the Smart Sea Level Sensors project at Georgia Institute of Technology. She has over 20 years of experience in Product Development, Software Engineering, Supplier Quality and Project Management in Transportation Industry working for Ford, Visteon, Alcoa and Fiat/Chrysler. Before joining Georgia Tech she worked for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in Michigan as a project manager for the Powertrain Application Department where she applied her experience in software/system engineering, supplier quality and project management to manage Powertrain Calibration planning for multiple production vehicle programs. She worked cross-functionally with multiple teams from product development, regulatory affairs, and sales/marketing to successfully launch Dart, Fiat 500 X, Renegade, Abarth, and Hybrid Pacifica models. She holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Western Michigan University.
Shawn Imtiazuddin is a Systems Support Engineer responsible for supporting IPaT’s day-to-day IT operations. He graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems. Prior to Georgia Tech, Shawn worked for a cloud service provider, specializing in supporting and migrating physical client infrastructures into Green Cloud's virtual platform.
Kristi Kirkland has been with Georgia Tech for more than 15 years, joining the Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation Initiative (SCII) in 2017. In collaboration with SCII faculty, staff, and students, Kristi provides administrative program management support for all SCII’s programs, activities, and events. Before joining SCII, Kristi provided research support for the Tennenbaum Institute at Georgia Tech which conducted research on various issues, opportunities, and challenges associated with fundamental transformation in enterprises.
Kristi received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Furman University, a Master of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University, and a Master of Science Degree in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University.
Queen Marrero is a retired U.S. Army Major, and a 36-year veteran. Her last assignment was with the U.S. Army Reserves Command Headquarters, Fort Bragg, North Carolina where she served as watch commander, contract procurement officer, and communications-electronics operations officer. She is an alumna and former employee of Georgia State University and graduate of their Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC). Queen has over 20 years’ experience in research administration, grants & contracts, pre and post-award management. She is also a professional puppeteer and ventriloquist and member of the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Atlanta Puppetry Guild and Puppeteers of America. Queen has two children and two grandchildren.
Raul Perez is the Graphic Designer for IPaT’s Marketing Communications team. He ensures that all of IPaT and their clients have the best visually represented designs needed for marketing and communications. Raul joins IPaT from South Florida where he graduated from the Art Institute of Ft Lauderdale, winning best print portfolio. He has worked in the e-commerce field as well as designing for a sports nutritional company making tradeshow displays, booklets, business cards, website landing pages and promotional emails.
Don Schoner is the longest-serving member of the IPaT staff. In addition to event and meeting planning, Don manages the IPaT suite as well as space in two remote locations. He is responsible for day-to-day logistics and operations and is the central repository of knowledge for all things event related, a sort of "man behind the curtain.” Previously, Don served as Administrative Assistant in the GVU Center. If Don doesn’t know, Don knows who knows.
Faith Sumpter (she/her/hers) joins the IPaT team as the Program & Operations Manager. Faith joins the team from Georgia Tech’s Institute Diversity department where she provided support for several programs including Employee Resource Groups, Inclusive Leaders Academy, and Transformative Narratives. Prior to that position she worked within student activities, orientation and leadership programs at UNC Asheville, Chattahoochee Technical College, and Agnes Scott College.
Faith received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA and a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. Outside of work, she is an active member of her community and serves as the member-at-large for diversity and inclusion for the Wesleyan College Alumnae Association Board of Managers.
Shameka Fahie is our new Financial Manager in IPaT. Prior to coming to IPaT, Shameka worked in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering as a Financial Administrator and in the Office of Grants & Contracting Accounting Office as an Accountant here at Tech. Shameka is an Atlanta native and a true southern girl with Caribbean roots. In her free time, Shameka enjoys volunteering, traveling, attending concerts and sporting events, event planning and spending time with family and friends.