The SWE Graduate Community would like to recognize Isabella Sanders for her commitment to graduate students in SWE at Georgia Tech and across the Society, and for her diverse academic and extracurricular achievements.
Isabella Sanders, Georgia Tech
Isabella is an avid researcher, student, athlete, and advocate of women in STEM. She is a 4th year PhD student in Industrial Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, expected graduation May 2021. Additionally, she is expected to receive a Masters in Operations Research and Masters in Geographic Information Science & Technology in December 2019. She is also starting Georgia Tech’s dual degree MBA program and will receive a Masters in Business Administration in December 2020.
Isabella has been involved with SWE since 2016. She spent one year as social chair in Georgia Tech’s GradSWE Group, which she found to be largely inactive and lacking in strong leadership. Determined to support a community for graduate women at Georgia Tech (GT), she (along with another student) relaunched the GradSWE group. Together they interviewed and assembled the GT Grad SWE Group executive board. With renewed energy, the group now holds several events throughout the year, attracting hundreds of students and several sponsorships. Isabella has also worked hard to integrate the group with the existing primarily undergraduate section present at Georgia Tech. Under Isabella’s leadership, over 20 diverse and meaningful events have been held and multiple students have been given the opportunity to attend WE18 in Minneapolis and WE Local St. Louis, fully funded. After two years of leading GT GradSWE, Isabella is stepping down assuming the role of treasurer for FY20.
At the society level, Isabella is the current Graduate Programming Coordinator-Elect. In this role, she is actively involved in encouraging and supporting graduate students in submitting session abstracts for the SWE annual conference. She is also involved in planning and promoting other graduate student centered programming at WE19. Isabella will also be presenting as a speaker at WE19; be sure to check out her session in Anaheim in November!
Other SWE highlights include being the first graduate student awardee of the Outstanding Engineer Award by the Georgia Tech SWE Section, attending the Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) program on an NSF-ASSIST award at WE18, and placing 1st in the Graduate category of the SWE Collegiate Competition at WE Local St. Louis 2019.
Beyond SWE, Isabella is heavily involved to the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE), speaking at the 2019 IISE annual conference, and participating in the Student Innovation Design Competition. She is helping rebuild the Georgia Tech Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) chapter and part of the organizing committee for the International Physical Internet Conference (IPIC). She is also a Sustainability Fellow in the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech.
Isabella was a member of the Georgia Tech Swim Club from 2016-2019, competing at regional meets throughout the year. She competed at the National Championship for College Club Swimming, where Georgia Tech took 1st place in 2018. She also participates in the Atlanta Adult Summer Swim League on a local team.
Isabella’s commitment to academic excellence and the Georgia Tech and Atlanta community have been recognized through various avenues. She was selected as Georgia Tech’s Outstanding Graduate Woman of Distinction in 2019 for her “demonstration of exemplary leadership abilities, leading with heart, creating innovative solutions while inspiring and uplifting the entire Georgia Tech community.” While pursuing multiple graduate degrees, Isabella is a published author in publications including the Physical Review Letters, and the IISE Conference Proceedings. Her academic achievement and potential have been recognized through the awarding of the 2019 SWE John Deere Scholarship, 1st place in the Graduate Engineering & Technology category of the research poster at the International GMiS conference, the A.J. Land MBA Fellowship to pursue a dual-degree at Georgia Tech, and the John Morris Fellowship from the Georgia Tech Industrial Engineering Department.
Isabella is dedicated to her research and coursework, her academic and SWE communities. Her passion permeates the diverse interests and achievements, bringing people together and inspiring those around her.
The SWE Graduate Community is proud to recognize Isabella Sanders (Georgia Tech) as a 2019 GradSWE Outstanding Individual!