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  • Coral-Gean Abel
    Financial Administrator III
    UAW 1114
    404-385-7272
    Key Responsibilities
    P Card Coordinator, point of contact for new p card requests, administrative changes and compliance submission. Assigned a group of principal investigators and research personnel; advises and interprets research funding, process cost transfers, calculate budget revision and transfers, process salary distributions, review and approve expenditures, answer audit inquiries and generate expenditure and projection reports.
  • Chris Aldridge
    Computer Services Specialist
    UAW 4242
    404-385-1572
    Key Responsibilities
    Assists the lead systems analyst by providing technical support, advising on computer hardware/software questions and/or problems.
  • Eme Anderson
    Grants Administrator
    UAW 2106
    404-385-5056
    Key Responsibilities
    Coordinates the department’s pre-award submission process within the confines of the Pre-Award Office; Assists with the preparation of required materials and forms including developing fiscal components. Serves as an interface for proposal management with various groups involved in the process.
  • Rachel Arnold
    Assistant Director, Administrative Operations
    UAW 2119
    404-385-0131
    Key Responsibilities
    Oversee department’s core infrastructure facilitating department operations including Research and Facilities operations; supporting the HR function. Collaborate with Emory Administrator to develop, oversee and maintain policies/procedures needed to facilitate seamless transactions between Georgia Tech and Emory; Oversight of Pre-Award Office and related matters; Plan, forecast, and monitor department operating budgets and expenditures and general resources allocations; Manage relationships/agreements with external partners; Oversight of capital renovation projects; Advise on space use and allocations; implement space utilization plans set forth by Chair; Supervise, train and coach administrative and operational staff.
  • Karine Avagian
    Faculty Support Coordinator
    UAW 3119
    404-894-1359
    Key Responsibilities
    Responsible for administering the business affairs (financial & administrative) for a team of biomedical engineering faculty.
  • Whitney Breech
    Business Administrator
    UAW 3120C
    404-385-2054
    Key Responsibilities
    Responsible for administering the business affairs for the Brock Chair and research team.
    Responsible for:
  • Rose Brito
    Assistant to the Chair
    UAW 2118
    404-385-2953
    Key Responsibilities
    Provide administrative support to the Chair. Manage the Chair’s office faculty affairs which includes, but is not limited to: managing the RPT committee; coordinating faculty recruitment efforts; and interfacing with Emory administrators.
    Responsible for:
  • Leilani Burkhead
    Financial Administrator III
    UAW 1116
    404-385-0247
    Key Responsibilities
    GRA Hiring Coordinator, point of contact for PSF hires. Provide Student Subcontract Budget upon requests and process Fellowship payments. Assigned a group of principal investigators and research personnel; advises and interprets research funding, process cost transfers, calculate budget revision and transfers, process salary distributions, review and approve expenditures, answer audit inquiries and generate expenditure and projection reports.
  • Valencia Cantrell
    HR Coordinator
    UAW 2114
    404-385-1352
    Key Responsibilities
    Manages all issues, policies and procedures relating to human resources for BME faculty and staff.
  • Cierra Crowder
    Coulter Program Associate Director
    HSRB W248 / TEP 105
    404-727-3577 / 404-385-4800
    Key Responsibilities
    Coordinates the translational research program, manages translational research projects and serves as liaison with The Coulter Foundation.
  • Tracie Dinkins
    Financial Manager I
    UAW 1113
    404-385-0372
    Key Responsibilities
    Finance lead in the areas of grants management and procurement. Oversees accounts management for GT Foundation accounts and an assigned group of principal investigators and research personnel. Advises and interprets research funding; process cost transfers; calculate budget revision and transfers; process salary distributions; review and approve expenditures, answer audit inquiries and generate expenditure and projection reports.
  • Julian Dorsey
    Research Associate
    TEP 211
    404-385-2735
    Key Responsibilities
    Manages the day-to-day operations of the TEP Core Facilities. Interacts with users to discuss experimental needs, technical issues and fulfills the mission of the facility by providing expeditious, effective technical support to users. Also supports departmental operations.
  • Shuana Durham
    Assistant Director of Financial Operations
    UAW 1112
    404-385-1792
    Key Responsibilities
    Supervises financial staff in areas of grants management and procurement; oversee and advises management on department’s operating budget and assist in defining financial policies. Oversee faculty salary planning and distributions; new faculty startup funding; department cost share; reconciles accounts and prepares monthly state budget amendment; responds to audit inquiries; coordinate budget transfer with other departments and oversee year end closeout procedures.
  • Courtney Ferencik
    Development Manager
    UAW 2121
    404-385-0471
    Key Responsibilities
    Responsible for all departmental development/fundraising activities.
  • Paul Fincannon
    Academic Advising Manager
    UAW 1109
    404-894-9061
    Key Responsibilities
    Manages the daily operations of the Academic Office. Serves as Academic adviser for all BME Junior and Senior students to include credit and course evaluation, permits, and general advisement. Advises students whose last name begins with P-Z.
  • Emily Foster
    Academic Programs Coordinator
    BME Academic Office
    404-385-5438
    Key Responsibilities
    Programs Coordinator supporting both undergraduate and graduate career and outreach teams.
  • Sally Gerrish
    Manager- Student, Alumni and Industrial Relations
    UAW 1108
    404-894-7063
    Key Responsibilities
    Oversees all activities related to student, employer, and alumni services to include programs that focus on academic and career advisement, as well as information regarding internships, co-ops, and permanent employment opportunities.
  • Jaimie Hayes
    Corporate Relations Coordinator
    UAW 2125
    404-385-5036
    Key Responsibilities
    Provide programming for corporate partners within the development and academic offices. Establish and maintain relations with corporate representatives, other Institute units and alumni for purposes of promoting student recruiting and placement opportunities in internships and co-op positions.
  • Kathy Huggins
    Business Administrator
    IBB 1320
    404-385-3830
    Key Responsibilities
    Responsible for administering the business affairs (financial & administrative) for a team of biomedical engineering faculty.
  • Pat Jordan
    Outreach Administrative
    TEP
    404-385-3901
    Key Responsibilities
    Provides administrative support to BioID/Industry relations.
    Responsible for:
  • Shawna Khouri
    Coulter Program Director
    HSRB W248 / TEP 107
    404-727-3577 / 404-385-5544
    Key Responsibilities
    Oversees the translational research program, manages translational research projects and serves as liaison with The Coulter Foundation.
  • Kristen Laquidara
    Academic Advisor II
    UAW 1105
    404-385-0482
    Key Responsibilities
    Serves as Academic Advisor for Undergraduate BME students with last names starting with H - O, and advisor of BME undergraduate student ambassador group, BMED FUTURES.
  • Sandra Maffey
    Administrative Coordinator
    TEP 234
    404-385-6528
    Key Responsibilities
    Provides administrative support to the Associate Chair for Research.
    Responsible for:
  • Steven Marzec
    Lead Systems Analyst
    UAW 4108 / HSRB W246
    404-385-1572 / 404-727-5548
    Key Responsibilities
    Responsible for the operating system and associated subsystems for the BME departments on the Georgia Tech and Emory campuses.
  • Jesus Mata-Acosta
    Computer Services Specialist
    UAW 0208
    404-385-1572
    Key Responsibilities
    Assists the lead systems analyst by providing technical support, advising on computer hardware/software questions and/or problems.
  • Vickie Okrzesik
    Web Developer Sr.
    UAW 4109
    404-385-5020
    Key Responsibilities
    Develops internal web applications, provides technical support, and assists with website initiatives.
  • Kim Paige
    Academic Advisor II
    UAW 1109A
    404-385-5042
    Key Responsibilities
    Undergraduate Academic Adviser for BME students with last names beginning with A-G; responsible for all academic advising support services for the undergraduate population; retention advisor for undergraduate students pertaining to academic standing, readmission, and success strategies to improve academic progress.
  • Ketki Patil
    Instructional Lab Coordinator
    UAW 0239
    404-667-7320
    Key Responsibilities
    Instructional lab coordinator to support the undergraduate lab courses.
  • Walter Rich
    Communications Manager
    UAW 2120
    404-385-2416
    Key Responsibilities
    Oversees & implements the department's communication actvities. This includes marketing, public relations, graphic design and online communications.
  • Dewayne Roberson
    Building Coordinator II
    UAW 2126
    404-385-0124
    Key Responsibilities
    Manages the department's main office. Responsible for managing and coordinating building maintenance and services, security and general laboratory housekeeping; as well as managing departmental materials and supplies, 17 million dollar equipment inventory for Georgia Tech/Emory School of Medicine, and telecommunication activities.
  • Shannon Sullivan
    Graduate Program Manager
    UAW 1107
    404-385-2557
    Key Responsibilities
    Manages the daily operations of the BME Graduate Program. Counsels students on educational, programmatic, and personal concerns. Facilitates the program’s operational and policy concerns with faculty and administration. Serves as primary contact for prospective and current graduate students.
  • Elisabeth Suto-Bardoczi
    Project Coordinator
    UAW 3121
    404-385-1152
    Key Responsibilities
    Provides administrative support to Academic Professionals and Lecturers in the Coulter Department; Coordinator for room reservations in the Whitaker Bldg. Assists in supporting Coulter Department events.
  • Sheyil Taylor
    Business Administrator for Research
    UAW 2104
    404-385-1155
    Key Responsibilities
    Responsible for administering the business affairs (financial & administrative) for a team of biomedical engineering faculty.
  • Tory Thurman
    Financial Administrator I
    UAW 1115
    404-385-5015
    Key Responsibilities
    Bi-Weekly Hiring Coordinator, point of contact for PSF hires and bi-weekly time entry. Coordinate teaching assistant payments and PURA awards. Assigned a group of principal investigators and research personnel; advises and interprets research funding, process cost transfers, calculate budget revision and transfers, process salary distributions, review and approve expenditures, answer audit inquiries and generate expenditure and projection reports.

Map of Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University

BME @ Emory

Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology &
Emory University School of Medicine

BME @ GT:
313 Ferst Drive, Room 2127 Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: 404.385.0124 :: Fax: 404.894.4243

TEP @ GT:
387 Technology Circle NW Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: 404.385.0124 :: Fax: 404.894.4243

BME @ Emory:
1760 Haygood Dr, Ste W 200 Atlanta, GA
30322-4250
Phone: 404.727.9874 :: Fax: 404.727.9873