GT International Alumni Panel: Job Discussion

International Alumni Panel Presented by: SAA & OIE - March 16, 2017 at the Student Center Theater

Meet a panel of Georgia Tech alumni who are former international students. These alumni will give an informal discussion of how they navigated U.S. hiring cycles and workplace culture. There will be a Q&A session at the end.

Meet the Panelists!


Tanveer Chandok runs a start-up in Atlanta, WonUpIt, Inc., that he co-founded in 2014. In 2016, he quit his corporate job in NY/NJ to move back to Atlanta for the company. Originally from Bangalore, India, he came to the US in 2009 to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. He graduated in 2014 with that degree and a Minor in Economics and a Certificate in Finance. He came to Georgia Tech on an F-1 visa and currently holds a B-1/B-2. Throughout his time at Georgia Tech, he conducted research (ASDL), studied abroad (Oxford Program), worked abroad in three countries (India, China & the UK), and held various leadership positions on campus. His hobbies include racing cars, travelling, and anything related to adventure (food, hiking, cultures, etc.)


Liz Kazungu serves as a Learning Specialist and Academic Coach at the Center for Academic Success at Georgia Tech and is also a Strengths Based Mentor and Advisor in Higher Education. She provides trainings across the Georgia Tech campus to faculty, staff and students on utilizing this assessment in their work with colleagues and students. Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, she has held F-1 and H-1B visas, and is currently a Permanent Resident in the United States. She enjoys cultural events, nature, movies and Oprah. She had the privilege of meeting Oprah and traveling with her to Australia!


Adhi Murali is a Mobility Consultant at VMware working on the Enterprise Mobility Management Product, AirWatch. Born in Chennai, India and raised in Dubai, Adhi graduated from Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering / Economics and a Master’s in ECE with a Minor in Management. He was on an F-1 visa and has applied for an H-1B visa with VMware. Adhi is a professional pianist (ABRSM), a member of the band Zameer, and a travel enthusiast. He enjoys volunteer work, working out, and he can juggle!


Francisco Javier Valdes is a Chilean Senior Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). He graduated from Tech in 2016 with a Ph.D. in the College of Architecture and a minor in Mechanical Engineering. During his stay in the US, he has been a J-1 Visa holder. During his doctoral studies, he has worked for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he wrote software for the System Architectures Group and enjoyed watching the landing of the Curiosity Rover from a privileged seat. Currently, his Systems Architect’s work at GTRI focuses on Mechanical Design and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) with special emphasis on renewable energy technologies such as Photovoltaics, Piezoelectricity, and Triboelectricity. As an example of his current work, his team is now developing an outdoor energy-harvesting piezoelectric flooring system for the Kennedy Space Center of NASA. As a Graduate Research Assistant at Georgia Tech, he has worked on several projects on renewable energy and has been an instructor in the College of Architecture and Industrial Design. Currently he teaches “Martian Advanced Renewable Systems” (MARS), which is hosted by Electrical and Computational Engineering, but congregates students from all majors at Georgia Tech. Before moving to the U.S. to pursue his Ph.D. with a Fulbright scholarship in 2010, Dr. Valdes held a faculty position at the School of Architecture of the Santa Maria University of Technology (Chile). While working and teaching there, he established his interest in System Modeling, Advanced Manufacturing, Digital Design, and Building Information Modeling (BIM). During those years, he also built a professional practice that includes projects in the Antarctic field with the Chilean Air Force and Army, and other design and engineering projects with numerous industry sponsors. Dr. Valdes also enjoys cycling and music. Although he is “retired” from racing, he still puts many miles on his road bike and has played classical, jazz, and rock guitar for 30+ years.


Joseph Max Veve II is a transportation engineer in roadway design at Pond and Company. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and is also an alumnus of the Miami Dade Honors College. Mr. Veve has worked previously as a researcher for Georgia Tech on transportation projects sponsored by the city of Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Transportation. Throughout his undergraduate years, Mr. Veve was known for his deep involvement in extracurricular activities both at his schools and in his community. He was elected President of the Miami Dade College North Campus’ Haitian Student Association before serving as the Vice-President of the Caribbean Student Organization at Georgia Tech. He is now the Volunteer Coordinator for the Content Committee of the National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals in the United States. He is also a member of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia. Joseph Max Veve was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. He moved to the United States on an F-1 Visa after his high school graduation in 2010, shortly after the devastating earthquake that left his nation crippled. Joseph Max Veve likes to volunteer in his free time and speaks three languages fluently.