FLAS Fellows

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Georgia Tech, Summer 2020

Graduate Fellow

  • Elliot Frey, Materials Science, Russian

Undergraduate Fellow

  • Aviva Smith, Computer Science and Modern Languages, Korean

* One Undergraduate Summer 2021 Fellowship for Japanese was deferred due to COVID-19

Georgia Tech, Academic Year 2020-2021

Graduate Fellow

  • Joshua Bowling, Global Media & Cultures, Japanese
  • Taylor Poole, International Affairs, Russian
  • Alex Syriopoulos, Global Media & Cultures, Spanish

Undergraduate Fellow

  • Benjamin Earl-Moseley, Aerospace Engineering, Chinese

* One Graduate AY 20-21 Fellowship for Russian was declined due to COVID-19


 

Alex Syriopoulos, Ay 2020-21 FLAS Fellow
Alex Syriopoulos, AY 2020-21 FLAS Fellow

Georgia Tech FLAS Fellow Spotlight: Alex Syriopoulos

"I have a lot of experience doing data analytics and software development, and we see a huge trend in business to be data-driven, so there is a big demand for people who have technical knowledge and expertise, but then can communicate this information to non-technical people. A master's degree in communications and foreign language could make me more attractive to businesses because I have humanities experience. That's why the FLAS fellowship is so important. This is what makes me a well-rounded engineer."

Alex is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Global Media and Cultures, with a concentration in Spanish at Georgia Tech. Learn More About Alex's Story.

 


 

Sean Fahey, Summer 2019 FLAS Fellow
Sean Fahey, Summer 2019 FLAS Fellow

Georgia Tech FLAS Alum Spotlight: Sean Fahey

"Foreign language proficiency is important for me because I think it’s an underappreciated skill to possess in an industry where programming languages are more popular than foreign languages. Foreign language proficiency is useful for firms studying security on the internet, which is by its globalized nature, pretty multilingual. For example, illicit digital marketplaces and black hat forums where threat actors may congregate often speak languages other than English. Another example can be found in computational linguistics, where foreign language proficiency can help social media firms mine and analyze multilingual user-supplied content on their website to identify illegal or malicious behavior. In addition, cybersecurity is a multinational industry. As a result, different clients in different countries may be shaped by local security concerns. Consequently, regional studies and time spent abroad can better help cybersecurity professionals develop cross-cultural knowledge relevant to their client’s unique security concerns."

What impact has the FLAS Fellowship had on you?
FLAS helped make it affordable for me to go abroad and develop my language skills. It’s true what they say – for someone serious about learning their first language, they need to be speaking and thinking in their target language every day to make real progress. FLAS helped make this a possibility for me. Since returning from Europe, I’ve continued to study Russian concurrent to my Masters. The language and international experience I developed while abroad provided me the ability to combine technology with a foreign language making me a unique and highly competitive candidate for jobs needing experience in both.

Sean Fahey is currently a graduate student in Public Policy/Cybersecurity at Georgia Tech and studied Russian as a FLAS fellow during Summer 2019.

Georgia Tech, Summer 2019

Graduate Fellow

Sean Fahey, Public Policy/Cybersecurity, Russian

Undergraduate Fellow

Andrew Coco, International Affairs, Arabic

Georgia Tech, Academic Year 2019-2020

Graduate Fellows

  • Bryant Campbell Beadless, Global Media and Cultures, Russian
  • Camden Hine, Global Media and Cultures, Japanese
  • Grace Huber, International Affairs, Chinese
  • Xinying Lin, Global Media and Cultures, Japanese
  • Jonathan Little, Global Media and Cultures, Russian
  • Alaina McLarin, Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies, Arabic
  • Leighton Rowell, Global Media and Cultures, French
  • Meredith Stickels, Global Media and Cultures, French
  • Cassidy Whittle, Global Media and Cultures, German

Undergraduate Fellows

  • Benjamin Earl-Moseley, Aerospace Engineering, Chinese
  • Emily Lopez, International Affairs, Russian
 

Georgia State University, Summer 2019

Graduate Fellows 

  • Andrew Bowie Hagan, English (Literary Studies), French
  • Michael Westberg, Political Science, Russian

Undergraduate Fellows

  • Abdulrahman Olaitan Abdulkadri, Public Policy, Arabic
  • Anthony Acker, Political Science, Chinese
  • Nma-Nancy Ayuk, World Languages and Cultures and Asian Studies, Korean
  • Sierra Christian, Political Science, Korean
  • Fergus King, Risk Management and Business Economics, Japanese
  • Kelsi Quick, Political Science, Arabic
  • Derrik Reid, Anthropology, Japanese
  • Noor Smadi, Political Science, Arabic
  • Gabrielle Vazquez, Applied Linguistics and ESL, Arabic
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Georgia State University, Academic Year 2019-2020

Graduate Fellows

  • Tatiana Frattale, World Languages and Cultures, French
  • VcToryann Green, Education, Korean
  • Michael Westberg, Political Science, Russian

Undergraduate Fellows

  • Anthony Acker, Political Science, Chinese
  • Sierra Christian, Political Science, Korean
  • Fergus King, Risk Management and Business Economics, Japanese
  • Imaan Mashkoor, Political Science, Arabic
  • Susan McPhie, Nursing, Chinese
  • Abdulrahman Olaitan Abdulkadri, Public Policy, Arabic
  • Kelsi Quick, Political Science, Arabic
  • Derrik Reid, Anthropology, Japanese 
  • Noor Smadi, Political Science, Arabic
  • Gabrielle Vazquez, Applied Linguistics and ESL, Arabic