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Elana Burton is preparing herself to be a technologically savvy business leader through Tech’s Denning Technology & Management Program.
Elana Burton is preparing herself to be a technologically savvy business leader through Tech’s Denning Technology & Management Program.

Undergraduate Profile: Technology & Management Program Preparing Elana Burton for Success

Elana Burton of Peachtree City, Georgia, says she was originally “dead set” on attending college out of state.

“But the more I learned about Scheller College of Business, the more I fell in love with it,” says the junior business administration major, who was also accepted at universities including Harvard and Notre Dame.

Winning both a President’s Scholarship from Georgia Tech and a Dean’s Scholarship from Scheller College definitely influenced her decision, she says. “When I first visited for my scholarship interview, I could see how dedicated the administrators here are to students. They invest so much time.”

She’s been impressed with the professors as well. “They have so much passion for what they do, and it really comes across in class. They care about their students.”

Technology & Management

Burton is now preparing herself to be a technologically savvy business leader through Tech’s Denning Technology & Management (T&M) Program. She is earning a minor in Engineering & Management through the two-year program, which includes participants from the Colleges of Business, Engineering, Sciences and Computing. “It’s going to be a huge advantage for me in the workplace,” Burton says. “It will make me a better liaison with technical groups at companies.”

Burton decided to choose a concentration in operations management after completing an internship at Target last summer. She worked with executives there to create operations plans that would meet Target’s freight-to-store supply-chain goals, and she led a 20-person team at a 24/7 distribution center in Savannah, Georgia.

“I was put in a position of authority over people who were older and had more industry knowledge,” she says. “I had to adapt my leadership style to capitalize on other people’s abilities. It was a great experience. Operations is the heart of the business. It’s very numbers-based and analytically oriented, which is the way my brain works.”

In summer 2014, she will intern in operations management for Boeing in Seattle, Washington, where she will work and live with several other students in the Denning T&M Program. Boeing is a T&M Corporate Affiliate, providing real-world capstone projects for participating students.

International Interests

Burton, who is taking Global Operations this semester, would eventually like to gain experience working overseas, perhaps in Latin America or China.

She is learning Chinese and is already fluent in Spanish, having worked as an interpreter for Good Samaritan Health Center, helping Hispanic patients communicate with their doctors.

Burton, who studied abroad in Madrid in summer 2012, prefers that her Puerto Rican roommate only speak Spanish to her while at home. “I’m such an international geek,” she says.

She is currently the chair of communications for Scheller College’s Student Development Board, which provides student perspectives and interaction for alumni and donors. “We give them real-time connection to Tech, explaining why we love the school and why they should consider giving back,” she says.

 

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