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Elana Burton is congratulated by President Bud Peterson during graduation ceremony.
Elana Burton is congratulated by President Bud Peterson during graduation ceremony.
Nicholas Cardamone shakes hands with President Bud Peterson.
Nicholas Cardamone shakes hands with President Bud Peterson.

Scheller College of Business Students Named among Best and Brightest Undergraduate Business Majors

Elana Burton and Nicholas Cardamone have been selected for Poets & Quants’ list of the 50 “best and brightest” undergraduate business students across the country. This national honor recognizes decorated business majors from the Class of 2016 who reflect the best of their schools in terms of academic performance, extracurricular leadership, personal character and innate potential.

“Elana and Nicholas have distinguished themselves at Georgia Tech and we are very proud of their accomplishments,” said Maryam Alavi, dean of the Scheller College of Business. “They exemplify the caliber of our undergraduate students at Scheller College and we look forward to their continued growth and success.”

Burton graduated this fall with a concentration in operations management and knew she wanted to major in business after participating in a week-long competition to design the best business plan in high school. “The business classrooms give you innumerable opportunities to collaborate and compete in teams,” explained Burton.

Burton won both a President’s Scholarship and the Alice Neal Dean’s Scholarship from the Scheller College, and was a member of the elite Steven A. Denning Technology and Management Program (T&M), earning a minor in Engineering and Business. Burton will start her career at Bain & Company as an associate consultant. Between graduation and her employment date, she plans to backpack through Central and South America.

Cardamone graduated this fall with an information technology management concentration and a certificate in marketing. He is the recipient of a President’s Scholarship and a Provost’s Scholarship and participated as a varsity athlete (cheerleading) for four years. His interest in business began at an early age when he fell in love with real estate. He described his dream job: “To be the principal owner of an international real estate conglomerate or software firm.”

Cardamone found that the Scheller College prepared him well for the business world, “Majoring in business at Georgia Tech allowed me to engage daily with classmates and professors from around the globe. Additionally, business classes at Scheller College are built around group projects and collaboration, which sets us up for success post-graduation.” Cardamone will move to Ann Arbor, Michigan to start his career with Google. He will work on their small and midsize business sales team as an account strategist.

"This is a great honor, and I'm delighted that Elana and Nicholas were recognized by Poets & Quants as ‘best and brightest’ for their numerous academic and extra-curricular achievements at Georgia Tech and the Scheller College of Business,” said Craig Womack, assistant dean and director of undergraduate programs for the Scheller College of Business.

The Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business is located in a state-of-the-art building in Georgia Tech’s vibrant Technology Square, the core of Atlanta’s high-tech business community. The College offers an internationally recognized business education, including full-time, evening, and Executive MBA options as well as undergraduate and PhD degrees. Scheller College collaborates across Georgia Tech to offer joint MS degrees in Quantitative and Computational Finance and Business Analytics. Custom and open enrollment programs for executives and professionals are offered through the Huang Executive Education Center. Four interdisciplinary Centers of Excellence encourage collaboration in research, teaching, and experiential learning within Georgia Tech and the business community in sustainability, business analytics, leadership and international business.

Poets & Quants is a leading news organization dedicated to in-depth coverage and analysis of business schools and graduate business programs.

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