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Patricia Ford, BSBA 2015, won the Miss Georgia title in June 2016.
Patricia Ford, BSBA 2015, won the Miss Georgia title in June 2016.
Ford will wear a one of a kind pair of computer-programmed shoes designed by a team of Georgia Tech students.
Ford will wear a one of a kind pair of computer-programmed shoes designed by a team of Georgia Tech students.

Scheller Graduate to Compete for Miss America Crown

Patricia Ford, BSBA 2015, is taking lessons learned, and a little technology, from Georgia Tech to the Miss America pageant on Sunday, Sept. 11. The Johns Creek native will represent the State of Georgia on the national platform in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“At Georgia Tech, they push you to be your best and to pursue excellence. That’s a lesson I’ve learned at Tech that I take with me into pageantry,” Ford said.

The Scheller College graduate who concentrated in marketing will be wearing some pretty unique footwear at the pageant as well. Ford’s computer-programmed shoes, designed by a team of students at Tech, light up in different patterns based on foot movements. The custom shoe features a tiny compass and an accelerometer inside the heel to feed information to the microcontroller to change the light patterns according to Ford’s foot motion. The high-tech shoe is also stylish with the skyline of Atlanta, hexagons to represent stars, and the word “Tech” down the back of the wedge, that are illuminated with sequin LED lights.

“Yes, I’m interested in computers. Yes, I love Excel spreadsheets. That’s just a part of who I am and I’m proud of it,” Ford shared. “I love all the technological advances we’re doing here at the Institute and I wanted to showcase that and take a piece of Georgia Tech with me to the Miss America pageant.”

Read the full story to learn more about Ford’s work as Miss Georgia and her preparation for the national pageant.

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