As part of the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Countdown to Commencement series, we interviewed a few soon-to-be graduates from our Undergraduate program to learn about their backgrounds, why they chose Scheller, and what they plan to do after the Fall 2020 commencement.
Meet Ronnie Ludwin, a fifth-year student graduating in December with a strategy and innovation concentration.
Where are you from?
Harrington Park, New Jersey
Who most influenced your decision to pursue business in college?
My dad. He was a small business owner and pushed me into the field because it has the potential to open up so many doors down the line.
Why did you choose Scheller College of Business?
Since my first tour of Scheller before I even attended Tech, I immediately felt like a part of a special community. Everyone was so incredibly warm and friendly. I knew I was on to something good. I also really like their technology-based business curriculum and the way in which Scheller is in the middle of an innovative hub (Tech Square) in such a bustling city (Atlanta).
What concentration did you pursue and why? How has this helped prepare you for your future?
My concentration is in Strategy & Innovation (S&I) because I learned that I really like forward-facing business activities, and the S&I concentration gave me the classroom and real-world work experiences to take on those bigger decisions at various companies.
Where did you intern/co-op during school?
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (Poway, CA), Colosseum Sport (Tel Aviv, Israel), and The Coca-Cola Company (Atlanta, GA)
Who was your favorite professor (and why)?
Michael Lowe because he is funny, very engaging, and knows how to make (somewhat) boring topics seem really cool.
What was your favorite course (and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it)?
Management in Healthcare with Bill Todd because he brought in so many intriguing guest speakers, which grew my knowledge and interest in healthcare immensely.
As a business student in the heart of Tech Square, how do you think Scheller College embodies the intersection of business and technology?
For me, the Denning Technology and Management (T&M) program was key in shaping my Scheller experience. By working with engineering and computer science majors on STEM-heavy projects, I was able to develop my analytical acumen while being challenged to take a more technical approach to solving business problems. I also really like how Scheller requires every student to take an introductory class to computer science course to give business students a background into such an important field nowadays.
What activities were you involved with on or off campus, and did your business education impact those activities in any way?
I was involved in the Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech (ORGT) program where I helped teach their whitewater kayaking and caving programs. I was also their VP of Marketing, which was a result of me realizing my passion for the field after taking a marketing class with Dr. Lowe. I also was a member of the Ramblin’ Reck Club and I helped plan the Freshmen Cake Race during my third year and served as the club’s fundraising chair in my fourth year. I was able to apply my Scheller education there because I was able to develop new strategies to raise money for the club, which I learned how to do in my Strategy & Innovation classes.
How did the Scheller College undergraduate career education program assist you with your job efforts? Did you end up working or interning for one of your top choice companies?
Anne Lynch and John Stanford with the T&M program were key in helping me find and land opportunities with companies I loved. With their help, I was able to land an international internship, which was one of my goals coming into Scheller, and I was able to intern for my top-choice team at The Coca-Cola Company afterward!
Did you participate in any hands-on/experiential learning opportunities? If yes, which projects/companies did you work with and how did you help them?
Yes. At Coca-Cola, I created a Global Marketing Effectiveness Dashboard for the board of directors, which gave them insight into how Coca-Cola’s marketing dollars are being spent around the world, allowing them to make strategic global decisions that impact the whole company. I worked at Colosseum Sport, analyzing the Argentinian and Brazilian markets for expansion opportunities and recommended different approaches. At Honeywell, I designed and analyzed a new drone package delivery system leveraging Honeywell’s current technology to identify a potential new business opportunity. I also interned at General Atomics, creating a framework for quantifying risk in the supply chain to help managers work with their suppliers more effectively.
What is your best piece advice to an applicant hoping to get into Scheller College?
Don’t forget about the essay on the application! It can make or break your application, and in my case, help make up for sub-par test scores in high school.
What is the biggest myth about Scheller College?
This goes for all colleges I guess, but there is no “right way” to do college. For example, I spent the last summer before graduating from Tech working on a goat farm in Alaska because that’s what I wanted to do. As long as you’re learning and growing from your experiences, you’re doing it right!
Fun fact about yourself:
I’ve climbed one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, Volcan Cotopaxi, in Ecuador, with three of my best friends from Georgia Tech!
Anything outside! Hiking, running, whitewater kayaking, caving, rock climbing… you name it! Also, trying out new local restaurants and experiencing unique foods and relaxing in my hammock.
If I hadn’t gone to business school, I would be a....
An outdoor adventure guide.
What are the top two items on your bucket list?
Learn how to ski and go skydiving.
In one sentence, how would you like your peers to remember you?
I want them to remember me as someone who puts people first (rather than how “cool” an experience is) and someone who is loyal, caring, and genuine.