Kate Groce, a rising fourth-year student in Literature, Media, and Communication, has been named Class of 2021 Student of the Year by the Steven A. Denning Technology & Management Program in the Scheller College of Business.
Groce, who is from Savannah, is working toward a minor in Technology & Business.
“It was a wonderful, unexpected surprise to win this award,” Groce said. “Denning is such a selective program and all of the students are deserving. I’m humbled that the faculty chose me, and also that they recognize the dynamite combination of liberal arts, technology, and business that my studies represent.”
Robert Burgess, administrative director of the Denning Technology & Management Program, credited Groce’s “vibrant energy” and “passion for problem-solving and lifelong learning.”
“Kate doesn’t just see the problems in our world; she finds a way to solve them,” Burgess said.
Groce, an Ivan Allen College Dean’s Scholar and an ambassador for the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, said she has benefited greatly from studying liberal arts and business together.
“My humanities degree from the Ivan Allen College helps me to put a human perspective on the business, technology, and management concepts I’ve learned at Scheller,” she said. “It’s a great pairing which I hope to apply in a human resources, marketing, or community engagement role moving forward in my career.”
Groce said she has learned much from the broad variety of classes she has been able to take, including the senior seminar on science fiction taught by Lisa Yaszek, professor in LMC; Academic Professional Travis Denton’s poetry class; and the International Leadership Studies class taught by Joe Bankoff, professor of the practice in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.
Among her Scheller classes, Groce said product development with Karthik Ramachandran was among her favorites. In the class, her team won the Most Impactful Award for developing a UV-C cleaning product.
In addition to her coursework, Groce has studied abroad in Europe and also has interned in communications, marketing, and community engagement roles while a student at Georgia Tech. This summer, she is working at NCR as a human resources specialist in workforce analytics and human resources reporting.
“Kate is an impressive student and we are fortunate to have her and 130-plus Georgia Tech students joining us this summer in our internship program,” said Tony Burdett, University Relations Leader for NCR. “We are proud to be part of the midtown community of learning and innovation – getting to know students like Kate and her peers is a benefit we can’t measure.”
Written by Michael Pearson and Ian Frazer