Georgia Tech’s 2017 Homecoming Reunion Weekend

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Georgia Tech

An IT executive with 20 years of experience, Antoine Chaya is the senior director of strategic accounts at Oracle Corporation in Redwood Shores, California. Antoine Chaya holds a PhD in information technology management from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), which will hold its Homecoming Reunion Weekend from October 19 through 21, 2017.

Georgia Tech’s 2017 Homecoming Reunion Weekend will kick off with a reception at 6:30 on Friday in the GT Global Learning Center. At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, attendees will have the opportunity to meet current students during the Student Panel: Student Life at Tech Today, followed by presentations on Georgia Tech traditions at 11:30.

Saturday will also feature a President’s Update and a Faculty Feature presentation by Dr. Sy Goodman, a professor of international affairs and computing in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. On Sunday, Georgia Tech alumni can attend the Ramblin’ Wreck Parade prior to the football game against Wake Forest.

For questions regarding the Homecoming Reunion Weekend, call 404-385-5460 or send an e-mail to


New Georgia Tech-Designed Interface May Redefine Robotic Control

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Robotic Control

A senior business administrator with a wealth of experience in the technology sector, Antoine Chaya serves as senior director of strategic accounts with the Oracle Corporation. Before joining this Redwood Shores, California-based organization in 2006, he served as managing director of Global Crown Capital in San Francisco, California, and as director of consulting with the offices of the Oracle Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia. Antoine Chaya laid the foundation for his successful career with a Ph.D. in IT management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Commonly known as Georgia Tech, the Georgia Institute of Technology has a longstanding reputation for innovative technological research and development. In April 2017, Georgia Tech researchers announced the creation of a new computer interface that may revolutionize the way technicians control robots.

Traditional robotic control interfaces consist of a complex series of rings and arrows that appear on a computer monitor. To move a robot or get it to perform a specific task, individuals must manually turn and/or adjust each of these rings and arrows by clicking on them with a mouse. Although robotics professionals have become quite adept at this traditional system, those without years of targeted expertise in the field have found it awkward and error-prone.

By contrast, the new Georgia Tech interface is far simpler and more efficient. It promises to save a great deal of time in training and operational processes. Eliminating the rings-and-arrows system entirely, the new interface allows users to simply point and click on a particular item. The robot then will automatically go into motion to interact with that item in a specific way.

Wines Grown in Napa Valley

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Napa Valley Wine Country

A graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a PhD in information technology management, Antoine Chaya serves as senior director of strategic accounts at Oracle Corporation. In his free time, Antoine Chaya enjoys sampling wines in California’s Napa Valley Wine Country.

One of the most well-known wine regions in the United States, Napa Valley offers a number of high-quality wines to try. The following are just a few of the most popular.

1. Cabernet Sauvignon. The most widely grown grape variety in Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon grows well in the valley’s warm, dry climate. The Cabernet Sauvignons produced in the valley are recognized as some of the best in the world.

2. Merlot. Although Merlot now serves as a varietal wine itself, in the past winemakers typically blended it with other wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot is the second most common wine produced in Napa Valley.

3. Pinot Noir. Grown in the cool Los Carneros district of Napa Valley, Pinot Noir is the third most common wine grown in the valley and stands out as one of few reds that go well with seafood.

How to Store Red Wine After Opening a Bottle

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Wine Storage

Software executive Antoine Chaya serves as senior director of strategic accounts with Oracle Corporation in Redwood Shores, California. Outside of his work in the software sector, Antoine Chaya enjoys learning about fine wines.

After opening a bottle of red wine, there are several ways to preserve it if you fail to finish off the bottle. When red wine comes into contact with the air, it reacts with oxygen to form vinegar. As such, red wine preservation often focuses on minimizing contact with atmospheric oxygen.

To reduce oxygen exposure, you can re-cork the wine after opening it and keep it in a cool, dark place. Because low temperatures slow down the reaction with oxygen, the refrigerator is an ideal place to keep opened red wine bottles. There are also countless wine preservation products on the market, some of which function better than others. Wine preservers typically reduce oxygen exposure by pumping an inert gas into the bottle or creating a vacuum within the bottle.

Georgia Institute of Technology MBA Program Concentrations

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Georgia Institute of Technology MBA Program

Before becoming senior director of strategic accounts for the Oracle Corporation, Dr. Antoine Chaya earned his master of business administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology before going on to earn his PhD from the same institution. Now based in San Francisco, Antoine Chaya graduated from his MBA program with a concentration in management.

The Georgia Institute of Technology MBA program requires students to take three electives, or nine credit hours, to earn a concentration in a specific area. Students can spread their electives out more broadly if they wish, but they may accumulate up to three concentrations over the course of their 33 hours of electives. Concentrations are split into two broad categories: functional and interdisciplinary.

Functional concentrations focus on aspects of business that apply to almost any organization. Topics including business law, marketing, and strategic management are common functional concentrations. Interdisciplinary concentrations, meanwhile, bring in knowledge from cultural studies or more specific fields, such as real estate. Georgia Tech offers interdisciplinary concentrations in such areas as international business and strategic sustainability.

Differences Between Red and White Wine Production

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Serving as Oracle Corporation’s senior director of strategic accounts since 2006, Dr. Antoine Chaya has a PhD in information technology management, as well as numerous years of experience in the information technology field. When he isn’t working, Antoine Chaya likes to indulge in Napa Valley wines.

Napa Valley wineries offer a range of red and white wines. But what are the differences between the two, besides color? Though both types of wine are made from grapes, the processes used to make red and white wine differ slightly. White wine can be produced from either dark- or light-colored grapes, while red wine is made exclusively using dark-colored grapes. This is because the color of wine depends on the amount of tannin, a naturally occurring polyphenol, found in the skins, seeds, and stems of grapes. The production of white, or colorless, wine involves fermenting grape juice. On the other hand, red wine is made by fermenting grape juice, pieces of grapes, and grape stems. Fermenting all parts of the grapes effectively preserves the tannins, lending the wine its standard reddish quality.

The Napa Valley’s Oldest Winery

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Beringer, Napa Valley

As senior director of strategic accounts at Oracle, Antoine Chaya brings to bear extensive experience in information technology and management. In his spare time, Antoine Chaya enjoys exploring the wines of the Napa Valley.

The Napa Valley is a popular region for producing New World wines, and Beringer is the oldest winery in the region. Brothers Frederick and Jacob Beringer completed their first year of wine production in 1876.

The winery offers tours to their guests to explore the Old Winery’s historic wine tunnels or the Rhine House mansion, constructed in 1884 for Frederick Beringer. Rhine House now houses a tasting room where guests can try wines paired with cheese or chocolate. Guests may also wish to explore the large collection of handcrafted Victorian stained glass windows in Rhine House, impressive even for the 1880s, when homes might only have one or two such windows. Each year on Founder’s Day, the winery features tastings, live music, and wine seminars.