Georgia Tech’s 2017 Homecoming Reunion Weekend

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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 homecoming@gtalumni.org.

Georgia Institute of Technology MBA Program Concentrations

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Georgia Institute of Technology MBA Program
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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.

Georgia Tech’s 2015 InVenture Competition Winners

Antoine Chaya is a Silicon Valley-based executive with over a decade of experience in information-technology management. In preparation for his career with Oracle, Antoine Chaya completed his graduate and doctoral degrees at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

As home to several of the top-ranked MBA programs in the nation, the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business encourages innovation through a number of unique programs, not the least of which is the largest undergraduate invention contest in the nation. Since its inception in 2009, the annual InVenture Prize Competition has been a major platform for student inventors from all backgrounds, providing them with cash prizes and access to Georgia Tech’s Flashpoint startup engineering program.

For 2015, the first-place prize of $20,000 went to the makers of FlameTech Grill Defender, a safety device designed to alert operators when gas levels reach an unsafe threshold. The second-place prize of $10,000 went to Oculostaple, a medical device to improve treatment outcomes for drooping eyelids, and the People’s Choice Award of $5,000 was won by Haplit, an interactive learning device designed around the Braille writing system.