Project ENGAGE Pt. V: The Quiet Killers

Credit Elly Yu / WABE News
Audio version of this story here.

All week, we’ve aired stories about two African-American high schoolers navigating through Georgia Tech’s first-ever Project ENGAGE, a program designed to bring more minorities into the “STEM” fields — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 

For this final component of the five-part series, I sat down in-studio for a conversation with Project ENGAGE co-founders Drs. Manu Platt and Robert Nerem.  

To hear the conversation, click the 'Play' icon above.

[A transcript of the interview wouldn’t do it justice, so if you can, take a few minutes and listen.]

One thing I’ve struggled with in this series is how only two of the 12 ENGAGE scholars were able to make it onto the air.  It’s a time issue.  As it was, I struggled to keep each piece within time limits. All are amazing young people, bright in different ways, and each has a story worth sharing. 

Solomon McBride and Jovanay Carter are two, though, who also inspired me. I spent a good amount of time with the two. Thanks to Elly Yu who shot and produced the video seen here, you can at least get a glimpse of their hard work.  

Although the summer portion of Project ENGAGE is complete, students will continue working part-time in Tech’s labs for the full school year.  

My plan is to check back in from time-to-time to see these young people grow and evolve further.