Older Brothers Help Trimm Find Passion for Industrial Engineering

Jan 4, 2017 | Atlanta, GA

Older brothers can be rough on a little sister – scaring off potential suitors, engaging in roughhousing, and being generally obnoxious and annoying. For Julianna Trimm of Stone Mountain, Ga., her three older brothers helped her find her place at Georgia Tech and follow in their footsteps to earn a degree from one of the most prestigious public institutions in the country.

Her brothers introduced her to Georgia Tech’s tradition, campus and academic programs, helping her channel her love of math and accounting into the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE.)

“They knew me and what I liked,” Trimm said. “They majored in physics, mechanical engineering and computer science. If they hadn’t come here first, I would never have heard about industrial engineering and fallen in love with it.”

Not only does Trimm love that ISyE is the No. 1-ranked industrial engineering program in the country, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings, but she also loves the diversity of disciplines that make up the course work. She specifically cited courses on consulting, data analysis, manufacturing and different types of software as broadening her skill set.

“It’s super challenging,” Trimm said. “They make you code during timed labs. It’s not just memorization. You have to solve problems. So much technology is important to solving these problems.”

Having four Georgia Tech students/graduates in the family made for some interesting conversations around the dinner table. Even though her mother didn’t attend Georgia Tech, she quickly became enamored with what her children were experiencing in this environment.

“My mom is on top of the world,” Trimm said. “Those of us who haven’t gotten a master’s, she encourages us to go back and get another degree from Tech. She loves hearing about what we’ve learned.”

She got to be at Georgia Tech with two of her three brothers, and she’s thrilled that all of her brothers will be in attendance at her graduation. They’re all celebrating her accomplishment, which has led to a job already lined up at KPMG after graduation.

It all makes her grateful for her brothers and that she followed their advice and followed them to Georgia Tech.

“It’s made me so passionate,” Trimm said. “There’s so many people here doing so many wonderful things, it just makes you feel like you want to go out and conquer the world. It makes me want to think of ideas with everyone around me creating startups and the InVenture Prize. I’m always trying to think of ideas now.”

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  • Julianna Trimm, an ISyE alumna, was encouraged to come to Georgia Tech by her three older brothers, who also attended Tech.

    Julianna Trimm, an ISyE alumna, was encouraged to come to Georgia Tech by her three older brothers, who also attended Tech.

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