Brandy Ball Blake (she/her/hers) serves as the director of professional and technical communication at the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) at Georgia Tech.
Blake coaches ISyE students on writing, presentations, visual design, and data visualization. Working primarily with Senior and Cornerstone Design classes, Blake is developing a communication program that helps meet the needs of ISyE students and faculty. Additionally, she advises and assists ISyE students with their scholarship and graduate fellowship applications, including those for the NSF Graduate Fellowship program.
Prior to assuming her current position, she was the Director of the Communication Center, where she worked extensively with students and professors across Georgia Tech on assisting with communication needs, managed day-to-day operations of the Center, developed initiatives to help STEM students improve communication, and developed and led numerous workshops on communication skills. She originally came to Tech after receiving her PhD from the University of Georgia. Dr. Blake's current research is on perceptions of engineers in culture and how those perceptions shape the way engineers communicate. In conjunction with this research, she teaches English classes on engineers in literature and culture.