Georgia Tech Graduate: Nick Selby

Georgia Tech Graduate: Nick Selby

October 11, 2019 7 By Stanley Isaacs


[MUSIC PLAYING] I really enjoy when I
hear people say like, oh, you’re at Georgia Tech. You can do that. It’s like, oh, I said that. If you want to change the
world, you’re at Georgia Tech. You can do that. The speech itself and my 15
minutes of fame, if you will, right after the speech, was
just such an amazingly hectic, and exciting, and tremendously
fun part of my life. I look back on it having
had just an absolute blast doing it. It just gave me a lot
of opportunities that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Every once in a while, people
will come up and be like, hey, you that kid? It doesn’t really happen
a whole lot more anymore, but it’s a lot of
fun when it does. And it’s a really,
really cool memory. I had the best
undergraduate experience I could have
possibly dreamed of. Top three things I did–
I’ll say number one, got an amazing girlfriend. Number two, I traveled
to Antarctica. And number three,
started my own company. This amazing trip to Antarctica,
it was a scientific cruise. So it was very, very relaxing. It had kind of a
cruise atmosphere. But it was also all
of the staff members on it were either current or
previous researchers doing active scientific research on
the continent of Antarctica. Start Up Summer is the class
that we got involved in. So it was a summer
long session where we got $20,000 in seed
funding from Chris Klaus, the guy behind the
Klaus computing building. We were building
airborne wind turbines to provide power to
people who needed it in places where electricity
is often hard to come by. Right now, we’re pursuing
a patent on our invention. And we’re still having
a lot of fun with it. TA-ing was one of
the most fun things I’ve done while here at Tech. I was teaching the CS1371
introduction to Matlab course. I really have a passion
for teaching other people. And I really enjoy
exciting students about this amazing set of
fields that is engineering. And I’m really glad that I’m not
trying to get into Georgia Tech right now, because
we’ve only grown in our selectivity
and our prowess as an engineering institution. Which means my degree is
going to be worth a lot more because the caliber of
students that continue coming into Georgia Tech just continue
getting better, and better, and better. Brace yourselves for a
hell of a ride on your way to becoming a hell
of an engineer. What I would tell
the incoming students is exactly the same as I
said my sophomore year. And then I would just
continue saying more things that I’ve learned since
then, about how amazing this school is. At Georgia Tech, a lot of
times when you come in, you are going to be
pounded to the dirt. And you’re not going
to feel very great. So you’re going to
feel like you’re not a very strong engineer. I really don’t know how
to say this any other way. You are at Georgia Tech. And you can do that. And that’s really
all there is to it. No, not a single regret
has been left here. I feel like I really
have really utilized Georgia Tech in exactly the best
way that I possibly could have. [MUSIC PLAYING]