IPaT Support Team

Marcia ChandlerMarcia Chandler

Admin Operations Coordinator

marciac@gatech.edu | (404) 385-7602

Marcia Chandler has been with Georgia Tech for more than 15 years, with assignments in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Tennenbaum Institute before joining IPaT. Her responsibilities include purchasing and p-card administration, travel and expense processing, student hiring and HR actions, and asset management. She also assists researchers with Georgia Tech’s rigorous Research Faculty Promotions Process and coordinates IPaT Research Faculty Promotions Peer Review Committee activities. Finally, she compiles and edits the IPaT Weekly Highlights. A native of Florida, Marcia holds a master’s degree in public administration from Kennesaw State University, a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida A&M University, and she is a 20+-year member of the Grammy award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Paul DiederichPaul Diederich

Systems Support Engineer

paul.diederich@gatech.edu | (404) 385-3714

Paul Diederich is a Systems Support Engineer responsible for the day-to-day IT operations supporting our users. He also helps create IT solutions and played a key role in creating the Protected Health Data Infrastructure at IPaT.

Paul graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor degree in Information Security Assurance. Prior to Georgia Tech, Paul did freelance IT providing technical support to individuals and companies including medical offices. He also worked at Mesa Community College as a media technician while he lived in Arizona.

Shawn ImtiazuddinShawn Imtiazuddin

Systems Support Engineer

shawnimtiaz@gatech.edu | (404) 385-5545

Shawn Imtiazuddin is a Systems Support Engineer responsible for supporting IPaT’s day-to-day IT operations. He graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems. Prior to Georgia Tech, Shawn worked for a cloud service provider, specializing in supporting and migrating physical client infrastructures into Green Cloud's virtual platform.


SaruSaru Mirisau

Grants Administrator


Saru Mirisau is a grants administrator at IPaT. She has over 8 years of experience in post-award research administration from Emory University where she managed federal, foundation, and industry grants and contracts. As a grants administrator at IPaT, she will perform both pre-award and post-award functions ensuring that researchers are well informed on their grants’ financial health; financial reporting and regulatory compliance; and timely review and submission of grant proposals.


Christine RobinsonChristine Robinson

Executive Assistant

crobinson323@gatech.edu | (404) 894-4728

Christine Robinson comes to IPaT with over 20 years of executive administrative experience. As a former USG employee, she worked at Georgia State University in the Andrew Young School for Policy Studies Dean’s Office as the Administrative Specialist. She also served as one of the former Directors of The Non-Profit Leadership Alliance at Georgia State. Christine relocated to Atlanta from Charlotte, NC and enjoys writing poetry and creating custom candles. Christine joined IPaT’s administrative team to assist with the day-to-day operations of the unit, direct support of unit management including coordinating calendars, meetings and assisting with events and procurement.


LaShonda RosierLaShonda Rosier

CEAR Program and Operations Manager


LaShonda Rosier has over 20 years of administrative experience. She gained most of her experience working for local county and city government. She is a graduate of Savannah State University with a bachelor of business administration (management) and master of business administration (MBA) from Brenau University. She serves as the program and operations manager for the Georgia Coastal Equity and Resilience (CEAR) Hub.


Faith SumpterFaith Sumpter

Program and Operations Manager

faith@gatech.edu | (404) 385-3368

Faith Sumpter (she/her/hers) joins the IPaT team as the Program & Operations Manager. Faith joins the team from Georgia Tech’s Institute Diversity department where she provided support for several programs including Employee Resource Groups, Inclusive Leaders Academy, and Transformative Narratives. Prior to that position, she worked within student activities, orientation, and leadership programs at UNC Asheville, Chattahoochee Technical College, and Agnes Scott College.

Faith received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, and a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. Outside of work, she is an active member of her community and serves as the member-at-large for diversity and inclusion for the Wesleyan College Alumnae Association Board of Managers.


Dorie TaylorDorie Taylor 

Program and Operations Manager for the GVU Center


Dorie Taylor is Program & Operations Manager for the GVU Center at IPaT. With more than 20 years in the University System of Georgia, her role with the GVU Center at IPaT includes event production, program leadership, and serving as a strategic partner in operations management. Dorie received her Bachelor's Degree and Certificate in Project Management from Georgia State University, and the Certificate in Research Administration from the National Council of University Research Administrators. “My success comes from a passion for managing and developing human capital to fulfill organization objectives with my strong combination of education, work knowledge, and personal experience.”


Tim TrentTim Trent 

Research Technologist II


Tim began working as the GVU's Research Technologist in 2018. He currently serves as the lab manager for the IPaT/GVU prototyping lab as well as providing general support to the various research initiatives throughout IPaT. As the manager for the Prototyping Lab, Tim is in charge of strategic oversight of the tools and technologies present in the lab, including the 3D printers, laser cutter, and machine tools. This innovative space is an essential component of the research within IPaT and the broader Georgia Tech community, and Tim's goal is to work within the community to help maintain, develop, and promote the lab to suit the needs of future research.