Forman Scholar Thomas Poliski Graduates from Georgia Tech and Begins Living His Dreams
Thomas Poliski always dreamed of working at a start-up. Today, the Forman Scholar’s dream has become a reality.
A recent graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering, Thomas just started his first full-time job as a junior robotics engineer at Uchimura Robotics, a start-up in Atlanta, Georgia.
“I just started working at this company, but I’ve already learned so much,” Thomas said. “This is just the beginning of my career taking off. The fact that I’m learning so much now excites me as I continue ahead in my professional development.”
Thomas fueled his passion for knowledge at Georgia Tech, where he filled his four years with a variety of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. During the summer of 2018, he studied abroad at Georgia Tech Lorraine in Metz, France – right when the country won the World Cup. This unique and meaningful experience allowed him to interact with students of various cultural backgrounds, all while travelling across Europe and having the time of his life.
“One week, my friends and I did some hiking in Norway, which was pretty amazing. I got to see a part of the world that I never really knew existed,” Thomas said. “It’s really special to have an opportunity to partake in an opportunity like this so early in my life.”
After arriving back home in the U.S., Thomas worked at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, investigating how to restructure the poultry process. An internship at Dow Chemical during the summer of 2019 sent him to Texas, where he got his first real exposure to the engineering industry at a plastics manufacturing facility. Despite such a busy schedule, he still made time to play multiple intramural sports, and he even helped start a Spikeball team, a net sport inspired by volleyball.
Now living in the Atlanta area, Thomas is thankful to have a job during these uncertain times and gain new experiences as a budding engineer. A slowdown in business has given him the opportunity for self-learning, and he’s even spent some time tinkering with robots on his own.
Throughout his college experience, Thomas says the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation has been a valuable support system that provided the necessary tools and ongoing support for his educational journey.
“The staff was always genuinely interested in what I was doing,” Thomas said. “They would even make visits to Atlanta just to meet with me for coffee and to check in on my progress. The Foundation has always been invested in my success, and it has helped me achieve my goals.”
For those college-bound students whose plans may be put on hold, or who may be stuck at home for the fall semester, Thomas recommends making the most of this unprecedented experience.
“Do that one thing you’ve always been wanting to do,” Thomas said. “Take up a new hobby. Find something you’re interested in, and learn as much as you can about it. Who knows? It may come up in a future job or internship interview.”