Georgia Piatt '12: An Optical Engineer with Raytheon

After Bosque, Georgia headed to Pennsylvania to pursue her studies. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2016 with an Artium Baccalaureus (BA) in Physics. During her undergraduate years, she worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Analytical Conservation Laboratory. In the fall of 2016, she headed back to the Southwest to begin her master's program at the University of Arizona's Optical Sciences College.

Georgia graduated from the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences with a Master’s in Optical Sciences in December 2018. She completed her thesis on the “Ornament Feathers of the Wahenes' Parotia Bird of Paradise.” The Parotia Birds of Paradise are also known as the “ballerina” bird. Over the course of her thesis, Georgia worked with Todd Harvey, a lighting expert who has worked on many popular animated films, as well as Edwin Scholes of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, who is well known from the “Bird of Paradise Project” and his filmography for National Geographic.

Georgia has settled into life in Tucson quite well. She is an optical engineer with Raytheon in Tucson, but is not allowed to talk about the actual work she is doing. She said, “I take pride in knowing that my work is going to directly save people's lives. I like the community feeling and how the company truly seems to be caring and compassionate.”

As she has made many friends in the community and through work, she plans to stay in Tucson for awhile. In her free time, she spends time with her two cats, which she has had since the 8th grade at Bosque, cooking, and playing golf. Georgia says she loves Tucson and the small town feel with many amenities and the larger city of Phoenix nearby. She enjoys the desert with its variety of cacti and the wildlife in the area.