Josh Morton has never had a problem with juggling.
Clubs. Flaming torches. Circuits. Life. Morton, BS CS ’17, discovered an aptitude for juggling as a kid at Circus Camp, and today he moves with acrobatic ease as a student leader in the College of Computing, focused on enhancing the student experience for all.
Morton was destined to become a Yellow Jacket from day one. His parents are computer science alumni. The native of nearby Smyrna began tinkering with hard drives and VCRs with his father around age 5, he says. His “toys” were more often circuits and LEGO robots instead of hoops or skateboards. Yet it was a technology course in middle school that solidified his high-tech pedigree with a formal introduction to robotics, CAD, and programming.
“I'd spend a lot of my spare time over in that part of the school and became good friends with the teacher, Mr. Pollard,” Morton said. “I would go visit him most mornings before school instead of hanging out in the cafeteria with students.”
Outside of school, he discovered juggling – which he found could be as much of a life-skill as it was an act.
Morton juggles a busy slate of activities at Georgia Tech. Namely, Morton is president of the College’s artificial intelligence student organization and vice president of Undergraduate Council (UC).
“UC is important as a way to deal with student issues; I've been able to work on problems from space utilization to issues of class scheduling for some of our Threads. Leveraging my position makes that much easier,” Morton said. “There's also an element of self-interest: keeping the student orgs around gives me a never-ending fountain of pizza.”
Morton’s knack for outreach stretches to cyberspace. He’s one of five moderators for the 7,500-member Georgia Tech subreddit and administers several sizable Facebook communities, too. Reddit’s reputation for unruliness doesn’t really apply on the Georgia Tech subreddit, according to Morton. He enjoys making life easier for redditors and Facebook users alike.
“When I was preparing to attend GT several years ago, I felt that the application and post-application process was intimidating,” Morton said. “Now that I've been through all of that, I feel like making sure the process of getting here isn't a burden, and it’s a great way to give back.”
All of Morton’s juggling is paving the way for a research-driven professional career. He wants to tackle the world’s unsolved problems by way of academia or industry. The College’s director of career development, Ashley Rose Edgar, is confident Morton will accomplish all he sets out to do.
“Josh is bound to make quite an impact upon the lives he touches in the future, as well as within his career as a computer scientist,” Edgar said. “I’m excited to watch his journey unfold.”