Welcome to Atlanta User Groups Kate. Seems like you are doing the right thing in attending a few groups if even just to get the feel for IT folks. Looks like the economy in tech is starting to build a little momentum too now, which is good for all.
You can use the advanced search feature on here to find topics that people are willing to talk about, which probably means they are fairly versed in that field.
The LUG@GT is the student-run Linux group. Every Wednesday, we have a meeting, usually giving presentations on various Linux-related topics. Anyone is welcome to attend - being a GT student is not a requirement. See the website for more details.See More