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Inspired by Parents, ME Student Helps Build Equipment to Battle COVID-19

You don’t get much more Atlanta than Kentez Craig.

“I grew up just five minutes south of the airport,” said Craig. “My parents were always driving to the local hospital or fire station for work.”

Mighty Mascots

They’re not just outstanding students; they’re Georgia Tech tradition-keepers. Armando Gonzalez and Aaron Burtz are two of just a handful of students who have ever donned black tights, a fuzzy head, and antennae to embody Georgia Tech’s mascot, Buzz.

“It’s hot,” Burtz joked when asked about his memories as mascot. “Really, though, I’ll remember pre-game and seeing the faces of the youngest fans light up when they see Buzz.”

Surfaces That Grip Like Gecko Feet Could Be Easily Mass-Produced

Why did the gecko climb the skyscraper? Because it could; its toes stick to about anything. Engineers can already emulate the secrets of gecko stickiness to make strips of rubbery materials that can pick up and release objects, but simple mass production for everyday use has been out of reach until now.

ME Students Juggling Their Way Through Tech

An oft-repeated phrase you hear on campus tours or during first-year orientation at Georgia Tech is that if you can’t find a student club to match your interest, start one and people will join it.

That’s more or less how the Georgia Tech Juggling Club came into existence.

Georgia Tech and Univ. of Michigan Team Up

New Study Finds Resolvin E1 is a Pro-repair Molecule that Promotes Intestinal Epithelial Wound Healing
 

Three Tech Teams Among Winners in MIT COVID-19 Challenge Event

Three Georgia Tech interdisciplinary engineering student teams, each of which included at least one Woodruff School student, were among the four declared winners in their category at the MIT COVID-19 Challenge event held April 3-5. The online, virtual hackathon event attracted 1,500 people, creating 240 teams, which competed for monetary prizes, computing resources, organizational support, and direct access to key partners to further develop, validate and implement solutions developed.

Alumnus Named University at Buffalo Dean of Engineering

Kemper Lewis, who earned his MS ('94) and PhD ('96) at the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering was recently named dean of the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Via University at Buffalo:

Former School Chair Bill Wepfer Elected President of ABET

Baltimore – On March 14, the ABET Board of Delegates elected 2020-2021 officers during the Spring Governance Meetings. The newly elected officers are William Wepfer as 2020-2021 ABET President-Elect and Charles Menke as At-Large Director. Gillian Bond was re-elected as ABET Secretary and David Whitman as ABET Treasurer. They will be inaugurated during the fall 2020 ABET Board of Directors Meeting.

Marta Hatzell Awarded 2020 Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grant

Two Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grants of $30,000 each have been awarded to attendees of the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 2019 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Symposium.

Design & Manufacturing Discussion with GM Chevy Bolt Drive Unit

Audience for Chevy demonstration in the Flowers Invention Studio

Story by Tamir Gonen Cohen

On February 18 2020, 50 Georgia Tech Mechanical Engineering students had the opportunity to see a live demonstration of a Chevy Bolt electric engine.

Solving a Mineral Mystery: How Layered Manganese Oxide Transforms to Todorokite

Todorokite (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)Manganese oxides are a group of the most common and important minerals in nature. Their oxidation-reduction, or redox, cycles can impact many natural processes related to contaminants and nutrients in our environment.

8 ME Students Named Finalists for 2020 InVenture Prize Live Show

InVenture Prize 2019 Finalist Handld Presents on Stage

After months of preparation, practice, and pitching, the field of teams competing for the 2020 InVenture Prize at Georgia Tech is down to the final six.

Professor Yuhang Hu Receives 2019 Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML) Young Investigator Award

Yuhang Hu, Assistant Professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, has been named a recipient of the 2019 Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML) Young Investigator Award for a paper entitled, “Indentation adhesion of hydrogels over a wide range of length and ti

Former Student-Athlete and ME Professor Cola Named Faculty Athletics Representative

Baratunde Cola HeadshotPresident Ángel Cabrera has named Baratunde Cola, professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering, as the next faculty athletics representative (FAR) to the Georgia Tech Athletic Association.

Wepfer Design Commons Dedicated

On Friday, January 17, 2020, alumni, donors, faculty, staff, and students gathered outside of the Flowers Invention Studio to honor Dr. Bill Wepfer for his years of service and celebrate the completion of the Wepfer Design Commons. Construction of the Wepfer Design Commons, which includes the Montgomery Machining Mall, Flowers Invention Studio, IDEA Lab, and Electronics Lab, began during Dr. Wepfer's tenure as Chair of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and was completed in 2019.

Top VIP Prizes go to ME-led Teams

Hip Exoskeleton from the EPIC labTeams led by assistant professor Aaron Young and assistant professor W. Hong Yeo from the George W.

Building A Drivable Couch

It all started out as a bit of a challenge — linked to the Grassroots Motorsports Magazine $2000 Challenge.

“We’ve always taken a couch with us to racing competitions. It just gives us somewhere to sit comfortably,” explained Thomas Barone, mechanicale engineering major and press secretary of Wreck Racing.

New Enterprise for LymphaTech

Company founded on innovation developed at Georgia Tech forms partnership with leading compression garment manufacturer

Nate Frank and Mike WeilerA small company built around technology developed by researchers in the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Tech is realizing some big dreams with

Student Profile: Noa Holloway

The Woodruff School is home to 2,000 undergraduates and more than 800 graduate students, and they all have a story to tell. Find out why Noa chose Georgia Tech, what he enjoys about mechanical engineering, and why he chose to pursue undergraduate research.

Noa Holloway in front of the MRDC Building

Gift to the Flowers Invention Studio by Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies Gift

Thanks to a generous donation by Keysight Technologies, the Flowers Invention Studio now has a completely revamped electronics capability with the addition of two brand-new electronics workbenches.

New Faculty Spotlight: Tianye Niu

Associate professor Tianye Niu joined the Woodruff School this fall and is still getting settled in as he adjusts to life on campus in the heart of Atlanta. In this Q&A he talks about his path to Atlanta, the motivations behind his research, and what drew him to Georgia Tech.
 

Where are you from and how did you end up at Georgia Tech?

A Path Forward for Overcoming the Blood–Brain and Blood–Tumor Barriers

Getting cancer drugs to their target can be difficult under the best of circumstances, but in the case of brain cancer the challenge is compounded by the blood-brain barrier- a semipermeable barrier that has evolved to keep the brain “safe” from toxins in the blood. The effectiveness of that barrier also prevents many cancer-fighting drugs and therapies from reaching their intended targets.

Atomic-level imaging could offer roadmap to metals with new properties

Ting Zhu

High-entropy alloys, which are made from nearly equal parts of several primary metals, could hold great potential for creating materials with superior mechanical properties.

Wearable Brain-Machine Interface Could Control a Wheelchair, Vehicle or Computer


Test subject who has flexible wireless electronics conformed to the back of the neck, with dry hair electrodes under a fabric headband and a membrane electrode on the mastoid, connected with thin-film cables. (Courtesy of Woon-Hong Yeo)

Former Georgia Tech President Peterson Granted Emeritus Status

President Emeritus G.P. "Bud" Peterson
 
On September 10, 2019, the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia voted to name G.P.

Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms

Aerosol Jet Printing
 
A wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain could help clinicians evaluate the healing of aneurysms — bulges that can cause death or serious injury if they burst.

Whiteman Lands Two Classes on MOOC Top 100 List

Top 100 MOOCs Banner
 
Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, give people around the world access to high-quality educational videos for free, and according to Class Central, two of the top 100 MOOCs in the world are produced by the Woodruff School's Director of Student Services, Dr.

Manufacturing the Best at the Montgomery Machining Mall

Montgomery Machining Mall
 
The Montgomery Machining Mall (MMM) in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering (ME) is the largest machining facility at Georgia Tech.

Alumni Profile: Tesla's Mohamed Nasr

Woodruff School alum Mohamed Nasr discusses working for Tesla, his involvement with the new Full Self-Driving computer and his time at Tech.

Faculty Profile: Assistant Professor Ellen Yi Chen Mazumdar

Assistant Professor Ellen Yi Chen Mazumdar discusses teaching, research and her path to Tech

Soft Wearable Health Monitor Uses Stretchable Electronics

A wireless, wearable monitor built with stretchable electronics could allow comfortable, long-term health monitoring of adults, babies and small children without concern for skin injury or allergic reactions caused by conventional adhesive sensors with conductive gels.

Grad Student Brian Fuchs Wins First Prize Award at QNDE Conference

Woodruff School graduate student Brian Fuchs was awarded first place prize in the student poster competition at the 46th annual 46th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (QNDE) for his research on “Analytical modeling of the evolution of the nonlinearity parameter of sensitized stainless steel."

Student Profile: Mason Hodge

Mechanical engineering student Mason Hodge discusses his summer internship with NASA.

Tiny Vibration-Powered Robots Are the Size of the World’s Smallest Ant

Associate Professor Jun Ueda and graduate student DeaGyu Kim are members of a Georgia Tech team that has developed micro bristle bots which are two millimeters in length, 1.8 millimeters wide and 0.8 millimeters thick.

Erturk Selected to Receive J. W. Dally Young Investigator Award

Woodruff Professor Alper Erturk has been selected to receive the 2020 James W. Dally Young Investigator Award of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM).

Remembering Professor Charles Ume

Charles Ume
The Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering was saddened to lose one of its family members, Dr. Ifeanyi Charles Ume this spring. Dr.

The Brainiac and the Rainmaker

Troy and Travis NunnallyBy Kathrin Havrilla
 
For Atlanta natives and twins Travis (Master’s ME 2009) and Troy Nunnally (ECE Master’s 2009 and Ph.D.

Kickoff Meeting Launches Consortium for Enabling Technologies & Innovation

 
Last week, the Consortium of Enabling Technologies and Innovation (ETI) hosted a kickoff meeting at the Georgia Institute of Technology to officially launch the multidisciplinary collaboration.

Woodruff School Students Earn Year-End Honors

With the academic year approaching its end, many outstanding Georgia Tech students were at the Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium & Awards and the annual Students Honors Celebration, held on April 16. Congratulations to the following Woodruff School students who were recognized for their achievements:
 

Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium & Awards, Sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)


2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award

Young Receives NIH NCMRR Young Investigator Award

Assistant professor Aaron Young has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research Young Investigator Award for his project titled "Improving Community Ambulation for Stroke Survivors Using Powered Hip Exoskeletons with Adaptive Environmental Controllers." The two-year award comes with approximately $300,000 in funding over a two-year period and supports ongoing research in Young's Intelligent Prosthetic & Exoskeleton Controls (EPIC) Lab.

ME Students Design IoT Solution for Making Lake Lanier Safer

Lake Lanier Association maintains a network of solar lights on hazard buoys, but knowing when they go out is a big challenge. They're hoping these capstone students can come up with a solution.

Doctoral Student Earns Vertical Flight Society Scholarship

Brian Eberle
 
A George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering doctoral student was selected to receive a scholarship from the Vertical Flight Society's foundation.

Woodruff Graduates Honored at CoE Alumni Awards

On Saturday, April 6 the Georgia Tech College of Engineering held it's annual alumni awards banquet, honoring  select alumni who have contributed to the profession, advanced in their careers, and enhanced the lives of others both personally and professionally. These outstanding alumni are reviewed by each of the eight schools within the College and formally submitted for selection. The measure of the College's success is not seen only in educating students, but in those students’ achievements and contributions after leaving campus.

Capstone Sponsor Spotlight: LymphaTech

Capstone season is upon us and there are over 50 Mechanical Engineering teams showcasing their projects at the Expo on April 23rd at the McCamish Pavilion. The Capstone Design course is generously supported by numerous corporate partners and alumni. This weekly article series will highlight a few select sponsors, their projects, and the student teams working on their projects.

Capstone Design Past Sponsor Spotlight: Siemens

Capstone season is upon us and there are over 50 Mechanical Engineering teams showcasing their projects at the Expo on April 23rd at the McCamish Pavilion. The Capstone Design course is generously supported by numerous corporate partners and alumni.

Twelve Faculty Members Awarded Promotion

Faculty promotions
 
Twelve faculty members from the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering have been awarded promotion, effective August 15, 2019.

InVenture Prize Winners Include ME Students

Three engineering students teamed up to develop a first-of-its-kind medical device that took home the top prize and $20,000 at the 2019 Georgia Tech InVenture Prize.
 
Using ultrasound technology coupled with a custom-built guidance tool, team Ethos Medical has invented a guidance system to help physicians guide needles into the

Satish Kumar Named ASME Fellow

Associate Professor Satish KumarSatish Kumar has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

McDowell Awarded Sloan Fellowship

Sloan Winners
Four Georgia Tech faculty members, including one from the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, have been awarded research fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

PatcherBot Going to Market

Automation technology developed in lab of Georgia Tech researcher Craig Forest being commercialized

Woodruff Alumna Wei Chen Elected to NAE

Wei ChenWoodruff School graduate Wei Chen has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Video: Startup Coffee Company Has Engineering Roots at Georgia Tech

Watch as Dean McLaughlin learns about the roasting practices of TopTime Coffee

When Nolan Hall (Mechanical Engineering, 2017) came to Georgia Tech to study to be an engineer, he never imagined he would be launching not one, but two successful coffee suppliers in the Atlanta area.
 
The first is TopTime Coffee, a startup out of CREATE-X, a Georgia Tech initiative to instill entrepreneurial confidence in students and empower them to launch real startups.

Volunteer Work Earns First-year Student Philanthropy Award

A passion for helping others led to first-year mechanical engineering student Brooke Waller being awarded the 2018 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award from the St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In this Q&A she talks about her volunteer work, why she chose Georgia Tech, what drew her to mechanical engineering, and what she loves about being here.
 

Ranjan Named Associate Chair for Research

Associate Professor Dr. Devesh Ranjan has accepted the position of Associate Chair for Research in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering (effective January 1).

Jon Rogers Appears on Dean McLaughlin's Podcast

George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering assistant professor Jon Rogers was invited to appear on Dean Steve McLaughlin's podcast, The Uncommon Engineer, to discuss his research with drones. Listen as he talks about their applications in agriculture, rescue missions, and much more, as well as the challenges drones present when it comes to privacy, personal protection, and surveillance.

Volleyball Player, NRE Major Coral Kazaroff Featured by GT Athletics

#TGW: THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

 
They haven’t come from all that far away, really, at least as a crow or rocket might fly, but Coral Kazaroff and Malik Rivera are on The Flats having taken roads so rarely if ever traveled to become student-athletes that they might as well have come from different solar systems.
 
And they’re perhaps ultimate examples of what sets apart Georgia Tech athletics.
 
Seriously, they’re like textb

Kawneer Sponsors Capstone Team

Capstone Season is upon us and there are over 50 Mechanical Engineering teams showcasing their projects at the Expo on December 4th at the McCamish Pavilion! The Capstone Design course is generously supported by numerous corporate partners and alumni. This weekly article series will highlight a few select sponsors, their projects and the student teams working on their projects.
   

Members of Woodruff School Community Recognized at ASME IMECE Meeting

Five individuals with ties to the Woodruff School were recognized at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition on November 15 in Pittsburgh, PA. These individuals include Bob Nerem, Tim Lieuwen, Todd Allen, Sean Wu, and Asegun Henry. 

Sonnen Inc. Sponsors Capstone Team

Capstone season is upon us and there are over 50 Mechanical Engineering teams showcasing their projects at the Expo on December 4th at the McCamish Pavilion! The Capstone Design course is generously supported by numerous corporate partners and alumni. This week’s spotlight sponsor is first-time Capstone Design sponsor, Sonnen. Sonnen is an energy storage company headquartered in Germany that designs and manufactures batteries for residential and small business use. Sonnen’s vision is for “everyone… to cover their energy needs with [a] decentralized and clean energy source”.

Fu Receives Faculty Institute Diversity Champion Award

Assistant Professor Dr. Katherine Fu has received the Faculty Institute Diversity Champion Award for her leadership and commitment to building an inclusive campus community and advancing a culture of inclusive excellence.

ME Undergraduate Program Ranked Number Two

U.S. News & World Report now ranks the Georgia Tech ME undergraduate program #2 in the nation

ME Graduate Students Awarded Fellowships

35 ME graduate students have been awarded prestigious fellowships for this academic year.

Dixon Promoted to Director of IARPA

Woodruff School alumna Stacey Dixon (MSME '95, Ph.D. 2000) has been chosen to fill the role as director for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). For over 15 years, Dr. Dixon has served in key science and technology positions within the intelligence community, tackling some of its hardest technical challenges.

Woodruff School Staff Spotlight: 12 Questions with Nichelle Compton

Nichelle Compton, Events Coordinator II for Woodruff School of Mechanical EngineeringMeet Nichelle Compton, Event Coordinator for the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.

Hometown?

ME Grad Student Wins First Prize Award at QNDE Conference

Aurelio Bellotti QNDE winning posterWoodruff School graduate student Aurelio Bellotti was awarded first place prize in the student poster competition at the 45th annual Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (QNDE) Conference for his research on “Nonlinear Ultrasonic Techniques for the Quantification of Dislocation

Garcia Appointed Executive Director of Petit Institute

Dr. Andres J. GarciaThe Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Andrés J. García as the new executive director of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience.

Device Measures Blood Flow After an Aneurysm

Nanostructured flow-diverter systemAneurysms occur when a blood vessel weakens and widens, forming a structure known as an aneurysmal sac in which blood then collects.

Woodruff School Alumni Spotlight: Amy Clark

Woodruff School alumna Amy ClarkAmy Clark graduated from Georgia Tech in 2016 with a Ph.D. in Bioengineering. Advised by Dr.

Capstone Sponsor Spotlight: Kambas Enterprises

Over 30 Mechanical Engineering seniors will be displaying their projects at the Summer mini-Expo on the 24th of July at the Love Building! The Capstone Design course is generously supported by numerous corporate partners and alumni.

Dr. Peter Loutzenhiser Receives National Solar Energy Award

Dr. Peter Loutzenhiser receiving 2018 Yellott AwardWoodruff School of Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Peter Loutzenhiser has been awarded the 2018 Yellott Award by the Solar Energy Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Dr.

ME Undergrad Receives Astronaut Scholarship

ME undergraduate student Emily Kamienski has been selected as a recipient for the Astronaut Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. This year the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) has awarded 50 scholarships to students from 36 different universities across the nation.

ME Graduate Student Wins IDETC Paper Award

Woodruff School graduate student Matthew Fronk won the International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) first place award for his paper entitled “Higher-Order Multiple Scales Analysis of Weakly Nonlinear Lattices with Implications for Directional Stability.”
 
The paper, co-authored with Fronk’s advisor Dr.

Designing Climate-Change Solutions with Inspiration from Nature

Team FullCircle: (from left( Kenji Bomar, Heyinn Rho, Ananya Jain, Savannah Berry, Sara Thomas Mathew, José Andrade, and Anmbus IqbalA tidal-energy harvester inspired by the human heart. A soil-erosion solution that mimics a kingfisher’s eyelid. A mosquito-control device that functions like carnivorous plants.

Making a Material Difference with Carbon Nanotubes

BARATUNDE COLA IN HIS LAB. CREDIT: MARSHA WALTONEngineer and entrepreneur Baratunde Cola believes that big changes in human achievement are underpinned by revolutions in materials, from the stone age to the iron age to oil to silicon.

GT Team Makes Boeing GoFly Finals

Team HummingbuzzThe Boeing Company announced this week that Hummingbuzz - a Georgia Tech-based team of engineering students - is one of  just 10 teams to triumph in Phase I of the company's $2 million global GoFly Prize rotorcraft design competition.
 

ME Graduate Students Win ITherm-2018 Awards

ME grad students Yates, Pavlidis, Athavale, Brown and ChapmanFive Woodruff School graduate students received accolades at the ITherm-2018 Conference.