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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.

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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.

ME Team Wins 2nd Place in Siemens FutureMakers Challenge

FutureMakers flow chart - Siemens FutureMakers Challenge

 

Woodruff School graduate students Changxuan Zhao, Kedar Josh, and Vinh Nguyen (all advised by Dr. Shreyes Melkote) won second place in the Seimens FutureMakers Challenge Hackathon with their project "Factory Automated Building (FAB).

Remembering Lawrence Dennis Ballou

Lawrence Dennis BallouLawrence Dennis Ballou (‘54), of Tallulah Falls, Atlanta and Macon, GA, died on October 20, 2017 in Macon. 
 
Dennis Ballou began his 19 year teaching career at Georgia Tech in the winter of 1991.

HyTech Racing wins first place at Formula Hybrid Competition

Georgia Tech student competition team HyTech Racing recently won first place in the electric category at the Formula Hybrid Competition, with high scores in Project Management, Design, and the Endurance Even

Mayo Clinic Taps Tech Capstone Team

BME and ME students collaborate on novel device to improve epidural procedures
 
Team Neuraline and Dr. Rains: Pictured are (left to right), Professor of the Practice James Rains, and Capstone students Cassidy Wang, Dev Mandavia, Marci Medford, Lucas Muller, and Alex Bills.</body></html>

Dr. Seung Woo Lee Receives NSF CAREER Award

Woodruff School Assistant Professor Seung Woo LeeWoodruff School Assistant Professor Seung Woo Lee has received the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Capstone Sponsor Spotlight: Not Impossible Labs

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.

Five Woodruff School Students Receive NSF Fellowships

Woodruff School NSF Graduate Fellowship winnersThe National Science Foundation (NSF) received more than 12,000 applications, from all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, for this year’s Graduate Research Fellowship.

Kalidindi Awarded DoD Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

Woodruff School Professor Surya Kalidindi has been named a recipient of the 2018 Department of Defense Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship.

Capstone Sponsor Spotlight: FanaticusXR

Capstone Season is upon us and there are 50 Mechanical Engineering teams showcasing their projects at the Expo on the 24th of April 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.
 
This week’s spotlight sponsor is FanaticusXR.

Capstone Spotlight: Imperial College London and CDC

Capstone Season is upon us and there are 50 Mechanical Engineering teams showcasing their projects at the Expo on the 24th of April 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 Sponsor Spotlight: LapDog Securities

Capstone Season is upon us and there are 50 Mechanical Engineering teams showcasing their projects at the Expo on the 24th of April at the McCamish Pavilion! The Capstone Design course is generously supported by numerous corporate partners and alumni.

Green Invited to DIMAT, University of Conceptión, Chile

Carrasco and Green Woodruff School Professor Itzhak Green visited the Department of Materials Engineering, DIMAT, at the University of Concepción, Chile, in January.

HanesBrands Supports 2018 Capstone Design Expo Projects

Capstone Design - Sponsor Spotlight Series
 

Team Braject at Hanes Factory signCapstone Season is upon us and there are 50 Mechanical Engineering teams showcasing their projects at the Exp

Lieuwen and Shi Named to NAE

Two current College of Engineering faculty members and an adjunct professor (and former dean) have been named to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Georgia Tech to Host Construct3D 2018

construct3D 2018Construct3D 2018, the national academic 3D printing and digital fabrication conference and expo, will take place at Georgia Tech on October 5-8, 2018.

Thomas Receives Young Investigator Award

Dr. Susan Napier ThomasWoodruff School Assistant Professor Susan Napier Thomas was selected to receive the 2018 Young Investigator Award from the Society for Biomaterials.

ME Lecturer David Torello's Road to Ga Tech

David Torello, lecturer in the Woodruff School of Mechanical EngineeringOriginally, when I was applying to be a mechanical engineering student, all I knew was that I liked technology.

ME Alumnus Pulls Out All the Stunts

ME alumnus Ian Eyre, stuntman, hanging upside down from structure over waterIan Eyre, ME '95, has been a movie daredevil since his undergraduate days at Georgia Tech.

Jiao, Leamy, and Kumar Selected as Serve-Learn-Sustain Fellows

This fall, SLS launched the SLS Fellows Program: Energy Systems for Sustainable Communities (ESSC), with 28 fellows representing all 6 colleges and various other units on campus, and including faculty, research scientists, graduate students, a post doc, and staff.
 
Woman with interactive goggles in front of testing screen

Alumnus David Anderson: Between Industry and Academia

Woodruff School alumnus David Anderson, smiling portraitIf you talk to Woodruff School alumnus David Anderson (MSME ‘12/PhD. ’15) about his time at Georgia Tech, he’ll tell you about the energy of being on campus and the unparalleled passion of the graduate experience.

ME Alumnus Company Inventaprint Partners with Capstone Design

Inventaprint Team - Georgia Tech Tour (L-R Richard Mokuolu_Chris Maltzan_Roland Mokuolu)Inventaprint, Inc., a new sponsor for the Woodruff School’s Capstone Design Course, has offered exclusi

Paper Supercapacitor

Photographs of the original paper and the paper coated with gold nanoparticles, which can be used to light LEDs.By coating ordinary paper with layers of gold nanoparticles and other materials, researchers have fabricated flexible paper supercapacitors that exhibit the best performance of any textile-type supercapacitor to dat

Building a Robotic Vision System

Dr. Ueda standing by table that displays research projectWoodruff School Associate Professor Dr. Ueda was recently awarded a $300K grant from the National Science Foundation to study dynamic robot vision inspired by the principles of human vision for effective image de-blurring and panoramic image stitching.

Xia Receives Dally Young Investigator Award

Dr. Shuman Xia was awarded the 2017 James W. Dally Young Investigator Award for his outstanding contributions to engineering education and excellence in research in experimental nano- and micro-mechanics.

Whiteman MOOC Makes Top 50 List

Dr. Wayne Whiteman's online course Introduction to Engineering Mechanics made Class Central's list of Top 50 MOOCs of All Time for 2017. Introduction to Engineering Mechanics serves as an introduction to learning and applying the principles required to solve engineering mechanics problems.

Introducing ARC

Automation, Robotics and Control

Automation and Mechatronics, one of twelve Research Area Groups in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, has made the decision to change it's name to further support the group's vision, mission and strategy.

Sulchek Amongst Team Awarded Dr. J David Allen Seed Grant

The Georgia Research Alliance has announced the inaugural award of the “Dr. J David Allen Family Seed Grant Program in Cellular Manufacturing.” The project is entitled "Microfluidic Technologies for Improved Engineering of iPSCs and their Applications to Treating Corneal and Lymphatic Diseases." The team consists of Dr.

ME Students Selected as ASME Graduate Teaching Fellows

Woodruff School graduate students Allison Mahvi, advised by Dr. Srinivas Garimella, and Megan Tomko, advised by Dr. Julie Linsey, have been selected as American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Graduate Teaching Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year.

NRE Graduate Student Awarded INL Postdoctoral Appointment

INL Welcomes First Deslonde de Boisblanc Distinguished Postdoctoral Appointees
 
Idaho National Laboratory is pleased to welcome Woodruff School NRE graduate student Abdalla Abou Jaoude and Oregon State University's Dr. Thomas V.

Woodruff School Graduate Students Awarded Hearst Fellowship

Martinez, Peters, and Siberglied Hearst Fellowship 2017 2018Three Woodruff School graduate students, Terese Martinez, George Peters, and Chelsea Siberglied, were awarded the 2017-2018 William Randolph Hearst Fellowship.

Internship Joins ME Researchers and Engineering Undergraduate

Melanie Torres SENIC Undergraduate InternshipThe SENIC Undergraduate Internship in Nanotechnology (SUIN) program is a major component of the Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC), at the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology at Georgia Tech, that focuses on providing undergraduates in engineering th

ME Researchers Embark on Landmark Seat Elevation Study

Woodruff School Senior Research Scientist Sharon Sonenblum and Quantum Rehab wheelchairQuantum Rehab® and Georgia Tech have embarked on a landmark research study that examines how power adjustable seat height is used in the everyday lives of wheelchair users.

Synthetic Cartilage Pioneered at Georgia Tech Now Used in Implants

Woodruff School Professor David Ku and synthetic cartilageIt is revolutionary technology in the medical world. Material created at Georgia Tech and now manufactured in Alpharetta is quickly gaining popularity.

Leamy Receives NSF EFRI Grant for Research

Dr. Michael J. LeamyThrough a four-year, $2 million Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Woodruff School Associate Professor Michael J. Leamy will investigate a new class of reciprocity-breaking acoustic systems characterized by nonlinear internal structures, asymmetry and mixed scales.

Cola's Cabrice To Develop Heat-Eliminating Material

A nano-materials startup has scored a $1.5 million investment to solve the cause of exploding smartphones and consumer electronics.

ME Undergraduate Fleeman Shines In Uncommon Territory

Walking into the garage at Atlanta Motor Speedway sporting denim shorts and flip-flops, 21-year-old Georgia Tech student Amber Fleeman isn't your typical racecar driver in the Thursday Thunder Legends Series presented by Papa John's Pizza, the track's 20-year-strong Legends and Bandolero racing series.

ME Alumnus to Fly Solo Across the World

Ravinder K. Bansal is a man on a mission. He is about to fly a single-engine plane solo around the world to raise $750,000 for a hospital in his hometown in Ambala, India.

ME Students Design Morehouse Anniversary Torch

On May 18th, Morehouse College celebrated its 150th Anniversary with the “Journey of the Sesquicentennial Torch of Excellence” in Augusta, Georgia. The torch, which holds the College’s sacred “Candle in the Dark”, was lit during a ceremony at Springfield Baptist Church, where Morehouse College was founded by Rev.

ME Alumnus Turns Procrastination Into Lucrative Career

Georgia Tech alumnus turns procrastination into a lucrative career as a comic strip creator.
Throughout his academic career — including his time as a Mechanical Engineering major at Georgia Tech — Jorge Cham found himself faced with an obstacle most students know all too well: procrastination.

Smith Honored With Zeigler Outstanding Educator Award

Dr. Marc K. Smith has been selected as this year's recipient of the Zeigler Outstanding Educator Award. The award recognizes sustained and outstanding efforts in advancing the Woodruff Schoo'ls Education programs. Dr.

Swarming Robots Fly in Tight Formation

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created a team of free-flying robots that obeys the two rules of the air: don’t collide or undercut each other.

GT Motorsports, ME, and Georgia Tech Connect to Stock Car Pioneers

Tech has had a century-long love affair with fast cars — in engineering, technological innovation, and for the sheer joy of it.
 
The first (and second) Model Ts rolled off the Ford Motor Company assembly lines in 1908, scarcely 20 years removed from the first class enrolling at the Georg

Tech EcoCar 3 Team Places Third

Each year, Georgia Tech sends a team of engineers to prove that they have designed the fastest, most environmentally-conscious car possible as part of the EcoCAR 3 competition.

Groundbreaking Lymphedema Treatment Study

Tracey Campbell has lived for seven years with lymphedema, a chronic condition that causes unsightly swelling in her left leg.
 
The disease, which stems from a damaged lymphatic system, can lead to infections, disfigurement, debilitating pain and disability. There is no cure.

Thomas, Zhu Awarded NIH Physical Science-Oncology Grant

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Dr. Susan Thomas (Assistant Professor, Bioengineering) and Dr. Cheng Zhu (Professor, Bioengineering) a five-year Physical Science-Oncology Project grant to investigate the mechanical foundation of immune suppression in melanoma. The 3.8 million dollar grant was awarded through the NIH Physical Science in Oncology Program.