Getting to Know Development Director Tamika Barnes

April 12, 2021

Tamika Barnes joined the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering as Director of Development on February 1 and has been meeting faculty, staff, students, alumni, and partners as she gets settled in. The Boston native has previously worked at Emory University, University of Southern California, Boston College and Harvard Medical School. Tamika recently took the time to share more about herself and why she was so excited to join the Woodruff School. 


Busting Clots and Clearing Up A Chemical Mystery

Georgia Tech researchers discover promising new treatment for dangerous thrombosis.

Herrin Receives Phase I Clinical Trial Funding for Prosthetics Advances

Kinsey HerrinKinsey Herrin, a senior clinical research scientist in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, has garnered her first major grant award through the DoD’s CDMRP OPORP program.

Alumni Spotlight: The Rising Stars of Engineering

January 4, 2020 | By Kathrin Havrilla-Sanchez, College of Engineering Magazine

Two graduates of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering were featured in the "Rising Stars of Engineering" section of the most recent edition of the Georgia Tech College of Engineering's Helluva Engineer magazine. Here are their stories.

Newly Devised Metachronal Artificial Cilia Have Nanotech Applications

Nov. 3, 2020

Like tiny hairs waving together, cilia are microscopic organelles found throughout nature. In your nose and ears, their metachronal beating helps trap dirt and debris. In the reproductive system, they help the ovum progress through the body and assist the movement of sperm. Given how important they are to the biological world, researchers have wondered if they could reproduce them artificially to assist in microscale motions in a variety of applications.

Gates Foundation Supporting Wearable Tech in Ethiopia

Rudy Gleason, Associate Professor in the Woodruff School and Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech, has been awarded a $200,000 Call-to-Action Grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Q&A with Associate Professor Aaron Stebner

Aasociate Professor Aaron Stebner joined the Woodruff School in July. Get to know him in this Q&A.

Blockade of immune checkpoints in lymph nodes through locoregional delivery augments cancer immunotherapy

October 1, 2020

Immune checkpoint inhibitors have shown great promise against multiple types of cancer, but they are still not sufficiently effective to help many patients.

Travis and Troy Nunnally: In their Own Words

How two brothers are building a minority entrepreneurship empire in Atlanta

Woodruff Graduate and Faculty Member Timothy Lieuwen Named Fellow of American Physical Society

September 28, 2020

The American Physical Society this week announced that it has elected Woodruff School graduate and current adjunt professor Timothy C. Lieuwen to its 2020 class of Society Fellows. Lieuwen earned both his master's and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech.

As announced by Georgia Tech's Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, where Lieuwen is a Regent's Professor:

Hatzell Part of Team Tackling Improved Recycling and Manufacturing of Lithium-ion Batteries

Assistant professor Marta Hatzell is part of a five-person team awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Future Manufacturing grant which will support fundamental research to discover and develop future manufacturing concepts that enable fabrication of reliable, e

Microgel Immuno-acceptance Method Could Improve Pancreatic Islet Transplant Success

Engineered biomaterial microgels

August 31, 2020
By Walter Rich

Pancreatic islet transplants, which revive insulin production to treat type 1 diabetes, only last an average of three years.

Alumnus David Frakes: A Road Less Traveled

Engineer David Frakes’ journey from Wall Street to Silicon Valley and back to Tech

Pneumatic Vest for the Covid Age

ME researcher Frank Hammond develops wearable tech to help treat acute respiratory distress syndrome

Georgia Tech Team Wins 2020 VIP Consortium Innovation Competition

The Robotic Human Augmentation VIP Team, which focuses on improving mobility of people with lower limb motor impairments, highlighted their work on a robotic lower limb built by the team with components manufactured in the Woodruff School’s Montgomery Machining Mall.

New Flexible Electronics Research Shows Promise for Spinal Therapies

Patients recovering from spinal cord injuries or who have mobility disorders related to spinal nerve compression are frequently treated by the conditioning of the Hoffmann’s reflex via non-surgical electrostimulation therapy. To track the progress of the treatment, electromyography (EMG) is used to record the amplitude of the patient’s muscle twitch response.

Costas Arvanitis Receives MERIT Award

Georgia Tech researcher will address critical barriers to the progress of noninvasive delivery of anticancer agents in brain tumors

Georgia Tech Team Targets Drug Delivery to Lymph Nodes

Multistage platform combines nanoparticles and programmable chemistry in transformative approach.

Andrew Galassi Receives Prestigious Astronaut Scholarship

Andrew GalassiAndrew Galassi, a mechanical engineering undergraduate student from Arroyo Grande, California, was one of two Georgia Tech students recently awarded a scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF).

Novel Sensors Could Make MRI Scans Safer

$1.65 million grant from NIH will fund research by Levent Degertekin and his colleagues.

PhD Student Sonja Brankovic Wins 2020 Chih Foundation Graduate Student Research Publication Award

Sonja Brankovic, a second-year mechanical engineering PhD student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has received the 2020 Chih Foundation Graduate Student Research Publication Award for her first-author paper entitled "MMP12 Preferentially Attenuates Axial Stiffening of Aging Arteries."

PhD Student Joel Chapman Receives 2020 ASME K-16 Graduate Student Paper of the Year Award

Joel Chapman, a fourth-year mechanical engineering PhD student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has received the 2020 ASME K-16 Graduate Student Paper of the Year Award for his paper entitled "Enhanced thin film evaporation via impinging electrospray liquid jets with entrained air streaming."
The award recognizes

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 th

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.