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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew 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).
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."
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."
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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)
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.
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 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 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.
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.