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Q&A with New Associate Professor 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). Chen, who graduated from Georgia Tech with a Ph.D in mechanical engineering in 1995, is the Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering.

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.
 
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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 Dislocations an

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 Event.

Mayo Clinic Taps Tech Capstone Team

BME and ME students collaborate on novel device to improve epidural procedures
 
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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 Expo on

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 exclusive s

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 date.

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.