Profiles

Farshid Abbasi Doustvatan

Email:

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United States

Patsy Adams

Assistant to the Dean

Telephone: 706-542-7825
Fax: 706-542-8806

Email: patsy@engr.uga.edu

130 Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Adel Al Weshah, Ph.D.

Lecturer

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research interests include computational electromagnetics

Telephone: 706-542-3599

Email: adel.alweshah@uga.edu

712-J Boyd Graduate Research Center
200 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30605
United States

Education

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, The University of Akron
M.Sc., Communication Engineering, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
B.Sc., Communication and Electronics Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan

Research Interests

  • Computational Electromagnetics
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Undergraduate Instruction
  • Engineering Education

James Allison, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Email: jandw@uga.edu

Driftmier Engineering Center
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Lauren Anglin

Director of Experiential Learning and Outreach

Phone: 706-542-1204

Email: lauren.anglin@uga.edu

117 Driftmier Engineering Center
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Rodney Averett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering

Studies mechanics of disease progression

Phone:: 706-542-0863

Email: raverett@uga.edu

Driftmier Engineering Center, Room 410
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Education

Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008
M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2004
B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000

Links

Averett Lab

Virginia Bacon Talati

Program Institute Manager

Manages College of Engineering research institutes

711 Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center
200 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Virginia Bacon Talati is the College of Engineering's Program Institute Manager. Prior to joining UGA, she was a study director with the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C.  Her expertise is in a wide array of telecommunication, information and communication technology, and computer science issues, including technologies for emergency alerts, cybersecurity, and computer science research programs. Reports include Future of Emergency Alert and Warning Systems, A 21st Century Cyber-Physical Systems Education, A Review of Next Generation Air Transportation Systems, and Computing Research for Sustainability. She completed a Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University and a B.S. from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Robert Baffour, Ph.D.

Professor of Practice

Specializes in civil & geomatics engineering

Phone: 706-542-1886

Email: rbaffour@uga.edu

Driftmier Engineering Center, Room 618
597 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Education
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1997
M.S., Civil Engineering (Transportation), Georgia Institute of Technology, 1995
M.S., Civil Engineering (Geomatics), Iowa State University, 1993
B.S., Geodetic Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, 1989

Area of Specialty

  • Civil and Geomatic Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering,
  • Transportation Design,
  • Transportation Planning
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Global Positioning Systems
  • Engineering Surveying 

Braxton Ballard

UGA Engineering Ambassador

Email:

Driftmier Engineering Center
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Hannah Bass

UGA Engineering Ambassador

Email:

Driftmier Engineering Center
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

J. Barnie Beasley, Jr., P.E.

Advisory Board Member

Director, American Electric Power

Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Mr. Beasley currently serves on the Board of Directors of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5.3 million customers in 11 states.  He also currently serves as an independent advisor to Energy Solutions, an international nuclear services company.  

Mr. Beasley retired in 2008 as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Nuclear Operating Company.  Mr. Beasley’s career with Southern Nuclear Operating Company began in 1997, where he served as Vice President and later as Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer before becoming President and CEO.  Prior to Southern Nuclear, Mr. Beasley spent 27 years in various roles with Georgia Power Company including Plant General Manager of the Vogtle Nuclear Generating Station.

Mr. Beasley recently served for five years on the Board of Directors of  Energy Solutions (NYSE:ES), an international nuclear services company with operations throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other countries around the world.  As a Director he was involved in the successful sale in 2013 of Energy Solutions to a private equity group.  He also served for three years as an independent nuclear safety and operations expert to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors.

Mr. Beasley previously served on the National Nuclear Accrediting Board, the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Nuclear Studies, and the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Electric Exchange.

Mr. Beasley graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. degree in Engineering. He has held a Senior Reactor Operator’s license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and he currently holds a Professional Engineering License in the State of Georgia.  He is a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Georgia, and he has previously served as its Chairman.  He is a member of both the Georgia Society and the National Society of Professional Engineers. 

He and his wife, Carla, reside in Sylvania, Ga. and St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Fred Beyette, Ph.D.

Professor and School Chair

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Founding Chair, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Phone: 706-542-8698

Email: Fred.Beyette@uga.edu

547 Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center
200 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Fred Beyette is the founding chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the University of Georgia College of Engineering. 

Over the past decade, Beyette’s research has focused on developing point-of-care devices for medical and health monitoring applications -  including devices that guide the diagnosis and treatment of acute neurologic emergencies such and stroke and traumatic brain injury. His work has resulted in 12 patent applications.

Prior to joining the UGA faculty in 2017, Beyette served as a professor of electrical engineering and computing systems at the University of Cincinnati.

Beyette earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering at Colorado State University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, he joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati in 1996. In addition to his duties as a professor, Beyette has served as associate department head for electrical engineering and as graduate program coordinator. He has trained 55 students at the master’s, doctoral and fellow levels and has mentored more than 125 undergraduate research/senior design students.

Jill Beyette, Ph.D.

Academic Professional

Telephone: 706-542-5137

Email: jill.beyette@uga.edu

Miller Plant Sciences Building, Room 4506
120 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Dr. Beyette began her scientific research career as an undergraduate student working at the Solar Energy Research Institute (now known as the National Renewable Energies Laboratory, NREL) in Golden, Colorado, investigating the production of biofuels from corn stalks using the yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe.  As such, she recognizes the value of experiencing research as part of an undergraduate education. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Beyette worked at the University of Leicester in England, investigating the multicatalytic proteinase which is ubiquitous in eukaryotic cells, and its role in programmed cell death in rat thymocytes.  Her second postdoctoral fellowship, at the University of Cincinnati, investigated the short amino acid sequences necessary for cleavage recognition in substrate proteins by the multicatalytic proteinase.

After completing two postdoctoral positions in biochemistry research, Dr. Beyette became interested in science education. She obtained a post-baccalaureate degree teaching license for secondary education, and taught a year of high school biology and chemistry. She wanted to work collaboratively with others involved in research and actively improving the quality of science education, and she found that environment at the University of Cincinnati, Department of Biological Sciences where she taught 2009 - 2017.

As an academic professional faculty at the University of Georgia, she is applying her expertise in education to teaching non-majors biology with an emphasis on active learning and critical thinking, to developing a Peer Learning Assistant program for the College of Engineering at UGA, and implementing Learning Outcome Assessments for undergraduate students who are majoring in Biology at UGA.

Suchendra Bhandarkar

Professor

Advancing visual and parallel computing

Telephone: 706-542-1082

Email: suchi@cs.uga.edu

538A Graduate Studies Research Center
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Education

Ph.D., Computer Engineering, Syracuse University, 1989
M.S., Computer Engineering, Syracuse University, 1985
B.Tech., Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 1983

Research Focus

  • Computer Vision
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Image Processing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Parallel Processing
  • Computational Biology

Gajanan Bhat

Professor

Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Fibers and Textiles

Telephone: 706-542-4888

Email: gbhat@uga.edu

321 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Education

Ph.D., Textile Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1990

Areas of Expertise

  • Fiber Science
  • Carbon FIbers
  • Nonwovens
  • Melt blowing
  • Cotton Nonwovens
  • Plastics Recycling
  • Multifunctional Nonwovens

Jan Blaine

Senior Director of Development

Telephone: 706-542-2334

Email: jblaine@uga.edu

130 Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Jan Blaine joined the University of Georgia College of Engineering in May 2018. Previously, he served as the assistant director of development for Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering. Prior to his work in development, he was a regional sales representative at Steel Dynamics. Blaine is a native of Starkville, Misssissippi. He earned a BS in sports communication, a BBA in business and an MBA, all from Mississippi State.

Brian Bledsoe, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor

UGA AA Professor in Resilient Infrastructure

Phone: 706-542-7249

Email: bbledsoe@engr.uga.edu

Driftmier Engineering Center, Room 507
597 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Dr. Bledsoe has over 25 years of experience as an engineer, hydrologist, and environmental scientist in the private and public sectors. Before entering the professorate, he worked in the private sector as a consulting engineer and surveyor, and for the State of North Carolina as a watershed restoration specialist and state nonpoint source program coordinator. Brian’s research is focused on the interface of hydrology, ecology, and urban water sustainability with an emphasis on green infrastructure including streams, floodplains, and stormwater systems. He received an NSF CAREER Award in 2006, and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Chile in 2008. 

Education
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 1999
M.S., Restoration Ecology, Forestry, and Hydrology, North Carolina State University, 1993
B.ME., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1987

Area of Specialty

  • Hydrology, hydraulics, and fluvial geomorphology
  • Ecological engineering and ecosystem restoration
  • Urban streams, stormwater, and floodplain networks
  • Water-centered planning for sustainability and resilience
  • Watershed management
  • Water quality / quantity interface

Links

Website

Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems

David Bosch

Assistant Research Scientist

USDA ARS Hydrologist

Telephone: 229-386-3899

Email: david.bosch@ars.usda.gov

2375 Rainwater Road
Tifton, Georgia 31794
United States

Education

Ph.D., Hydrology and Water Resources Science, University of Arizona
M.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Paul Bowles

IT Professional Specialist

Phone: 706-542-0865

Email: pbowles@engr.uga.edu

316D Driftmier Engineering Center
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Forrest Washburn Bridges

IT Director

Phone: 706-542-4816

Email: fbridges@uga.edu

316C Driftmier Engineering Center
597 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, GA 30602
United States

Shawn Brogdon

Systems Administrator Associate

Phone: 706-542-8248

Email: sbrogdon@engr.uga.edu

121 Paul D. Coverdell Center
Athens, GA 30602
United States

Kim Brown

Development Associate

Telephone: 706-542-9845

Email: kimberly.brown2@uga.edu

124 Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Education

 B.B.A., Economics, Baylor University

Mickey Brown, P.E.

Advisory Board Member

Executive VP, Georgia Power Company (retired)

Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Mickey A. Brown served as executive vice president of Georgia Power’s Customer Service Organization. He holds an engineering and MBA degree from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University, respectively, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Development Program. He was responsible for the construction, design and maintenance of the electric system serving some two-million customers statewide. He also led the company’s region operations, customer service, corporate services, and energy planning and sales initiatives. In 1969, Brown joined Georgia Power as a junior engineer and moved through successive leadership roles in the land, retail sales and service, Metro Atlanta and Northern regions, and distribution departments.

Nettie Brown

Alumni Board Member

Ph.D. Candidate, Emory & Georgia Tech

Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Nettie is a 2018 graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Biochemical Engineering. She's pursing her Ph.D. in the Emory University-Georgia Tech joint biomedical engineering program.

Ryan Brush

Alumni Board Member

Senior Program Manager, Amazon

Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Ryan is a Senior Program Manager at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015 with a degree in Biological Engineering with an emphasis in Biosystems Engineering.

Leonard J. Buckley

Advisory Board Member

Director, Science & Tech Division, Institute for Defense Analyses

Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Dr. Buckley is the Director of the Science and Technology Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) where he leads scientists and engineers who provide objective analysis on science and technology issues related to national security.  He was formerly at the Naval Research Laboratory where he was responsible for directing and managing the Materials Chemistry Branch performing innovative R&D in materials chemistry and physics for the Department of the Navy.  Dr. Buckley also completed a four-year detail as a program manager for the Defense Science Office within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he initiated and led several programs that included Bio-inspired Optics, Self Decontaminating Surfaces, Water Harvesting and the Artificial Retina. 

Dr. Buckley has a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a master’s degree in Polymer Science from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering from Drexel University.  He has over 150 publications and reports and 10 issued patents.  Dr. Buckley has won several awards over his career including a Navy-sponsored award for Scientific Achievement in 1989, an Alan Berman Outstanding Publication Award from NRL in 1999, an Edison Award (Best Patent) from NRL in 2009 and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2005.

Jarrod Buffington, MBA

Administrative Financial Director

Telephone: 706-542-9864

Email: jarrodb@uga.edu

130 Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Karen Burg, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Chair & Professor, UGA College of Veterinary Medicine

Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Dr. Karen Burg is the Harbor Lights Chair in Biomedical Research and Professor of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia and Professor Emerita at Clemson University.  Karen earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, with a minor in biochemical engineering, from North Carolina State University and master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in bioengineering from Clemson University. She subsequently completed a tissue engineering postdoctoral fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center. Karen served as interim vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at Clemson University from 2011 to 2014, and interim vice provost for research and innovation from 2007 to 2011, during which time she established the South Carolina Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering. Dr. Burg subsequently served as vice president for research and professor of chemical engineering at Kansas State University from 2014 to 2016.

Karen’s research program evolved from tissue engineering for regenerative medicine application to the establishment of biofabrication to build bench-top engineered tissue systems and diagnostics. .  Technologies from her team’s research serve as the basis for one cancer diagnostics spin-off company which has garnered multiple small business and economic development awards.  During her time as an administrator she directed two undergraduate research initiatives and established three significant programs to increase underrepresented and minority participation in research, graduate education, and the professoriate.

Jack Bush

UGA Engineering Ambassador

Email:

Driftmier Engineering Center
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Troy Butler

Electronics Technician II

Telephone: 706-542-6764
Fax: 706-542-8806

Email: tbutler@engr.uga.edu

Driftmeir Engineering Center
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Nick Callies

Alumni Board Member

Mechanical Engineer, Novelis

Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

A mechanical engineer at Novelis in Greensboro, Georgia, Nick graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering with an emphasis in mechanical systems in 2015.

Peter H. Carnell, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Lecturer

Teaches mechanics and design courses

Phone: 706-542-3102

Email: pc@uga.edu

Driftmier Annex, Room 105
597 D.W. Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
United States

Education
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering – Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering – Georgia Institute of Technology
B. S. in Mechanical Engineering, with highest honors – University of Florida

Area of Specialty
Biomechanics of the human body; adaptive and maladaptive changes and failure mechanisms
Cardiovascular biomechanics of hypertension and atherosclerosis
Engineering education in the areas of mechanics and design

Toby Carr

Advisory Board Member

Associate VP & Director of State Relations, University of Georgia

Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Toby Carr serves as the Associate Vice President for Government Relations and Director of State Relations for The University of Georgia. In this role, he is the primary liaison between the university and state government officials. Carr represents UGA in all matters with state government officials, agencies, departments, and other higher education institutions in Georgia. 

Prior to joining the UGA Office of Government Relations, he served as Director of Planning for the Georgia Department of Transportation and as Governor Nathan Deal’s liaison to the State Transportation Board and GDOT. Carr previously served as Governor Deal’s transportation policy adviser and as the Deal administration’s liaison to the House of Representatives of the Georgia General Assembly.  

A 2001 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia, Carr holds bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Finance.  Inducted as a member of UGA Blue Key Society while a student, Carr received the group’s prestigious Young Alumnus Award in 2012.

Aaron Chastain

IT Professional Associate

Driftmier Engineering Center 316D
597 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Mi Geum Chorzepa, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP

Associate Professor

Paving way for better roads

Telephone: 706-542-3437

Email: chorzepa@uga.edu

Boyd Graduate Studies Building, 712E
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Education

Ph.D., Structural Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, 2008
M.S., Civil Engineering (Structures), Washington University in St. Louis, 2005
B.S., Civil Engineering , University of Missouri, 2004

Area of Specialty

  • Structural Analysis & Design
  • Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • Nuclear Safety Related Structures
  • Containment Structures
  • Steel Plate Structures
  • Cryogenic Structures
  • Sustainable Building Design
  • Progressive Collapse Analysis
  • Materials Modeling
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Structural Repair
  • Composite Materials
  • Earthquake Engineering

Michael Cocroft

Advisory Board Member

Co-founder, Red Clay Consulting

Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Michael Cocroft is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Red Clay Consulting and Chief Executive of SecureGrid, based in Atlanta. He leads a team of engineers, of multiple disciplines, providing services to energy utilities globally. Already seen as a leader in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Meter Data Management (MDM) consulting, Red Clay has successfully moved into the broader Customer Information Systems (CIS) market globally.

His latest endeavor, SecureGrid, provides groundbreaking services and tools to utilities aimed at ensuring a secure infrastructure and AMI network. SecureGrid was built from the ground up, with no assumptions, to keep vital services secure.  Bringing technology solutions to real world problems has been his focus for two decades.

Gerry Collins

Advisory Board Member

VP, Supply Chain Strategy Team, Johnson & Johnson

Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Gerry is the VP, Supply Chain Strategy Team, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain, a position he assumed in January 01, 2016. 

In this role, Gerry works with our segment S&D leads and strategy team to drive Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain transformation by leading Enterprise Strategy Development, Performance Management & Metrics, Acquisition & Divesture process, Knowledge Management and Project Portfolio Management.  In addition, he also leads our Innovation & Ingenuity leaders focused on enabling advanced enterprise capabilities.

Prior to his current role, Gerry led the End to End integration of Janssen’s Parenteral Product Portfolio.  In 2010 Gerry was appointed as Platform Leader for Janssen’s Biologics Global Manufacturing network. In 2009 Gerry served as the General Manager for Janssen Biologics and Janssen Pharmaceutical located in Cork with the objective of integrating the two operations into one organization.  In 2008 Gerry was part of the Odyssey team which Integrated all of the Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Manufacturing sites within one Global Supply Chain organization. In 2005 was appointed General Manager of Alza Ireland in Cashel.   In 2001, Gerry transferred to the US as General Manager of Noramco.  In 1994 Gerry joined Janssen Pharmaceutical in Cork, Ireland, holding various operations roles.

Preceding these roles at J&J, Gerry worked at Aughinish Alumina where he held various roles of increasing responsibility in production and engineering. Gerry served as an Engineering Officer in the Merchant Navy for 5 years having commenced his career as a Marine Engineer with Exxon Mobil in 1979. 

Gerry holds a bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Limerick in Ireland, is a graduate of J&J’s LEAD executive development program and is a Past President of the Irish Business Employer’s Confederation (IBEC).  He resides in New Jersey with his wife, Karen and two young sons, Kyle and Max. 

Julie Cook

Academic Manager

Telephone: 706-542-3354

Email: jtcook@uga.edu

129B Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Joshua Cooke

Academic Advisor

121 Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

K.C. Das, Ph.D.

Professor

Advancing bioenergy solutions

Telephone: 706-542-8806

Email: kdas@engr.uga.edu

Driftmier Engineering Center, Room 509
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Dr. Das has worked in research, outreach and teaching related to biomass management for over 20 years, focusing on processes for value addition and new product creation. Focus areas of his work include bioconversion and thermochemical conversion of biomass to energy and chemical feedstocks, and development of an integrated biorefinery. This includes pyrolysis, gasification, anaerobic digestion, and composting for conversion of waste to energy or products. Through his research, he has authored or co-authored 54 peer reviewed journal articles, six book chapters, 106 conference papers, and he has participated as principal investigator (PI) or Co-PI in over 50 federal, state, or industry funded projects (totaling over $4 million). He teaches senior-level engineering process design and environmental engineering courses at the University of Georgia.

Education

Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Ohio State University, 1995 
M.S., Biological and Agricultural Engineering – University of Georgia, 1991
B.S., Mechanical Engineering – Anna University in India, 1989 

Area of Specialty

  • Biomass Conversion – Thermal and Biological
  • Bioenergy
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Carbon Cycling

R. Benjamin Davis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Studies structural vibration and acoustics

Phone: 706-542-4225

Email: ben.davis@uga.edu

Driftmier Engineering Center, Room 205
597 D.W. Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
United States

Education

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Duke University, 2008
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003
B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, Duke University, 2002

Area of Specialty

  • Structural Vibration
  • Acoustics
  • Acoustic-Structure Interaction
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Flow-Induced Vibration
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Elastic Stability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

► Dr. Davis' work includes a project to help NASA determine if a key rocket component can withstand the rigors of the next generation of space flight

Links

Dynamic Devices and Solutions Lab

Angelica E Diaz

Building Services Worker II

Driftmier Engineering Center
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
United States

Andrea Duncan

UGA Engineering Ambassador

Email:

Driftmier Engineering Center
597 D.W. Brooks Dr
Athens, GA 30601
United States

Stephan Durham, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor & Assistant Dean for Student Success & Outreach

Georgia ASCE President's Award

Telephone: 706-542-9480

Email: sdurham@uga.edu

Driftmier Engineering Center, Room 119
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Dr. Durham and his students discuss solutions to problems of urbanization, civil engineering innovations and engineering failures. They even build bridges out of spaghetti and glue. Learn more about Dr. Durham in this Focus on Faculty feature.

Education

Ph.D., Engineering (Structural Engineering Emphasis), University of Arkansas, 2005
M.S., Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering Emphasis), University of Arkansas, 2003 
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Arkansas, 2001

Areas of Specialty

  • Structural Materials
  • Structural Concrete
  • Concrete Materials Properties
  • Optimization of Concrete Mixtures for Performance
  • Structural Evaluation
  • Sustainability through Concrete Materials and Construction
  • Beneficial Use of Waste-Stream Materials
  • Pervious Concrete Pavements
  • Bridge Engineering
  • Structural Evaluation

Stephan Durham Ph.D., P.E.

Faculty Advisor for UGA Engineering Ambassadors

Driftmier Engineering Center, Room 119
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Major: Civil Engineering

Hometown: Bryant, AR

What you love about UGA Engineering: 

I appreciate the quality, dedication, engagement, and brilliance of our engineering students. I am confident they will graduate and have long successful careers improving the society for which we live in.

Favorite spot in Athens: 

The UGA campus! Whether it is teaching class in Driftmier Engineering or going to football games with my boys at Sanford Stadium, the UGA campus has a lot of offer!

Advice to yourself as a freshman: 

Become engaged with the world around you! Take risks and don't be afraid of failure.

Favorite quote: 

"Live simply, love generously, care deeply, and speak kindly"   - Ronald Reagan   "Optimism is true moral courage"   - Ernest Shackleton

Truitt Eavenson

Advisory Board Member

VP, Southeast Region, Georgia Power Company

Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Truitt Eavenson serves as Georgia Power’s Southeast Region vice president. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the company’s operations in a 31-county area that includes Savannah, Statesboro, Brunswick and Waycross. 

Eavenson was named to his current role in January 2017 after serving for more than two years as Georgia Power’s vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs. In that role, he fostered good working relationships with elected state officials, other Georgia companies and industries and Georgia Power field office managers. He was also responsible for managing Georgia Power’s relationship with the Georgia Public Service Commission, supporting Southern Company’s legislative office and leading outreach to external groups that share a common interest in utility issues. In addition, he managed Georgia Power’s federal and state political action committees. 

Prior to his role in governmental and regulatory affairs, he served almost four years as Georgia Power’s East Region vice president, where he led the company’s operations, service, sales and external relations in a 13-county area that included Augusta, Thomson, Waynesboro and surrounding communities.

Eavenson began his career at Georgia Power in 1984 as distribution engineer and has served in various leadership roles, including East Region vice president and manager positions in safety and health, state legislative affairs, fleet operations and power delivery. He also served as general manager of transmission and distribution for the Coastal Region.

A native of Carnesville, Georgia, Eavenson earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development.

In the community, Eavenson currently serves on the board of directors of Ossabaw Island Foundation, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Savannah Economic Development Authority, University of Georgia Alumni Association and the Georgia Southern University Foundation. He is a member of the University of Georgia’s College of Engineering Advisory Council, Bank South Advisory Board, and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee.

Mark Eiteman, Ph.D.

Professor

School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering

UGA Inventor of the Year

Telephone: 706-542-0833

Email: eiteman@engr.uga.edu

Riverbend Research Lab South, Room 021
220 Riverbend Road
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Dr. Eiteman wants students to understand and apply approaches to solving technical problems rather than just memorizing information, since many problems they will encounter don’t have easy answers. At the University of Georgia College of Engineering, he teaches courses in Mass Transfer, Biochemical Engineering, and Bioseparations. Dr. Eiteman's expertise is at the interface of metabolic engineering, bioprocess engineering and fermentation technology. He has also taught and engaged in research in Chennai, India at Anna University and IIT-Madras. Dr. Eiteman won the UGA Inventor of the Year Award in 2014. You can learn more about his teaching and research in this Focus on Faculty feature.

Education

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia, 1991
M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia, 1988
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1986

Area of Expertise

  • Metabolic engineering
  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Fermentation technology

 Links

Comprehensive Molecular BioEngineering Lab

Dinku Endale

Assistant Professor

USDA Agricultural Engineer

Telephone: 706-769-5631

Email: dinku.endale@ars.usda.gov

USDA Agricultural Research Station
1420 Experiment Station Road
Watkinsville, Georgia 30677
United States

Education

Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1995

Benjamin Fahrman, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Telephone: 706-542-2271

Email: bf08985@uga.edu

201 Driftmier Engineering Center Annex
597 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Robert Falcone

Advisory Board Member

Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting

Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Robert Falcone is a Specialist Leader, Strategy & Operations, Cloud Enterprise Strategy, at Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Prior to joining Deloitte Consulting in his current position, Falcone served as Vice President, IT Strategy, Transformation and Shared Services at ThyssenKrupp North America, Inc. He earned a BS in Information Management Systems from the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

In addition, Falcone completed the Executive Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management and the Leading Chance and Organizational Renewal Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. 

Thomas M. Fischer, SES

Advisory Board Member

Director, Engineering & Tech Management, Robins AFB

Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Thomas M. Fischer, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Engineering and Technical Management at the Air Force Sustainment Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.  As Director, he is responsible for the development and implementation of technical processes and tools, technology transition, talent acquisition, and development of the workforce consisting of 2,000 science, engineering, and engineering technician professionals at Robins Air Force Base.

Mr. Fischer entered federal service in 1987 and has served in a broad range of senior engineering and program management positions in acquisition, sustainment, science and technology, and Command organizations. Mr. Fischer’s assignments included serving in senior engineering positions on Air Force and Missile Defense Agency weapon systems including the C-17, F-22, RQ-4 Global Hawk, and Airborne Laser.  In his previous position, Mr. Fischer served as the Air Force Research Laboratory Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton, and an MBA from Wright State University.  In addition, Mr. Fischer earned an MS in National Resource Strategy at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at National Defense University in Washington D.C.

Mable Fok, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

NSF CAREER Award Recipient

Telephone: 706-542-2233

Email: mfok@uga.edu

Boyd Graduate Research Studies, Room 712-I
D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Mable Fok, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, introduces students to state-of-the-art technologies as well as basic knowledge to lay the foundation for breakthroughs in research. Dr. Fok is the director of the Lightwave and Microwave Photonics Laboratory. Her recent research interest is on microwave photonics devices and systems, hybrid photonic-neuromorphic signal processing, and fiber optics sensor for biomedical, robotics and civil engineering. Dr. Fok has published over 160 journal and conference papers, including 18 invited papers. She is a contributing author of the book Optical switches Materials and Design, Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2010. Learn more about Dr. Fok's teaching and research in Focus on Faculty.

Education

Ph.D., Electronic Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), 2007
M.E., Electronic Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), 2004 
B.S., Electronic Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), 2002 

Research Focus

  • Spectral mining based on microwave photonics
  • Hybrid analog/digital optical processing of signals based on neuromorphic algorithm
  • Ultrafast all-optical signal processing to enhance physical layer information security

Areas of Specialty

  • Photonics
  • Fiber-optics
  • Lightwave neuromorphic signal processing
  • Microwave photonics,
  • Photonic signal processing
  • Non-linear fiber optics
  • Physical (optical) layer network security
  • Photonics systems
  • Optical communication systems

Links

Lightwave and Microwave Photonics Laboratory

Tim Foutz, Ph.D.

Meigs Distinguished Professor

Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor

Telephone: 706-542-0868

Email: tfoutz@uga.edu

Driftmier Engineering Center, Room 115
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Dr. Foutz, a professor in the College of Engineering, was one of five University of Georgia faculty members named 2016 Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professors, the university’s highest recognition for excellence in instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Education

Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1988
M.S., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1983
B.S., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1980

Research Projects

► Collective Argumentation Learning and Coding (video)

► Using Argumentation as a Learning Strategy in Engineering Education (download)

► Effects of Vest on Canine Truncal Motion (download)

Areas of Specialty

  • Biomechanics: a research and education program dedicated to discovering and disseminating knowledge related the biomechanics of human and animal movement
  • S.T.E.M./Engineering Education Outreach: a research and service program dedicated to the improvement of education

Eric Freeman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Develops membrane-based materials

137 Riverbend Research Lab North
110 Riverbend Road
Athens, GA 30602
United States

Education

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2009
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Geneva College, 2006

Area of Specialty

  • Smart materials
  • Biologically-inspired materials
  • Electrophysiology
  • Model membranes
  • Drug delivery
  • Numerical methods
  • Computational mechanics

Links

Freeman Research Group 

Mark Gabriel

Part-Time Instructor

Email: mcg@uga.edu

Driftmier Engineering Center, Room 601A
597 D.W. Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
United States

David Gattie, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Connects energy policy and national security

Telephone: 706-542-0880

Email: dgattie@engr.uga.edu

Driftmier Engineering Center, Room 605
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

David Gattie’s research is focused on comprehensive energy policy and integrated resource planning in the electric power sector. He is a Resident Fellow in UGA’s Center for International Trade and Security where he engages in collaborative research on energy security and the national security implications of nuclear power. Dr. Gattie also leads UGA’s solar tracking demonstration project. Learn more about Dr. Gattie's teaching and research in Focus on Faculty.

Education

Ph.D., Ecology, University of Georgia, 1993
B.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Georgia, 1983

Area of Specialty

Energy systems and environmental issues
Power generation
Energy policy

Yeshitila Gebremichael, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist

School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering

Designs computational models for disease treatment

Telephone: 706-369-4012

Email: yeshig@uga.edu

Driftmier Engineering Center
597 D.W. Brooks Dr.
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Education

Ph.D., Chemical Physics, University of Maryland
M.S., Physics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
B.S., Physics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Featured Publications

Metoyer, R., Bergeron, B., Clipp, R. B., Webb, J. B., Thames, M. C, Swarm, Z., Carter, J., Gebremichael, Y., and Heneghan, J. Multiscale Simulation of Insults and Interventions: The BioGears® Showcase Scenarios. Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference. Los Angelos, CA. 2016.

Gebremichael, Y.; Clipp, R.; Webb, J.; Thames, C.; Swarm, Z.; Carter, J.; and Heneghan, J. Integration of a Spontaneous Respiratory Driver With Blood Gas Feedback Into BioGears, an Open Source, Whole-Body Physiology Model. Proceeding of the 2015 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference, June 17 – 20, 2015, Snowbird Resort, Utah, USA, SB3C2015-327.

Lee, J., Kim, S., Chang, R., Jayanthi, L., and Gebremichael, Y. (2013) Effects of Molecular Model, Ionic Strength, Divalent Ions, and Hydrophobic Interaction on Human Neurofilament Conformation. J. Chem. Phys. 138, 015103.

Jayanthi, L., Chang, R., Gebremichael, Y. (2013) Conformational properties of interacting neurofilaments: Monte Carlo simulations of cylindrically grafted apposing neurofilament brushes. Journal of Biological Physics, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 343–362.

Dan Geller, Ph.D.

Public Service Associate

Leads Georgia Renewable Energy Technical Assistance Program

Telephone: 706-583-0876

Email: dgeller@uga.edu

Driftmier Annex, Room 104
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Education

Ph.D., Engineering, University of Georgia, 2017
M.S., Biological Engineering, University of Georgia, 1999
B.S., Biochemistry, University of Georgia, 1996

Areas of Specialty

  • Biofuels
  • Solar Power
  • Energy Audits
  • Energy Management
  • Bioproducts
  • Algae