Profiles

Farshid Abbasi Doustvatan

Email:

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United States

Patsy Adams

Administrative Manager I

Telephone: 706-542-8839
Fax: 706-542-8806

Email: patsy@engr.uga.edu

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

Peter Akinosho

UGA Engineering Ambassador

Email: psa17@uga.edu

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United States

Major: Civil Engineering

Hometown: Kennesaw, GA

What you love about UGA Engineering: 

I love UGA Engineering because it has a really great support network of students, teachers and peers to help you tackle your engineering degree. There's a community within the engineers at UGA that you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. People here are passionate about Georgia, passionate about the college of engineering, and so willing to help each other. I can say first hand UGA is really an amazing place to earn an engineering degree.

Favorite spot in Athens:  

Dudley Park (Right Behind Mama's Boy...which is my second favorite spot)

Advice to yourself freshman self: 

Become friends with the upperclassmen in your major. They can really provide invaluable info on what classes to take, what jobs people get with you're major, and most of all help you through tough classes. Also, eat at The Niche, it's by far the best dining hall. 

Favorite quote:

 "LEADERSHIP..It's not just a big boat. It's a way of life" -Michael Scott

Adel Al Weshah, Ph.D.

Lecturer

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research interests include computational electromagnetics

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

Jennie Alexander

Academic Advisor II

Telephone: 706-542-0727

Email: jema@engr.uga.edu

121 Driftmier Engineering Center
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

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

Sahera Bader

UGA Engineering Ambassador

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

Major: Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Warner Robins, GA

What you love about UGA Engineering: 

UGA Engineering really help guide me in the career path I wanted to take through all the available resources and the input from great professors and faculty.

Favorite spot in Athens: 

Sitting outside of the Creamery

Advice to yourself as freshman: 

Be open to new opportunities and people. Try things outside your comfort zone.

Favorite quote: 

"You can be passionate about anything. Pay attention, don't let life go by you."  

            - Jerry Seinfeld

Robert Baffour, Ph.D.

Lecturer

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 

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

615 Driftmier Engineering Center
597 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.

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

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 Studies

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

Scott Brodmann

UGA Engineering Ambassador

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

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Savannah, GA

What you love about UGA Engineering: 

What makes UGA Engineering so great is that we have the opportunity to solve real-life problems. The numbers we work with are not pulled out of thin air, they are applicable figures that we will one day use to make the world a better place.

Favorite spot in Athens: 

Last Resort Grill

Advice to yourself as a freshman: 

Keep a Schedule and definitely get to know your professors!

Favorite quote: 

“The key is not the will to win… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.”

Shawn Brogdon

Systems Administrator Associate

Phone: 706-542-8248

Email: sbrogdon@engr.uga.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assistant 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

Jason Christian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Georgia Engineer of Year in Education

Telephone: 706-542-8624

Email: jkc@uga.edu

Driftmier Annex, Room 205
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Education

Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, 2012
M.E., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1994 
B.S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1990

Area of Specialty

  • Unsteady and uncertain hydrologic and hydraulic systems
  • Water resource management
  • Floodplain delineation and analysis
  • Analysis of reliability and interdependence of infrastructure systems
  • Smoothed particle hydrodynamic (SPH) numeric solutions of shallow water equations

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

Carlie Cooper

Administrative Assistant II

Telephone: 706-542-4180

Email: clcoop@uga.edu

Driftmier Engineering Center, Room 101
597 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

Christy Dasher

Assistant Director of Annual Giving

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

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

Mary Clare DeReuil

UGA Engineering Ambassador

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

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Pensacola, FL

What you love about UGA Engineering: 

My professors know me as more than a student and are friendly faces in the hallways. In the same way, the student body is very close and supportive. I have never had trouble finding a study group or making friends in my classes here.

Favorite spot in Athens: 

Two Story Coffeehouse or Thai cuisine

Advice to yourself as a freshman: 

Meet as many people in your classes as you can. Engineering is tough, and these people will be your family here. Join as many clubs in and more importantly outside engineering as you have time for and "get your hands dirty" as an engineer as early as you can. Develop yourself as person, and don't let your major define you.

Favorite quote: 

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."   - John Muir

Angelica E Diaz

Building Services Worker II

Driftmier Engineering Center
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
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

Reed Ehrhardt

UGA Engineering Ambassador

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

Major: Civil Engineering

Hometown: Alpharetta, GA

What you love about UGA Engineering: 

I love the close-knit feel within the College of Engineering. There is a personal relationship between the students and faculty that is unique to the College.

Favorite spot in Athens: 

Seabear Oyster Bar, or anywhere you can hear a train rolling through the Classic City

Advice to yourself as a freshman: 

Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Being uncomfortable pushes you to new heights that you probably did not know you could reach. Most importantly, capture the moment, love every minute of every day, because you can only experience it once.

Favorite quote: 

"Believe you can and you're halfway there."  

            - Teddy Roosevelt

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

Driftmier Engineering Center
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

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

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

Ben Garrett

UGA Engineering Ambassador

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

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Dacula, GA

What you love about UGA Engineering: 

It's something that is constantly interesting, and you are always getting to learn new things. The challenge allows one to take pride in it, and you meet such cool people.

Favorite spot in Athens: 

The Hendershot's patio with my wife on a cool, cloudy day with a light drizzle

Advice to yourself as a freshman: 

Make friends! You will always need them in life and engineering school. Homework and tests will always be there, but playing hide and seek on a farm with your friends at midnight doesn't happen every day, so do that instead whenever you can.

Favorite quote: 

"When the cold of winter comes, starless night will cover day. In the vailing of the sun we will walk in bitter rain. But, in dreams, I can hear your name. And, in dreams, we will meet again. When the seas and mountains fall, and we come to end of days ... in the dark I hear a call. Calling me there, I will go there, and back again."   - J.R.R Tolkien

David Gattie, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Leads UGA solar energy research project

Telephone: 706-542-0880

Email: dgattie@engr.uga.edu

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

Dr. Gattie has been teaching environmental engineering courses at the University of Georgia since 1996. Currently, he's leading 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 National Climate Learning Network

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

Area of Specialty

  • Biofuels
  • Food processing
  • Value-added byproducts
  • Renewable energy
  • Algae
  • Life cycle assessment

Uduak George

Assistant Professor (Limited-Term)

Studies mechanisms that influence lung development and function

Telephone: 706-542-3936

Email: George.uduak@uga.edu

712C Boyd Graduate Research Center
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Uduak George is a limited-term assistant professor in the University of Georgia College of Engineering. She had her postdoctoral training at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and at North Carolina State University. Prior to joining the UGA faculty in 2017, she served as an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Her research focuses on using mathematical and computational methods to study biological processes. She has developed computational models to study biological cell movement, calcium signaling in cardiac myocytes and lung morphogenesis. Her current research focuses on identifying the mechanisms that influence the development and physiological functioning of the lung.

Education

Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Sussex, United Kingdom, 2012
M.S., Computational Mathematics with Modeling, Brunel University, United Kingdom, 2007
B. S., Electrical Electronic Engineering, University of Uyo, Nigeria 2004

Areas of Specialty

Lung morphogenesis
Cell motility
Computational biology
Finite element method
Biomechanics

Cheryl Gomillion, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering

Engineers natural tissue replacements

Phone: 706-542-0918

Email: ctgomillion@uga.edu

Riverbend Research Lab South, Room 219
220 Riverbend Road
Athens, GA 30602
United States

Dr. Gomillion shows students how the basics of science, technology and engineering can be applied to medical challenges. An assistant professor in the College of Engineering and a member of UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center, she works to engineer composite tissue replacements for complex tissue systems, primarily focusing on craniofacial and orthopedic applications. Learn more about Dr. Gomillion's teaching and research in Focus on Faculty.

Education

Ph.D., Bioengineering, Clemson University, 2010
M.S., Bioengineering, Clemson University, 2005
B.S., Biosystems Engineering, emphasis in Applied Biotechnology, Clemson University, 2003

Area of Specialty

  • Tissue Engineering
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Stem Cell Differentiation
  • Cell-Biomaterial Interactions
  • Multi-functional Biomaterials
  • Pre-Clinical Tissue Modeling Systems
  • Cell-based Therapeutics
  • Hard-Soft Tissue Interfaces 

Links

► Gomillion Lab 

Kendra Goode

Administrative Associate II

Phone: 706-542-0860

Email: kendrag@uga.edu

Paul D. Coverdell Center, Room 132
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Joe B. Grubbs III, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering

Developing next-gen plastics

Telephone: 706-338-3324

Email: joe.grubbs@uga.edu

Riverbend North Labs - Room 173
110 Riverbend Road
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Joe Grubbs is a senior polymer scientist and UGA Liaison with DaniMer Scientific, a biopolymer company in Bainbridge, Georgia. DaniMer is working with UGA researchers to develop a new generation of plastics made from canola oil. They are just as strong and malleable as their petroleum-based cousins, but these plastics finish their life cycle being consumed by microorganisms in the soil whence they came. Read more about Dr. Grubbs' work in UGA Research magazine.

Education

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Georgia, 2014
B.S., Biology, Georgia Southwestern, 2003
A.S., Biological Science, Bainbridge College, 2003

Areas of Specialty

  • Biodegradable Polymers
  • Renewable Hot Melt Adhesives
  • Biodegradable Waxes
  • Aqueous Coatings
  • Solvent Coatings
  • Biodegradable Thin Films

Links

DaniMer Scientific

Mark Haidekker, Ph.D.

Professor

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advancing next-gen imaging techniques

Telephone: 706-542-0885

Email: mhaidekk@uga.edu

Driftmier Engineering Center, Room 404
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Education

Postdoctoral Education, Biomedical Engineering, University of California, 1999-2000
Ph.D., Computer Science – University of Bremen, Germany, 1998
M.Sc., Electrical Engineering – University of Hanover, Germany, 1990

Area of Specialty

Biosensing and bioimaging; instrumentation

Links

Biophotonics/Bioimaging Lab

Andrew Hale

Business Manager

Telephone: 706-542-0871

Email: ahale@engr.uga.edu

122B Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

K. Melissa Hallow, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering

Creates dynamic disease models

Phone: 706-542-5478

Email: hallowkm@engr.uga.edu

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

Dr. Hallow holds a joint appointment in the College of Engineering and the College of Public Health's department of epidemiology and biostatistics. She creates computer models that predict how diseases such as diabetes will respond to drug therapies and teaches engineering courses as well as public health courses in chronic disease epidemiology and clinical trail design.

Education

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2002

Area of Specialty

  • Dynamic modeling of physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Disease progression, particularly in the areas of cardiovascular disease, renal disease, and diabetes

Links

Hallow Lab

CV 

Takoi Hamrita, Ph.D.

Professor

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

National Medal of Science & Education Laureate

Telephone: 706-542-1973

Email: thamrita@uga.edu

Driftmier Engineering Center, Room 113
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Education

Ph.D., Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1993
M.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1990
B.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1989

Area of Specialty

Embedded Systems, Telemetry, Smart Systems, Engineering Education, International Education, International Partnerships, International Development, Holistic Development, The Scholarship of Engagement, Higher Education Reform, Complex Systems, Capacity Building

Patent

Peanut Yield Monitoring System (PYMS)
U.S. Patent Application 09/366,975 

Links

UGA-Tunisia Educational Partnership

Hitesh Handa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering

Works with CDC on antibacterial coatings

Phone: 706-542-8109

Email: hhanda@uga.edu

220 Riverbend Road, Room 165
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Education

Ph.D., Material Science and Engineering, Wayne State University, 2008
M.S., Material Science and Engineering, Wayne State University, 2007
B.S., Polymer Science and Chemical Technology, Delhi College of Engineering, India, 2002

Area of Specialty

  • Translational Research
  • Biomaterials for Medical Device Applications
  • Nitric Oxide Releasing Materials
  • Blood-Material Interactions
  • Hemocompatible Materials
  • Antibacterial Coatings
  • Microfluidics
  • Wound Healing Materials
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Animal Models

Links

Handa Research Group 

Gary Hawkins

Assistant Professor

Alternative energy specialist

Telephone: 706-310-3526

Email: ghawkins@uga.edu

J. Phil Campbell REC
1420 Experiment Station Road
Watkinsville, Georgia 30677
United States

Gary L. Hawkins, an agricultural engineer, is a pollution prevention and alternative energy specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He has worked at the University of Georgia since 2001. 

Research Focus

  • Conservation tillage
  • Crop water use
  • Soil moisture management

Greg Hentz

UGA Engineering Ambassador

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

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Duluth, GA 

What you love about UGA Engineering: 

UGA Engineering is a place that rewards ambitious students, so if you go after what you want and are driven, UGA will help you grow. UGA Engineering also provides a pragmatic, well-rounded education.

Favorite spot in Athens: 

Sanford Stadium

Advice to yourself as a freshman: 

Try to set a goal to meet new people everyday, and try to meet and talk to fourth and fifth year engineering students and pick their brains. Also learn coding.

Favorite quote: 

"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway."   - John Wayne

Mahtab Heydari

UGA Engineering Ambassador

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

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Marietta, GA

What you love about UGA Engineering: 

UGA Engineering is like a family. The faculty are so dedicated to the success of their students, and the students are dedicated to the success of each other. You will always find a familiar face in Driftmier and a network of people who will support you.

Favorite place in Athens: 

Two Story Coffeehouse

Advice to yourself as a freshman: 

Don't worry about having your whole life figured out your first year. Try new things and discover what you're passionate about.

Favorite quote: 

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."  

            - Maya Angelou

Roger Hilten, Ph.D.

Instructional Lab Manager

Phone: 706-542-3420

Email: rog@uga.edu

101 Driftmier Annex
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Gerrit Hoogenboom

Professor

Develops crop simulation and decision support systems

Telephone: 352-392-1864

Email: gerrit@ufl.edu

85 Rogers Hall
PO Box 110570
Gainesville, Florida 32611
United States

Gerrit Hoogenboom has over 25 years of experience in the development and application of crop simulation models and decision support systems. Applications range from freeze forecasting to climate variability and climate change, water resources management, biofuels, economic and environmental sustainability, and food security. He currently coordinates the development of the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer, a crop modeling system that is being used world-wide by many scientists and others interested in systems analysis and decision support.

Education

Ph.D., Auburn University, 1985

Research Focus

  • Impact of climate change
  • Computer modeling and simulation of agricultural systems
  • Decision Support Systems and GIS
  • Information technology
  • Agrometeorology
  • Climatology