Andreas Bommarius, Ph.D. – Georgia Tech
Andreas S. "Andy" Bommarius is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, as well as Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his diploma in Chemistry in 1984 at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and his Chemical Engineering bachelor's and Ph.D. degrees in 1982 and 1989 at MIT, Cambridge, MA. In industry at Evonik (then Degussa) from 1990-2000, he led the Laboratory of Enzyme Catalysis and worked on projects ranging from chiral pool syntheses and membrane reactors to use of enzymes in laundry and pulp and paper applications.
Stephen E. Cross — Georgia Tech
Executive Vice President for Research
Stephen E. Cross is Georgia Tech's Executive Vice President for Research, a professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and adjunct professor in the College of Computing and Ernest J. Scheller College of Business. He was Vice President-Director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute from 2003 to 2010, a position he is currently filling as interim director. He also serves as President of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, the Georgia Applied Research Corporation, and the Georgia Technology Advanced Ventures.
Previously, Cross was at Carnegie Mellon University as research faculty member in computer science. Earlier, he was program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and faculty member at the Air Force Institute of Technology. A retired military officer, he received the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Air Force Research Award.
He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, his master's degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Bill Cutts — Georgia Tech
Senior Director, Industry Collaboration
Bill Cutts is currently a Senior Director of Industry Collaboration for Georgia Tech. The Office of Industry Collaboration (OIC) is a portal at Georgia Tech instituted to facilitate industry engagement with the university across a broad spectrum of desired outcomes. OIC's industry and market aware staff are focused on creating sustained commercial outcomes for Georgia Tech's industrial partners while simultaneously supporting the mission of a globally leading research university.
Prior to returning to Georgia Tech, Mr. Cutts held various business development roles in the embedded systems industry, including time at leading industrial companies such as Motorola and Sun and at innovative startups. During Mr. Cutts' first stint at Georgia Tech, he received his bachelor's degree in physics and master's degrees in electrical engineering and in applied physics.
Guo Shiou Foo — Georgia Tech
Ph.D. Candidate, ChBE
Guo Shiou Foo obtained his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in 2011. En route to obtaining his degree, Guo Shiou carried out research on synthesizing functionalized carbon nanotubes to be used as supercapacitors under the direction of Professor Yuan Chen and he was awarded President Research Scholar. After graduation, he moved to Atlanta and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech, expecting to graduate in August 2015.
He is studying surface science and heterogeneous catalysis of biomass-derived-oxygenates under the direction of Carsten Sievers. The goal of his research is to have a fundamental understanding of the reactions to allow optimization of catalytic formulations and reaction processes. Guo Shiou was awarded Exemplary Academic Achievement in 2012 and Ziegler Best Paper award in 2014 for his academic and research accomplishment.
Aaron Howell — Georgia Tech
Ph.D. Candidate, ME
Aaron Howell is a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student being advised by Dr. Cyrus Aidun. His research concerns the study of the flow black liquor while being concentrated in an evaporator. The computational model developed during the course of this project can accurately describe the hydrodynamics and interfacial waves black liquor flows. The model is being used to investigate novel flow arrangements that can be used to minimize the effect of fouling in the evaporator. He expects to graduate in the spring of 2015.
Kyriaki Kalaitzidou — Georgia Tech
Assistant Professor, ME
Dr. Kalaitzidou joined the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, at Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor in November 2007. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. Earlier, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from Michigan State University in 2006. Her research focuses on the manufacture of polymer-based lightweight structures and smart materials, which are commonly used in applications ranging from transportation and consumer electronics to customized medical implants.
She has co-authored 43 peer-reviewed journal publications, more than 40 refereed conference papers, and holds 2 patents. She has received the 3rd Award in the International Quadrant Competition for her Ph.D. work and the prestigious Honda Initiation Grand. Her research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Intel, Yamaha, Bennett Aerospace and Honda.
Satish Kumar — Georgia Tech
Dr. Satish Kumar received his Ph.D. in 1979 from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India in Polymer and Fiber Science. He obtained his post-doctoral experience in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts (1979-82). In 1982-83, he was a visiting scientist at the Atomic Energy Commission of France, C. E. N. G., Grenoble, France. During 1984-89 he was associated with the Polymer Branch, Air Force Materials Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH on contract through Universal Energy Systems and the University of Dayton Research Institute. He joined the faculty of the School of Polymer, Textile and Fiber Engineering at Georgia Tech in 1989, and he is currently serving as Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering.
Dr. Kumar's research is in high-performance materials, biomaterials, energy storage, nano materials, functional electronics, optical materials, as well as fibers and nano composites.
Peter J. Ludovice, Ph.D. — Georgia Tech
Associate Professor, ChBE
Pete Ludovice received a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT. After post-doctoral research at IBM, NASA, and the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule – Zűrich, he managed the Polymer Products Group at Molecular Simulations Inc. (now Accelrys). He is an Associate Professor in the Georgia Tech School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, where he received the Don Bratcher Human Relations Award for his interaction with students across the campus.
Pete's research interests include the application of molecular simulation to synthetic and biological polymers, and the use of humor to improve technical innovation, education and communication. He works with the Georgia Tech School of Math on humorous improvisation to catalyze technical innovation. Pete uses humor to engage students and the public through live programs nationwide, a weekly podcast, and a weekly radio show on WREK-Atlanta (91.1FM) on science and technology whose motto is "Science, only funnier."
Associate Director, RBI
Professor of Practice, ChBE
Chris Luettgen is associate director for the Renewable Bioproducts Institute, as well as a professor of the practice in Georgia Tech's School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. In addition, he is director of the Georgia Tech Professional Education Industry Strategic Partnerships/Professional Masters in Manufacturing Leadership.
Luettgen has 25 years of industry experience, including 19 years at Kimberly-Clark Corp., where he most recently served as senior research and engineering manager for the Kimberly-Clark Professional business sector. He has held positions in product development and innovation as well as in capital project management and manufacturing facility leadership.
For several years, Luettgen has served on the RBI Industry Board of Advisors, and he is the current vice chairman of the Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry. He earned his master's degree at the Institute of Paper Chemistry and his Ph.D. at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology.
Norman Marsolan, Ph.D. — Georgia Tech
Executive Director, RBI
Norman Marsolan is executive director of the Renewable Bioproducts Institute and professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. As executive director, Dr. Marsolan is responsible for engaging the research capacity of Georgia Tech in the service of member companies and industry. After 20 years of service, Dr. Marsolan retired from International Paper Company in 2008, where he last served as director of research and development. He also held assignments as mill manager and as director of technology manufacturing solutions responsible for the worldwide support of pulp and paper manufacturing.
Dr. Marsolan is a past chair of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI). He is an affiliate member of the forest products industry's Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance and a TAPPI Fellow.
Carson Meredith, Ph.D. — Georgia Tech
Professor, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, ChBE
Carson Meredith, Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and a faculty member since 2000, received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1993 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Texas, Austin,in 1998. From 1998 to 2000 he was a postdoctoral associate in the NIST Polymers Division.
His research focuses on materials with high surface or interfacial area, with emphasis on structures, transport properties, and adhesion in sustainable particle- and fiber-based materials. Current projects include development of light-weight, high-strength composites based on cellulose or chitin nanofibers, development of bio-inspired adhesives based on pollen and diatoms, barrier materials for packaging based on chitin nanofibers, and novel methods to produce ultra-stable foams. His work has been featured on the covers of Macromolecules, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, the Materials Research Bulletin, and Macromolecular Materials & Engineering.
Ray W. Miller — Verdezyne
Chief Business Officer
Ray Miller has nearly 43 years of experience in the chemical intermediates, polymers and applications industries. He joined Verdezyne after a career with DuPont, where he most recently served as Global Business Development Manager, Biomaterials and Specialties, and was responsible for developing next generation bio-based sustainable businesses. Throughout his lengthy career at DuPont, he launched numerous products and was the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Bolton-Carothers Award for the development of Sorona®, which is now a leading business in the DuPont Industrial Biosciences platform. Mr. Miller is the co-inventor of 8 issued patents and was a team member recipient of the 2003 EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for "Microbial Production of 1,3-propanediol."
He holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is also an Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni inductee.
Robert Moon — Georgia Tech, U.S. Forest Service
Materials Research Engineer
Dr. Robert Moon is an internationally recognized researcher in cellulose nanomaterials. He is a Materials Research Engineer for the US Forest Service-Forest Products laboratory (FPL). He joined Georgia Tech in 2013 on assignment to further advance technology development in cellulose nanomaterials. This assignment, following a six-year similar arrangement at Purdue University where he successfully built a cellulose nanomaterials program, reflects the importance that the USFS places on the potential of nanocellulose technology to further the USFS' goal to fully utilize its renewable resources. The FPL collaborates with industry to develop innovative new science and technologies related to wood utilization, nanotechnology, and cellulose-based composites.
Dr. Moon received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and his master's degree in Metallurgical Engineering at Purdue University. He received his bachelor's degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His publication record can be found at google scholar. http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=FD8YFDkAAAAJ&hl=en
Christopher Muhlstein — Georgia Tech
Christopher L. Muhlstein received his bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (1994), his master's in Metallurgy from the Georgia Institute of Technology (1996), and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (2002). Dr. Muhlstein joined the faculty in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011 after spending nine years on the faculty at The Pennsylvania State University (2002-2011).
Dr. Muhlstein's research establishes fracture and fatigue mechanisms in bulk and thin film materials. Dr. Muhlstein is a member of Alpha Sigma Mu and Keramos honor societies and an NSF CAREER award recipient.
Arie Mulyadi — Georgia Tech
Ph.D. Candidate, ChBE
Arie Mulyadi is a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, expected to complete his degree in August 2016. His emphasis is in nanocellulose biomaterials for paper science and engineering. His advisor is Professor Yulin Deng. Arie received his bachelor's degree with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in chemical engineering. His graduate research seeks to synthesize chemically modified cellulose nanofibrils using grafting method of melt anhydride copolymerization and emulsion polymerization, investigate the chemical and physical characteristics of modified cellulose nanofibrils, and apply CNF as reinforcement filler for nanocomposites synthesis and then to characterize the mechanical and thermal properties of the resulting composite. During his undergraduate years, Arie worked as a process engineer in PT Lautan Luas Tbk, Indonesia, and as an intern engineer for Bayer HealthCare in Indonesia.
Kim Nelson — American Process, Inc.
Vice President of Nanocellulose Technology
Dr. Kim Nelson is the Vice President of Nanocellulose Technology at American Process Inc, headquartered in Atlanta, GA. She is the creator of API's low-cost, versatile nanocellulose production process and is responsible for nanocellulose technology development and R&D, demonstration line installation, commercialization, and partnerships. Dr Nelson's previous roles at American Process include R&D management, Government Affairs and Environmental Quality and grant-writing. She was formerly a pulp mill process engineer with MeadWestvaco in Charleston, SC. Dr Nelson obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering at GA Tech, a Master of Science from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at Georgia Tech, and a double Bachelor's degree in math and chemistry from Agnes Scott College.
Thomas North III — The Coca-Cola Company
Global Commercialization Manager
Thomas North is a Global Commercialization Manager for The Coca-Cola Company and also serves as the Coca-Cola External Technology Acquisition (ETA) hub lead for Georgia Tech. His primary role is to commercialize technical solutions for comprehensive implementation and system adoption for global scaling purposes. Additionally, he sources external innovations, solutions to technical challenges, and technical capabilities from the ecosystem of Georgia Tech in order to help drive the innovation agenda at Coca-Cola.
Mr. North has held many roles during his 20-plus years with the Coca-Cola Company including working in Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Operations, and global Program Management. He holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering and a master's in business administration, and proudly claims being a father to two teenage boys as his greatest achievement.
Sankar Nair — Georgia Tech
Professor, James F. Simmons Faculty Fellow
Associate Chair for Industry Outreach, ChBE
Dr. Sankar Nair is Professor and James F. Simmons Faculty Fellow and Associate Chair for Industry Outreach in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He received his bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, his master's in Physics and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Dr. Nair has engaged with the Renewable Bioproducts Institute since 2006. He has recently expanded his work on membranes for gas separation and biofuel separation into other areas of interest including robust membranes for concentration of spent pulping liquor.
A key theme in his group's research is manipulating the unique properties at the nanoscale or from the nanostructuring of a material. His group develops innovative processing methods to create, understand, and engineer nanoporous materials and devices for renewable and clean energy, carbon capture, advanced separation, and nanoscale sensors. Dr. Nair's group also has substantial collaborations with other research groups at Georgia Tech and elsewhere.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Lively Lab and Jones Group
Dr. Simon Pang, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is a postdoctoral researcher in the Lively Lab and Jones Group. He earned his bachelor's in chemical engineering from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder under the direction of Will Medlin. His Ph.D. research explored the control, via surface modification, of surface orientation of multifunctional biomass-derived molecules such as furfural on heterogeneous catalysts.
His current research under the direction of Ryan Lively and Christopher Jones utilizes a variety of microporous materials such as amine-loaded silicas and metal-organic frameworks for CO2 capture under harsh conditions with the goal of understanding how material surface properties affect stability and performance.
Pamela Peralta-Yahya — Georgia Tech
Assistant Professor, ChBE
Professor Pamela Peralta-Yahya, an assistant professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry is leading a research group developing foundational technologies to more effectively engineer biological systems for chemical synthesis. One area of research is the development of biosensors to screen chemical-producing microbes, which could identify strains that produce chemicals at industrially relevant yield. This technology has potential applications in the area of microbial synthesis of pharmaceuticals & microbial production of high energy density fuels.
Dr. Peralta-Yahya holds a bachelor's degree from Macalester College and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. She pursued postdoctoral research at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (University of California, Berkeley & Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA). She received the DARPA Young Faculty Award and the DuPont Young Professor for Scientific Innovation Award in 2014.
Matthew Realff, Ph.D. — Georgia Tech
Associate Director, RBI
Dr. Matthew J. Realff is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech and David Wang Senior Faculty Fellow. He has been at Georgia Tech since 1993, after completing his bachelor's degree at Imperial College London and Ph.D. in chemical engineering at MIT in 1992. He was National Science Foundation (NSF) program director from 2005-2007 and currently serves as an NSF external expert in resilient infrastructure systems. He co-chaired the 2013 American Chemistry Society Green Chemistry Conference. In December 2013 he was appointed Associate Director of the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute and in 2014 as Associate Director of the Renewable Bioproducts Institute to help develop programs in chemicals and fuels.
His research interests are in process and sustainable systems engineering. He has current projects in lignocellulosic pretreatment process invention, DoE-sponsored carbon dioxide capture from flue gas streams, and bio-based chemical process design sponsored by NSF.
Elsa Reichmanis — Georgia Tech
Brook Byers Professor, ChBE
Elsa Reichmanis is on the faculty of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Previously, she was Bell Labs Fellow and Director of the Materials Research Department at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent. She received her bachelor's and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from Syracuse University. Research interests include the chemistry, properties and application of materials technologies for photonic and electronic applications, with focus on polymeric and nanostructured materials. Her group is currently exploring polymeric and hybrid organic/inorganic materials chemistries for electronic and photonic applications.
Dr. Reichmanis was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the Bureau of the International Union for Pure Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). She served as 2003 President of the American Chemical Society and served as a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
David Rosen – Georgia Tech
Professor, Associate Chair for Administration, ME
David Rosen is the Morris J. Bryan, Jr., Professor and Associate Chair for Administration in the School of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Rosen's research interests are focused on additive manufacturing and combine the fields of computer-aided design, information modeling, and materials processing. In recent years, his research program has been sponsored by the NSF, industry, DARPA and the Air Force Research Lab. With Ian Gibson and Brent Stucker, Dr. Rosen was co-author of the textbook, "Additive Manufacturing Technologies: Rapid Prototyping to Direct Digital Manufacturing", Springer, 2010. He has published over 200 papers, largely in additive manufacturing, and holds three patents in the area.
He is Director of the Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Institute at Georgia Tech, which began in 1995. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts.
Ken H. Sandhage — Georgia Tech
B. Mifflin Hood Professor, MSE
Adjunct Professor, ChBE
Dr. Ken H. Sandhage is the B. Mifflin Hood Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Adjunct Professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and a member of the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech. Dr. Sandhage received a bachelor's degree (1981) in Metallurgical Engineering with highest distinction from Purdue University and a Ph.D. (1986) in Ceramics from MIT. After working as a Senior Scientist at Corning, Inc. and American Superconductor Corp., he joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Ohio State University. In 2003, he joined the faculty at Georgia Tech.
Dr. Sandhage's research focuses on: i) wet chemical and biochemical syntheses of conformal inorganic and inorganic/organic (hybrid) functional coatings, and ii) reaction processing of 3-D macro/microstructured and micro/nanostructured materials of synthetic or biological origin, for chemical, electrical, optical, magnetic, thermal, medical, and mechanical applications. Dr. Sandhage is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society.
Ph.D. Candidate, ChBE
Stephen Sarria is a third year Ph.D. candidate in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He received his bachelor's in Biology from Southern Polytechnic State University in May 2012. His current research focuses on engineering microbes for the production of biofuel precursors in S. cerevisiae (yeast) for a G-protein coupled receptor based communication system. Under Dr. Peralta-Yahya's guidance, he was first author of a paper published in ACS Synthetic Biology in February 2014.
The research reported had engineered a bacterium to synthesize pinene, a hydrocarbon produced by trees that could potentially replace high-energy fuels, such as JP-10, in missiles and other aerospace applications. Mr. Sarria is a winner of the GAANN Fellowship in 2012 and the Carl Strom Minority Fellowship in 2014 to present at the Biocatalysis Gordon Research Conference.
Meisha Shofner, Ph.D. — Georgia Tech
Associate Professor, MSE
Dr. Meisha L. Shofner is an Associate Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, joining the faculty following post-doctoral training at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She received a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Rice University. At Georgia Tech, Dr. Shofner's research focuses on designing hierarchically structured polymeric materials for structural and functional applications through approaches such as novel processing, polymer crystallization, and nanoparticle assembly and templating.
In her current research, these methods have been employed preferentially to bio-based materials. Dr. Shofner's research has been recognized with the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associate Universities and the Solvay Advanced Polymers Young Faculty Award.
Carsten Sievers, Sc.D. — Georgia Tech
Dr. Sievers joined the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009. His research group provides insight into surface interaction involving biomass-derived oxygenates and develops catalytic processes for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals. Specific foci are on the stability and reactivity of solid catalysts in aqueous phase, applied spectroscopy, surface reactions of oxygenates in water, physicochemical characterization of solid materials, synthesis of well-defined catalysts, mechanocatalysis, methane conversion, depolymerization of biomass, pyrolysis, and gasification.
Dr. Sievers is President of the Southeastern Catalysis Society, former Program Chair of the ACS Division of Catalysis Science & Technology, and Editor of Applied Catalysis A:General.
Preet Singh — Georgia Tech
Preet M. Singh is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). His research is focused on the fundamental understanding of the environmental degradation of material properties, especially for metals and alloys, and their protection. His research work is related to the corrosion and SCC problems in the pulp and paper industry, bio-fuels, the energy industry, transportation infrastructure, and nuclear industry. Dr. Singh has published more than 175 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He is an active member of NACE, ASM, TMS, AIST, and ACerS. Dr. Singh is Fellow of NACE International as well as ASM-International.
Zhenguan Tang — Georgia Tech
Ph.D. Candidate, ChBE
Zhenguan Tang is a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, expected to complete his degree in December 2015. His emphasis is in surface modification for paper science and engineering. He is co-advised by Dr. Dennis Hess and Dr. Victor Breedveld. Zhenguan received his bachelor's with distinction from the State University of New York-Stony Brook in chemical and biomolecular engineering.
His graduate research investigates the wetting properties of paper modified with alkyltrichlorosilanes with different chain length and seeks to fabricate grease-proof paper using hydrolyzed methyltrimethoxysilane in an aqueous environment. Compared with fluorinated materials, which are most commonly used to impart grease-proof property to paper, hydrolyzed silane coating has less environmental impact, is cheaper to process, and is easily integrated into current paper manufacturing process.
David Turpin — Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance
David B. Turpin is executive director of the forest products industry's Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance, an industry-led consortium that promotes development of advanced technologies for the pulp and paper industry. As executive director, he oversees identification of the industry's technology research priorities and development of strategies to address them, building partnerships and identifying potential funding sources.
Prior to joining Agenda 2020 in July 2014, he served for more than 25 years with MeadWestvaco and its predecessor Mead Corporation. Most recently, he was Vice President, Innovation Systems, and prior to that served as Vice President, Packaging Materials and Processing. He holds a bachelor's degree in paper science from North Carolina State University.
Ben Wang — Georgia Tech
Executive Director, Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute
Chair, Manufacturing Systems, Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Dr. Ben Wang is the Eugene C. Gwaltney, Jr., Chair of Manufacturing Systems in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He is also executive director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute. Wang earned his bachelor's in industrial engineering from Tunghai University in Taiwan, and his master's and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Wang's primary research interest is in applying emerging technologies to improve manufacturing competitiveness. Wang is widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the growing field of nanomaterials science involving a material known as "buckypaper," with application in developing aerospace structures, producing lightweight body armor and armored vehicles, improving energy and power efficiency, enhancing thermal management of engineering systems, and constructing the next-generation of computer displays.
Wang is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering.
Ph.D. candidate, Biochemistry
Tyrone Wells, Jr., is a Ph.D. graduate student majoring in biochemistry with a minor in paper science & engineering. Tyrone has more than a decade of progressive interdisciplinary analytical research experience related to the characterization and innovative applications of plant biomass. In addition, his extensive publications showcase his technical proficiencies with HPLC, FT-IR, Raman, Fluorescence, UV-Vis, GC/MS, SEM, XRD, TGA/DSC, and most notably 1D/2D-NMR. Recently, he was awarded the Gunnar and Lillian Nicholson Graduate Fellowship for his work in green chemistry and was provided funding to present technical seminars concerning his research to various academic institutes and industries across Northern Europe.
A capstone highlight during this period was an invitation to present his data at the Embassy of the United States in Stockholm, Sweden, where he detailed highlights of his research. His expected graduation date is May 2015.
Yi Zhang — Georgia Tech
Ph.D. Candidate, ChBE
Yi Zhang is studying under professors Sven Behrens and Carson Meredith to obtain a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, expected August 2016. He and his advisors recently developed capillary foam demonstrating that the combined presence of particles and a small amount of oil in water-based foams can lead to exceptional foam stability when neither particles nor oil can stabilize the foams alone. The cellulose-based foam is a lightweight, sustainable material. The particles in the foam form a stabilized network with the help of oil bridges. Potential applications include pharmaceuticals and food formulation as well as construction of buildings, automobiles, and airplanes.
Yi received his bachelor's in chemical engineering and technology from Dalian University of Technology, where he won a scholarship for outstanding academic performance and was recognized for his outstanding undergraduate graduation thesis. His work has been published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemical Engineering (Chinese) and Computers and Applied Chemistry.