Season’s greetings from the UGA College of Engineering! Wishing you a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.
As part of America's first public university, the UGA College of Engineering is an emerging leader in teaching, research and service. Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is the nation’s first state chartered university and the birthplace of American public higher education.
The College of Engineering is proud to be a part of UGA’s distinguished heritage as well as a dynamic part of the University’s future. ENGINEERING + LIBERAL ARTS The College of Engineering is one of the fastest growing programs at UGA and one of the fastest growing public colleges of engineering in the nation. Since our founding in 2012, enrollment has grown to more than 2,000 students. Students and faculty alike are attracted to our setting in a comprehensive, land-grant, research institution that’s consistently ranked among the 20 best public universities in the nation. INNOVATION + DISCOVERY Built around a model that transcends traditional academic boundaries, the College offers eight undergraduate and seven graduate degree programs. Our research is centered in three Innovation and Discovery Clusters that bring together faculty and students from a wide variety of disciplines. Experiential learning – co-ops, internships, study abroad and undergraduate research – means graduates aren’t simply prepared for the workplace, they’re prepared to lead.
Mission: The College of Engineering is using an interdisciplinary approach for preparing students to engage in critical issues through careers in leadership and professional practice, and addresses the challenges facing society with collaborative research in technologies and concepts that will transform Georgia, our nation and our world.
Season’s greetings from the UGA College of Engineering! Wishing you a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.
Every year, over a million people develop health care-acquired infections during their hospital stays. And around 100,000 of them die from those complications.
But researchers at the University of Georgia College of Engineering are determined to change that, and their new study shows a promising tool for preventing infections before they happen.
Published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, the study examined how an innovative coating UGA scientists developed can prevent liquids like water and blood from sticking onto surfaces. The researchers also found that the liquid-repellant coating can kill bacteria and halt blood clot formation on an object’s surface.
Read more: https://news.uga.edu/building-safer-medical-devices/
Congratulations to the University of Georgia College of Engineering's Class of 2020!
Scientists often look to nature for cues when designing robots – some robots mimic human hands while others simulate the actions of octopus arms or inchworms. Now, researchers in the University of Georgia College of Engineering have designed a new soft robotic gripper that draws inspiration from an unusual source: pole beans.
While pole beans and other twining plants use their touch-sensitive shoots to wrap themselves around supports like ropes and rods to grow upward, the UGA team - led by Associate Professor Mable Fok - designed a robot that can firmly but gently grasp objects as small as 1 millimeter in diameter.
In a new study published in the journal Optics Express, the researchers say their soft robotic spiral gripper offers several advantages over existing robotic devices.
Read more: https://bit.ly/fok-soft-robot
A team from the University of Georgia College of Engineering has been named a finalist for JUMP into STEM, a building science competition for undergraduate and graduate students at U.S. colleges and universities. Sponsored by the Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the competition encourages students in science, technology, engineering, and math to share solutions for challenges facing the building science industry.
Working with Athens Area Habitat for Humanity, UGA’s team of undergraduates developed a plan to make residential energy audits more affordable and less intrusive for homeowners. Their proposal won first place in the competition’s Energy Audits for Residential or Commercial Buildings Challenge and earned the team an invitation to the finals Jan. 28-29, 2021. The winners of the final competition will earn a 10-week paid internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory or the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
The members of UGA’s team are: Hudson May and Gaspar Pedro, both undergraduate agricultural engineering students, and Gordon Stead, a master’s student in environmental engineering. The team's advisor is Thomas Lawrence, a professor of practice in the College of Engineering, who worked with the students throughout the competition as part of his Sustainable Building Design course.
Read more: http://bit.ly/37kq2rw
The UGA College of Engineering congratulates alumnus and advisory board member Truitt Eavenson on his retirement from Georgia Power. A 1983 agricultural engineering graduate, Truitt enjoyed a successful 36-year career at Georgia Power, ultimately serving as Southeast Region Vice President. Following his retirement Dec. 31, Truitt plans to remain active in the civic life of Savannah. Best wishes to an amazing Bulldog Engineer!
Angela Nguyen, a Masters student in the UGA College of Engineering, connects her research to real-world challenges. Working with UGA's Archway Partnership, she developed a Local Georgia Bridge Asset Management Guide for Spalding County.
"I have gained such valuable experience working with Spalding County through the Archway Partnership. Most importantly, I am able to say that over the course of just three months I helped create a plan for Spalding County’s bridges, which is a monumental milestone for me and the University of Georgia."
Learn more about Angela's experience and UGA Engineering's partnership with Archway: https://bit.ly/2Iw9l2Z
Two UGA researchers say a new international coalition of civilian nuclear power partners is needed to offset China and Russia's growing geopolitical influence in the nuclear sphere.
The researchers, David Gattie, an associate professor in the UGA College of Engineering, and Joshua Massey, director of the Master of International Policy program in UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs, have published a new analysis, Twenty-First Century U.S. Nuclear Power: A National Security Imperative, in Strategic Studies Quarterly, a peer-reviewed academic journal sponsored by the United States Air Force covering issues related to national and international security.
The study stems from an ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration between the College of Engineering and UGA’s Center for International Trade and Security, an effort to fuse energy systems engineering with international policy in response to emerging national security issues.
Read more: https://bit.ly/2K2GkvZ
Message in a bottle: researchers in the University of Georgia College of Engineering teamed up with National Geographic, Exeter University, the Zoological Society of London and other partners to electronically track plastic waste in the Ganges and Bay of Bengal.
Their new study, published today in PLOS One, showed plastic bottles equipped with electronic GPS tags can travel hundreds of miles in just a few months. One bottle travelled 1,768 miles (2,845km) in 94 days.
“In plastic pollution research, we still rely on models of how much plastic makes its way from land to a river, and then once in the river, how an item like a bottle might travel to the sea,” said Jenna Jambeck, a professor in the UGA College of Engineering and Scientific Co-Lead of the Sea to Source Expedition. “This research demonstrates open-source technology that can help fill the knowledge gap regarding plastic movement with real-time measurements of how far an item can travel in aquatic systems and into the ocean.”
Amy Brooks, a Ph.D. candidate in Jambeck’s research group at UGA and a National Geographic Explorer, is working with similar technology to explore the movement of litter on land.
Read more: https://bit.ly/3g18yDu
Commit to leading the pack!
Congratulations to the UGA College of Engineering alumni named to the 2021 Bulldog 100: Kyle Grist of Grist Pallets; Lamar Smith of Lamar Smith Homes; Robert Moore, Jr. of Moore Civil; and Ed Lane of Smith Planning Group.
Each year, the UGA Alumni Association celebrates the Bulldog 100, the top 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni.
Learn more: https://bit.ly/bulldog100-2021
The University of Georgia College of Engineering has established a new advisory group to advocate for the needs and interests of minority students. The Equity Engineers Council is empowered to identify and address social, educational, professional, and other challenges faced by underrepresented students. This leadership group will initiate ideas, activities, programs, and resources to better serve and support minority student groups.
The council is now seeking applications from students interested in serving on this important panel. Learn more: https://bit.ly/equity-council
(Photo taken prior to Jan. 2020)
Equity Engineers Council The University of Georgia College of Engineering established the Equity Engineers Council to advocate for the needs and interests of minority students. The Equity Engineers Council is empowered to identify and address social, educational, professional, and other challen...
We had a great time during College Spirit Day, part of this year's UGA Homecoming celebration! Hot chocolate, treats from the Lil Ice Cream Dude, and photos on the lawn at the Driftmier Engineering Center were part of our celebration of Bulldog Engineering.
The College of Engineering's team is rocking the UGA Homecoming Week Dance Competition! Students can help push our team to victory by voting at this link: https://bit.ly/36MIIyT
The winners will be announced today at 7 p.m.
A big shout-out to UGA engineering alumnus Walter Cromer! The company he founded, Eden Concepts, has received a US Department of Agriculture grant to design, develop, test and deliver a portable precision fluid drill for planting seeds. The new system is designed to reduce labor and production costs for small and mid-sized farmers.
Read more: https://bit.ly/38QJmOr
Bulldog Engineers: let's commit to finishing the semester strong. Please read this important message from Dean Leo regarding instruction in the College of Engineering as well as vital health and safety information:
Cool images of SPOC, the University of Georgia's first research satellite, deploying from the International Space Station. Designed and built by students in the Small Satellite Research Laboratory, SPOC is short for Spectral Ocean Color.
The small satellite will monitor the health of coastal ecosystems from space, providing valuable data to researchers at UGA and beyond. It features an advanced optic system that can zoom in on coastal areas to detect chemical composition and physical characteristics on ocean and wetland surfaces—all of which fits into a spacecraft that’s about the size of a loaf of bread.
The team won a highly competitive research grant from NASA to secure a spot on a rocket and earn funding. Over the months and years, the lab has grown to include over 100 students who get hands-on experience in fields ranging from physics and electronics to geography and engineering.
Learn more: http://smallsat.uga.edu
Student organizations exemplify our core values of collaboration, diversity, inclusion, resiliency and more.
Support student programs with a Giving Day donation.
With your support our student organizations build Formula competition cars from the ground up, design and race concrete canoes, create and launch Alka rockets and even deploy satellites into space! Our more than 20 organizations help members build teamwork and leadership skills, foster a diverse community, provide cultural support and give students the opportunity to pursue something they're passionate about. Your commitment provides opportunities for members to attend national conferences, make professional connections, and shape the leaders of tomorrow.
We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our engineering family. With seven hours to go, we already surpassed our goal of 50 donors! Help us reach our new goal of 75!
Join us in creating more opportunities for students like Alexandria by making a gift to the Engineering Enhancement Fund. Now more than ever, every one counts.
Give now: https://bit.ly/2020givingday
Our research changes lives. Through investments in talented faculty and next-generation facilities, we’re leading the search for solutions that result in healthier people, a more secure future, and stronger communities around the world.
Your support helps our world-class faculty and students develop new tools to fight diseases, create new strategies to improve cyber-security, explore ways to make our infrastructure more resilient, and even transform the way we teach engineering.
A gift to the Engineering Enhancement Fund directly supports our ability to facilitate barrier-breaking research. Make yours today!
Give now: https://bit.ly/2020givingday
University of Georgia College of Engineering alumni are leaders, research analysts, professors and innovators—and you’ll find them improving lives around the world.
Engineering alumni have one thing in common—the heart to work with passion and make our world a better place. That’s what it means to be an Bulldog Engineer. As we kick off our inaugural Giving Day, we are asking you to make a gift, no matter the amount, to the Engineering Enhancement Fund.
Giving Day will highlight some of the ways we use the fund to support students and enhance the quality of their academic experience.
If you need more proof that supporting UGA Engineering makes an impact in our world, look to our response at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In quick time, students and faculty mobilized to provide face shields to health care partners all over the state of Georgia. Your support makes this impact possible. Thank you for always answering the call.
Follow along on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for our progress and featured funds. Go Dawgs!
Give now: https://bit.ly/2020givingday
We commit to equality.
The University of Georgia College of Engineering is launching a new Women’s Leadership Initiative designed to empower faculty, staff, post doctorate and graduate students in the college.
“The Women’s Leadership Initiative supports the perspective that gender equality advances opportunities for all at the college, the institution and beyond,” said Donald Leo, dean of the UGA College of Engineering.
Read more: http://bit.ly/WLI-UGA
Photo taken prior to Jan. 2020.
Congratulations to Brandon Rotavera, an assistant professor in the University of Georgia College of Engineering!
Rotavera, who has a joint appointment in UGA’s department of chemistry, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) to study new high-pressure chemical reactions vital to the design of next-generation combustion systems.
CAREER grants, among the most prestigious awarded by the NSF, support early-career faculty who exhibit promise as both researchers and teachers, and whose work has the potential to advance their field and their institution.
Funded by a $510,000 award, Rotavera’s project is designed to develop new, fundamental understanding of the chemical reactions that occur in combustion systems powered by alternative fuels. The work will provide a foundation for the design of sustainable combustion systems for transportation.
Learn more: http://bit.ly/CAREER-Rotavera
Time to harvest the peanuts? There may be an app for that!
Georgia’s peanut crop generates more than $600 million annually, but determining the optimal harvest time for the crop can be tricky. Current crop assessment tools are time consuming and prone to human error, leading to millions of dollars in lost yield each year.
Researchers in the University of Georgia College of Engineering are working to help farmers improve the quality and quantity of their yield by providing them with faster and more accurate data. In a new study published in Springer Precision Agriculture, the UGA team presents a portable, smartphone-based system for peanut harvest analysis.
Read more: http://bit.ly/uga-peanut-app
We connect next-generation research with real-world solutions.
“When a patient comes into a hospital, the last concern he or she should have is developing additional ailments that can complicate treatment or recovery. Our goal is to eliminate the risk of infection and device clotting, improving patient outcome.”
Megan Douglass, a Ph.D. candidate in the UGA College of Engineering, is designing and evaluating antimicrobial and blood-compatible surfaces to reduce the rate of infection and clotting related to medical device use. Her work to make hospital stays safer recently earned a 2020 Baxter Young Investigator Award, one of only 16 presented by health care product company Baxter International.
One of the most promising breakthroughs in Douglass’ research involves the combination of copper nanoparticles with nitric oxide-releasing technology, creating a multifunctional antibacterial and antithrombotic platform for medical device coatings.
Learn more: http://bit.ly/douglass-uga
"I decided to transfer to UGA solely for the College of Engineering. I sat through my first informational meeting and I knew that majoring in Engineering would challenge me to be the best version of myself."
Payton Aussin, an electrical engineering major from Alpharetta, transferred to UGA after beginning her college journey at Georgia College and State University. She credits her involvement in student organizations and UGA's free tutoring resources for helping her make the transition and be successful.
Learn more about our amazing transfer students as we celebrate National Transfer Student Week: https://engineering.uga.edu/transfer-student-week-2020
"I chose to transfer to UGA because I knew it was where I could realize my full potential and set myself up for success. The opportunities to get involved in the community, make an impact, prepare me for the future, and meet the most incredible people are endless."
Diego Alarcon, a fourth-year civil engineering student, transferred to the University of Georgia after starting his college career at Georgia State University.
Learn more about our amazing transfer students as the UGA College of Engineering celebrates National Transfer Student Week: https://engineering.uga.edu/transfer-student-week-2020
597 D W Brooks Dr
Be the first to know and let us send you an email when The University of Georgia College of Engineering posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Send a message to The University of Georgia College of Engineering:
Understanding that 21st century engineers require more than technical knowledge, the University of Georgia College of Engineering equips students with an understanding of the social and economic impact of their work, the ability to communicate their ideas to a wide variety of people, the ability to work effectively in teams, and the skills to provide leadership in solving society’s greatest challenges.
Our students are immersed in hands-on learning through design-based classroom and field experiences, undergraduate and graduate research, study abroad, co-ops and internships. We offer 15 undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as a variety of dual degrees and combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
The UGA College of Engineering is where rigorous academics connect with real-world practice; where the energy of a startup connects with the birthplace of American public higher education; where leadership connects with collaboration; and where soaring aspirations connect to concrete achievements.
We are driven by a spirit of learning, discovery and innovation that distinguishes Bulldog Engineers from all others.
Learn more at engineering.uga.edu.