Dr. Merrick Furst is a Distinguished Professor and the Director of the Center for Deliberate Innovation at Georgia Tech. He founded Flashpoint@GT, a first-of-its-kind startup engineering studio that develops formative leaders and exceptional technology startups. Merrick is a Distinguished Professor in the College of Computing. He was the President of the International Computer Science Institute at Berkley, and a professor and dean at Carnegie Mellon. At Flashpoint, Merrick has worked with hundreds of founders, and is developing the discipline of Deliberate Innovation. Merrick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Namratha Vedire is the Associate Director of the Center for Deliberate Innovation where she works closely with leaders in educational innovation, founders, and innovation teams at large corporations to help them answer the most important question in entrepreneurship today - Could innovation be done with less risk? Before joining the CDI, Nammy worked with over 50 student, faculty, and alumni led early-stage startups at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute as a Venture Creation Consultant. She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University. Nammy can be reached at email@example.com.
Dr. Joseph M. Le Doux is an Associate Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. His early research efforts focused on how to use viruses to transfer genes to cells for the purpose of human gene therapy. More recently, he has shifted his research to the learning sciences, focusing on understanding how the generation of engineering diagrams is used to support problem-solving, both by novice and expert engineers. Joe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Lew Lefton is a faculty member in Georgia Tech’s School of Mathematics. He has co-authored the textbook Introduction to Parallel and Vector Scientific Computing. Lew is also an accomplished and experienced comedian who has done stand up and improv comedy for over three decades. Lew’s research interests include scientific computing, applied mathematics, and is interested in studying the use of humor as a means to enhance technical innovation and creativity. He is also the Founding Director of Decatur Makers, a community makerspace in Decatur. Lew can be reached at email@example.com.
Dr. Wendy C. Newstetter's research focuses on understanding cognition and learning in interdisciplines with an eye towards designing educational environments that support the development of integrative thinking and problem solving. As part of a multidisciplinary research and teaching team in the Biomedical Engineering department, Wendy is working to develop new educational models for highly technical courses that will offer a more inclusive learning environment for all students. Wendy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Mary Lynn Realff is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Undergrad Programs of Materials Science and Engineering and a Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology at Georgia Tech. Her current research focuses on the analysis and design of fibers and fibrous structures. Mary Lynn also runs the Effective Team Dynamics Program at GT which is aimed at integrating team dynamics training into the undergraduate curriculum. Mary Lynn can be reached at email@example.com.
Dr. Michael F. Schatz is a Professor and Associate Chair in the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Michael conducts research in both experimental nonlinear dynamics and physics education. He is currently a Director of the Hands-on Research in Complex Systems Schools at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. Michael is a recipient of the Cottrell Scholars Award and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Mike can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Chrissy Spencer teaches Principles of Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Evolution, Genetics Lab and Math Models. She enjoys co-teaching and applying interactive learning strategies in the classroom, such as active learning and problem-based learning. Chrissy also teaches TAs the foundations of inquiry-based pedagogy. She serves as the undergraduate advisor to a quarter of the Biology majors at GT, including course selection, academic success strategies, and career advising. Chrissy can be reached at email@example.com.
Dr. Joyce Weinsheimer is director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. With more than 30 years of experience in higher education, she has held multiple campus roles (tenured faculty, department chair, learning center administrator, and international teaching and learning consultant). In her current role, Joyce provides leadership to the campus community on teaching and learning issues. Her vision for CTL is to partner with campus units to provide and support initiatives that help have a positive impact on student learning. Joyce can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Masters Student GT Industrial Design
Chris is a graduate student in Industrial Design from Los Angeles, California. Originally drawn to behavioral economics in his undergrad at UCSB, he is passionate about UX design. His interests include photography, powerlifting, and food.
Masters Student GT Industrial Design
Aparna Iyer graduated from Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineer ('16) and is currently a third-year graduate student in the College of Design at GT. She is passionate about UX, designing experiences that excite, and empower others to be their most authentic selves.
Post Baccalaureate Student GT Industrial Systems and Engineering
Melissa is a 2015 Georgia Tech Industrial and Systems Engineering alumnae with a background in data analytics. She has worked for Engineering Services at Walt Disney World as well as Production at Coca-Coca Bottling of Hawaii.
Undergraduate Student GT Industrial Design
Julia Pokrzywa is a second year student majoring in Industrial Design and minoring in Technology and Business. She is passionate about experiential design and research.
Post Baccalaureate Student GSU Mathematics
Alexander Realff is a recent graduate of the Georgia State University Mathematics Department. In the future he plans to teach English as a foreign language around the world.
Undergraduate Student GT Chemical Engineering
Adam is a 5th year Chemical Engineering and Chinese double major from Atlanta, GA. In his free time, Adam enjoys playing soccer and ultimate frisbee, and making music.
Undergraduate Student GT Biomedical Engineering
Megha Sharma is a first year student majoring in Biomedical Engineering and hoping to minor in business at Georgia Tech. Her passions reside in event planning, entrepreneurship, and research.
Undergraduate Student GT Mechanical Engineering
Peter is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Previously he studied physics at Emory University through the 3-2 Dual Degree program. He is currently integrating mobile app development with both Internet of Things technologies and machine learning algorithms.