Dr. Cassandra Telenko holds a joint appointment in Mechanical Engineering and in Industrial Design at Georgia Tech. She has taught engineering, design, and sustainability topics at MIT, The Georgia Institute of Technology, SUTD, and UT-Austin. Dr. Telenko’s education research interests include sustainability, critical thinking, design thinking, and design-based learning. Her educational research products include a methodology for creating short-term design experiences for multidisciplinary engineering education, and a pilot course to improve Spatial Visualization skills of freshmen in engineering at UT-Austin. Her general research in eco-design provides methods for analyzing environmental impacts of design decisions, redesigning products for energy efficiency, modeling usage contexts, and actionable guidelines to help designers reduce environmental impacts.
Dr. Telenko's prior appointments include a postdoctoral research position in the MIT-SUTD International Design Centre with joint appointments at MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). She completed her PhD (2012) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin).
Dr. Jariwala is the Director of Design & Innovation for the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Production Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India with honors in 2005 and received Masters of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2007 from IIT Bombay, India. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2013, with minors in Entrepreneurship. Dr. Jariwala has over nine years of research experience in modeling, simulation, engineering design, and manufacturing process development, with research focus on design of polymer based micro additive manufacturing process. During his Ph.D. studies, he was also a participant of the innovative TI:GER® program (funded by NSF:IGERT), which prepares students to commercialize high impact scientific research results. Dr. Jariwala has participated and led several research projects from funded by NSF, the State of Georgia and Industry sponsors. At Georgia Tech, he is responsible for enhancing corporate support for design courses, managing design and fabrication/prototyping facilities, coordinating the design competitions/expo and teaching design courses, with a strong focus on creating and enabling multidisciplinary educational experiences.
Dr Wendy C. Newstetter is the Assistant Dean for Educational Research and Innovation in the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech.
Thomas R. Kurfess received his S.B., S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from M.I.T. in 1986, 1987 and 1989, respectively. He also received an S.M. degree from M.I.T. in electrical engineering and computer science in 1988. He currently is a Professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech where he holds the HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control.
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