Andrew Schulz Science Group
Elephant Biomechanics Researcher, Bio-Inspired Materials, Human-Wildlife Centered Design Educator, - Atlanta, GA
I'm currently getting my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA. My research thesis is on Mechanics and Materials of the African Elephant Trunk with Applications to Conservation Technology. I work to understand how the elephant trunk is able to move in so many complex ways without having any bones or joints...only muscles. I am looking to find inspiration in Biology to design robots that have both strength and flexibility as the African elephant has already evolved. I also work to understand how STEM scientists can help impact conservation through the use of technology and human-centered design which has led to international work with the Giant Panda and other endangered species. My thesis is currently set to be on August 3rd, 2022. If you would like a link please reach out. Upon my expected graduation this August I will be pursuing a postdoc at Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany.
Science Communication is more important now than ever with miscommunication and a lack of scientific literacy throughout the world. I work through a variety of platforms including Social Media, Live Streaming, Conservation Education Programs, Volunteering, and more. To find out more about my different science communication see the events and tabs below.
I currently stream science and technology education on twitch discussing education, my research, and other science I love
I've worked on writing a few different sci comm articles to engage others in my work and story
I've organized local community events centered around my research and engaging with educators
Currently, we are working to increase the Conservation Technology (CT) community of scientists, engineers, and technologists at Georgia Tech through a course known as Tech4Wildlife. This course has expanded to a student organization and we are working on understanding how other universities, organizations, and educators can implement interdisciplinary CT into their teaching.
Learn More (Illustration done by B. Seleb)
We have a group of interdisciplinary high school, undergraduate, and masters students from around the globe! Currently, there are no research assistantships opening on our team, but if you'd like to check out the team see them below! Above is a picture from Fall 2022!