Faculty Advisors/Collaborators

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Dr. David Hu

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Dr. Hu is currently my faculty advisor at Georgia Tech. He is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biology with an Adjunct Position in the School of Physics at Georgia Tech.

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Dr. Sabetta Matsumoto

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Dr. Sabetta Matsumoto is an associate professor of Physics and Quantitative Biosciences at Georgia Tech that is a theoretical and experimental physicist that is the world leader on knitted physics and physical mimics.

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Dr. Young Hui Chang

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Dr. Young Hui Chang is a professor of applied physiology at Georgia Tech and a subject matter expert on neuromechanics in mammals ranging from mice all the way to elephants. 

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Robert Wallace

Robert Wallace is currently a GTRI researcher that assists in the two courses that I teach including HumaniTech and GaTech4Wildlife. Robert helps oversee projects with connections in 5 different continents. 

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Dr. Roxanne Moore

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Dr. Roxanne Moore is a research engineer in the Mechanical Engineering department at Georgia Tech that is a subject matter expert on engineering education. Dr. Moore specifically has a lot of experience in engaging high schoolers in the ideas of invention. 

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Dr. Joe Mendelson

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Dr. Joe Mendelson is currently the Director of Research at Zoo Atlanta and a professor of Biological Sciences at Georgia Tech. Dr. Mendelson assists with all Zoo research including elephants, gorillas, and snakes.

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Dr. Joy Reidenberg

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Dr. Joy Reidenberg is the expert on elephant trunk anatomy that we collaborate with. She currently is a faculty member at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinah in New York and helps with many different elephant trunk dissection experiments we have performed. 

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Dr. Claire Higgins

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Dr. Claire Higgins is a faculty member of Bioengineering at Imperial College London that has assisted with morphological and compositional analysis of elephant trunk skin and hair. She is an expert on Vibrissal hair and scar tissue and has assisted with experiments on elephant trunk tissue. 

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Dr. Craig McGowan

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Dr. Craig McGowan is the foremost expert in bear biomechanics. I work with Dr. McGowan to understand how bears are able to climb and walk so effortlessly. This is especially unique considering how large they are compared to other scansorial species. 

Current Postdoc & Grad Collaborators

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Ben Seleb

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Ben Seleb is currently a PhD student in Saad Bhamla' s lab at Georgia Tech. Ben is the TA for the GaTech4Wildlife Course at Georgia Tech and helps find new projects and lead new projects. He is an expert on conservation technology and is working towards expanding the scope of what we know how technology can help stop the sixth mass extinction on our planet. 

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Cassie Shriver

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Cassie Shrive is currently a PhD student in Quantitative Biosciences being co-advised by Dr. David Hu and Dr. Young Hui. Cassie has been working on Conservation Technology and animal biomechanics projects since her undergrad at Duke and is working with me on advancing large mammalian biomechanics and Conservation Technology at Tech.

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Krishma Singal

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Krishma Singal is a PhD student in the School of Physics at Georgia Tech working with Sabetta on studying the physics of knitted fabrics. Krishma is an expert experimentalist on knitted physics and soft matter physics. We are currently working on knitted elephant trunk mimics. 

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Dr. Mike Dimitriyev

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Dr. Mike Dimitriyev is a postdoctoral researcher and a theoretical and mathematical physics wiz. He is a subject matter expert on soft matter physics simulations for comparing to knitted fabrics. He currently works with Krishma and myself on the knitted fabrics mimics.

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Caroline Greiner

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Caroline Greiner is currently a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Caroline is a Bio-inspired design expert and has been interested in leveraging Bio-inspired design to high school and undergraduate students and is working with Dr. Moore and myself on Conservation Tech education.

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Thomas Day

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Thomas Day is a PhD student in the school of physics studying with Dr. Peter Yunker on several different projects in the physics of living systems space. Currently Tom is working with Krishma and myself on entanglement in large biological structures including the rhino horn and elephant trunk skin.

Current Undergraduate Researchers

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Maggie

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Maggie is an undergraduate student at Georgia Tech studying the difference between elephant neuro-perception of reaching tasks and the difference between sight and tough for precision reaching.

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Hadley

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Hadley is currently an undergraduate student working on understanding how we can design new enrichment methods to improve the lives of endangered species currently in captivity through technology for wildlife.

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Bella

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Isabella is currently an undergraduate student at Georgia Tech studying how we can mitigate the feral hogs in the state of Georgia from destroying endangered plants and peanut farms.

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Nima

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Nima is currently an undergraduate student in computer science that is working on creating an open-source automated gorilla feeder with Zoo Atlanta. 

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Anika

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Maggie is an undergraduate student at Georgia Tech studying the difference between elephant neuro-perception of reaching tasks and the difference between sight and tough for precision reaching.

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Justyn

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Hadley is currently an undergraduate student working on understanding how we can design new enrichment methods to improve the lives of endangered species currently in captivity through technology for wildlife.

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Dylan

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Isabella is currently an undergraduate student at Georgia Tech studying how we can mitigate the feral hogs in the state of Georgia from destroying endangered plants and peanut farms.

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Isha

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Isha is currently an undergraduate student in computer science working on using computer vision and machine learning to identify and vaccine urban carnivories.

Undergraduate Research Alumnus

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Lauren

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Lauren is an undergraduate at Georgia Tech that studied bear biolocomotion.

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Cata 

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Cata is an undergraduate at Georgia Tech that studied elephant trunk elongation.

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Alex

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Alex is an undergraduate student at tech that studied elephant trunk movement around obstacles.

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Yunshu

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Yunshu is an undergraduate at Georgia Tech that created bio-inspired robots based on the trunk's movement.

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Concilia

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Concilia is an undergraduate at Georgia Tech that researched elephant neuromechanics of reaching

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Wenxin (Rose)

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Rose is an undergraduate at Georgia Tech studying bear biomechanics in both walking and climbing of all bear species. 

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Andrew

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Andrew is an undergraduate at Georgia Tech that researched creating a bio-inspired detection device.

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Ajay

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Ajay is an undergraduate student at Georgia Tech studying the relationship between force and extension of the elephant trunk.

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Sophia

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Sophia is currently an undergraduate Biology student at Brown University. Her project is examining the micro-structures inside elephant skin. 

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Alex
 

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Alex is studying how to create new types of detection devices to use a wetted wall cyclone to detect COVID-19 and other particles

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John

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John is an undergraduate student at UTSA that is working on an REU project focused on understanding the force-displacement relationship of the elephant trunk during elongation.

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Daniel

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Daniel is a Computer Science researcher from University of Florida working on an REU to work on constructing a new UI to examine tensile properties of non-linear skin 

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Sara

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Sara is an undergraduate student researching elephant cognition and the difference in the visual and olfactory precision during reaching tasks.

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Julia

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Julia is currently an undergraduate at Georgia Tech studying new ways to develop conservation technology.

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Ben

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Ben is an undergraduate student working on understand how intestines' can shape different materials inside the body.

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Emily

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Emily is currently an undergraduate student at Georgia Tech studying the elephant trunk skin and how we can create models based on the skin's movement.

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Madeline

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Madeline has contributed to countless projects during her time in the group including asymmetric trunk work as well as collagen entanglement.

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Anais

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Anais is leading a research effort to understand how we can manage human-wildlife conflict in urban ecology settings focusing on fox populations at Georgia Tech.

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Xander

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Xander is an undergraduate student creating bio-inspired elephant trunk skin to help with gripping and protection.

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Grace

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Grace studied how to use Computer Vision & Machine learning to identify and vaccinate urban carnivores.

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Elias

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Elias finished senior design in studying creating an open-source and cheap bird tracker toolkit to be used by birders throughout the world. 

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Sam

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Sam as an undergrad is a Digital Image Correlation (DIC) expert and has helped progress the knitted mimic project.

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Max

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Max is an undergraduate student that was studying the material properties of elephant trunks.

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Ajay

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Ajay graduated in Spring of 2022 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Ajay crated the first iteration of the elephant peg board setup.