People

Graduate Students

Manali Banerjee
Education:
Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering - 2019
Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering - 2016
B.S. in Chemistry - 2016

Bio:
During her undergraduate studies, Manali worked under Dr. Tomasz Kowalewski on developing block-copolymer templated nanocarbons as catalysts for electrochemistry. Manali is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech where she is a recipient of the Renewable Bioproducts Institute fellowship. Manali recently completed an R&D Internship at Tesla (Palo Alto, CA) in the cell engineering department working on improving the formulation and process for developing battery slurries. Manali's research in the Brettmann Lab is focused on nanocellulose gels for pharmaceutical applications. In her spare time, ManaliĀ  co-hosts a podcast with Nasreen focused on the sustainability of materials called Talk Green to Me.

Elena Ewaldz
Education:
Iowa State University
B.S. in Materials Engineering - 2017
Minors: German and Apparel, Merchandising, and Design.

Bio:
During her time at Iowa State, Elena performed research under Dr. Chunhui Xiang in electrospun bio-renewable polymer mats for pesticide filtration. She also did a co-op working as a plant process engineer at Bemis North America (Oshkosh, WI) and as an engineering intern for two summers at UTC Aerospace Systems (Rockford, IL). After her first year as a Ph.D. student she completed an experiential internship at AbbVie (North Chicago, IL) in NCE Formulation Sciences LC, studying the effects of drug product formulation on dissolution rate for the design of amorphous solid dispersions. Elena is currently a Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and a recipient of the GAANN fellowship. Her research in the Brettmann lab is focused on the influence of particles and their interactions in electrospinning ultrafine fibers.

Nasreen Khan
Education:

Drexel University
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering - 2013
M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering - 2013

Bio:
In 2011, she did a co-op in the Biosurgicals R&D team at Ethicon, Inc. (Johnson and Johnson). Her Master's research focused on creating Hierarchically Ordered Nanofibers for Biomimetic Applications under Dr. Christopher Li. After graduating, she worked in industry in the Material Science group at DePuy Synthes (Johnson and Johnson), Technical Service at Dunmore Corporation, and R&D at TerraCycle, Inc. She is currently a Ph.D student in the School of Materials Science and Engineering and a Renewable Bioproducts Institute Fellow. Her research in the Brettmann Lab focuses on rational design of polyelectrolyte complexes for use in paper manufacturing. In Nasreen's spare time, she co-hosts Talk Green to Me, a podcast on materials and sustainability, with Manali.

Alexandra Marnot
Education:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
B.S. in Chemical Engineering - 2019
Minor: Biomedical Engineering

Bio:
While at Virginia Tech, Alex worked in both the DREAMS Lab, and the Polymers and Composite Materials Lab, doing research on stereolithography and fused filament fabrication additive manufacturing. She also interned with the Technology Commercialization Office at Virginia Tech, reviewing and making recommendations for technology licensing. Alex spent a summer abroad at the Technical University of Denmark for a course in Unit Operations. Alex is currently a Ph.D. student in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. Her research focus in the Brettmann lab is on 3D printing of high suspension solids for energetic materials.

Jonathan Cotler
Education:
California Institute of Technology
B.S. in Chemical Engineering - concentration in Materials Science - 2019

Bio:
As an undergraduate, Jon worked with Dr. David Tirrell, where he investigated the effects of high shear forces on protein-mediated colloidal assembly, along with Dr. Julia Greer, where he studied the reversible addition of hydrophobic moieties to hydrophilic polymers, and most recently, with Dr. Julie Kornfield, where he studied the rapid isolation and analysis of bacteria at ultralow concentrations. He is currently a graduate student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech and a recipient of the Renewable Bioproducts Institute Fellowship. His research focuses on the design and fabrication of degradable polymers for recyclable and sustainable packaging.

Undergraduate Students

Riddhi Patel

School of Materials Science and Engineering (2021)
2017 MSE Undergraduate Research Scholar
2018 Fall PURA award recipient
2018 MSE Undergrad Poster Competition - 2nd place

Zachary Adams
School of Materials Science and Engineering (2021)
Undergraduate thesis: Extent of UV Curing in Highly Loaded Systems for Direct Ink Writing

Sisira Saraswatula

Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (2021)
2018 Summer PURA Award Recipient
2019 Georgia Tech MSE Undergraduate Poster Competition - 1st place

Ian Campbell
School of Materials Science and Engineer (2020)
2019 Spring PURA Travel Award

Nadia Zaragoza
School of Materials Science and Engineering (2020)
2020 Spring PURA award recipient
2018 Southeastern Energy Conference Poster Competition - 3rd Place
Heather Witherow
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (2021)

Morgan McLeroy
School of Materials Science and Engineer (2021)

Christina Sun
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineer (2022)
2019 Fall PURA Award Recipient

 

Former Members

Graduate Students

Hannah Woods
2017 - 2019
Masters in MSE

Undergraduate students

Grace Willows
2017 - 2019

Elizabeth Sinner
2018

Mofolu Popoola
2018 - 2019

Joshua Randrup
2018 - 2019

Carly Travis
2018 - 2019

Mitchell Ketcham
2018 - 2019