Primary Investigator: Blair Brettmann
Blair Brettmann received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. She received her Master's in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT in 2009 following internships at GlaxoSmithKline (Upper Merion, PA) and Mawana Sugar Works (Mawana, India). Blair received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at MIT in 2012 working with the Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing under Prof. Bernhardt Trout. Her research focused on solid-state characterization and application of pharmaceutical formulations prepared by electrospinning. Following her Ph.D., Blair worked as a research engineer for Saint-Gobain Ceramics and Plastics for two years. While at Saint-Gobain she worked on polymer-based wet coatings and dispersions for various applications, including window films, glass fiber mats and architectural fabrics. Later, Blair served as a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago with Prof. Matthew Tirrell.
Elena received her B.S. in Materials Engineering from Iowa State University in 2017. She graduated with two additional minors in German and Apparel, Merchandising, and Design. During her time there, Elena performed research funded by the Environmental Protection Agency under Dr. Chunhui Xiang in electrospun bio-renewable polymer mats for pesticide filtration. She also worked as a Plant Process Engineering Co-op at Bemis North America (Oshkosh, WI) and as an Engineering intern for two summers at UTC Aerospace Systems (Rockford, IL). Elena is currently a first year Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. Her research in the Brettmann lab is focused on particle electrospinning for wearable devices.
Hannah received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2017 from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. As an undergraduate, her senior capstone project with Rolls-Royce concentrated on developing a polymer-based alternative to salt-spray coating for hot corrosion testing. In 2016, she interned at NASA Langley Research Center where she worked on polymer synthesis of thermosetting feedstock for 3D printing. She is currently a first-year Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. Her research focuses on optimizing polymer binders for additive manufacturing of energetic materials.
Grace is a second-year undergraduate student in the Materials Science and Engineering department at Georgia Tech. Previously she worked for Megan Dethier at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories, studying trends in clam populations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Currently she works with Manali on modifying nanocellulose surfaces for drug crystallization.