Participating Researchers

Dr. David Ballantyne is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics (CRA) at Georgia Tech. Dr Ballantyne’s research concentrates on topics in high-energy astrophysics including the evolution of galaxies and their central supermassive black holes.

Dr. Rebecca Burnett is a Professor and Director of Writing and Communication Program in the School of Literature, Communication and Culture. Her research interests include risk communication, collaboration, cross-cultural communication, multimodality, technical communication, and visual rhetoric.

Dr. Jennifer Curtis is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physics at Georgia Tech. Her research focuses on cellular biophysics and biophotonics.

Dr. Wayne Daley is a Principal Research Engineer and the Associate Division Chief for the Food Processing Technology Division at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. His research involves Computer Vision and Intelligent Systems.

Dr. Michelle Dawson is an assistant professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CHBE). Her research applies genetic engineering, cell biophysics and quantitative microscopy techniques that can lead to the better treatment of disease.

Dr. Andy Frazee is a Marion L. Brittain Fellow in the School of Literature, Communication and Culture at Georgia Tech. His work covers creative writing, poetry, and business communication. D2D collaborations with Dr. Frazee cover contemporary poetry.

Ms. Sierra Glascock is an undergraduate student in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CHBE) at Georgia Tech. She can offer a personal view of the life at Georgia Tech, and what students should expect at college in general. She can also talk about her experience as an engineer and her thoughts about being a woman in science.

Dr. David Gottfried is a Senior Research Scientist in the Nanotechnology Research Center (NRC). He works with the NSF-funded National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, with a particular emphasis on the biomedical and life sciences.

Dr. John Harkey is a Marion L. Brittain Fellow in the School of Literature, Communication and Culture at Georgia Tech. Dr. Harkey's research interests are in 20th century American literature.

Dr. Lew Lefton is a faculty member and Director of Information Technology for the College of Sciences and the School of Mathematics. His research interests are in applied mathematics with an emphasis on large scale scientific computing.

Dr. Pete Ludovice is Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. He also hosts a radio show called Inside the Blackbox: Science Only funnier. D2D collaborations with Dr. Pete involve chemical engineering and mathematics.

Dr. Michelle Miles is a Marion L. Brittain Fellow in the School of Literature, Communication and Culture at Georgia Tech. Dr. Miles' primary interests include modern and contemporary Irish literature, translation and the Classics, and postcolonial studies.

Ms. Emily Alicea-Munoz is a graduate student in the School of Physics at Georgia Tech. She has a BS in Physics and an MS in Astronomy and is currently working on a PhD in Physics Education. She is interested in science outreach, particularly in physics and astronomy, and in how to adjust outreach methods to target audiences at different educational levels.

Dr. Jason Nadler is a research engineer in the Microelectronics and Nanotechnology Group at Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory.

Dr. Jennifer Parrott is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literature, Communication and Culture at Georgia Tech. She teaches courses on a variety of topics, including twentieth-century Irish fiction, travel literature, and the ethics related to production and consumption of food. Her research focuses on issues of identity in contemporary Irish drama and Irish women writers.

Mr. John Pierson is a Principal Research engineer in the Aerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems Laboratory (ATAS) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). His research focuses on advanced UV disinfection technologies, biofuels production, and water conservation and wastewater treatment operations.

Dr. Jud Ready is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) at Georgia Tech and a Principal Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). His research involves electronic and nanoscale materials.

Dr. Tonya Shearer is a former research scientist in the School of Biology at Georgia Tech. She is currently Director of the Discover Science Center, an informal science education enrichment center whose purpose is to supplement the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) curricula taught in K-12 schools and homeschool programs. Her research focus at Georgia Tech used molecular technology to detect and characterize environmental stress responses in corals. She also investigated the ecological impact of invasive coral species on native coral populations in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. Deirdre Shoemaker is an Associate Professor at the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics at Georgia Tech. Her research is in numerical relativity relating to the detection of gravitational waves.

Dr. James Sowell is a Senior Academic Professional and Director of the Georgia Tech Observatory. He concentrates on teaching, research on binary stars, and recruiting graduates for the astronomy program.

Dr. Todd Streelman is an Associate Professor in the School of Biology at Georgia Tech. His research involves creative solutions to general problems in evolutionary biology. His studies of the cichlid fish will lead to a better understanding of basic biological processes.

Dr. Eric Vogel is an adjunct professor at the School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Georgia Tech.

Dr. Mitchell Walker is an associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and the Director of the High-Power Electric Propulsion Laboratory at Georgia Tech. His research focuses on both experimental and theoretical studies of advanced plasma propulsion concepts for spacecraft and fundamental plasma physics.

Dr. John Wise is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics (CRA) at Georgia Tech. Dr Wise’s research interests are star and galaxy formation, and uses massively-parallel computer simulations to explore problems in these topics.

Dr. Lisa Yaszek is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Literature, Communication and Culture (LCC) at Georgia Tech. LCC is an internationally recognized home for humanities-centered research in literature, film, games, and other forms of narrative art, especially as these art forms shape and are shaped by science and technology.

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Mr. James Donohoe is a respected musician and music teacher. He is the author of the “Ag Déanamh Ceoil” music tuition book. James is an associate of the London College of Music and has vast experience in the field of music production and recording. He has appeared on numerous television broadcasts and many of his students hold All Ireland titles. James is the director of the acclaimed “Sionnán” traditional performance group and has developed the FeadogOnline teaching website, which won the elearning award at the Digital media awards 2005. For further information, visit virtualclassroom.ie/who.html.

Mrs. Patty Dees is the Outreach Director at the Center for Puppetry Arts, and founded the Center's videoconferencing program. This program has accumulated numerous national and international accolades. It has served 48 states, 4 countries, and over 200,000 participants. For more information, visit puppet.org.