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Baratunde A. Cola

Assistant Professor, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and School of Materials Science and Engineering

Baratunde Cola

Baratunde A. Cola is an associate professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his degrees from Vanderbilt University and Purdue University, all in mechanical engineering, and was a starting fullback on the Vanderbilt football team as an undergrad. Dr. Cola has received a number of prestigious early career research awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) in 2012 from President Obama for his work in nanotechnology, energy, and outreach to high school art and science teachers and students; the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science in 2013; and recently the 2015 Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Cola is the founder, CEO and Chairman of Carbice Nanotechnologies, Inc., which sells a leading thermal management solution for the global electronics industry.


Extra Links
 

Dr. Bara Cola talks about the history of carbon nanotubes, their uses,
and the special place they hold in our hearts on the Nanovation podcast

 

Georgia Tech Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Bara Cola, shares
how his childhood dreams of playing
professional football turned into an
exciting research career and important nanoengineering innovations. 

 


Research Areas of Interest:

  • Thermo-electrochemical cells
  • Infrared and optical rectenna
  • Thermal materials for electronics packaging
  • Direct solar and thermal energy conversion
  • Micro and Nano Engineering

 

Awards and Distinctions: 
  • 2013, ARO Young Investigator Award
  • 2013, National Academy of Engineering U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Participant
  • 2013, AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science
  • 2012, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • 2011, NSF CAREER Award
  • 2011, ASME IPACK 2011 Thermal Management Outstanding Paper Award
  • 2009, DARPA Young Investigator Award
  • Faculty, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and School of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Principal Investigator, NanoEngineered Systems and Transport Lab

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Contact
404-385-8652
Education:
PhD: 
Purdue University, 2008
Masters: 
Vanderbilt University, 2004
Bachelors: 
Vanderbilt University, 2002