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D2D Collaboration Partners

D2D Research

Direct To Discovery is a big concept that draws strength from the shared desire of K-12 schools, state colleges, universities, technical schools, industry leaders, local business and services agencies to make positive contributions to the education of students across Georgia.


Research is a big part of the process and includes professional inquiries into the individual components of the system as well as the system as a whole.  We have just completed our proof of concept projects and currently have multiple research proposals under consideration from several funding sources to measure the effectiveness of D2D on student growth and performance and the development of socialized leadership and professional development resources to further support for districts interested in exploring the potential of D2D. As proposals are funded, the results of our investigations will be posted here.


Additionally, researchers and scientists work personally within Direct To Discovery delivering course enhancements to middle and high school students.  Their technology rich interventions make direct connections for students between academic science, math and physics and their applications in the real world. Their long term collaborations with STEM teachers generate a wealth of educational resources that until just a few years ago were simply beyond our reach.


Without the support of Georgia Tech and their inexhaustible expertise in science and technology, Direct To Discovery would not be possible. We proudly present the list of researchers from Georgia Tech who have been with us from the very beginning.  Also, visit our video profile page for an inside glimpse of their continuing work and personal insight on Direct To Discovery.


Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology:

Wayne Daley, Ph.D.P.E.

Principal Research Engineer

Food Processing DivisionAerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems Laboratory

The Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Wayne Daley is the associate division chief of the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Food Processing Technology Division. His areas of expertise are computer vision and intelligent systems

Michelle Dawson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Dr. Dawson’s research applies genetic engineering, cell biophysics, and quantitative microscopy

techniques to the development of nanoparticle and cell-based gene delivery systems that can

overcome biological transport barriers and treat disease.

Pete Ludovice, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Dr. Ludovice's research activities emphasize the use of computer simulation to elucidate the

relationship between atomic level structure and properties of synthetic and biological macromolecules.

John Pierson

Principal Research Engineer

Food Processing DivisionAerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems Laboratory

The Georgia Institute of Technology

 

John Pierson is an environmental engineer and registered professional engineer with 17 years of relevant experience related to industrial wastewater treatment, pilot scale studies, automated data acquisition, and evaluation of environmental technologies.

W. Jud Ready, Ph.D.

Principal Research Engineer & Adjunct Professor

Nanotechnology & Microelectronics Group, Georgia Tech Research Institute

 

Jud Ready developed research thrust in nanotechnology with focus on carbon nanotube production and applications. He served as Principal Investigator and conducted sponsored research of carbon nanotube technologies for numerous electronic applications.

Tonya Shearer, Ph.D.

Research Scientist II, School of Biology

The Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Dr. Tonya Shearer is a Research Scientist in the School of Biology at the Georgia Institute of

Technology where she investigates the ecological impact of invasive coral species on native

coral populations in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Mitchell Walker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

The Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Dr. Walker’s primary research interests lie in electric propulsion, plasma physics, and hypersonic

aerodynamics/plasma interaction. He has extensive designand testing experience with Hall thrusters and ion engines

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