Sen. Isakson Chief of Staff Chris Carr Learns about Georgia Tech Manufacturing Research
Posted Aug 13, 2013 | Atlanta, GA
As part of a campus visit, Chris Carr, Chief of Staff for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, stopped by the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute on Aug. 13 to learn the latest advances in manufacturing research. Dr. Ben Wang, GTMI Executive Director, guided Carr through several GTMI research facilities, including the high-bay area and the digital printing lab.
As part of his campus visit, Sen. Isakson Chief of Staff Chris Carr learns about the applications for digital printing from Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute research students.
“Visits like this one with Chris are critical to GTMI’s mission,” said Dr. Wang. “We are trying build bridges between manufacturing research, industry, and our policy makers to improve manufacturing competitiveness in the U.S. These visits allow us to provide information on the types of research that are taking place here at GTMI and why this research is important to meet certain challenges faced by U.S. manufacturers. This sort of discussion provides our policymakers with a well-rounded perspective of what manufacturers are facing in today’s marketplace.”
As part of the visit, GTMI research students Christopher Oberste and Geoffrey Adams presented key research being conducted in the GTMI Digital Printing Lab. Discussion centered on prosthetic research being performed on behalf of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The researchers are using 3D printing and printed electronics to improve the comfort of prosthetics used by military amputees. Socket comfort will be improved by 3D printing softer, more pliable materials within the socket that contact the skin, while printed electronics will be used to monitor internal socket temperatures and to identify pressure points.
Carr also visited with Dr. Rhett Mayor, associate professor with the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Mayor provided details on micro-manufacturing and new heat transfer technologies. These technologies and manufacturing processes are currently being studied by aerospace manufacturers looking to improve efficiencies in engines and overall system efficiencies through weight reduction and better energy transfer.
Carr’s visit to the Georgia Tech campus also included meetings regarding Georgia Tech’s economic development footprint and the university’s efforts to solve transportation issues at both the local and national levels. He also visited the Integrated Blast Effect Sensor Suite at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.