Meisha Shofner
Associate Professor
Interim Executive Director of Renewable Bioproducts Institute

Dr. Meisha L. Shofner is an Associate Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, joining the faculty following post-doctoral training at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in Materials Science from Rice University.

Prior to beginning graduate school, she was employed as a design engineer at FMC in the Subsea Engineering Division, working at two plant locations (Houston, Texas and the Republic of Singapore), and she is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia.  At Georgia Tech, Dr. Shofner’s research group is concerned with structure-property relationships in polymer nanocomposite materials and with producing structural hierarchy in these materials for structural and functional applications.  This research has been recognized by the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associate Universities and the Solvay Advanced Polymers Young Faculty Award.

Dr. Shofner is a member of the ACS, APS, TAPPI, TMS, and ASME.

Selected publications: 
  1. J.H. Lee and M.L. Shofner, “Tensegrity-inspired polymer nanocomposites”, Polymer, 111, 9-19 (2017).
  2. C.E. Meree, G.T. Schueneman, J.C. Meredith, and M.L. Shofner, “Rheological behavior of highly loaded cellulose nanocrystal/poly(vinyl alcohol) composite suspensions”, Cellulose, 23, 3001-3012 (2016).
  3. P. Verma, M.L. Shofner, A. Lin, K.B. Wagner, and A.C. Griffin, “Inducing out-of-plane auxetic behavior in needle-punched nonwovens”, Physica Status Solidi (b), 252, 1455-1464 (2015).
  4. N. Girouard, G.T. Schueneman, M.L. Shofner, and J.C. Meredith, “Exploiting colloidal interfaces to increase dispersion, performance, and pot-life in cellulose nanocrystal/waterborne epoxy composites”, Polymer, 68, 111-121 (2015).