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.
Dr. Shofner's group investigates processing-structure-property relationships in polymers and composites. She and her group focus on scalable processing approaches relevant to emerging materials such as mechanical metamaterials, natural polymers, and nanocomposites.
PUBLICATIONS & PATENTS
- P. Verma, C.L. Smith, A.C. Griffin, and M.L. Shofner, “Towards textile metamaterials: A pathway to auxeticity and tensegrity in a needle-punched nonwoven stiff felt”, Materials Advances, Accepted (2022).
- C.W. Irvin, C.C. Satam, J. Liao, P.S. Russo, V. Breedveld, J.C. Meredith, and M.L. Shofner, “Synergistic reinforcement of composite hydrogels with nanofiber mixtures of cellulose nanocrystals and chitin nanofibers”, Biomacromolecules, 22 (2), 340-352 (2021)
- M.P. Orr, A. Sonekan, and M.L. Shofner, “Effect of processing method on cellulose nanocrystal/polyethylene-co-vinyl alcohol composites”, Polymer Engineering and Science, 60 (12), 2979-2990 (2020).
- E.R. Fitzharris, D.W. Rosen, and M.L. Shofner, “Fast scanning calorimetry for semicrystalline polymers in fused deposition modeling”, Polymer, 166, 196-205 (2019).
EDUCATION & AWARDS
- Ph.D., 2004, Materials Science, Rice University
- B.S., 1997, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
- Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
- MSE Faculty – Research Award
- Women in Engineering Teaching Excellence Award
- Emerging Leaders Program
- Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellows Program
- Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
- Solvay Advanced Polymers Young Faculty Award