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The biggest long-term impact of our NSF engineering research center is our students. They are critical not only to the current state of our center, but also our future.

CMaT has more than 50 graduate students working on CMaT research in their labs (see projects listed by research thrust on the right), going on cross-CMaT (national and international) sabbaticals, attending the annual CMaT retreat, presenting at poster sessions, etc.

Three of our graduate students participated in international sabbaticals in 2019. Our first CMaT international research exchange student arrived in Japan in June of 2019. Brian Liu partnered with Osaka University and worked under the guidance of Dr. Masahiro Kino-oka.

Our second CMaT international research exchange student, Emily Pendleton, traveled to Ireland in the fall of 2019. Emily partne​red with the National University of Ireland-Galway under Dr. Frank Barry.

Our third and final international research exchange student of 2019 was Nicole Piscopo. Nicole partnered with the University of British Columbia in the Stem Cell Bioengineering Lab of Peter Zandstra.

Additionally, we had 3 domestic training sabbaticals take place between CMaT institutions during 2019:

  • Aaron Simmons, from University of Wisconsin-Madison, traveled to Georgia Tech and University of Georgia where he joined the labs of Drs. Melissa Kemp and Art Edison.
  • Reggie Tran, from Emory University, traveled to University of Wisconsin-Madison where he joined the lab of Dr. Kris Saha.
  • Mark Stathos, from Georgia Tech, traveled to University of Wisconsin-Madison where he joined the lab of Dr. Sean Palecek.