Georgia Institute of Technology
Carbice Corporation

Baratunde Cola

I received my B.E. and M.S. degrees from Vanderbilt University, while playing on the football team as a starting fullback, and my Ph.D. from Purdue University, all in mechanical engineering. I am likely the only person in the history of football to tear their ACL twice as a walk-on, serve 2 years as an equipment manager while rehabbing, and, under a new coaching staff in my final year, beat out 5 players to earn a scholarship and starting position.

I direct the Nanoengineered Systems and Transport Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, which helped to start Carbice Corporation, TCpoly, and the Academic and Research Leadership Network. I have published numerous highly cited papers and patents related to energy transfer and nanotechnology. In 2017, I was named the top scientist or engineer in the country under 35 years old by the United States of America National Science Foundation. I am an award winning public speaker and frequent keynote presenter.

I live in Atlanta, GA with my wife and two daughters.

Research Areas

Nanoscale Energy Engineering, Thermal Managment, Scalable Nanomanufacturing


National Science Foundation :: Young Investigator/CAREER Awar -

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering

Purdue University

Undergraduate Institution

Vanderbilt University - 2002