Rodney Averett, a researcher who uses mechanical modeling to better understand disease progression related to thrombotic disorders, has joined the University of Georgia College of Engineering faculty as an assistant professor.
Averett comes to UGA from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was a research engineer in the mechanical engineering department. He received his doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Georgia Tech.
In his research, Averett uses experimental mechanics and mechanical modeling techniques to solve complex problems pertaining to aberrations in blood clot structure due to major injury or disease - such as diabetes, cancer and sickle-cell anemia.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Dr. Averett to our growing faculty,” said Donald Leo, Dean of the UGA College of Engineering. “His research is an excellent example of our interdisciplinary approach to solving problems that improve human wellness.”
Averett is one of seven new faculty members to join the UGA College of Engineering this semester. Enrollment in the college has tripled since it was established in 2012, reaching nearly 1,700 students this year.