Meet the Team
Roger Hilten, Ph.D., Lab Director
Dr. Roger Hilten leads the Research and Instructional Team for the College of Engineering (CENGR) at the University of Georgia (UGA). Dr. Hilten received B.S. (Ecology), M.S. (Biological Engineering), and Ph.D. (Bio and Ag Engineering) degrees from UGA in 2001, 2005, and 2012, respectively. His research focused on sustainable technologies including green roofs, biofuel and green chemical production, and chemical process design.
Dr. Hilten became the Instructional Lab Manager for the College of Engineering in 2015 and now oversees design, fabrication, and instructional labs for all CENGR’s degree programs including electrical, computer systems, mechanical, civil, environmental, biological, biochemical, and agricultural engineering.
George Haynie, Machine Shop Manager
A native of New Jersey, George has worked in manufacturing since his teens, when he first discovered the fascinating world of machining at a neighbor’s garage shop. Having worked in a variety of shop settings over his career, George has found his most rewarding work takes place in the development of research projects and experimental manufacturing, first at SRI, Inc. in Princeton, New Jersey, and now here, at the University of Georgia. George takes pride in sharing his many years of practical experience in the machinist trade with those who are spearheading innovation in today’s high-tech world, and he is excited to be working with the Engineering students, faculty and staff here at UGA. In his spare time, George enjoys outdoor pursuits such as hiking and cycling, as well as spending time with his wife, three children and numerous family pets, including dogs, goats, and rabbits.
Andrew Border, 2023
Hunter Bradford, 2023
Christ Diemer, MCHE 2021
Hunter Halloran, CSEE 2022
I'm Hunter Halloran, a Senior Computer Systems Engineering student. I have a love for learning new things and helping others sharei n that as well. From coding to fabrication, I like to know a little about everything.
Reese Macdonald, MCHE 2021
My name is Reese Macdonald and I am a 2nd Mechanical Engineering student at UGA. I have around 5 years of metals/fabrication experience and love working with my hands. I enjoy riding my dirt bike and anything outdoors. Working in the student labs has been amazing because I can interact with other students and spread my knowledge about welding!
Jamie Ni, CSEE 2022
Hi, I am a 4th year Computer Systems Engineering student. I enjoy helping students with hands-on projects around the lab such as laser cutting and 3d-printing.
Hunter Reeves, 2022
Joe Snavely, ELEE 2021
Hello. I'm a senior electrical engineering student with a passion for building interesting projects and solving complex problems.
Josi Volbeding, MCHE 2022
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