WST Lrn C dinner: Dr. Mary Lynn Realff

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Dr. Mary Lynn Realff is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). At Georgia Tech, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the mechanics of textile structures and polymer science areas. Dr. Realff has made a significant contribution to the understanding of the mechanical behavior of woven fabrics. She is continuing her work in modeling the mechanical behavior of textile structures utilizing both theoretical and experimental approaches. She currently conducts research on the analysis and design of fibers containing carbon nanotubes. Other projects include simultaneous design of textile production systems and textile products, development of quantitative descriptions of textile structures and evaluation of production processes using image processing technology, and design of woven fabrics for the tufting process.

Dr. Realff is a Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology. She also facilitates a student/industry mentoring program which matches industry mentors with Georgia Tech undergraduate students for 9 month mentoring relationships. The program has been shown to increase the retention of students. From 2002-2005, Dr. Realff directed Georgia Tech’s NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Program. The program’s goal is to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers.

Dr. Realff is a member of The Fiber Society, American Association of Textile Colorists and Chemists, the American Society of Engineering Educators, and the Society of Women Engineers. She is currently on the Board on Diversity and Outreach of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an Associate Technical Editor of the Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering. Dr. Realff is also the President of the Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education.


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  • Created By:Carol Colatrella
  • Created:11/18/2014
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  • Modified:04/13/2017