Michael Beckert
Michael Beckert, Ph.D.
Engineer
Mechanical Engineering
Atlanta

Dr. Beckert has been involved in many multidisciplinary projects with experience in all virtually aspects of the design process from conceptualization to documentation. He enjoys finding agreement between theoretical models and real world data to predict system performance and failure envelopes. Some of the applications he has created or helped create include bio-inspired robotic end-effectors, underwater vehicles, textured materials for enhanced adhesion and attachment, vehicle mounted electronic enclosures and supporting structures, active and passive cooling systems for electronic packaging, micro-honeycomb materials for acoustic absorption, and high temperature furnace components and apparatus. He has worked on a variety of coupled and decoupled thermal/heat transfer, structural, fluid (CFD), mass transfer, and multibody dynamical systems problems. Additionally, he has experience in thermal, fluid, and mechanical materials/system characterization.

Dr. Beckert graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology where the topic of his research was the mechanics of remora adhesion. Remoras are pelagic fish that use a modified dorsal fin to attach and hitchhike on hosts. Dr. Beckert combined engineering modeling tools and experimental techniques to create a framework for predicting remora adhesive performance. The framework combined several aspects of remora physiology including aerodynamic drag, spinule friction, pad/seal leakage, remora/host tissue properties, host surface topology, and mucus rheology. The work also resulted in several remora inspired robotic devices.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2015
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2010
  • B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2008

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Georgia, #PE044836

Research Engineer, Georgia Tech Research Institute, 2015-2018

Publications

Beckert M, Flammang BE, Anderson E, Nadler J. Computational drag of an attached remora. In: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 2017 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2017.

Copenhaver K, Beckert M, Nadler J. Solā€Gel synthesis and characterization of annealed pyrolytic graphite/sodium borosilicate glass composites. In: Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems (iTherm), Orlando, FL, 2017.

Beckert M, Flammang BE, Anderson E, Nadler JH. Theoretical and computational fluid dynamics of an attached remora (Echeneis naucrates). Zoology 2016; 119(5):430-438.

Beckert M, Nadler JH, DuPre C. Modeling and design of composite materials for thermal management. In: Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems (iTherm), Las Vegas, NV, 2016.

Beckert M, Flammang BE, Nadler JH. A model of interfacial permeability for soft seals in marine-organism, suction-based adhesion. MRS Advances FirstView 2016; 1-13, doi:10.1557/adv.2016.445.

Copenhaver K, Allmendinger K, Beckert M, Boettcher M, Fitzpatrick J, Henderson B, Nadler J, Woo L. Electrodepositon of dendritic Ni-Co onto high-voltage electrodes of electrostatic particulate matter (PM) sensors. Journal of The Electrochemical Society 2016; 163:B234-B241, doi:10.1149/2.0491606jes. 

Beckert M, Flammang BE, Nadler JH. Remora attachment is enhanced by spinule friction Journal of Experimental Biology 2015. doi:10.1242/jeb.123893.

Beckert MNadler JH., 2015 Evaluating Thermal Composites Using Asymptotic Homogenization. In: 2015 IEEE Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Symposium (CSICS): 1-4.

Culler M, Nadler JH. Composite structural mechanics of dorsal lamella in remora fish. MRS Online Proceedings Library Archive 2014; 1619, doi: 10.1557/opl.2014.541.

Culler M, Ledford KA, Nadler JH. The role of topology and tissue mechanics in remora attachment. MRS Online Proceedings Library Archive 2014; 1648, doi: 10.1557/opl.2014.229. 

Nadler JH, Mercer AJ, Culler M, Ledford KA, Bloomquist R, Lina A. Structures and Function of Remora Adhesion. In: MRS Spring Meeting 2013; San Fransisco, CA, pp 159-68.

Presentations

Beckert M, Flammang BE, Anderson E, Nadler J. Computational drag of an attached remora. In: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2017.

Beckert MNadler JH. 2015 Evaluating thermal composites using asymptotic homogenization. In: 2015 IEEE Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Symposium (CSICS): 1-4.

Beckert M, Flammang BE,Nadler JH. Mechanics of remora adhesion. In: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 2015 Annual Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL, 2015.

Patents

US Provisional Patent 62/362,633: Topologically and Mechanically Adaptive Reversible Attachment System, 2017 (Nadler J, Beckert M).

US Provisional Patent 15/189,589: A Method of Producing a Micro-Channeled Material at Atmospheric Pressure, 2016 (Lavielle M, Nadler J, Beckert M).

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2015
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2010
  • B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2008

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Georgia, #PE044836

Research Engineer, Georgia Tech Research Institute, 2015-2018