Food Processing Technology Division Student Assistant Fall 2021 - ATAS

Atlanta, GA 30303

Job Description

The Food Processing Technology Division seeks a mechanical engineering undergraduate student assistant to aid the research team's characterization of coupled fluid mechanics and heat transfer physics during simulated food processing. Starting fall 2021

The work involves experimentation of an alternate chilling concept that could involve slurry or chilled water. The goal of this project is to aid in characterizing a novel approach to food processing via ice slurry and/or liquid water chiller media, as well as introducing added kinematics to standard batch processing approaches. The undergraduate research assistant will empirically and semi-empirically aid the research team's characterization of coupled fluid mechanics and heat transfer physics during simulated food processing. The project will combine both theoretical relationships alongside computational validation (Comsol CFD) and physical flow field experimentation given its applied research nature. The key to testing will be the design and investigation of alternative motion patterns with the intent to favorably manipulate thermal-fluidics to increase heat transfer.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Pursuing a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering 
  • Must be registered for at least 6 credit hours with your university during working semesters
  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA

Preferred Qualifications

  • Core fluid mechanics and heat transfer knowledge
  • Strong ability to build and design mechanisms (i.e. work in a machine shop, have taken ME2110 or equivalent class prior)
  • Configuration management tools
  • Ability to clearly communicate technical ideas

Hours per Week

15-20 hours per week

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Not Applicable

Clearance Type Required


Housing and Relocation

Housing and relocation assistance are not available for this position.

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institutes mission of solving the worlds most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.


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