Mary Realff
Associate Professor and MSE Faculty Fellow, and Associate Chair for Undergrauate Program
MRDC 4510

Dr. Mary Lynn Realff is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). She received her BS Textile Engineering from Georgia Tech and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Polymer Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Her current research is focused on Effective Team Dynamics for both undergraduate and graduate students.  The Effective Team Dynamics Initiative develops curriculum and workshops that enable students to gain the competencies to work effectively in teams and for faculty to gain the competencies to guide students through challenging team dynamics is making a positive impacts at Georgia Tech.

At Georgia Tech, she also 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.

Dr. Realff is the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech, a Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology, and a Fellow of the Center for Deliberate Innovation. 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.

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 Fellow and a Governor on the Board of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Dr. Realff is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, on the board of the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA and volunteers at Inman Middle School (directing the GEMS girls’ science club) and at Buckhead Church. She lives in Atlanta with her husband (a professor at Georgia Tech).  They have two children: a daughter that lives in Wisconsin and a son who lives in Japan.

Research Challenges: 
Graduate Students