Craig Forest is a Professor and Woodruff Faculty Fellow in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech where he also holds program faculty positions in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering. He conducts research on miniaturized, high-throughput robotic instrumentation to advance neuroscience and genetic science, working at the intersection of bioMEMS, precision machine design, optics, and microfabrication. Prior to Georgia Tech, he was a research fellow in Genetics at Harvard Medical School. He obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in June 2007, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2003, and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2001. He is cofounder/organizer of one of the largest undergraduate invention competitions in the US—The InVenture Prize, and founder/organizer of one of the largest student-run makerspaces in the US—The Invention Studio. He was a recently a Fellow in residence at the Allen Insitutte for Brain Science in Seattle WA; he was awarded the Georgia Tech Institute for BioEngineering and BioSciences Junior Faculty Award (2010) and was named Engineer of the Year in Education for the state of Georgia (2013). He is one of the inaugural recipients of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Grants, a national effort to invent the next generation of neuroscience and neuroengineering tools. In 2007, he was a finalist on the ABC reality TV show "American Inventor.”
Idea to Prototype (I2P) is a signature element of CREATE-X MAKE. In I2P, students get faculty mentors, guidance, seed funding, and additional university resources to build functional prototypes of their ideas. Students earn three undergraduate research credit hours for each semester they enroll in the course (up to six maximum).
Pictured above: Sarah Selim (ME 2018), Katie Jordan (BME 2018), Virgil Shah (ISyE 2018)
"Personally, I2P has given me the opportunity to put aside time for our project and make sure it is a priority just as much as any other class I am taking, because we are receiving course credit. ... After working for a year on our project, we now have a functional prototype and a working partnership with CHOA doctors to receive feedback on our medical device." - Sarah Selim, 2017
I2P Showcase Event
The Idea 2 Prototype Showcase is the cumulative event for I2P. At the end of the semester, student teams present their prototypes to the public. A prize will be awarded for first, second and third place as well. This event is an opportunity for students to receive feedback on products that might go on to become a successful startup venture.