Nathan Zavanelli



Nathan Zavanelli is an NSF GRFP and ARCS fellow pursuing a PhD in Bioengineering at Georgia Tech. He  currently conducts analytical, computational, empirical, and human subjects studies in soft materials and interfaces, signal processing, and machine learning to enable skin-like wearable electronics and sensors that seamlessly integrate with the human body and provide hospital quality physiological monitoring and diagnostics in a simple, minimally obtrusive platform.  Whereas most medical research benefits only the most advantaged, this  work is targeted specifically to the unique needs of marginalized communities, providing advanced diagnostic solutions to tackle some of the most pressing medical diagnostics challenges, both here in the United States and around the world.




Ph.D. In Bioengineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2023)

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2023)

B.S. In Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2019)



Recognitions and Awards

Best Oral Presentation Award, Sensors Track, AMSM (2022)

Imlay Foundation Global Impact Award (2022)

Medtronic Innovation Design Contest – 2nd Place   (2022)

ARCS Fellowship (2022)

#31 Finisher 2021 Ironman World Championships 25-29 Age Group (2022)

Bioengineering Department Best Paper (2022)

Office of the Provost Award – Innovation (2022)

CRIDC Conference Best Poster Presentation (Tie 1st) (2022)

VentureLabs Innovation Competition – Second Place (2022)

#4 Male Collegiate Triathlete, South Eastern Conference (2021)

Georgia Tech Convergence Innovation Competition – Second Place (2021)

NSF GRFP Fellowship (2021)

CDAIT Innovation Challenge First Place Grand Prize (2021)

Bioengineering Department Best Abstract (2021)

President’s Undergraduate Research Award (2018)

Mathematics Association of America Commendation for Research Presentation (2018)

IEEE-HKN Honor Society – Iota Phi Chapter (2017)

Thayer Honor Society – USMA (2016)



Leadership and Teaching Experience

Lead Teaching Assistant – 1. Dynamics ; 2. Biosensing Systems

Coordinator and Head TA – Smart and Connected Bioelectronics Undergraduate Research Team (Fall 2021)

Mentor – Project ENGAGES (2021-2022)

Mentor – Undergraduate Research  (2020-Present)

Student Leader – CRU Campus Ministry  (2021-Present)

Justice  – Code of Conduct and Honor Committees – Georgia Tech Graduate Student Government  (2021-Present)

President and Captain – Georgia Tech Triathlon Team (2020-Present)

Cadet Platoon and Drill Sergeant – 1st Basic Training Regiment, USMA (2017)

Mentor – Big Brothers Big Sisters (2016-2017)

Team Leader – USMA (2016-17)



Students Mentored

Anithra Sivakumar Undergraduate Researcher (Aug 2022-Present) – Currently Undergraduate at Georgia Tech

Katie Chin – High School Researcher (Apr 2021-Present) – Currently High School Student 

Daniel Hermonstine – High School Researcher (Apr 2021-August 2022) – Currently student at Georgetown University

Myungchul Kim – Undergraduate Researcher (Jan 2022-Present) – Currently Undergraduate at KAIST

Kangkyu Kwon – Undergraduate Researcher (Aug 2021-Dec 2021) – Currently Masters Student at Georgia Tech

Sameer Sridhar– Undergraduate Researcher (Aug 2020-May 2021) – Currently Undergraduate at Georgia Tech

Nahla Haque – Undergraduate Researcher (Aug 2020-Dec 2020) – Currently Engineer at Daneher Corporation

Ian MacKinnon – West Point Cadet – First Year (Jan – May 2017) – Currently 2LT, US Army 

Jacob Ryser – West Point Cadet – First Year (Jan – May 2017) – Currently 2LT, US Army 

Peyton LeDuc – West Point Cadet – First Year (Aug – Dec 2016) – Currently 2LT, US Army 

Thomas McGuinness – Highland Falls Elementary School (2016-2017) – Currently High School Student at James I O’Neil

Gavin Wolf – Elementary / Middle School (2010-2015) – Currently Plumbing Contracting


Contact Information




791 Atlantic Drive NW

Pettit Microelectronics Research Center

Atlanta, GA 30332-0269