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Gavin T. Garner

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Office location and address
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Mechatronics Lab
130 Chemistry Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. ​Physics, Colby College
M.S. ​Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia
Ph.D. ​​Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia
Biography

Gavin Garner joined the University of Virginia faculty in 2009. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Colby College and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia in both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He worked as a mechanical engineer for AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc. before beginning his graduate studies. Dr. Garner is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and was honored as an ASME graduate teaching fellow from 2007 to 2009. He currently serves as the faculty advisor for U.Va.’s student chapters of ASME and Pi Tau Sigma, the international Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.

AS-CHEM JPL The FaSTR LL-30 DNA Profiling System: An Ultrarapid, Centrifugally-Driven Microfluidic System
Source: Naval Air Warfare Center
December 02, 2015 – December 31, 2017
AS-CHEM JPL The FaSTR LL-30 DNA Profiling System: An Ultrarapid, Centrifugally-Driven Microfluidic System
Source: Naval Air Warfare Center
December 02, 2014 – December 01, 2015
EN-Stress Testing of a 3D-Printed Quadcopter Arm in Various Extreme Environments
Source: The Mitre Corporation
November 01, 2013 – January 15, 2014
ENGR 1501: Special Topics
Credits: 1
Student led special topic courses which vary by semester.
MAE 2010: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
Credits: 3
Historical introduction, standard atmosphere, basic aerodynamics, airfoils and wings, flight mechanics, stability and control, propulsion (airbreathing, rocket and space), orbital mechanics.
MAE 4501: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 3
Applies basic engineering science, design methods, and systems analysis to developing areas and current problems in mechanical engineering. Topics vary based on student and faculty interest. Prerequisite: 3rd or 4th year standing.
MAE 4511: Mechanical Engineering Special Project
Credits: 2
Individual survey, analysis, or apparatus project in the mechanical engineering field, concluded with the submission of a formal report. Subject originates with students wishing to develop a technical idea of personal interest. One hour conference per week. Prerequisite: Professional standing and prior approval by a faculty member who is project supervisor. Prerequisite: fourth year standing.
MAE 4512: Mechanical Engineering Special Project
Credits: 2
Individual survey, analysis, or apparatus project in the mechanical engineering field, concluded with the submission of a formal report. Subject originates with students wishing to develop a technical idea of personal interest. One hour conference per week. Prerequisite: Professional standing and prior approval by a faculty member who is project supervisor. Prerequisite: fourth year standing.
MAE 4610: Machine Design I
Credits: 3
Coverage of the design process including project management, specifications, budgeting and case histories, Conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design phases. Technical proposal and report preparation and technical presentations. Organization of design teams to work on specific semester long mechanical design projects selected to illustrate the design process. Prerequisite: MAE 3620.
MAE 4620: Machine Design II
Credits: 3
A continuation of MAE 4610 that applies the design process to projects. Organization of design teams to work on specific semester-long design projects, including oral presentations and written reports. Prerequisite: MAE 3620.
MAE 4710: Mechatronics
Credits: 4
Presents the synergistic integration of mechanical engineering with electronics and computer control in the design of industrial products and processes. Surveys basic electronics, electromechanical actuators, analog and digital signals, sensors, basic control algorithms, and microcontrol programming. Weekly laboratory exercises and a final design project. Prerequisite: Third year standing in ME or AE or instructor permission.
MAE 6592: Special Topics in Mechanical and Aerospace Science: Intermediate Level
Credits: 1–3
Study of a specialized, advanced, or exploratory topic relating to mechanical or aerospace engineering science, at the first-graduate-course level. May be offered on a seminar or a team-taught basis. Subjects selected according to faculty interest. New graduate courses are usually introduced in this form. Specific topics and prerequisites are listed in the Course Offering Directory.
MAE 6993: Independent Study in Mechanical or Aerospace Science: Intermediate Level
Credits: 3
Independent study of first-year graduate level material under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Students must petition the department Graduate Studies Committee before enrolling.
MAE 8897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
MAE 8999: Master's Thesis Research, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Credits: 1–12
Formal documentation of faculty supervision of thesis research. Each full-time, resident Master of Science student in mechanical and aerospace engineering is required to register for this course for the number of credits equal to the difference between his or her regular course load (not counting the one-credit MAE 7510 seminar) and 12.
MAE 9897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.