Marguerite Matherne

Assistant Teaching Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering



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Marguerite Matherne attended Georgia Tech where she studied Mechanical Engineering, earning her BS in 2016 and her PhD in 2021. Her PhD thesis was titled “Particle manipulation in nature: from honey bees to mammal tails.” Her research has been featured in the New York Times, Business Insider, Science, and Discovery Channel Canada. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Georgia Tech President’s Fellowship. During graduate school, she obtained the Tech to Teaching Certificate and uses teaching methods such as active learning, universal design in learning, and other evidence-based teaching practices in her classes.


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2021

Selected Publications

  • Matherne, M.E., Cockerill, K., Zhou, Y., Bellamkonda, M., & Hu, D.L. (2018) Mammals repel mosquitoes with their tails. Journal of Experimental Biology 221(20), jeb178905.
  • Amador, G. J., Matherne, M., Waller, D., Mathews, M., Gorb, S. N., & Hu, D. L. (2017). Honey bee hairs and pollenkitt are essential for pollen capture and removal. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 12(2), 026015
Marguerite Matherne


Aug 27, 2021

Using Honey Bee Techniques to Manipulate Soft Materials

Recently hired MIE Assistant Teaching Professor Marguerite Matherne is studying how honey bees remove pollen pellets from their bodies to better manufacture and manipulate soft materials.

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