Astrid Layton


Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering                                                                Dec 2014
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Dissertation Title: Realizing Biological Inspiration for Sustainable Industrial Resource Networks
Coursework Areas: Sustainability, Heat Transfer, Fluid Dynamics, and Design

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering                                                                    Aug 2009
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Minor in Studio Arts


Assistant Professor                                                                                                    Jan 2017– Present
Mechanical Engineering
Donna Walker Faculty Fellow (2021)
Member of the Texas A&M Energy Institute
MEEN Girls faculty advisor
Engineers for a Sustainable World faculty advisor
Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, USA.

Visiting Lecturer                                                                                                         Aug 2014– Dec 2016
Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Tech Lorraine – Georgia Institute of Technology, Metz, France.
Courses: ME3340 Fluid Mechanics, ME3345 Heat Transfer, CEE3040 Fluid Mechanics

Graduate Research Assistant                                                                                  Aug 2009– Dec 2014
Mechanical Engineering – Sustainable Design and Manufacturing Group
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Mechanical Engineering Co-op                                                                             Aug 2006– April 2008
Bayer MaterialScience, Pittsburgh, PA.

Whitewater Kayaking Instructor                                                                                           2004– 2010
University of Pittsburgh, Wilderness Voyageurs, and Riversport School of Paddling
Pittsburgh and Ohiopyle, PA


Texas A&M Energy Institute PageResearchGate Page; LinkedIn Page; Article in PittNews “No Wet Exits”; Second Place in the 2015 International Freestyle Kayak Competition in Metz, France; Second Place Team in 1st Bike to Work Challenge 2012; 3rd Place in the Annual Cheoah River Boater-Cross Down River Race 2010; 2nd Place in Women Division of the Ohiopyle Over the Falls Race 2007; 2nd in the Short Boat Division (under 7′) Slippery Rock Giant Slalom Race 2009


Dr. Layton getting bio-inspiration on Groove Tube, Green River Narrows, North Carolina, USA