Our Faculty

When you enroll in the MBID professional graduate program, you will learn from top-ranked professors, experienced industry practitioners, practicing physicians, nationally recognized researchers, and seasoned business professionals and entrepreneurs.  Full-time faculty members come from the engineering, medical, and business management disciplines, reinforced by practicing clinicians and business people in the field. Courses are taught in traditional classrooms, in the engineering design studio, and in clinical settings at Emory and other medical and industry sites in greater Atlanta area. 

The MBID graduate program includes the following faculty members:

  • Jeremy Ackerman M.D., Ph.D.

    Assistant professor and clinician researcher in the Emory School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine and an assistant professor/program faculty in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. His research focuses on medical applications for new and emerging technologies.

  • Rafael Andino M.S., M.B.A.

    Adjunct faculty, works as Vice President of Product Development for Clearside Biomedical Inc., an Atlanta based ophthalmic pharmaceutical company. Mr. Andino has over 25 years of leadership, product development, and commercialization experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry having worked in senior management positions for large established public companies as well as start-up privately funded enterprises.

  • Julia Babensee Ph.D.

    Associate director of the MBID program and associate professor in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, focuses her research in immunology, tissue engineering, biomaterials, drug delivery, and dendritic cells.

    Business Administrator: Sheyil Taylor
  • Raymond Cheser D.B.A.

    Adjunct faculty, works as Director, Operating Effectiveness, in the healthcare services industry, and has over 30 years of leadership experience in engineering, manufacturing, quality, and service operations. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a recipient of the Shingo Prize for Lean Operations Research. He holds a B.S. and M.S., Texas A&M University; M.B.A., University of Connecticut; and D.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University, with publications on lean operations, quality improvement, and organizational effectiveness appearing in several professional journals and periodicals.

  • Ty Cowart M.P.A., J.D. , - President, TyRx

    40 years of successful experience in the medical device industry, with emphasis upon regulatory affairs and quality assurance/compliance. Direct experience includes managing and leading teams within venture start-up, privately held, and public companies in securing approvals, clearances, certifications, and registrations from global regulatory authorities, as well as establishing and maintaining quality systems to assure compliance including inspections and oversight by global regulatory authorities. Ty also serves as a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology in the graduate Biomedical Innovation Program (BioID) within the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

  • Michael Fonseca Ph.D.

    Michael is a Director of Product Development at Abbott with over fifteen years’ experience in the startup medical device industry. Prior to Abbott, Michael served as CardioMEMS, Inc ‘s second employee where he directed, researched, and developed implantable wireless pressure sensors for abdominal aortic aneurysms and heart failure. Today, at Abbott, he leverages those experiences to expand the product portfolio for advanced medical therapies. Michael received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Tech.

  • Thomas Godfrey M.B.A.

    Adjunct faculty, works as Sr. Director of Manufacturing for CLEARSIDE Biomedical Inc., an Atlanta based ophthalmic pharmaceutical company. Mr. Godfrey has over 27 years of experience holding key leadership positions in the medical device industry, finance and economic development. He has been instrumental in developing and executing development and operational strategies for large established public companies as well as startup companies. Mr. Godfrey holds a Bachelor of Science from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri - Rolla) and a MBA from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

  • Sathya Gourisankar Ph.D.

    Director of the MBID program and Professor of Practice in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. He has over 30 years of pre-clinical and clinical biomaterials research and product development experience in the medical device industries. He has led the life cycle development & global commercialization of over 10 major medical device products (via both “Substantial Equivalence (510k)” and “New Product Development (IDE/PMA)” pathways) with significant business impact for cardio-thoracic, abdominal surgical, peripheral arterial and ophthalmology clinical applications.

    Business Administrator: Pat Jordan
  • Jan McKenzie M.D.

    Jan is a Leadership Consultant who partners with leaders to drive business results. Previously Director of Learning at The Weather Channel, Jan has received the John O Wynne Leadership Award, The Cable and Telecommunications Best Practices Award, and has authored two books endorsed by leadership experts Stephen M R Covey and Dr. Ken Blanchard. A summa cum laude graduate of GSU and Georgia Tech Guest Lecturer, Jan is a contributing author in Center for Creative Leadership’s Developing Your Conflict Competence.

  • Arnold Schneider Ph.D.

    A Professor of Accounting and the Accounting Area Coordinator at Georgia Institute of Technology and has also held visiting faculty positions at Macquarie University (Australia), Emory University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He received a B.S. in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University, a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, and obtained a CPA certificate in Maryland. Professor Schneider was formerly an auditor with the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

  • Michael Smith Ph.D.

    A member of the Information Technology Management faculty in the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech where he teaches systems analysis and design, project management, business data communications, and a survey course in management information systems.

  • Ajit Yoganathan Ph.D.

    Associate chair for research and a Regents' professor, holds the Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Faculty Chair in Biomedical Engineering. His research centers on cardiovascular fluid mechanics, artificial heart valves, Doppler ultrasound, MRI technology, and blood rheology.

    Business Administrator: Sandra Maffey

Atlanta-area professionals – many of them Georgia Tech or Emory graduates themselves – support the MBID program in the classroom and the workplace as project hosts, adjunct professors, guest lecturers, and clinical advisors.