I am

Baratunde Cola

Motivator | Entrepreneur | Scientist

Excellence inspired by service ™

I enjoy the challenge of helping others to achieve their best, and learning more about people in the process. I am creative in thought and action, and love making connections that bring new understanding to life. I am competitive, disciplined, and patient, and gain energy from sharing kindness, humor, and life with others. Excellence inspired by service is the life I chose to purse and share.

I received my B.E. and M.S. degrees from Vanderbilt University, while playing on the football team as a starting fullback, and my Ph.D. from Purdue University, all in mechanical engineering. I direct the Nanoengineered Systems and Transport Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, which helped to start Carbice Corporation, TCpoly, and the Academic and Research Leadership Network. I have published numerous highly cited papers and patents related to energy transfer and nanotechnology. In 2017, I was named the top scientist or engineer in the country under 35 years old by the United States of America National Science Foundation. I am an award winning public speaker and frequent keynote presenter.

I live in Atlanta, GA with my wife and two daughters.

People who care deeply for others eventually find and live their purpose.
All experience is an opportunity to learn. You must work and think to learn from experience – yours and that of others.
It is difficult to teach people if you cannot inspire them to learn.
Excellence is always the goal.

“I don’t want to preach and teach. I want us to collaborate. I fundamentally believe that everybody has something that they are interested in that they are good at that they like. Whatever it is I will show them how my experience relates. Then we meet at a common place.”

Baratunde Cola

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