Gavin Garner

Assistant Professor

Website: Gavitronics


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.

Research Interests

Dr. Garner’s primary research interest lies in the field of mechatronics and how it can be applied to the design of new products. He has helped shape the University’s mechatronics program, developing the curriculum, teaching several courses, and overseeing U.Va.’s Mechatronics Lab. He has also helped to develop U.Va.’s new Rapid Prototyping Lab and is researching ways to improve additive manufacturing techniques and technologies.

Recent Publications

    1. G. Garner, Programming Printers Printed by 3D Printers, Proceedings of the 2013 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Paper #7895, (2013)
    2. M.L. Bauer, C.M. Bauer, M.C. Fish, R.E. Matthews, G.T. Garner, A.W. Litchenberger, P.M. Norris, Thin-film Aerogel Thermal Conductivity Measurements via 3ω, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 357, 2960-2965 (2011)


Professor Garner’s Presentation on Additive Manufacturing

Students Using the Rapid Prototyping Lab