Levi Wood, Ph.D.
Levi Wood is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. He teaches dynamics, a core engineering topic. He is also initiating a strong research group, which will combine mathematics, engineering, and biology to understand how blow vessels contribute to human diseases, with the ultimate goal of identifying new therapeutic strategies.
Levi Wood entered college at the age of 14, and was awarded the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University at the age of 19 – the youngest in his graduating class. Also at the age of 19, he began graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), tying as the youngest ever matriculating student in the mechanical engineering department. Levi Wood received dual master’s degrees from the mechanical engineering and electrical engineering and computer science departments, and went on to obtain his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, all from MIT.
During his time at MIT, Levi Wood was first author on fourteen peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in a breadth of fields ranging from robotics to tissue engineering. After completing the Ph.D. degree, he went on to do is postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Harvard Medical School. His postdoctoral research focused on the application of computational mathematics to finding novel mechanisms driving human disease, including Alzheimer’s disease and inflammatory bowel disease.
Levi Wood has a strong commitment to student mentorship as well as to volunteering in his community. He has also been a devoted volunteer since 2011 with Horizons for Homeless Children in Boston and PATS, the Pedaitric HIV/AIDS Treatment Initiative.