Kate Polhemus


Ph.D. Student
Mechanical Engineering

245 Upson Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
kcp44 (at) cornell.edu


Kate began her graduates studies in Fall 2014 at Cornell in Mechanical Engineering.   She joined Kirby’s Micro/Nanofluidics Laboratory in October 2014.  She graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with her Bachelors (2013) and Masters (2014), focused on Fluids and Thermal Sciences,  in Mechanical Engineering.


Current Projects

Kate is working on developing a technique to more accurately analyze fluid’s properties subsurface, which examines electrostatic effects at the micro/nano-scale.  She is hoping to apply this technique to also increase oil recovery efficiency in tertiary recovery.



IGERT fellowship: Earth-Energy Systems (2015)

Scholarship in Excellence from Ecole Polytechnique Federal Lausanne    (2014)

President’s Undergraduate Research Award    (Spring 2013)

Four Women In Engineering Scholarships    (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)                    Sponsored by GM, Schlumberger, GT College of Engineering, Altec



B.S. Georgia Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, 2013, Magna Cum Laude

M.S. Georgia Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, 2014