Jon Colton

Professor, Manufacturing
Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Jonathan Colton is Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design, and International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Colton is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Georgia and Maryland, as well as a program evaluator for ABET. Dr. Colton was a member of the World Health Organization’s Immunization Practices Advisory Committee and served the Board of Directors of the Global Soap Project. He is the recipient of a NASA Space Act Award and NSF’s Presidential Young Investigator Award. Professor Colton’s research and teaching interests include the intersections between global/international development and design, manufacturing - humanitarian design and engineering, as well as polymer and polymer composites processing. He is a strong advocate of multidisciplinary, hands-on design experiences. He created the Institute’s minors in Industrial Design and in Global Development. Professor Colton obtained his S.B., S.M, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology prior to joining Georgia Tech’s faculty in 1985.

Dr. Colton served as a U.S. Department of State Jefferson Science Fellow at the USAID Bureau for Food Security. In this position, he supported the scaling up of agricultural technologies by USAID missions in the Feed the Future program, the U.S. Government’s $1.1 billion per year response to global poverty and malnutrition. He also worked on increasing appropriate agricultural mechanization and indigenous fabrication facilities focusing on south Asia.

Dr. Colton is also the Berzins Visiting Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath, UK.