Shannon Yee, PhD

2008 Hertz Fellow
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Shannon Yee is an associate professor in mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Shannon Yee joined Georgia Tech in 2014 directly from his PhD at the University of California Berkeley. Prior to Georgia Tech, he joined the US. Dept. of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) during its inaugural year as the first ARPA-E Fellow.  In 2008, he was awarded a prestigious Hertz Fellowship. While at Georgia Tech in 2015, Yee was selected for an AFOSR Young Investigator Award to develop polymer thermoelectrics. Yee is the recipient of the 2017 ASME Pi-Tau-Sigma Gold Medal award for “outstanding contributions to the field of Mechanical Engineering in the first decade of one’s career.” In 2019, Yee was selected for an ONR Young Investigator Award to develop polymer thermal switches. Most recently, Yee is directing the Generation II Reinvent the Toilet (G2RT) program supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and was recognized as one of Bill Gate’s Heroes in the Field in 2021.

Hertz Foundation Role

Fellowships and Programs Council

Graduate Studies

University of California, Berkeley
Mechanical Engineering
Development of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Thermoelectrics

Undergraduate Studies

Ohio State University


2022, Raymond Sidney Volunteer Leadership Award, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation
2017, Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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