Georgia Institute of Technology

Graduated: May ‘2016

BS Mechanical Engineering

Research Advisor: Dr. David Hu

Georgia Institute of Technology

Aug ‘16 – present

PhD Mechanical Engineering

Research Advisor: Dr. David Hu


  • Undergraduate fluid mechanics teaching practicum with Dr. David Hu
  • Undergraduate fluid mechanics tutor
  • Undergraduate Machine Design Grader for Dr. Jeffrey Streator
  • Undergraduate Fluid Mechanics Grader for Dr. David Hu


NextEra Energy Resources Juno Beach, FL

Project Engineering – Wind Intern                                             May ‘15 – Aug ‘15

General Electric Power & Water Houston, TX

Gasification Process Design Intern                                               Aug ‘13 – Dec ‘13

General Electric Power & Water Greenville, SC

Manufacturing Engineering – Fuel Nozzle Repair Intern              Jan ‘13 – May ‘13


Amador, G. J., Matherne, M., Waller, D., Mathews, M., Gorb, S. N., & Hu, D. L. (2017). Honey bee hairs and pollenkitt are essential for pollen capture and removal. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 12(2), 026015.

Matherne, M.E., Cockerill, K., Zhou, Y., Bellamkonda, M., Hu, D.L. Mammals swish tails to shoo mosquitoes. Journal of Royal Society Interface (under review).


  1. Matherne, M.E., Anyanwu, G., Leavey, J.K., Hu, D.L. How honey bees carry pollen. American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics 70th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 20, 2017.
  2. Matherne, M.E., Gronewold, K., Puvvada, S., Hu, D.L. Honey bees transport pollen in a concentrated suspension. Poster presented at Science and Technology of Advanced Materials and Interfaces 2017 Industrial Partners Day and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, October 19, 2017.
  3. Matherne, M.E., Amador, G.J., Hu, D.L. What happens when bees brush their hair? Georgia Beekeeper’s Association Fall Meeting, Griffin, GA, October 6, 2017.
  4. Matherne, M.E., Zhou, Y., Cockerill, K., Orquia, A., Hu, D.L. Mammal tails deter mosquitoes by wind generation. Society of Engineering Science Technical Meeting, Boston, MA, July 25-28, 2017
  5. Matherne, M.E., Zhou, Y., Cockerill, K., Hu, D.L. Swishing tails shoo flies. Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology, New Orleans, LA, January 4-8, 2017
  6. Matherne, M., Shin, D., Lavrik, N., Meredith, J., Hu, D. Fabrication of pollen particles. Poster presented at Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences User Meeting, Oak Ridge, TN, August 10, 2016
  7. Matherne, Marguerite, Amador, G.J., Hu, D.L. How Honeybees Stick To and Flick Off Pollen. Poster presented at the Air Products Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 16, 2015, Georgia Institute of Technology.
  8. Guillermo Javier Amador, Megha Mathews, D’Andre  Waller, Mari  Nguyen, Todd  Sulchek, David  Hu, Marguerite Matherne. How the Hairs of Honey Bees Stick to and Flick off Pollen. Materials Research Society Spring Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 8 2015. (Underlined name is presenter.)


  1. Honey bees
    • May 15, 2017. The New York Times, “Why Honeybees Are Good at Grooming (It’s All in the Hair).” James Gorman
    • March 29, 2017. Business Insider. “Scientists just discovered how bees clean themselves — and the slow-mo footage is mesmerizing.” Fernando Marinho and Jessica Orwig.
    • March 31, 2017. Discovery Channel Canada. Bee Hair. Featured on Daily Planet. Hosts: Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin.
  2. Mammal tails
    • January 6, 2017. Science, “Watch a zebra turn its tail into a surprisingly effective fly swatter.” Elizabeth Pennisi.


  • Elizabeth Smithgall Watts Grant – $15,000 for 1 year to complete research in collaboration with Zoo Atlanta. “Tail switching as a defense against insects in mammals.”



  • APS Forum on Graduate Student Affairs Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, October 2017. $500 for travel to an academic meeting. One of 7 recipients out of 39 applications.
  • Georgia Tech Graduate President’s Fellowship, 2016
  • 1 of 2 Georgia Tech nomination for the Marshall Scholarship, 2015
  • John Deere Women in Engineering Scholarship, Fall 2015
  • Air Products Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Research Award, Spring 2015
  • Air Products Mechanical Engineering Scholarship, Spring 2014
  • Shell Oil Company Technical Scholarship, Fall