Founding School Chair
0112 Riverbend Research Center South
110 Riverbend Drive Athens, Georgia 30602 United States
James N. Warnock joined the faculty of the University of Georgia College of Engineering in 2017 as the founding chair for the new School of Chemical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering.
Before coming to Athens, Warnock served as a professor and associate dean for academic affairs at Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering.
He is an active researcher in novel therapeutic strategies to treat cardiovascular disease. He’s also earned international attention for his work in advancing the field of engineering education. Warnock serves as adjunct director of training and instruction for ABET, the engineering college accreditation board. In this role he supports the planning, production and execution of the organization’s professional-development programming and directs all activities related to educational offerings and workshop-facilitator training.
“In my engineering education research I’ve studied ways that we can improve engineering curricula to better prepare graduates for engineering practice,” he said. “Specifically, I have looked at how students develop professional skills, such as teamwork, communication, intercultural competence, self-directed learning and innovative thinking.”
Warnock earned a bachelor’s degree in biological science from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. He earned a master’s in biochemical engineering and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, before completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK, 2003
MSc., Biochemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK, 1999
BSc. (Hons.), Biological Sciences, University of Wolverhampton, UK, 1998
Honors / Awards / Achievements
2013 Regions Bank – DAFVM Superior Faculty Award: Teaching, MS State University
2011 Excellence in Teaching (Overall Award), College of Ag & Life Sciences, MS State University
2011 Excellence in Teaching (Upper Division Award), College of Ag & Life Sciences, MS State University
2011 Selected to attend Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium, National Academy of Engineering
BCHE 4650/6650 – Animal Cell Biomanufacturing: One-hour lecture, two-hour discussion. This course advances students’ comprehension of biochemical engineering concepts related to large-scale animal cell biotechnology and scalable manufacturing of cellular products such as recombinant proteins, monoclonal antibodies, viral vaccines, therapeutic cells and gene therapy vectors. Working in small groups, students will address a range of contemporary problems.
BIOE 8120 – Regenerative Medicine, Cell Manufacturing and Society: Designed to introduce advanced students working in cell biology and regenerative medicine research to ethical, policy, and social issues relevant to the field, specifically stem cell research.
Scholarship & Research
Dr. Warnock maintains a strong reputation within the biomedical engineering and engineering education communities. Since starting his faculty career at Mississippi State University in 2005, he has been the PI or co-PI on grants and contracts worth approximately $46 Million. Currently, he is the co-director for Engineering Workforce Development in the NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT) and the co-PI on an NSF-funded Future Manufacturing Network grant. This funding has enabled him to publish over 50 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings in numerous prestigious journals including Nature. Recently, Dr. Warnock’s research has included engineering education and many of his latest publications have focused on first-year engineering programs, developing students’ professional skills, and global education. Dr. Warnock regularly serves as a grant proposal reviewer for the NSF.