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MSE of Sports Recognized in President's Newsletter
The Library Archives at Georgia Tech has a football helmet from the 1930s. It’s made of leather, with a paltry amount of padding and no face mask. Helmets, and other sports equipment, have changed considerably over the years. This evolution of sports equipment is taught as part of a class called Materials Science and Engineering of Sports (MSE 4803R).
The idea for the class came from the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, where Jud Ready is on the board of trustees.
“During exit interviews with student athletes, they said they wanted academically rigorous sports related courses,” said Ready, deputy director of the Institute for Materials who has a shared appointment between the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the School of Materials Science and Engineering. Ready seized the opportunity to create an innovative course that combines his love of sports with his passion for materials.