Chris Bartlett

Research Scientist,
Schools of Industrial Design & Mechanical Engineering,
Georgia Tech Research Institute

Chris Bartlett's career spans professional artist, master fabricator, business owner, research technician, and scientist. He worked first as apprentice to master fabricators in a furniture studio while finishing is BFA in 3-D Studio Art, and then as a master fabricator himself. He left furniture making after buying an operational bicycle shop as an alternative to a 2-year MBA, and fostered a cohabitated art gallery and event venue.

After exiting the bike shop for profit, he began his career in research as lab technician for the National Trenchless Technology Research Center. There he was responsible for Liner Lab management and through-put of third party product testing, project management, research methodology, and experiment design. Trenchless technology is the intersection of civil & mechanical engineering; examples are horizontal directional drilling, cast in place pipe lining, and polymer spray coats.

He is currently a Human Factors research scientist in the Human Systems Engineering Branch within Georgia Tech Research Institute where applied research primarily serves the war fighter. His shared appointment with Rehabilitation Engineering and Applied Research Laboratory (REARLab) has him supporting the research of Dr. Stephen Sprigle, School of Industrial Design, and Dr. Sharon Eve Sonenblum, Schools of Mechanical Engineering and Biological Sciences.

Primary research interests are in physiological human factors, strategic innovation, service and business model design, and user centered systems design.


  • Master of Industrial Design, 2014-2017
    Georgia Institute of Technology, Business & Service Model Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Art 2006-2011
    Louisiana Tech University, 3D Studio Art & Sculpture

Recent Experience

  • Research Scientist 2017-Current
    Georgia Tech Research Institute and Schools of Industrial Design & Mechanical Engineering
  • Lab Technician 2011-2014
    National Trenchless Technology Research Center