Patrick Dixon is a doctoral candidate working with Professor Lorna Gibson, in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He received his Bachelor’s degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He is currently working on a structural bamboo project, originally called for by the G8, to broaden the use of bamboo as structural bamboo products, analogous to wood products (like plywood and oriented strand board). His work involves considerable collaboration with Michael Ramage’s group at Cambridge University and Professor Greg Smith’s group at the University of British Columbia. The focus of his thesis is the mechanical characterization of bamboo at the mesoscale and below. The Martin Family Fellowship is allowing him to extend his work with mechanical characterization of bamboo at finer length scales. He is interested in sustainable building materials in general, and specifically has a passion for lingo-cellulosic materials, like wood and bamboo.