• Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1999
  • M.S. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1996
  • M.S. (“Diplôme d’Ingénieur”) E.P.F., Sceaux, France, 1995


Dr. Valle began at GT in August 2006 as Academic Professional and Advisor for the BS/MS and International Plan students in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Prior she was Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Prescott, AZ. Dr. Valle’s doctoral work was in the nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of advanced materials (composites, thin film bonds, etc) using linear and nonlinear ultrasonics with computational modeling (especially the finite element method).  The goal was to be able to predict, through the behavior of ultrasound as it propagates inside a damaged structure, the location, nature, and severity of the damage.

Dr. Valle is also interested in engineering education and, as a subset, women and minorities issues in engineering education. She worked on a research project sponsored by the National Science Foundation, InTEL, to implement computer-based manipulable models within a foundational course in Statics for learning the engineering approach to problem solving, which is characterized by model-based reasoning. She is currently looking at how gender influences various factors that affect time to graduation of undergraduate engineering students, including changing majors. 

Distinctions and Awards

  • ANAK Award, 2014
  • CETL’s Undergraduate Educator Award, 2010.
  • Sigma Xi Best Ph.D. Thesis at Georgia Tech Award, 2000.
  • Luther Long III Memorial Award in Engineering Mechanics, 2000. This award is given to a graduate student working in engineering mechanics who has excelled in academics, research, leadership and service.

Publications and Patents

  • A. Blasick, C. Valle and J. D. Leonard II, “Preliminary Analysis of Factors Influencing Time to Graduation by Gender,” ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, 2013.
  • J. H. Murray, C. Valle, S. Rosser, W. C. Newstetter, L. J. Jacobs, J. D. Leonard II, and S.V. Harrell, “InTEL: Interactive Toolkit for Engineering Learning Contextualizing Statics Problems to Expand and Retain Women and URM Engineers”, ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, 2011.
  • C. Valle and J. W. Littles, “Flaw Localization Using the Reassigned Spectrogram on Laser-Generated and Detected Lamb Modes,” Ultrasonics39, 535-542, 2002.
  • C. Valle, J. Qu, and L.J. Jacobs, “Crack Detection Using Guided Circumferential Waves,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America110, 1282-1290, 2001.
  • S. Hurlebaus, M. Niethammer, L. J. Jacobs, and C. Valle, “Automated Methodology to Locate Notches with Lamb Waves,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America-ARLO2, 97-102, 2001.