Public Policy Student Arora Wins GTRIC Award

School of Public Policy PhD student, Sanjay Arora, won a poster session award at the 2012 Georgia Tech Research & Innovation Conference (GTRIC) on February 7th.

Arora's poster was entitled: "Commercialization of New and Emerging Technologies: A Cross Country Comparison of Graphene Firms." The project looks at how small- to medium-sized firms working in graphene, a novel nanotechnology material, present and reveal their business strategies online. The findings suggest that "firm strategy is influenced by level of technical specialization, country level factors,and the degree to which the firm is oriented toward application and end-use sectors. Implications for entrepreneurship and innovation policy highlight the heterogeneous composition and goals of young companies working in novel scientific areas."

More than 300 Georgia Tech graduate students presented research at the conference. As a winning poster, Arora receives a $1500 professional travel grant to present his research at professional meetings. His research is ongoing with the Georgia Tech Program in Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP) and is supported in part by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) with sponsorship from the National Science Foundation. 

Organized and hosted by the Georgia Tech Student Government Association, the annual GTRIC showcases our graduate student research with a goal of stimulating student innovation and providing students with opportunity to pitch ideas and obtain sponsorship.

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