December 22, 2003 – The Georgia Institute of Technology will be among 13 U.S. universities participating in the new National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) announced December 22 by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
December 17, 2003 – The DuPree College of Management, the business school at Georgia Tech, listened to what top business executives had to say when asked about their training needs. In response, DuPree's Huang Executive Education Center has developed an array of new executive education programs which offer the latest in management theory as well as a flexible format.
December 16, 2003 – The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has presented the 2003 Paul Rappaport Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Award to Ajeet Rohatgi, founding director of the University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaics Research and Education at Georgia Tech.
December 11, 2003 – The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry is rising in national prominence due to growth in student enrollment and the acquisition of new, senior faculty members.
Vision System Automates Analysis of Bee Activity for Insight into Biologically Inspired Robot Design
December 9, 2003 – A new computer vision system for automated analysis of animal movement—honey bee activities, in particular—is expected to accelerate animal behavior research, which also has implications for biologically-inspired robot and computer designs.
Student Survives Rare Five-Organ Transplant to Graduate with Highest Honors, Astronaut John Young to Address Graduates
December 5, 2003 – When Kathryn Smith enrolled at Georgia Tech in the fall of 1997, she knew the road to graduation wouldn't be easy, but she had no idea she would have to struggle for her life.
December 4, 2003 – From December 8-12, 2003, students at Georgia Tech and other Georgia universities are sending their used textbooks to schools and libraries in Africa as part of a book drive for the non-profit organization Books for Africa.
December 2, 2003 – The last time NASA Astronaut Bill McArthur (MS AE '83) went to the International Space Station, he was helping to ready the orbital outpost for its first crew. Next year, he'll have the opportunity to try it out for himself. McArthur and a Russian Cosmonaut have been named as the Expedition 9 crew, set to blast toward the Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in April 2004. They will spend several months residing and working on the Station.
December 1, 2003 – Aerospace engineering student Jia Xu hasn't yet finished his degree, but that's not stopping him from helping the U.S. Navy design the next generation of warships. Xu's work with the Navy, along with his research at Georgia Tech helped him become the third Georgia Tech student in four years to win the prestigious Marshall Scholarship.
Keeping Cool: Synthetic Jet and Droplet Atomization Technologies Meet Broad Range of Electronic Cooling Needs
November 28, 2003 – Two new technologies for removing heat from electronic devices could help future generations of laptops, PDAs, mobile phones, telecom switches and high-powered military equipment keep their cool in the face of growing power demands.
November 25, 2003 – A professor in Georgia Tech's School of Chemistry and Biochemistry is one of a group of researchers - some based in Europe, others here in Atlanta - that has earned the 2003 Descartes Prize, the most prestigious research prize given by the European Union.
November 25, 2003 – As a result of a national survey conducted earlier this year, library officials have implemented several changes and anticipate even more in 2004 to accommodate requests and suggestions made by students and faculty.
November 24, 2003 – The perfect bun: That's one of the goals of an automated product-inspection prototype under development by Georgia Tech researchers working with Flowers Bakery in Villa Rica, Ga.
CardioMEMS Gains $14 Million to Commercialize Wireless Medical Devices Based on Georgia Tech Technology
November 24, 2003 – Despite the cautious investor environment, CardioMEMS Inc. -- an Atlanta firm commercializing wireless medical technology developed at Georgia Tech -- has raised nearly $14 million in second-round funding.
November 21, 2003 – A proposed memorial designed by a Georgia Tech alumnus in memory of those killed on Sept. 11 is one of eight being exhibited in New York beginning this week.
November 19, 2003 – Augustine Esogbue, a professor in Georgia Tech's School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, is among nine safety, management and engineering experts tapped by NASA to lead its Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP). All former members of the panel resigned in September after being criticized by Columbia Shuttle investigators and members of Congress for being ineffective.
November 19, 2003 – A Georgia Tech professor, who helped develop the findings of a recent National Research Council report on the state of air transportation in the U.S., says the system is in peril, as is the nation's dominance in world aviation. The report, called "Securing the Future of U.S. Air Transportation: A System in Peril," was released in September and looks at a broad range of problems in the aviation industry, from safety and security, to the capacity of the air transportation system, to consumer satisfaction.
November 18, 2003 – An undergraduate researcher in Georgia Tech's School of Mathematics - and his two faculty advisers - say that a team of monkeys could come up with the same championship teams as the enigmatic NCAA Division I-A Bowl Championship Series ranking system.
November 18, 2003 – A paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes progress in the development of microneedle arrays for delivering drugs and vaccines through the skin - without causing pain.
November 17, 2003 – A mystery in the skies above Antarctica and in the ice below its snow pack is the subject of a new scientific expedition being led this month by a team of investigators from Georgia Tech.
Traffic Trouble: Georgia Tech Researchers Track City Commuting Habits in Largest Traffic Study Ever Mounted
November 13, 2003 – Have you ever been stuck in gridlock traffic while running a few errands and wondered why so many other cars are on the road? If so, you're not alone. Transportation researchers at Georgia Tech are examining the commuting habits of 500 drivers in the metro area in a study that's become the largest of its kind ever conducted on vehicle travel patterns.
November 10, 2003 – Georgia Tech Professor of Biology Mark Hay will lead a six-person team of scientists on a 10-day underwater research mission starting November 10 in the Florida Keys aboard the NOAA-owned Aquarius ocean laboratory.
November 7, 2003 – President Bush yesterday awarded the highest honors he can bestow in science and technology to 16 individuals, including Georgia Tech Professor Russell Dupuis, who holds the Steve W. Chaddick Endowed Chair in Electro-Optics and is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar.
November 7, 2003 – Police dogs across the country could soon be out of work, replaced by an electronic "dog-on-a-chip" that sniffs out cocaine and other narcotics. Scientists at Georgia Tech have created a new detection tool that is portable, inexpensive, and doesn't require feeding or grooming. They say it is superior to previous "electronic noses" designed for this purpose.
Restructuring Facilitates Access to Georgia Tech for Technology Commercialization, Industrial Research & New Venture Formation
November 7, 2003 – In a move that will help facilitate collaboration with business and industry, Georgia Tech has brought together its technology transfer and commercialization, economic development, technology incubator and strategic industrial relations activities.
November 6, 2003 – The $9.1 million renovation of Georgia Tech's J.S. Coon Building - the new home of the School of Psychology -- earns praise in the November 2003 issue of American School & University.
November 5, 2003 – A new study of higher education in Georgia highlights the value of college education to both individuals and to the state, and points out occupational specialties with the greatest future demand and potential financial rewards.
November 5, 2003 – State economic development organizations -- including Georgia Tech -- have launched a new initiative to identify the needs of Georgia manufacturers and bring state resources to bear on meeting those needs.
November 3, 2003 – Each year more than 3,900 people die from fires, and property loss due to fire totals more than $9.6 billion, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Consequently, firefighters need the best training possible to react to these emergencies in the most effective way. Collaborating with the Atlanta Fire Department, Georgia Tech researchers are refining a training application using virtual environment technology -- immersive computer-generated experiences -- to better train fire commanders directing teams of firefighters.
November 3, 2003 – Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8, Georgia Tech will hold the seventh annual Women's Leadership Conference at the Georgia Tech Student Center Ballroom.
Atlanta and DeKalb High School Students To Experience College Life at Clark Atlanta, Emory, Georgia State and Georgia Tech
October 29, 2003 – On November 7, students from seven Atlanta and two DeKalb County high schools will get a taste of college life by shadowing volunteer college students for a day at Atlanta area universities. The "A Day in the Life" events on the campuses of Clark Atlanta, Emory, Georgia State and Georgia Tech gives students a chance to visit a college campus, experience a class and get answers about college.
October 28, 2003 – Georgia Tech has created Spanish language materials to make federally-mandated safety training more effective for the growing community of Hispanic construction workers.
October 22, 2003 – Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced this week that one of the nation's most advanced facilities for nanotechnology research will be built at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
October 20, 2003 – Georgia Tech has opened $500 million in completed construction projects over the past year, more than any other university in the United States. One-sixth of the space in use this fall is entirely new.
October 20, 2003 – Georgia Tech's $256 million investment in Technology Square is beginning to transform the once empty section of Midtown into an energetic and vibrant community.
October 19, 2003 – Georgia Tech researchers have developed a new class of nanometer-scale structures that spontaneously form helical shapes from long ribbon-like single crystals of zinc oxide (ZnO).
October 19, 2003 – Soldiers in battle are always trying to discern what's in front of them. Both victory and survival can depend on it. Yet too often, buildings, hills, forests and jungles get in the way.
October 16, 2003 – Approximately 1,900 Georgia Tech students, faculty, staff and alumni will lend a helping hand through 58 volunteer and community service projects around Atlanta and in selected cities across the country. It's all part of TEAM Buzz, Georgia Tech's student-run volunteer service day.
October 15, 2003 – Two months ago computer scientist Giovanni Iachello, nuclear engineer Diane Norris, and physicist Jacob Sauer didn't know each other, but now they debate each week over the latest international policy and security issues in a weekly seminar of the Sam Nunn Security Program at Georgia Tech. Iachello, Norris and Sauer, members of the first class of 10 fellows in the Nunn Security Program, are learning about international security and policy issues related to the technologies they research and develop. The purpose of the Sam Nunn Security Program is to bring together technologists and scientists with international policy experts to learn about these bigger issues so they will have a better understanding of how their technologies affect the world at-large.
October 14, 2003 – Georgia Tech's recently completed campus, called Georgia Tech-Savannah, opened this fall and is the new hub for the academic and research facilities that support curriculum in the Georgia Tech Regional Engineering Program, known as "GTREP." The program offers students who live in the southeast part of the state an opportunity to earn a Georgia Tech degree through distance learning connections and on-site classes without ever having to leave the area.
October 7, 2003 – The fall concert by the Georgia Tech Symphonic Band will be held 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive NW. General admission is $5 and free for students.
October 1, 2003 – Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough will deliver a keynote address to university administrators, government officials and industry leaders at a national meeting of the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology beginning 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2 in Washington, D.C.
September 29, 2003 – Samuel Graham is the type of faculty recruit more engineering schools want among their ranks: an African American scholar, entering the workforce with a Ph.D. in an engineering field, who recognizes the scarcity of minority role models and mentors in American universities and has the skills and know-how to do something about it.
September 29, 2003 – Aiming to personalize the college admissions process, Georgia Tech recently unveiled a new web-based recruitment tool, Tech on Your Terms, that lets students create their own brochures and interact with current and former students through message boards and live chat sessions.
September 24, 2003 – Logistics outsourcing is still a growth business globally, but the industry appears to be in transition, according to a new study released today by The Logistics Institute at Georgia Tech, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young US LLC and FedEx Supply Chain Services. Results of the 8th annual report on third-party logistics (3PL) trends and issues were released at the Council of Logistics Management's annual conference in Chicago.
September 19, 2003 – Georgia Tech will save money and faculty and students will breathe easier in Georgia Tech's new Management building - only the second building in Georgia to be certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver green building, a U.S. Green Building Council rating system. This cornerstone project of Technology Square - Georgia Tech's new multipurpose complex in the heart of Midtown Atlanta - achieved the prestigious LEED Silver certification, the second level of the four-level rating system. Nationally, this project is only the 13th LEED Silver certified project, since the rating system was launched in 1998.
September 19, 2003 – Environmental engineering researchers have developed a novel two-part approach for cleaning up toxic chlorinated solvents spilled into underground water supplies from former dry cleaning and industrial operations.
September 16, 2003 – As legal issues surrounding growth and development become increasingly complex, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University have developed a concurrent degree option that helps city planners earn law degrees in a shorter amount of time.
September 10, 2003 – BellSouth, Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Public School System have launched an innovative effort that will strengthen the math skills for local students in grades 4 through 8.
September 10, 2003 – Researchers have developed a laser-based technique for creating patterns in self-assembled colloidal crystals produced from hydrogel nanoparticles - soft spheres that respond to heat by changing size.
September 8, 2003 – Across the nation, engineering is gaining in popularity at all degree levels and bachelor's degrees could be on their way to surpassing the 70,000 mark last reached in 1988, according to a recent survey by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
September 5, 2003 – Changing demographics and a greater appreciation for central-city living have sparked a new wave of gentrification in Atlanta that is dramatically different from restoration efforts in the '70s and '80s.
September 4, 2003 – Signaling stronger cross-business and academic support for an innovative teacher fellowship program, Georgia Tech today announced it has doubled the advisory board of the Georgia Industrial Fellowships for Teachers Program.
September 1, 2003 – New measures designed to improve the graduation rates of student-athletes became effective this fall, creating a new academic profile that prospects and enrolled athletes must meet to earn the privilege of participating in intercollegiate athletics.
August 28, 2003 – Getting more university research out of the lab and into the real world to improve the quality of people's lives sounds likes a good thing. However, the Bayh-Dole Act passed in 1980 to encourage more federally funded research to make the leap out of the lab has proved controversial. Bayh-Dole allows universities to patent and exclusively license federally funded inventions and appears to have fueled dramatic growth in university licensing over the last 20 years.
August 27, 2003 – Recent Georgia Tech graduate V. Blair Dowling, who is passionate about mathematics and is a fierce competitor in Ultimate Frisbee, will soon become part of a much larger team. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has selected her to receive one of 100 fellowships in the new Homeland Security Scholars and Fellows Program. More than 2,500 students nationwide applied for the 100 openings available to undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of disciplines related to scientific and technological innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission.
August 22, 2003 – Tech ranks as the ninth best public university in the nation, with three engineering programs in the top five. Industrial and Systems Engineering ranks number one.
August 21, 2003 – Materials Science Professor Z.L. Wang has been named one of the world's most cited authors in nanotechnology research, according to Science Watch, a bulletin that reports on trends in basic research. Science Watch tracked the major players in nanoscale research based on the number of citations to papers published on "nano" topics between 1992-2002.
August 20, 2003 – Throughout this month, Mars has appeared bigger and brighter in the night sky as its orbit brings it closer to Earth. But at 5:51 a.m. Aug. 27, the Red Planet will be closer to Earth than at any time in the past 59,000 years. Jim Sowell, an astronomer and physicist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, said it's a great time to catch a glimpse of Earth's celestial neighbor.
August 20, 2003 – SAVANNAH -- Leaders from the state of Georgia have announced creation of the Savannah Maritime Logistics Innovation Center (SMLIC), a unique partnership between the Georgia Ports Authority and the University System of Georgia.
August 15, 2003 – Georgia Tech's Technology Square and Kim King Associates' Centergy projects are being recognized as the most pedestrian-friendly developments in metro Atlanta. Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS) presented the honor Friday night at its Golden Shoe Awards.
August 10, 2003 – Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have helped an international company improve the interface system for the screen printing equipment it builds for electronics manufacturers worldwide.
August 8, 2003 – Huge classes, new city, tons of homework. The first year at college can be tough enough without worrying about how you're going to get along in your tiny palace with your roommate from some town you've never heard of. So, to help make life easier for the throngs of students who will descend on university residence halls this fall, we asked a totally unrepresentative sample of Georgia Tech students to give us their tips on how to survive life in the dorms.
August 7, 2003 – Georgia Tech researchers have created the fastest detailed computer simulations of computer networks ever constructed -- simulating networks containing more than 5 million network elements. This work will lead to improved speed, reliability and security of future networks such as the Internet, according to Professor Richard Fujimoto, lead principal investigator of the DARPA-funded project (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).
August 5, 2003 – Georgia Tech physicists have demonstrated a new optical technique for controlling the flow of very small volumes of fluids over solid surfaces. The technique could provide the foundation for a new generation of reprogrammable microfluidic devices.
Vice Provost to Address Georgia Tech Summer Commencement; Tech Graduates First Cyber Corps Students in Information Security
July 30, 2003 – Robert C. McMath Jr., professor of history and vice provost for undergraduate studies and academic affairs, will address the Georgia Institute of Technology's 216th commencement ceremony on Friday, August 1, at 9 a.m., in Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Tech expects approximately 900 students to participate in the ceremony.
July 29, 2003 – G. Wayne Clough, president of the Georgia Institute of Technology and member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) will testify in Washington, D.C., today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the growing imbalance between federal support for basic science research and support for research in the life sciences.
July 29, 2003 – The Georgia Tech Research Institute's Electronic Systems Laboratory (ELSYS) has been independently rated as a Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Model® (CMM) Level 3 organization.
July 28, 2003 – Researchers have found they can control the size of densely packed DNA structures by changing the salt concentration in solutions containing DNA. The finding could improve the efficiency of gene delivery for medical treatment and disease prevention.
July 25, 2003 – Soon, the ding, ding of the trolley will be heard across campus and in Midtown Atlanta as the new Technology Square trolley hits the road. The new rubber tired, alternative fuel vehicles, designed to look like old-fashioned trolleys with wooden seats and even a bell, begin clanging and dinging their way to Technology Square on August 4. The air-conditioned trolleys fueled by compressed natural gas will run on the new yellow route, providing more frequent service from the center of campus to Technology Square, then to the Midtown MARTA station. The Midtown community and visitors are invited to use the trolley as well.
July 22, 2003 – Faced with a wave of over-qualified prospective students, graduate schools are getting more competitive. But no matter what graduate program you are interested in there are ways to get a leg up on the competition and increase your chances of getting your application placed in the accepted pile.
July 22, 2003 – Damien Gaudry never took a course in sign language, but that didn't stop him from wanting to build an instructional tool that could lend a hand to children who want to learn. Gaudry and two other Georgia Tech graduate students - Cindy Perreira and Russell Marzette - built an 18-inch tall robotic hand that could eventually sign the 26 letters of the English alphabet.
July 21, 2003 – After receiving a green light from the Board of Regents, the School of Chemical Engineering is now the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE), and the School of Textile and Fiber Engineering is now the School of Polymer, Textile and Fiber Engineering (PTFE).
July 18, 2003 – A staff member from Georgia Tech's Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) has been named to lead the new Columbus Regional Technology Center (CRTC), a local-state initiative formed to expand the area's community of technology-based companies.
July 17, 2003 – William Frederick Jr. becomes director of the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at Georgia Tech Sept. 1. His background in the global pulp and paper industry, the government and in academia should prove beneficial in his new endeavor at the Institute.
July 16, 2003 – Two recent studies suggest that students who participate in cooperative education programs get their first job faster and at a higher starting salary than their peers. Once they get that job, they receive better performance reviews, move up the ranks faster and receive more pay increases than new employees who haven't co-oped. With the June national unemployment rate at its highest in nine years (6.4 percent), many students are looking for all the help they can get.
July 15, 2003 – The Georgia Institute of Technology announced today that it has named Ralph Merkle, an inventor of the encryption technology that allows secure transactions over the Internet, as director of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC). Merkle is known for his seminal contributions to information security and nanotechnology.
July 14, 2003 – Georgia Tech's Economic Development Institute (EDI) has relocated its headquarters to Technology Square - a move that will raise EDI's profile and increase synergies with internal and external partners.
July 11, 2003 – Recent increases in tuition for Georgia's public universities and community colleges have led some students and their parents to rethink how they're going to finance the upcoming semesters. Marie Mons, director of student financial planning and services at Georgia Tech, offers tips for students and parents who are looking for a little extra cash.
July 10, 2003 – Georgia Tech is the number one producer of African-American engineers at the bachelor's and master's degree levels, according to Black Issues in Higher Education magazine's annual college rankings report. The rankings, considered by Georgia Tech to be an important tool to measure the success of campus diversity endeavors, underscore Tech's efforts to create a diverse campus through strong recruitment and retention practices, rather than relying on affirmative action quotas.
July 8, 2003 – Working from their university labs in two different corners of the world, U.S. and Australian researchers have created what they call a new class of creative beings, "the semi-living artist" - a picture-drawing robot in Perth, Australia whose movements are controlled by the brain signals of cultured rat cells in Atlanta.
July 8, 2003 – Georgia Tech researchers have isolated a novel bacterium that flourishes as it destroys harmful chlorinated compounds in polluted environments, leaving behind benign end products.
July 7, 2003 – The Georgia Institute of Technology announces that Dell Computer Corporation of Round Rock, Texas will hold a one-day computer equipment recycling event in Atlanta on the Georgia Tech campus. The event will be held at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum parking lot on the Georgia Tech campus on Saturday, July 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to drop off their old computers of any brand to be recycled.
July 3, 2003 – Ivan Allen Jr., former mayor of Atlanta, after whom Georgia Institute of Technology's college of liberal arts is named, died July 2, marking the passing of a legend.
July 2, 2003 – The price of gasoline won't be a worry for a team of Georgia Tech students when they race cross-country this month along parts of historic Route 66 in a solar-powered car they built. About 30 teams from around the world will compete July 13 - 23 to see who has the fastest car in the American Solar Challenge, a 2,300-mile race between Chicago and the Los Angeles area.
Student Diversity Continues to Rise at Tech: Most International Freshmen Ever; Growth in Georgia Students
June 30, 2003 – When Georgia Tech freshmen hit the campus on August 18, there will be more international students among them than ever before and a significant increase in freshmen from Georgia.
June 29, 2003 – Sustainable urban redevelopment is a complicated endeavor involving much more than engineering and water-supply systems. To help developers and communities better understand it, Georgia Tech has launched the Center for Sustainable Urban Revitalization.
June 24, 2003 – Promising a unique blend of business, education, research and retail space, Georgia Tech's Technology Square and Centergy announce the signing of 12 retail partners to the cooperative mixed-use development between Georgia Tech and Kim King Associates in Midtown Atlanta.
June 23, 2003 – Even though Marshall Groves was stationed in Iraq before the war broke out, the 30-year-old Air Force pilot has managed to keep up with his studies, filing coursework via email back to Georgia Tech where he is working on a master's degree in mechanical engineering. From a laptop in his tent, between piloting a Sikorsky MH-53M "Pave Low," used for special operations and combat search and rescue, Groves is finishing his fifth online class in Georgia Tech's distance learning program.
Jim Kranzusch joins DuPree College of Management at Georgia Tech as Executive Director of Corporate Programs
June 19, 2003 – Dean Terry C. Blum today announced the appointment of Jim Kranzusch as Executive Director of Corporate Programs for the DuPree College of Management at Georgia Tech. Kranzusch will focus on expanding partnerships between the College and the corporate community in the areas of MBA recruitment services and executive learning and development.
June 19, 2003 – Diana Hicks has been named the new Chair of the School of Public Policy in Ivan Allen College effective September 1. Hicks brings significant experience in science and technology policy in both the academic and corporate research arenas. She fills the position currently held by Susan Cozzens, who after a five-year stint as school chair plans to return to an active research agenda.
June 18, 2003 – Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough and Athletic Director David Braine today announced that U.S. Air Force Col. James Stevens [Ret.] will become Director of Academic Services for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association.
June 18, 2003 – Academic Support Services within the Georgia Tech Athletic Association will continue to report to both the Athletic Director and the Office of the Provost, President Wayne Clough announced today. But there will be new leadership in that unit.
June 18, 2003 – Freshman applicants to Georgia Tech who take the ACT will have to take the standardized test's optional writing component, beginning with the class entering in fall 2006. That's when Tech will scrap its current application essay in favor of those appearing on the new SAT I and ACT standardized tests.
June 16, 2003 – Squealing brakes cost auto manufacturers several hundred million dollars a year in warranty repairs and are among consumers' top 20 vehicle complaints - even in luxury cars.
June 11, 2003 – Stewart Jenkins' love affair with science began in outer space. From his early dreams of being an astronaut, Jenkins has turned his fascination inward to the realm of quantum mechanics, where light and matter behave in unpredictable ways. As Georgia Tech's second recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship this year, the doctoral candidate will take his passion for science to Como, Italy, to study light bullets at Universita dell'Insubria.
June 9, 2003 – Dr. Stephen Cross has been named as a vice president for the Georgia Institute of Technology and the new director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). He will also hold a joint appointment as a professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Dr. Cross is currently the director and chief executive officer of the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute. He will begin his new responsibilities on September 1.
June 9, 2003 – Georgia Tech's faculty commercialization program - VentureLab - and several of its most promising technology innovations went on the road recently to let key West Coast investors know about opportunities for new company formation in Atlanta.
June 9, 2003 – A unique group of oxide materials that readily gives up and accepts oxygen atoms with changes in temperature could be the basis for a small-scale hydrogen production system able to power fuel cells in homes-and potentially in automotive applications.
June 6, 2003 – Georgia Tech's business school, the DuPree College of Management, is building a culture of entrepreneurship not only for its MBA and undergraduate students but also for the entire Georgia Tech campus and the Atlanta community.
June 6, 2003 – Two professors in the Georgia Tech Information Security Center in the College of Computing have created a new application using a completely different approach to reducing spam or junk e-mail. Professors Richard Lipton and Wenke Lee have been running a prototype version on several computers since December with great success and have a provisional patent on their application.
June 5, 2003 – Georgia Tech has chosen Joseph B. Hughes, professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University in Houston, as the new chair of Georgia Tech's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Hughes will begin as chair in August, pending approval from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. He succeeds Roberto Leon, who has served as interim chair since last summer.
Georgia Tech Researchers Use Numerical Models to Examine Blood Flow Patterns in Artificial Heart Valves
June 5, 2003 – Numerical modeling techniques, developed at Georgia Tech to simulate the flow of water around hydraulic structures such as bridge foundations, are being used to better understand the complex patterns of blood flow through artificial mechanical heart valves. The research could yield the most accurate description to date of the turbulent flow environment blood cells and platelets are exposed to as they pass through an implanted mechanical heart valve.
June 2, 2003 – Nationally recognized transportation expert Catherine Ross will become the College of Architecture's first endowed faculty member - the Harry West Chair for Quality Growth and Regional Development. In her new role, Ross will direct a center that will examine key issues of land use, community design, transportation and air quality throughout the Atlanta region and beyond.
May 29, 2003 – More than ten days of intense competing are ahead for a team of Georgia Tech students as they submit a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) entry for the 2003 FutureTruck competition finals. FutureTruck challenges teams of students from 15 top North American university engineering departments to re-engineer a mid-size 2002 Ford Explorer to improve fuel economy and lower emissions while maintaining the safety, performance and comfort levels that have made them so popular.
Emory/Georgia Tech Scientists Find Genetic Link Between Blood Flow Patterns And Cardiovascular Disease
May 29, 2003 – A team of scientists at Emory University and Georgia Tech has found a genetic link between mechanical changes in blood flow patterns and the development of atherosclerotic plaques. The discovery could help explain how increasing blood flow through physical activity helps prevent atherosclerosis.
May 29, 2003 – Scientists have discovered that seaweeds defend themselves from specific pathogens with naturally occurring antibiotics.
May 22, 2003 – When is a metal not a metal? The May 23 issue of the journal Science answers that question with an account of the surprising behavior exhibited by nanometer-scale clusters of the metal niobium.
May 21, 2003 – Georgia Tech's Center for Education in Science, Mathematics and Computing and EMS Technologies Inc. today announced Michael Robertson, director of EMS Human Resources, has been named chairman of the 2003 GIFT Advisory Council.
Georgia Tech Dedicates Largest Academic Building, the Ford Environmental Science and Technology Building
May 13, 2003 – Georgia Tech dedicates the Ford Environmental Science and Technology Building (Ford ES&T) on Friday, May 16, at 2:45 p.m. Named for its principal donor, the Ford Motor Company, the Ford ES&T building is the largest academic building at Tech, boasting 287,000 square feet.
May 8, 2003 – An article published May 8 in the journal Nature provides the first experimental evidence for an unusual molecular bonding mechanism that could explain how certain cells adhere to surfaces such as blood vessel walls under mechanical stress.
May 6, 2003 – Last spring, computer science and applied mathematics major David Eger left Budapest, Hungary, after studying math in a semester abroad program. He's been trying to find his way back ever since. So he did what any enterprising student would do: he applied for a Fulbright Fellowship. This spring, Eger found out he'll be returning to Budapest courtesy of the U.S. State Department, making him the second Tech student in two years to win the fellowship.
May 5, 2003 – Male pregnancy in seahorses may do more than reverse traditional gender roles. It could also influence the way new species form from single populations of these ancient creatures.
May 2, 2003 – The Georgia Tech venture team, Torex International, won $250,000 in funding at the 2003 Carrot Capital Business Plan Challenge held in New York on April 26. Torex, one of 20 finalists, was selected from more than 700 submitted business plans. The Challenge awarded a total of $3 million in funding.
Georgia Tech Student Cheats Death Twice to Graduate, Speakers Sen. Elizabeth Dole and CDC Director Julie Gerberding to Address Graduates
April 30, 2003 – Senator Elizabeth Dole and CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding will deliver the addresses at the Georgia Institute of Technology's 215th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 3, at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The ceremonies will feature 2,044 graduates, making it the largest graduating class in Tech history. Among the Graduates-Despite a coma, two severe brain injures and a near fatal staph infection, industrial engineering major William Palmer will get his degree on Saturday.
April 30, 2003 – The economic downturn has cost Georgia its national lead in high-tech job growth, a new Georgia Tech study shows. Analysis of employment data shows that Georgia has lost high-tech employment faster than the nation over the past two years.
April 29, 2003 – Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are creating a new class of behavior-based robots capable of both reasoning and reacting.
April 24, 2003 – The Hybrot, a small robot that moves about using the brain signals of a rat, is the first robotic device whose movements are controlled by a network of cultured neuron cells. Steve Potter and his research team in the Laboratory for Neuroengineering are studying the basics of learning, memory, and information processing using neural networks in vitro. Their goal is to create computing systems that perform more like the human brain.
April 15, 2003 – To Nate Watson, politics isn't a dirty word, it's a calling. A double major in Public Policy and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Watson is preparing himself for a life in public service. So far, he's off to a good start. He's spent the past two years as the executive vice president of Tech's Student Government Association and now he's won both the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the presidency of Tech's Student Government Association.
April 14, 2003 – Astronaut John Young (AE '52), one of the world's most experienced space travelers, will return to Georgia Tech to discuss what the future holds for human space exploration. Young has logged six space flights, including the first flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia on April 12, 1981.
April 7, 2003 – Someday soon grocery shoppers using wireless personal digital assistants (PDAs) may be able to interact with a store's computer system to locate items and learn about special promotions.
April 7, 2003 – If your computer screen is covered with Web browser windows to let you monitor the news headlines, weather, traffic and stock market while you work, you might be suffering from information overload.
April 4, 2003 – Georgia Tech's College of Engineering maintained its powerful national stature in the most popular college rankings released today, once again ranked among the top five engineering programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Tech's Industrial and Systems Engineering program was ranked number one for the 13th year in a row. In all, seven of the 11 programs within Engineering ranked in the top 10 of their respective disciplines.
April 4, 2003 – Georgia Tech junior Monique Gupta, 20, doesn't want much out of life, only to get a Ph.D., an M.D. and improve the efficiency of gene transfer techniques and the health care system. Scheduled to receive her bachelor's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) from Tech next year, she has a bit of work to do before she reaches those goals. But winning the prestigious Goldwater scholarship has put her one step closer.
April 3, 2003 – The Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University have selected Larry V. McIntire, a prominent biotechnology expert based in Houston, to chair their joint department of biomedical engineering. He will begin as chair of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University in July, pending approval from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
April 1, 2003 – On April 7, 2003, Georgia Tech students will share the stage with former Congressman Bob Barr for a discussion of the timely topic of civil liberties and the nation's response to terrorism. In response to the events of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Congress passed the USA Patriot Act, expanding certain powers available to law enforcement agencies. Mr. Barr and the students will present information and their views regarding the civil liberties implications of the USA Patriot Act and subsequent legislative proposals.
April 1, 2003 – Students participating in the Mentoring for Success Program -- a collaboration of the City Schools of Decatur and Georgia Tech -- will join Institute officials in honoring a new partnership with The General Electric Co.'s philanthropic foundation, the GE Fund, April 1.
April 1, 2003 – Lloyd Tirey, director of Pratt & Whitney's Columbus Engine Center, first heard about Georgia Tech's lean enterprise services while attending a presentation at the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
April 1, 2003 – By chemically linking a difficult-to-process fluorescent material to a universal polymer backbone, Georgia Tech researchers have built the foundation for a future generation of less-expensive display devices based on organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).
March 28, 2003 – More than 1,000 Georgia Tech students, faculty and staff will help raise money for the American Cancer Society by running in a 12-hour, overnight relay race beginning on Saturday, March 29, 2003 at 7 p.m. and ending on Sunday, March 30 at 7 a.m..
March 27, 2003 – An improved version of a nanoscale gene-detection tool called a "molecular beacon" could eventually help scientists and physicians locate intracellular molecular markers that signal the development of cancer or other diseases. Gang Bao, PhD, an associate professor in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, has developed "dual-FRET" molecular beacons that form a more sensitive and more effective probe than other gene detectors such as northern blotting developed in the past. He presented his research at the 225th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans on March 26.
March 26, 2003 – Diagnosing cancer may one day involve introducing "molecular beacons" into the body and then watching for specific optical or magnetic signals as the nanometer-scale structures latch onto the unique genetic sequences that are markers for the disease.
March 25, 2003 – John Brooks Slaughter, president and CEO of The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) will be the keynote speaker for the Woodruff Annual Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, April 10.
March 24, 2003 – A microscopy technique originally developed to image the molecular-scale topography of surfaces is now helping engineers choose the right materials for a new generation of lightweight high-strength composites based on carbon nanotubes.
March 21, 2003 – In just 50 years, Tech has gone from having just two women students to producing more female engineers than any other university in the country. This year, the Institute celelbrates the generations of women who have helped make Tech a center for excellence.
March 19, 2003 – Each day, millions of high school students across America look up at the equation-covered chalkboards in their math and science classes and think, "When the heck am I ever going to use this stuff?" Thanks to a group of graduate students from Georgia Tech, students in six metro Atlanta highs schools are learning how to use those classroom lessons to develop a career.
March 18, 2003 – Vicky Hsu could have spent her spring break vacation relaxing. Instead, the chemical engineering senior geared up for a high flying week in the sand dunes of North Carolina, learning how to hang glide from the pros. She'll need the practice: On April 5, she'll pilot a homemade hang glider with wings made almost entirely of paper products.
March 14, 2003 – The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech honors Molly Ivins, the widely syndicated political columnist and best-selling author, with the 2003 Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Progress and Service on Thursday, March 27 at 1 p.m. After the award ceremony, Ivins will give a talk entitled, "Molly Ivins Can't Say that Can She?" also the title of her best selling book. The public is invited to attend.
March 12, 2003 – Many of the state’s leading cancer researchers will gather at Georgia Tech from March 27-29 to discuss their recent findings in developing new strategies for cancer detection and control.
March 11, 2003 – Terry Maple, director of Georgia Tech's new Center for Conservation and Behavior, is one of 10 new members of the National Museum Service Board sworn in recently by U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter.
March 8, 2003 – Facing high-pressure situations and the potential for fatigue and error, nurses and aircraft maintenance personnel have a lot in common.
March 8, 2003 – Researchers have demonstrated a new type of nanometer-scale optoelectronic device that performs complex logic operations, is simple to fabricate and produces optical output that can be read without electrical contacts.
March 7, 2003 – To assist reporters with on-going coverage of the U.S. campaign to disarm Iraq, the Office of Institute Communications and Public Affairs prepared this list of Georgia Tech experts in a variety of fields.
February 28, 2003 – Responding to a rapid increase in identity theft nationwide, Georgia's public universities will soon stop using social security numbers as the primary way to track students.
February 27, 2003 – Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a better-performing, less costly method of disinfecting water used in food processing.
February 25, 2003 – Invent a better mousetrap, and the world beats a path to your door - or so the aphorism goes. But what happens if you come up with a better litter box for cats? Stephen Griffin, a 28-year-old graduate student in the College of Architecture's Industrial Design Program, is beginning to find out.
February 20, 2003 – Students from high schools across Georgia are preparing to compete in the largest robot rivalry in the nation. Called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the annual competition encourages students to develop new science and math skills as they engineer robots that compete against each other in sporting matches.
February 18, 2003 – A recently devised method for forecasting monsoon-season weather in Bangladesh could improve agricultural production in south Asia and equatorial Africa, according to a Georgia Tech climate researcher.
February 18, 2003 – A new Georgia Institute of Technology study provides strong evidence that academic collaboration -- long encouraged by universities and federal agencies -- really does pay off in improved scientific productivity.
February 11, 2003 – So, you've run yourself ragged making sure your college-bound teenager got his or her admissions applications in on time and now it's time to relax, right? Sorry, but there's still the issue of how you're going to pay for it all. With the economy and tuition jumping in opposite directions, many families who never thought they would need help paying for their kid's education are finding themselves daunted by the prospect of funding four (or five) years of the college experience. But college financial aid offices can help. Marie Mons, director of Student Financial Planning and Services at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, answers some common questions and tells parents and students the seven deadly sins to avoid when playing the college financial aid game.
February 6, 2003 – A love of teaching, research and language helped senior Saniya Ahsan become the first female student at Georgia Tech to win the coveted Churchill Scholarship. The mechanical engineering senior is one of only 11 Americans chosen to study engineering, science or mathematics for a year at Cambridge University in England. Ahsan will pursue a Master of Philosophy in Engineering at Cambridge next fall.
February 5, 2003 – The technology business world has changed dramatically since MindSpring Enterprises began providing easy access to the Internet back in 1994.
February 4, 2003 – New discoveries and technologies are discovered in labs all the time, but most never develop real world application. To combat this trend, a new graduate program at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University brings Ph.D. students in Science and Engineering together with Georgia Tech M.B.A. students and Emory law students to participate in a curriculum on the technical, legal, and business issues involved with moving fundamental research to the marketplace. Central to the program, named "Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI:GER)," are team projects in which students consider potential market applications of the Ph.D. students' research.
January 28, 2003 – Georgia Tech assistance to improve productivity at a Waynesboro manufacturing facility was crucial to attracting a new purchaser when economic factors forced the plant's original owner to close it.
January 27, 2003 – Limiting the spread of weapons of mass destruction, safeguarding dangerous materials, controlling advanced delivery systems, protecting information systems, combating terrorism, and sustaining critical natural resources are among the subjects to be covered over the next three years at Georgia Tech under a new fellowship program funded by a $1.3 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation to help bring a new generation of scientific and engineering expertise to bear on these critical security issues.
January 23, 2003 – Officials at the Georgia Institute of Technology broke ground Jan. 23 on a $9.4 million research building where researchers will examine new technologies that make industrial food processing safer and more efficient.
January 22, 2003 – The School of History, Technology and Society (HTS) at Georgia Tech has changed the name of its graduate program and graduate degrees from "History of Technology" to "History and Sociology of Technology and Science," to more accurately reflect the breadth of the program and its considerable strengths in sociology and the study of science.
January 22, 2003 – Georgia manufacturers that compete based on innovation in products and processes -- rather than on low cost -- earn higher profits and benefit from higher wages, a new Georgia Institute of Technology survey has found.
January 16, 2003 – The Advanced Technology Development Center's (ATDC) new headquarters building at Technology Square moved a step closer to reality January 10 with a ceremony celebrating completion of the building's concrete structure.
January 13, 2003 – An interactive Web-based game designed for Zoo Atlanta by Georgia Tech computer scientists is teaching Zoo visitors and Web surfers about the conservation of gorillas.
January 10, 2003 – To encourage African Americans to pursue graduate degrees, Georgia Tech will host almost 300 of the country’s best and brightest black college students during FOCUS 2003, Jan. 16 - 19. This is the twelfth anniversary of the program, which is held annually during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
January 4, 2003 – A software company assisted by Georgia Tech's middle Georgia business incubator is now helping spark economic revitalization in downtown Warner Robins.