Posted April 21, 2010 Atlanta, GA
Georgia Tech Media Relations
Tech is the first university invited to become an AAU member in nine years
The Georgia Institute of Technology has been invited to join the Association of American Universities (AAU), the association announced today.
The AAU membership approved the invitation to Georgia Tech on April 20 at the association's annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C. The invitation was extended to Georgia Tech President G. P. "Bud" Peterson the same day by AAU President Robert M. Berdahl, and Peterson accepted on behalf of the Institute.
Berdahl said that the invitation was extended to Georgia Tech following an in-depth review of the university’s research and academic programs. "Georgia Tech is an outstanding institution that, like other AAU universities, plays a major role in the nation’s research enterprise, as well as in training the next generation of scientists, engineers and scholars," he said. “Georgia Tech belongs in AAU, and the membership was pleased to issue the invitation.”
Georgia Tech is the first new AAU member in nine years. AAU membership includes 35 public universities, 26 private and two Canadian universities, all of which have strong research and academic programs.
“We are proud to be selected to join this prestigious group,” said Peterson. “It is truly a credit to those who have worked so hard to make Georgia Tech the institution it is today. In particular, President Emeritus Wayne Clough and former Georgia Tech Provost Jean-Lou Chameau played a vital role in Georgia Tech achieving this wonderful accomplishment.”
Georgia Tech’s academic and research credentials made the Institute a strong candidate for the AAU. Since 1999, Tech has ranked among U.S. News & World Report's top ten public universities and currently ranks 7th.
The Institute thrives as an economic engine for Georgia and the Southeast. Through its sponsored research and industry partnerships, Georgia Tech has an annual impact of more than $2 billion, with its research labs producing more than 300 invention disclosures annually.
“The state’s long and strong investment in Georgia Tech has placed this outstanding research university among the nation’s top public universities for many years,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. “We are delighted that the AAU has recognized Tech’s national and international scope and role in research. This is really a well-deserved recognition of Georgia Tech by its peers.”
The addition of Georgia Tech brings the association's membership to 63 institutions. An invitation to join AAU requires approval by three-fourths of the current members. The association considers universities for membership periodically, using a set of factors to assess the caliber of a university’s faculty, research enterprise and education programs.
AAU, which is based in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1900. The organization develops and promotes national and institutional policies that support research and scholarship, graduate and professional education, undergraduate education and public service in research universities. A list of the other AAU members and the organization’s
membership policies can be found at the AAU Web site: http://www.aau.edu/.
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.