Georgia Tech’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni have always taken great pride in their legendary work ethic and strong determination to see a project through to successful conclusion.
While they have the talent and grit to achieve a great deal individually, they also know that collaborating with others can produce even more powerful outcomes, such as gaining insights into real-world problems, garnering support for experiential learning, and securing accelerated pathways for the application of research results.
Forming and nurturing strategic partnerships and alliances is more important than ever for ensuring the success of our mission and our strategic plan. Perhaps the most vivid expression of our commitment to collaborating with valued partners is the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, a unique joint venture between a public and a private university that has dramatically advanced the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of medical conditions since its founding fifteen years ago.
Our collaborative efforts in the medical arena continue today as we partner with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on a $20 million joint investment that will create innovative technological solutions to substantially improve the health of children across the country and around the globe. Our longstanding affiliation with the Georgia Research Alliance has played a vital role in this partnership, recruiting dozens of leading teacher-scholars who are dramatically advancing the frontiers of knowledge.
Beyond the context of healthcare, Georgia Tech is engaged in numerous robust alliances with governmental agencies at the federal, state, and local levels; industry and corporate partners; the U.S. military; community service organizations; and a host of educational institutions from K-12 schools to other universities. These long-term, vastly productive relationships have made our nation’s infrastructure more efficient and secure, helped countless businesses keep pace with technological advancements and remain competitive in a global marketplace, improved educational outcomes for students from kindergarten through graduate school, and provided vital assistance to some of our society’s most vulnerable citizens.
I want to thank all of those organizations and individuals who have collaborated with Georgia Tech and our people over the decades; your perspectives and your contributions have and continue to be invaluable. I also invite you to explore the pages of this Annual Report and discover more about the power of Georgia Tech’s numerous and varied strategic partnerships.
G. P. “Bud” Peterson, President