Engineering has always been central to Georgia Tech’s mission. Founded in the late nineteenth century to facilitate industrial growth in the South, Tech has trained generations of engineers to meet the practical needs of a changing region. Today, the College of Engineering is on the leading edge of wide-ranging, technologically advanced research and education that will improve the quality of life and shape the future of the field.
As the College of Engineering prepares to assume global leadership in defining the technological research university of the twenty-first century, we continue to lead the way, fostering vital interdisciplinary research initiatives that address the most important challenges of the day. This is accomplished by providing state-of-the-art facilities for engineering research, teaching, and learning; strengthening the world-class faculty; and attracting the brightest, most talented undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe. The support of alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations is crucial to enabling that the College of Engineering to continue its leadership role for generations to come.
A sustained focus on collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship has brought to our community the most gifted students and professors, and positioned the College as one of the best in the nation. Of the more than 400 faculty members, more than 20 are members of the National Academy of Engineering. In addition, more than 25 % of the state’s 61 Georgia Research Alliance Scholars are College of Engineering faculty, the most of any institution in the state. Building on this preeminent faculty by investing in people is crucial. Increasing the number of endowed chairs and professorships will secure the College’s ability to recruit and retain even more academic leaders who are at the top of their fields.
It is just as important to continue improving the already high quality of students at every level, and to enhance their educational experiences. Each School places a high value on fostering students’ engagement with the world around them through research, co-op, and international experiences that give them a competitive advantage. The ability to offer graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships, as well as a wide range of compelling opportunities outside of the classroom, is imperative to taking the College to even greater heights.
The College provides the technological engineering education and research that anticipate and meet the needs of a complex global society. But it is also dedicated to men and women who use their knowledge and skills on behalf of improving the quality of life, solving complex societal problems and finding innovative solutions across a broad spectrum of challenges.
Georgia Tech is leading the way in research and innovation in energy and sustainability, and the College of Engineering plays a central role. From biofuels and hydrogen fuel cell technologies to nuclear, solar, and wind energy, engineering faculty are exploring the development and use of more sustainable energy resources. Other research areas include reducing environmental impact through carbon capture and sequestration, improving low-emission combustion, and developing technologies that protect or renew limited resources, while working with new and existing processes to reduce environmental footprints.
The College is also a leader in Georgia Tech’s ambitious healthcare agenda. Through cutting-edge research in nanotechnology, bioengineering, drug design and delivery, and healthcare delivery systems and logistics, engineers at Tech are committed to developing life-changing—and life-saving—solutions to health challenges.
Engineering research and technology are crucial to enhancing security in many different arenas. Improving the protection and crisis management of global supply chains and transportation; developing stronger, lightweight body and vehicle armor; strengthening infrastructure; and designing and building more effective mechanical systems and aerospace vehicles are just some of the ways that the College of Engineering is finding innovative solutions to security issues.
Interdisciplinary collaboration is at the core of research and teaching in the College of Engineering, which strives to provide an environment of innovation where individuals from different disciplines work together to solve society’s most important problems. Investing in collaborative, interdisciplinary research and education programs that address global issues, with an emphasis on vital real-world applications, has never been more important to the College. Our extraordinary collaborative efforts include, but are not limited to:
As part of a commitment to providing the quality facilities required for cutting-edge research and education, the College seeks to renovate, expand, and equip several buildings and laboratories that are critical for advancing its mission. The new Marcus Nanotechnology Research Building features 30,000 square feet devoted to cleanroom facilities—the largest of its kind in the nation and the first designed to provide significant space for research that applies nanoscience and nanotechnology to the emerging field of biotechnology. Private support will ensure that the facility is fully equipped and utilized not only by Georgia Tech faculty and students, but also by researchers from around the state, the nation, and the world.
Other College of Engineering facilities are in urgent need of renovation, modernization, and expansion. The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is completing the west wing of the Molecular Science and Engineering Building—the fourth and final component of the Life Sciences Complex. The complete renovation of the Blake Ragsdale Van Leer Building, including computer, electronic, and microelectronics laboratories, is essential to the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s ability to maintain its preeminent standing. The Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering also face pressing facilities needs, most notably the updating and expansion of key classroom and laboratory spaces. The College must be able to meet these needs in order to stay at the forefront of engineering research and teaching
Engineers provide the critical systems and solutions for society and create the advances that thrust society into the future. Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering helps prepare the next generation of engineers by giving them the advanced skill and social understanding that will help them meet the needs of tomorrow.
Assistance from corporations, foundations, and individuals who recognize the importance of leadership is critical. Increased funding can help us improve the quality of our education at all levels, as we maintain our international position as the largest engineering resource for the United States.
With your support, advancements in the fields of cancer prediction and treatment, alternative fuel creation, technology transfer, just to name a few, would not exist. In this world of increasing competition and rapid technological change, philanthropy provides the key to unlocking a better, more sustainable future for the Georgia Tech College of Engineering, the nation, and the world. Your gift will help us encourage our students to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others…and, by doing so, the world will be changed for the better.
Your support is critical.