Today, the world faces more engineering, scientific, and policy challenges than ever before. Exploring and solving these problems will require the best efforts of engineers and scientists integrating their knowledge, expertise, and creativity with a variety of other experts in global and social issues. Georgia Tech’s research efforts in particular are focused on tackling the most important and complex issues facing our world in the hope of serving the needs of citizens of society-at-large.
At the College, research is one of our top priorities. This past year, $207.1 million in new research funds were awarded. There are more than 75 engineering research centers on campus and 150 interdisciplinary research centers. Awards granted this past year totaled 1,249.
The College is Making an Impact
High-impact research that improves the lives of others is what drives the College of Engineering. Accomplished faculty from across eight Schools are the best at what they do, moving the needle in areas like bioengineering, cybersecurity, space exploration, advanced materials and additive manufacturing.
The College excels at pushing the boundaries of innovation in engineering through interdisciplinary research collaboration. And our best-in-class faculty with their many awards and grants is proof of our preeminence.
Research at the College serves local and national needs, as well as provides a global impact on society-at-large. Many of our research contracts are with government agencies, including the Department of Energy and Department of Defense.
More than 33% of engineering undergraduates participate in research. All students are encouraged to do undergraduate research while at Georgia Tech, no matter their major or interest area. Students may earn course credit or salary for their work. Participation is welcome during any semester and at any time during tenure as an undergraduate student.
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering to be addressed in the early years of the 21st century if we are to safeguard our natural resources, promote quality of life worldwide and build a more secure and sustainable future for an ever-growing global population.
These Grand Challenges are the chief inspiration for the research work that Georgia Tech does.
We are continuing to lead the nation in translational research – from lab to real world. The College works hard to cultivate an ecosystem of innovation that brings together education, research, government, and industry in unique ways to address global concerns such as pollution, clean water, energy, transportation, infrastructure, and security.
Today's researchers tackle complex problems that cannot be resolved with the use of a single academic discipline. Many of the most interesting and important problems in engineering can be answered only through collaborative efforts.
The College of Engineering has more than 150 interdisciplinary research centers. These centers involve hundreds of faculty members, administrative, research, technical staff, and students at all levels.