Engineering Research

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.

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As of 2020, within the College of Engineering, 61% of undergrad students received an engineering degree from Georgia Tech. 1,249 awards granted in fiscal year 2019, with $270M granted in new research awards. The College is number one in engineering degrees awarded overall to women and minorities and in engineering doctoral degrees awarded to African-Americans. There are 16,444 students enrolled in the College as of Fall 2020 (with 32% women). We have 540 engineering faculty members, with 28 National Academy of Engineering members. There are 2M square feet of research/instructional space in across campus dedicated to engineering. 56% of engineering undergrads have an international experience before graduation. Degrees Awarded, FY20, include 2,279 bachelor’s, 1,424 master’s and 336 Ph.D.

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.  

ME graduate students put their skills to the test to design and build personal protective equipment (PPE).

Recent Georgia Tech Engineering Research News

Visualization of people on Mars

A new study outlines a biotechnology process to produce rocket fuel on red planet

Oct 25 2021
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SlothBot, a robot that monitors pollution, temperature and other environmental conditions, survives for 13 months in the tree canopy of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. 

Jul 1 2021

Undergraduate Research

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.

Grand Challenges

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.

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Research Horizons Magazine

Research Horizons magazine is published three times per year to communicate the results of research conducted at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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