The goal of CoE is to be the nation’s premier research university in selected key research initiatives such as energy, biotechnology, sustainability, and nanotechnology while serving the needs of the citizens of the State and society-at-large. CoE's investment in engineering research is crucial to expand the boundaries of knowledge, advance and create new information and technology, transfer technology to industry, and positively impact the the state, nation, and world with strategic advances that have the potential to spawn new industries or to radically transform the product lines, processing technologies, or service delivery methodologies of current industries.
Having long recognized that interdisciplinary research is a key component of the continuous growth of the College, engineering faculty and students are leading and engaging in a number of interdisciplinary activities with sciences, computing, liberal arts, management, architecture and the Georgia Tech Research Institute, as well as, a number of major initiatives with partner institutions such as Emory University School of Medicine and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The interdisciplinary research endeavors enable the College to leverage its strengths, and the strengths of potential collaborators.
As part of its unique innovation ecosystem, Georgia Tech has developed Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs), including the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), that bring together a mix of researchers – spanning colleges, departments, and individual labs – around a single core research area.
Meeting the Grand Challenges.
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced 14 Grand Challenges 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.
We are continuing to lead the nation in translational research – from lab to real world. The College has a strong interdisciplinary, highly collaborative research environment and an innovation ecosystem that brings together education, research, government, and industry in unique ways to address global problems such as pollution, clean water, energy, transportation, infrastructure, and security.
- Grand Challenges for Engineering Overview - Describes all 14 Engineering Grand Challenges
- Grand Challenges Movie - See why the Grand Challenges are significant
Grand Challenges program
The Grand Challenges program is a living learning community that started in the Fall 2012. This program is open to all majors since every discipline has something to contribute to these challenges. In the twenty-first century, it’s impossible to solve any of these problems without considering the engineering, science, business, and policy challenges that accompany them.
More than 33% of engineering undergraduates participate in research. All students are encouraged to do undergraduate research while at Georgia Tech. Students may earn course credit or salary for their work. Participation can be during any semester and at any time during tenure as an undergraduate students.