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"Together, we want to discover the issues that will define the future of research, uncover new opportunities for engagement with peers, partners and others, and build the necessary infrastructure to make it all possible."

Chaouki T. Abdallah, executive vice president for Research
Georgia Institute of Technology

 

What is Research Next?

Launched by Dr. Abdallah in early 2020, the Commission on Research Next (CRN) is a planning initiative that will create a new strategy for the future of the research enterprise at Georgia Tech. Faculty, researchers, staff, and students at Georgia Tech will lend their voices to building a cohesive plan that assesses the current research landscape and outlines a new approach to address the world’s largest challenges. Together, we want to discover the issues that will define the future of research, uncover new opportunities for engagement with peers, partners, and others, and build the necessary infrastructure to make it all possible.

CRN is working in alignment with the mission, vision, values, and strategic themes that are emerging from the ongoing, Institute-wide strategic planning process.

More specifically, the Commission will:

  • Through group meetings, seminars, and other forums, provide input and insights to the Research Next discovery and planning process.
  • Conduct independent research and study to contribute to strategic analysis and discovery of current and anticipated future states.
  • Contribute, through team writing and editing, to reports and documents that summarize, draw conclusions, and make recommendations about the future of research at Georgia Tech.

 

Co-Chairs

  • Tim Lieuwen, Regents Professor, David S. Lewis Jr. Chair in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, and executive director of the Strategic Energy Institute
     
  • Wen Masters, deputy director for research, Georgia Tech Research Institute

 

Research Next Study Group Areas and Teams

Research Next will support the implementation of our Institute Strategic Plan. By conducting a “deep dive” into four Study Areas, the Research function at Georgia Tech can be prepared to determine how to most effectively bolster the overall Institute goals. The Study Area Teams are organized as follows:

 

The World Beyond - The current and projected state of the universe beyond our control.

Co-Leaders:

  • John Avery, director, Advanced Technology Development Center
  • Clayton Kerce, principal research scientist, Cybersecurity, Information Protection, and Hardware Evaluation Research, Georgia Tech Research Institute

The World Beyond Working Group Roster.

 
The World Within - Our current and future structures, functions and processes.

Co-Leaders:

  • Jarrett Ellis, associate director, Industry and International Contracting, Office of Industry Engagement, Georgia Tech Research Corporations
  • Margaret Loper, Regents Researcher, Information and Communications Laboratory, Georgia Tech Research Institute

The World Within Working Group Roster.

 
Research that Matters - The problems that Georgia Tech should address.

Co-Leaders:

  • Devesh Ranjan, J. Erskine Love Jr. Early Career Professorship, professor and associate chair for Research, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Stefan France, associate professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Research that Matters Group Roster.

 
Working with Others - Partnerships and collaborations that will influence and accelerate our work.

Co-Leaders:

  • Gage Ramos, senior associate, Enterprise Agreements, Office of Industry Engagement, Georgia Tech Research Corporation
  • Valerie Sitterle, principal research engineer, Electronic Systems Laboratory, Georgia Tech Research Institute

The Working With Others Group Roster.

The strategic analysis of these four Study Areas will arm us with the best knowledge of future trends and opportunities, and expert perspectives on how best to address them. Once the Institute strategic plan goals are defined, the Research Next project will move into its own planning phase, to develop the aligned Research strategy that will propel achievement of the Institute goals. 

 

Timeline

 

March 2020 - October 2020:

Strategic Analysis and Phase I Report Development

 

October 2020 - February 2021:

Develop Research Strategy to Support Institute Strategic Plan Goals

 

March 2021 and beyond: Implementation:

Define Research Roadmap, Metrics, Structures and Resources 

 

The Commission on Research Next is being assisted by Greenway Strategy Group.