Executive Director Selected at Georgia Tech’s Manufacturing Institute

The Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Thomas R. Kurfess as the new executive director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI). Kurfess is the HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control and professor of mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech. He received his S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and received an S.M. degree from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science.

The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research Invests in Enterprise Growth

In fiscal year 2021, Georgia Tech’s research enterprise — with grants, contracts, and other sponsored activities — totaled a record $1.2 billion, and we are currently on track to break that record in fiscal year 2022.

To create a stronger business and service model to support initiatives, investigators, and continued growth, the Institute is undertaking steps to structure and scale its research support functions to enable best-in-class research stewardship and ensure best practices around compliance.

Student Team Wins Department of Energy EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

A team of Georgia Tech students and faculty members has won the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) EcoCAR Mobility Challenge. The four-year competition tasked 11 universities with transforming a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer by adding advanced propulsion systems and automated vehicle technology. The goal was to improve the car’s energy efficiency while balancing emissions, safety, and consumer acceptability factors.

Cleanroom User Spotlight: Mason A. Chilmonczyk

Mason A. Chilmonczyk is the CEO and Co-founder of Andson Biotech, a startup that develops new sensors to discover the next groundbreaking cell and gene therapies. In the following Q&A, Chilmonczyk briefly discusses his work in the IEN cleanroom and gives advice to current and future users.

How long have you been using the IEN cleanroom?

I began using the IEN cleanroom eight years ago when I started my Ph.D. program at Georgia Tech and I am still using it today.

What tools have/do you use when you are in the cleanroom?

9 Student Groups With Sustainable Missions

As Earth Day approaches, it’s a great time to look for new ways to get involved with sustainability efforts on campus. Tech students have a long history of being good stewards of the Earth’s resources and looking for ways to promote environmentally conscious practices.

Here are nine groups to look at if you want to get involved. To stay plugged in to all campus events, visit calendar.gatech.edu or engage.gatech.edu.

Construction to Begin on Science Square, Life Science Hub

It’s been in the works for more than a decade and now construction will officially begin. An announcement from Georgia Advance Technology Ventures (GATV), a cooperative organization of Georgia Tech, and Trammell Crow Company (TCC), the project developer, shares details of what will become a major life science innovation hub for the Atlanta region. Now named Science Square, the development will be a mixed-use innovation community that includes commercial lab space as well as residential real estate and retail opportunities. 

Who’s Down for Earth Day?

This year marks the 25th anniversary of celebrating Earth Day at Georgia Tech. A four-day schedule of events is planned for this campuswide program to celebrate nature, the preservation of our planet, and the Georgia Tech community’s contributions to campus sustainability. A few events are already collecting items or have opened registration — so get a head start on your Earth Day plans.

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