Georgia Tech’s Center for Co-design of Chip, Package System (C3PS) partners with Notre Dame in $26 million multi-university research center developing next-generation computing technologies



John Pippin Chair in Microsystems Packaging & Electromagnetics in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Director of the Center for Co-Design of Chip, Package, System (C3PS), Georgia Tech.
Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology

In today’s era of big data, cloud computing, and Internet of Things devices, information is produced and shared on a scale that challenges the current processing speeds and energy load demands placed on electronics devices. These challenges are only set to expand, as the ability to create and store data increases in magnitude over the next decade.

With these computing challenges in mind, the Semiconductor Research Corporation's (SRC) Joint University Microelectronics Program (JUMP), which represents a consortium of industrial participants and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has established a new $26 million center called the Applications and Systems-driven Center for Energy-Efficient integrated Nano Technologies (ASCENT).

Georgia Tech’s Center for Co-design of Chip, Package System (C3PS) led by Profs. A. Raychowdhury and M. Swaminathan, deputy director and director, respectively, both from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and with support from the Institute of Electronics and Nanotechnology, headed-up Georgia Tech’s winning proposal that resulted in a 5 year, $3.5M award that will fund up to 10 GRA positions.

The multidisciplinary, multi-university center will focus on conducting research that aims to increase the performance, efficiency and capabilities of future computing systems for both commercial and defense applications. By going beyond current industry approaches, such as two dimensional scaling and the addition of performance boosters to complementary metal oxide semiconductors, or CMOS technology, the GT team seeks to provide enhanced performance and energy consumption at lower costs.

Profs. Raychowdhury (PI) and Swaminathan (co-PI) will work in the area of heterogeneous integration, with a focus on the design of high speed die-to-die networks, the incorporation of power, logic, memory and RF components on a common substrate that enables 2.5D and 3D integration.

“Our involvement in the ASCENT center provides us with unique opportunities to partner with the academic and industrial leaders to explore foundational technologies in computing. We will leverage our expertise on high-speed circuit design, device-circuit interactions and advanced packaging to address logic and memory challenges for next-generation computing and communication systems,” said Prof. Raychowdhury, the ON Semiconductor Jr. Associate Professor of VLSI Systems.

“Georgia Tech has always had a long history of working with SRC and we are therefore excited and honored to continue that effort through JUMP,” said Prof. M. Swaminathan, John Pippin Chair in Microsystems Packaging & Electromagnetics and C3PS director. “Through JUMP we plan on expanding our current center capabilities on power delivery, machine learning, multi-physics simulation and system design to include new circuit architectures, power converters, magnetic materials, high frequency components, vertically integrated tools and other platform technologies on a common interconnect fabric.”

This is one of the largest JUMP centers funded by SRC and will work synergistically over the next five years to provide breakthrough technologies.  Other universities involved in the 13-member team include; Notre Dame (lead), Arizona State University, Cornell University, Purdue University, Stanford University, University of Minnesota, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of Colorado, and the University of Texas-Dallas.

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Spring 2018 IEN Seed Grant Winners Announced



Fall 2017 Seed Grant Winner at the IEN User Poster Session on May 21, 2018 - Arith Rajapaks

The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology at Georgia Tech has announced the winners for the 2018 Spring Seed Grant Awards. The primary purpose of the IEN Seed Grant is to give first or second year graduate students in various disciplines working on original and un-funded research in micro- and nano-scale projects the opportunity to access the most advanced academic cleanroom space in the Southeast. In addition to accessing the high-level fabrication, lithography, and characterization tools in the labs, the students will have the opportunity to gain proficiency in cleanroom and tool methodology and to use the consultation services provided by research staff members of the IEN Advanced Technology Team.  In addition, the Seed Grant program gives faculty with novel research topics the ability to develop preliminary data in order to pursue follow-up funding sources.

Over the course of five years, this grant program has seeded forty-five projects with forty-nine students working in ten different schools in COE and COS, as well as the Georgia Tech Research Institute and 2 external projects.

The 4 winning projects, from a diverse group of engineering disciplines, were awarded a six-month block of IEN cleanroom and lab access time. In keeping with the interdisciplinary mission of IEN, the projects that will be enabled by the grants include research in materials, biomedicine, energy production, and microelectronics packaging applications.

The Spring 2018 IEN Seed Grant Award winners are:

  • Jiang Chen (PI Ben Wang - MSE): Validation and Characterization of Living Cell Grafting on Polycaprolactone Fibers for Textile Tissue Engineering
  • Fatima Chrit (PI Alexander Alexeev - ME): Microfluidic Adhesion-based Sorting of Biological Cells
  • Zifei Sun (PI Gleb Yushin - MSE): FeOx Coated FeF3-C Nanofibers as Free-standing Cathodes for Sodium- Ion Batteries
  • Ting Wang (PI Xing Xie - Civil and Environmental Engineering): Development of Lab-on-a-Chip Devices for the Mechanisms Study of Cell Transportation and Bacteria Inactivation in a Non-Uniform Electric Field

Awardees will present the results of their research efforts at the annual IEN User Day in 2019.

Georgia Tech Selected for 2018 Millennium Fellowship


A cohort of 18 students from the Georgia Institute of Technology has been selected as part of the 2018 Millennium Fellowship, a joint leadership development program of the United Nations Academic Impact and the Millennium Campus Network (MCN).

The selective fellowship is a semester-long leadership program that will engage the fellows through experiential curriculum on cultivating core values, honing hard and soft skills, and sharing best practices.

“Georgia Tech is known for preparing its students to be proficient as leaders in a global setting,” said Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson. “We are proud of the Institute’s cohort of 18 students who have earned the honor to take part as Millennial Fellows in this highly selective global pilot program. This is a great opportunity for them to sharpen their leadership skills, collaborate and develop contacts with like-minded students, and at the same time to use their knowledge to help improve others’ lives.”

2018 Millennium Fellowship winners from Georgia Tech include these students:

  • Adair Garrett*
  • Anna Peterson
  • Atticus Lemahieu
  • Elizabeth Krakovski
  • Gabrielle Oliverio
  • Heather Mikan
  • Janay Jones
  • John Butler
  • Jimin Yoon
  • Joanne Tamayo
  • Keshav Vasudeva
  • Katriella Lumbantobing*
  • Mengqiao Gao
  • Miranda Kaufman
  • Nineesha Koshy
  • Timothy Purvis
  • Samantha Gistren
  • Spencer Alliston

*Denotes Campus Director

Applications to join the Class of 2018 came from 285 campuses across 57 nations for the program. Georgia Tech will serve as one of 30 campuses worldwide (just 11%) to host the 530 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year. Adair Garrett, Civil Engineering major and one of two Campus Directors for the Georgia Tech cohort stated, “I feel so lucky to be part of the UN Millennium Fellowship. The application process was thorough and strenuous, but I was excited by how many other Georgia Tech students are passionate about making a change. This team is why I wanted to be a campus director and poured many hours into that aspect of the application – I wanted to help the Georgia Tech cohort reach its maximum potential and encourage collaboration between these extremely smart, motivated students. I’m particularly excited about working with my team, who joined together over a shared interest in helping the RCE Youth Network of Greater Atlanta develop a stronger communication among members at different schools.”

More than 5,500 young leaders from 300 universities have already participated in MCN programs to date. MCN launched the Millennium Fellowship in 2013 to convene, challenge, and celebrate student leadership for social impact. Student leaders worldwide were invited to join an extraordinary community of young leaders advancing the Sustainable Development Goals in their respective communities. Notably, 75% of MCN alumni go on to work in social impact careers in the public and private sectors.  

Georgia Tech applications were coordinated by Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) and Prestigious Fellowships Advising in the Center for Career Discovery & Development (C2D2). “We enjoyed working with the enthusiastic, committed students who applied for the Millennium Fellowship. For any students who are interested in applying for opportunities such as the Millennium Fellowship and many others, we are here to provide advising and support,” said Kathryn Meehan, Prestigious Fellowships Advisor.

SLS works with the vast majority of the students listed above, and the fellowship is closely tied to their work with RCE Greater Atlanta, officially acknowledged by the United Nations University in December 2018 (read the press release here). RCEs are Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development and support the implementation of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals at the regional level through education and training. “We are excited about the projects proposed by the Georgia Tech teams, and the opportunity to strengthen the RCE Youth Network through the work of the Millennium Fellows this semester,” stated Kristina Chatfield, SLS Program and Operations Manager.

About the Class of 2018

The Class of 2018 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 310,000 people worldwide this year. Other statistics of note:

  • The Class of 2018 is 58% female
  • 32% of the Class is first-generation university students
  • Campus hubs have been selected in every region of the globe
  • Fellows are collectively advancing every Sustainable Development Goal (most frequently listed: SDG 4 - quality education) and every United Nations Academic Impact Principle (most frequently listed: UNAI Principle 9 - sustainability).

Millennium Fellows have been selected from a range of academic institutions - large and small, public and private - affirming the fact that there are student leaders in every community committed to localizing the SDGs and strengthening communities.

The Class of 2018 is an extraordinary group of leaders creating social impact in their communities. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 310,000 people worldwide this year.

WCP 2019 Awards Announced


Annual faculty and student awards announced at April 25 ceremony.


Georgia Tech Arts Awarded $150,000 from The Charles Loridans Foundation



Dancers of MOMIX. Photo by Max Pucciariello.

Georgia Tech Arts is excited to announce that it has received a grant of $150,000 from the Charles Loridans Foundation to bring professional contemporary dance companies, from around the globe and Atlanta, to the campus of Georgia Tech. These selected groups will further the mission of Georgia Tech Arts by integrating performing arts into the lives and work of students, faculty, and the surrounding community. Presenting a blend of nationally recognized and locally based dance companies will ultimately raise the profile of contemporary dance across Atlanta and Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech Arts newly vested director, Dr. Aaron Shackelford, explains the focus on contemporary dance programming in future seasons: “The cultivation of contemporary dance at Georgia Tech can make a uniquely strong contribution to the field in terms of both audience and artistic development. Contemporary dance companies and choreographers are also on the forefront of pressing issues that face the lives of students and many members of the community. These include the deep collaboration inherent to their creative process, the exploration of social issues, reconsideration of physicality, and abstract thinking. Given that these topics are not easily taught or established in the classroom, Georgia Tech Arts, along with the selected dance companies, is committed to providing meaningful engagement experiences for students and beyond.”

The two-year grant supported the sold-out performance of VIVA MOMIX on March 1, 2020, a work that Georgia Tech Arts Dr. Shackelford added to the 2019-2020 season programming after his arrival to the department this past summer. It represents Georgia Tech Arts’ commitment to establishing itself as a hub for innovative dance work that invites the entire community to share in these encounters.

With the funding of the Loridans Foundation, Georgia Tech Arts will also present three additional, yet to be announced contemporary dance ensembles in fall 2020, spring 2021, and fall 2021.

“The Trustees of the Charles Loridans Foundation are so pleased that Dr. Aaron Shackelford and his team at Georgia Tech Arts want to bring the best national and local contemporary dance companies to the Ferst Center,” says Bob Edge, Chair of the Charles Loridans Foundation. “This dance initiative can be artistically important not only to the Tech community but all of Metropolitan Atlanta.  Recent enhancements at the Ferst make it an ideal venue for the ambitious dance presentations Dr. Shackelford has in mind; and the Loridans Trustees are very pleased to support this important program with a multi-year grant.”

Georgia Tech Arts will announce its full 2020-2021 season on May 6, 2020.

Triple Major Daniel Gurevich is the 2020 Love Scholarship Winner



Editor's Note: This story was originally published by Renay San Miguel, Jess Hunt-Ralston, and Cory Hopkins on the Office of Undergraduate Education website. This version has been tailored for the College of Sciences community.

What's it like to work on three bachelor’s degrees (mathematics, physics, and industrial and systems engineering) at once? For Daniel Gurevich, it's a balance of hard work, gratitude, connecting the dots across distant scientific fields, and setting aside time to connect with fellow students—and chess players.

Gurevich, who has already won a raft of academic achievement awards while at Georgia Tech, was a shoo-in for the 2020 Love Scholarship. The Love Family Foundation Scholarship is one of the highest awards Georgia Tech gives to a student each year. The award of $10,000 is given to a graduating senior who has the “most outstanding scholastic record of all members of the class.” Winners are selected by the associate and assistant deans of all six colleges.

A candidate for May 2020 graduation, Gurevich has already published four papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and aspects of his research have been presented at conferences in Germany, Spain, France, Utah, and Colorado.

As if all that isn’t enough to keep an ambitious student busy, Gurevich is also an International Master in Chess. He started pitting pawns and bishops against each other at age 5 and won his first national title at age 6. He's twice conquered the SuperNationals, an all-star-style tournament of the top U.S. players in grades K-12 that’s held every four years. After he won the Georgia State Championship in 2015, he became an International Master.

A cherished memory for Gurevich? Meeting chess legend Garry Kasparov at age 11. “I had made it to the top board of the elementary school championship and Kasparov was making my ceremonial first move,” he remembers. “It was very inspiring to have the chance to talk to my chess idol so early in my chess career, and I ended up winning both of my games the next day and became the national champion.”

Gurevich, who was nominated by both the College of Sciences and the College of Engineering for the Love Award, is also a 2020 University System of Georgia (USG) Academic Recognition Day Award recipient, National Merit Scholar, and a National AP Scholar. He attended Georgia Tech as a President’s Gold Scholar. During his time at the Institute, he received the Presidential Undergraduate Research Award (PURA), the College of Sciences’ Roger M. Wartell and Stephen E. Brossette Award for Multidisciplinary Studies in Biology, the A. Joyce Nickelson and John C. Sutherland Undergraduate Research Award, the School of Physics’ Letson Undergraduate Research Scholarship, and the Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience’s Petit Undergraduate Research Scholarship.

“Getting this award was wonderful and unexpected news," Gurevich says. “It really means a lot to me to have been selected out of so many outstanding students at Georgia Tech, and I am very honored to have the results of my hard work recognized. I'm grateful for all of the support I have received from the Georgia Tech community, particularly my professors and advisors.”

“We couldn’t be prouder of Daniel for being granted this prestigious award,” said Steve McLaughlin, dean and Southern Company chair of the College of Engineering. “His excellent scholastic record, as well as his involvement in multiple research labs here at Tech is an outstanding accomplishment that sets an exceptional example for all students.”

“Daniel’s accomplishments are an inspiration not only to students, but to all of us in the Georgia Tech community," noted Susan Lozier, College of Sciences Dean and Betsy Middleton and John Clark Sutherland Chair. "I am in awe of the breadth of Daniel's interests, productivity, and generosity. The College of Sciences is extraordinarily proud of Daniel and certainly looking forward to the years ahead as we follow his post-graduation journey.”

"As the recipient over the last two years of both the College of Sciences' Nickelson-Sutherland Undergraduate Research Award and the Wartell-Brossette Award, it is very fitting that Daniel now receive this top institutional honor," added David Collard, College of Sciences Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Gurevich has also tried to pass along his love of chess to younger students. He co-founded Chess Advantage, which provides after-school chess instruction and private coaching in the greater Atlanta area. He also wrote the Q&A column in Chess Life Kids, teh publication of the United States Chess Federation (US Chess) for age 12 and under, which has more than 10,000 subscribers. 

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Georgia Tech Announces New Graduate Program in Quantitative Biosciences


QBioS Research Spans Scales from Molecules, Cells, Organisms, to Ecosystems



The Georgia Institute of Technology announces a new doctoral program that brings the physical, mathematical, and biological sciences together in one Ph.D. The Quantitative Biosciences Graduate Program (QBioS) is now accepting applications from students who want to enter a rapidly emerging field working at the leading edge of research that spans biological scales from molecules to organisms to ecosystems.

The mission of the program is to educate students and advance research in quantitative biosciences, enabling the discovery of scientific principles underlying the dynamics, structure, and function of living systems.

“This combination is what is needed from the next generation of scientists if we are to understand principles of living systems and, in turn, tackle global-scale challenges,” said QBioS Director Joshua Weitz, associate professor in the School of Biology, courtesy associate professor in the School of Physics, and a member of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience. 

Broadly, QBioS is targeted to two kinds of students: those trained in the physical, mathematical, and computational sciences who have interest in the biosciences and those with experience in the biosciences who have skills in quantitative modeling.

“We want all of the QBioS students to develop a strong modeling core and an impassioned understanding for how living systems function,” Weitz said. “QBioS is the kind of training program that serves the increasingly quantitative nature of the biosciences and will be exemplified by the high-quality students who enter this program. QBioS faculty are already engaged in interface research and ready to serve as mentors.”

The QBioS founding consortium includes more than 40 faculty members from seven schools in the College of Sciences. The diversity of faculty interests is evidenced by their research accomplishments in a range of focus areas including molecular and cellular biosciences, the chemistry of biological systems, physiology and behavior, evolutionary biology, ecology and Earth systems, and the physics of living systems.

Graduates of the QBioS program will be prepared for fulfilling careers in academia, government, and industry. Students will have had immersive research experiences in the biosciences, yet also possess the deep technical skills necessary to confront foundational and applied problems, according to Weitz.

Students will combine classroom learning with research experiences. The flexible program will include a foundations course in quantitative biosciences, rigorous and personalized quantitative training, research seminars and interactions with faculty, and rotations in computational and/or experimental groups, culminating in a capstone thesis. 

Learn more about the program at

About the Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is one of the nation’s leading research universities, providing a focused, technologically based education to more than 21,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs, all top-ranked by peers and publications alike, and is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. It offers degrees through the Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Sciences, the Scheller College of Business, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business.



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Commission Surveys What’s Next in Higher Ed



The higher education landscape is changing quickly. Georgia Tech has been at the forefront of some of that change, including online learning and classroom methodology. Last fall, Rafael L. Bras, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, appointed a commission that will help keep Tech at the forefront of education innovation.

The goals of the Commission on Creating the Next in Education include exploration of new ideas in content delivery and nurturing a culture of lifelong learning for undergraduate, graduate, and professional education learners. 

“If we are to continue to live up to our vision of defining the 21st century technological research university, then we must be nimble and lead in creating and adapting new pedagogy and technology,” Bras said. “That will make Georgia Tech and our learners the very best and an example for all.”

The 40-member education commission is co-chaired by Bonnie Ferri, associate chair for undergraduate affairs in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Rich DeMillo, executive director, Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U). Under their direction, the commission will meet over the next 18 months. Through discovery, ideation, and design phases, the members will take a look at the Institute’s current methodologies and benchmark best practices in higher education, including issues of delivery and accessibility. Ultimately, the commission will recommend pilots and projects that will move Georgia Tech towards the optimal educational enterprise for a leading technological research university of the 21st century. 

“This commission brings together a group of Georgia Tech individuals from across disciplines and educational perspectives,” Ferri said. “That approach allows for innovative ideas that span interdisciplinary, co-curricular, and design perspectives that we know will bring new, innovative ideas about the educational landscape at Georgia Tech.” 

The commission discovery groups will explore future learning needs, demographics and populations, peer institutions, partners and competitors, societal and economic influences, and future pedagogy considerations. Throughout the 18-month period, activities and events for the campus community will include town halls, featured speakers, surveys, and focus groups. 

“As an institution, we find ourselves with an exciting opportunity as the traditions of higher education are quickly rewritten, both philosophically and pedagogically,” said DeMillo. “Georgia Tech is well positioned to be a leader among our peers and define what innovation truly means to the educational experience.” 

Along with the co-chairs, Georgia Tech President Emeritus G. Wayne Clough and C21U visiting scholar Jeff Selingo will serve as advisors for the commission. 

The commission was first suggested at an October 2015 town hall on Georgia Tech’s Educational Innovation Ecosystem — an environment defined by the efforts of C21U, the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Georgia Tech Professional Education, and the Office of Information Technology.


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Bonnie Ferri to Receive Regents’ Teaching and Learning Award



Each year, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia recognizes two faculty members for outstanding contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning. This year, Bonnie Ferri was unanimously selected for the 2016 Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Award. This award will be presented to Ferri at the annual Regents’ Scholarship Gala on April 29, 2016 at the St. Regis Hotel Atlanta.

Ferri is being recognized for her longstanding commitment to engineering education and innovative use of technology, her prolific publication record, and her influence on other faculty at Georgia Tech. A faculty member in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) since 1988, Ferri was the first female Ph.D. graduate in electrical engineering at Georgia Tech and was ECE’s first female faculty member. She has served as the School’s associate chair for undergraduate affairs since 2013 and was its associate chair for graduate affairs from 2006-2012.

Ferri has introduced inexpensive, portable hands-on experiments into ECE courses, including core lecture-based courses that traditionally had no laboratory component. She has also redesigned the core circuits courses, taken by both ECE and non-ECE majors, to use innovative flipped and blended classroom techniques driven by course analytics. By implementing these tools and responding to student feedback, student engagement and performance has dramatically improved, as well as consistency in coverage and quality across multiple sections of the courses.

“I love the ‘aha moment’,” said Ferri. “I see it all the time with the hands-on experiments in class, when students’ eyes light up because an abstract concept comes to life and suddenly makes sense. You would be surprised at how many just break out laughing because they get such a kick out of it. That reaction is the best part of teaching.”

Through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Ferri created the Teaching Enhancement through Small-Scale Affordable Labs Center to develop and integrate these portable experiments across the ECE curriculum. Approximately 3,000 students per year use these devices in ECE courses, taught by over 25 instructors. Over 700 K-12 students have also been exposed via camps, workshops, and tours of ECE facilities. Ferri has also been awarded an NSF grant with researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Virginia Tech, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Howard University, and Morgan State University. Their goal is to build a community of developers and users of these experiments that are not only centered on ECE topics, but can be expanded to other STEM fields.

Ferri has been consistently involved in educational issues within the Georgia Tech community. She currently co-chairs the “Commission on Creating the Next in Education,” charged with making recommendations for the Institute to become a leader in innovative and effective education and co-curricular programs. During 2013-2014, she led the GT1000 Review Task Force, which reviewed the status of this freshman seminar course and made recommendations on how to enhance its effectiveness in providing resources and advice to promote student success in college.

Ferri has also had an international impact on engineering education. She has conducted NSF-sponsored workshops at premier engineering education conferences, devised and shared best practices at numerous cross-disciplinary events, and published her work on student learning, strategies, and results in the top conferences and journals in the field of engineering education. She was an invited speaker at a National Academy of Engineering symposium on education.

“Bonnie’s reputation among students and colleagues consistently upholds not only the tremendous impact that she has had on our students, but also the caring and compassionate heart she has for them, her clear vision of their potential, and her ardent desire for their success,” said Steven W. McLaughlin, Steve W. Chaddick School Chair and ECE professor. “We sincerely appreciate her many years of hard work and dedication to our students and to improving our instructional programs.”


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Georgia Tech Launches Ph.D. in Ocean Science and Engineering


Applications for inaugural class are due Dec. 8, 2016



Georgia Tech now offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Ocean Science and Engineering (OSE). The new program aims to train ocean scientists and engineers by combining basic and applied sciences with innovative ocean technologies. Students in the program will participate in interdisciplinary research at the frontiers of the physical, biological, chemical, and human dimensions of ocean systems.

A partnership of the College of Sciences and the College of Engineering, the program involves faculty from the Schools of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS), Biological Sciences, and Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). The program’s director and co-director are Emanuele Di Lorenzo and Annalisa Bracco, both professors in EAS.

“The greatest challenges in research result from the growing complexity, interconnectedness, and linkages of phenomena, which cannot be addressed within traditional disciplinary boundaries. This applies especially to the ocean—the largest environmental resource on Earth,” Bracco said. “Chemical, biological, and physical processes in ocean cannot be viewed in isolation.”

What’s needed, she said, is an integrated approach to interpreting scientific data and developing effective solutions to immediate problems, such as loss of coral reefs, and their long-term consequences, such as loss of biodiversity.

“Georgia Tech is one of a very few institutions with the engineering and scientific prowess and the interdisciplinary culture to effectively address these critical challenges,” Di Lorenzo said.

Kevin A. Haas, in CEE, said the program brings together for the first time the large number of researchers focused on ocean studies but scattered across Georgia Tech academic units. “We will be able to take a more holistic approach,” he said, “through collaborations between scientists and engineers to address issues such as ecological impacts of global climate change and develop engineering solutions to adapt to or mitigate these impacts.”

OSE seeks students with interest and curiosity in the program’s themes: ocean technology, ocean sustainability, ocean and climate, marine living resources, and coastal ocean systems.

“Our goal is to develop a pipeline of in-demand ocean experts for industry, government, and academia,” Di Lorenzo said.

Graduate programs in ocean sciences and engineering are not new. Georgia Tech’s OSE is unique in combining basic and applied research in one degree offering. “We aim to find solutions to ocean-related problems by integrating science and engineering. This is a fundamental challenge that is not addressed by competing programs,” Di Lorenzo said.

The inaugural class of OSE students will enroll in Fall 2017. Applications are due Dec. 8, 2016.

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