Georgia Tech College of Engineering News

Cybersecurity Training Program at Georgia Tech Prepares ROTC Students for Service

The Cyber Spectrum Collaborative Research Environment (C-SCoRE) program helps cadets develop operational skills that will be instrumental in combatting cyber and electronic warfare in the interest of national security. Dr. Bill Melvin, director of Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Sensors and Intelligent Systems Directorate and adjunct electrical and computer engineering professor, had the original vision for the program. Melvin is also a former Air Force officer and ROTC cadet himself.

The Lexington Park Leader

Tech Talk Hosted by IMPAX

IMPAX, an organization specializing in facilitating collaboration between government and technology agencies, is planning a Tech Talk for 5 p.m. May 9, 2018, at Patuxent River Naval Air Museum on Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, next to Gate 1 of Patuxent River Naval Air Station...Participants in the Tech Talk include representatives of Georgia Tech Research Institute’s HIVE IRAD program, and they will highlight innovative emerging research in fields relevant to NAVAIR.

Trajectory Magazine

From Research to Mission-Readiness

At GEOINT 2018, the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) will show off designs for a new, space-based radar antenna — part of a small sat synthetic aperture radar system in development this year. 

Air Combat Command

AGOW celebrates 10 years, looks to future

...As the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing (AGOW) Spartans celebrate their 10th anniversary, they usher in changes within their organization that will not only focus on being trained and ready today, but simultaneously prepare them for the evolving threats of the future....AGOW Battlefield Airmen recently partnered with the Air Force Research Lab and Georgia Tech Research Institute to jumpstart the push of innovation down to the warfighter.

Georgia Tech

The Next Frontier in Mechanical Engineering: Drones work together to save wounded soldiers

Jonathan Rogers and his team are working on a funded project with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) to test multiple vertical lift robots that connect up to deliver supplies. The robots are programed to take into account flexible logistics by connecting to the object (payload) and determining its weight and size and how to move it in a stable way. The small robots work together as a team, known as multi agent control.

Healthcare Finance

GTRI Researchers Stress the Importance of Human Elements for Hospital Software Use

Margarita Gonzalez, Branch Chief in the Socio-Technical Systems Division at Georgia Tech Research Institute, said she hears from many clients that they hate their software tool..."It's re-envisioning how you capture and structure critical data so it is more easily searchable and retrievable," Gonzalez said.

Advancing Safety in Health Technology News

Researchers Probe Retail Security Systems’ Effects on Pacemakers

Ralph M. Herkert, director of the Medical Device Test Center at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in Atlanta, is working with manufacturers to help answer that question and improve the design of both the medical devices and the electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems that they pass through.

Scientific American

GTRI Research Engineer Mick West Shares Arctic Dive Risks

The mission is so perilous that the National Science Foundation passed on funding it, leaving its future uncertain until the Paul G. Allen Philanthropies foundation stepped in with a donation of nearly $2 million. “It’s a very risky prospect,” says Mick West, an engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute who dropped a tethered robot through Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf in 2016. 

Marietta Daily Journal

Bonds for Georgia Tech expansion into Cobb given final approval

Members of the Development Authority of Cobb County gave their final approval Thursday to the issuance of nearly $56.9 million in bonds to allow Georgia Tech to expand operations on part of Marietta’s Lockheed Martin campus. The Atlanta-based university had sought the bonds to buy 32 acres on the northern portion of Lockheed’s property adjacent to Dobbins Air Reserve Base and the Georgia Tech Research Institute, an applied research arm of the school. The funds will also go toward construction, renovations, and equipment at four existing buildings on the site to provide additional research space.

Marietta Daily Journal

Georgia Tech seeks to double Lockheed property in $63 million deal

Georgia Tech wants to double the size of its Marietta footprint by buying and renovating an additional 52 acres from Lockheed Martin for nearly $63 million. Georgia Tech officials pitched the project to the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents on Tuesday. The proposal would expand its Cobb research facility to 104 acres. The expansion of the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Cobb campus is expected to add about 500 jobs to the 300-or-so existing positions at the campus along Atlanta Road.

Ledger Enquirer

Delta Opens Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility at Georgia Tech

Delta Air Lines officially opened its new Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility at Georgia Tech Thursday. In a story by Lance Wallace on the Georgia Tech website, school president G.P. “Bud” Peterson says that in this facility, “our students, faculty, staff and researchers will be able to develop products, and it provides Delta an opportunity to collaborate with its partners.” According to the story, the facility was made possible by a $3 million gift from the Delta Air Lines Foundation.


How Fire Ants Build Incredible Writhing Towers

A research team at Georgia Tech was studying how the fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) were building a tower, according to a press release. They only planned to record for two hours while the critters formed the tower—but the camera rolled for three.They assumed that there would be nothing to see once the ants assembled the writhing tower. But as researcher Craig Tovey tells Charles Q. Choi at LiveSciencehis colleague Nathan Mlot “was too good a scientist to discard data." Even so, it seemed like a waste of time to watch an hour of nothing. "So he played the video at several times regular speed.”While fast forwarding, Mlot noticed that the ants forming the tower were not stationary as the researchers believed. Instead, the tower was in very slow, constant motion with the column of ants slowly sinking, like butter melting.


Inside Higher Ed

Science's Communication Problem

“Yes, we’re concerned about the cuts in the EPA” and the Department of Energy, said Stephen Cross, the executive vice president for research at Georgia Tech. “But I think science is going to be well funded. What a wonderful opportunity for us to start communicating the impact of what we’re going to do over the next four years. Shame on us if we don’t do it.” Cross added that an unseen benefit to the Republicans’ preference toward cutting regulations could be that burdens on universities and research are lifted.

Popular Mechanics

How Ants Build Teeming Towers Through Emergent Engineering

The Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) offers the latest example with its study of fire ant towers—structures that resemble the Eiffel Tower and are seemingly built without a leader or coordinated effort. "If you watched ants for 30 seconds, you could have no idea that something miraculous would be created in 20 minutes," says David Hu, a professor in Georgia Tech's School of Mechanical Engineering in a statement. "With no planning, and using trial-and-error, they create a bell-shaped structure that helps them survive."


Print, Then Heat for Self-Assembling Space Stations

Georgia Tech engineers Glaucio Paulino and Jerry Qi wanted to apply tensional advantages to objects that could be used for more than just bridges and antennae, such as space habitats or heart stents. Paulino and Qi devised a method to create 3D printable, lightweight, foldable versions of these designs, with tubes made of a plastic-like material called a shape memory polymer connected with printed elastic tendons.

Environmental News Network

Meniscus-Assisted Technique Produces High Efficiency Perovskite PV Films

The meniscus-assisted solution printing (MASP) technique boosts power conversion efficiencies to nearly 20 percent by controlling crystal size and orientation.The process, which uses parallel plates to create a meniscus of ink containing the metal halide perovskite precursors, could be scaled up to rapidly generate large areas of dense crystalline film on a variety of substrates, including flexible polymers.“We used a meniscus-assisted solution printing technique at low temperature to craft high quality perovskite films with much improved optoelectronic performance,” said Zhiqun Lin, a professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

PBS NewsHour

Uranus’ magnetic forces switch ‘on and off’

Uranus’ magnetosphere swivels, switching its invisible armor on-and-off, according to new work from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While “quirky” barely begins to describe these magnetic forces, Uranus’ situation may signify the norm across the cosmos and be key to refining our search for habitable worlds.“The scientific community wants to go back to Uranus, in light of all these exoplanet discoveries,” Carol Paty, a Georgia Tech planetary scientist who led the project, told NewsHour. “A large fraction of these exoplanets are Uranus, Neptune in size.”


This 3D-Printed Heart Valve Could Save Lives

Researchers at Georgia Tech and the Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta are using new 3D printing technologies to help cardiologists predict whether paravalvular leakages could occur after valve replacement surgery. Leakages are a common complication when the valve doesn’t precisely fit, and researchers hope to avoid it with this new medical innovation.The team creates 3D-printed models from CT scans of patients’ hearts, which yield patient-specific heart valve models that mimic the physiological qualities of the real valves. Cardiologists can then evaluate how well a prosthetic valve fits a patient before the start of a surgery.


Flu-Shot ‘Patch’ Is The Same Vaccine Without The Needle

Researchers at Georgia Tech developed a flu-vaccine patch. Instead of one big needle, it has lots of microscopic needles. Patients just press it onto their skin and wait a few minutes for it deliver the medication, during which they reportedly don’t feel a thing.