Two GTRI Labs to Change Names

Published: October 1, 2010

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As the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s eighth lab officially launches on Friday, Oct. 1, two other labs will change their names to better reflect their research and focus.

The Information and Communications Laboratory (ICL, formerly Information Technology and Telecommunications Laboratory) and the Applied Systems Laboratory at Huntsville (ASLH, formerly Huntsville Research Laboratory) will join the Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory (CTISL), effective October 1.

ICL Lab Director Jim McGarrah said the name change is the culmination of preparing a strategic plan for the Lab. “When I came to GTRI in early 2009, I discovered from leadership that we didn’t have a strategic plan for the lab,” he said. “Last summer, we embarked on developing a plan, which we completed this year.”

While developing the plan, McGarrah said leadership came to the conclusion that the former name was an inaccurate description. “We work more in the information space than just in information technology, and we work more in the communications space than telecommunications,” he said.  

By enacting this new strategic plan that broadens the lab’s research into the future of communications and the future of information, McGarrah says customers will better perceive what the lab offers with the new name.

For ASLH director Barry Bullard, the name change also is an effort to better identify the lab’s focus. “We wanted the lab name to be more descriptive of what we do,” he said.  “All of our branch units [here in Huntsville] are involved in either applied systems design, development or engineering.”

Bullard says the name was changed to Applied Systems Laboratory after several rounds of discussion. “Huntsville was moved to the end of the name to help avoid confusion with GTRI’s Huntsville field office,” he said.

McGarrah and Bullard both said they picked Oct. 1 to “roll out” the new name, to coincide with the official start of GTRI’s eighth lab, CTISL.