GTRI’s Mission for 2021 and Beyond

As we ring in the new year, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) stands ready to continue solving some of the most challenging problems facing government and industry across the nation and around the globe. New Year’s is a time when many reflect on their past year and create resolutions for the future. In light of this tradition, GTRI is thrilled to share our dreams for 2021 and beyond.

Forming a New Mission and Vision

In late 2019, GTRI formed a team to guide the development of a new strategic plan informed by the opinions and interests of all employees. Following the feedback contributed by over 600 volunteers and senior leaders in an appreciative inquiry process, GTRI’s strategic plan embraces, builds on, and enhances the organization’s success and culture by articulating goals and identifying intentional actions.

GTRI’s mission statement explains our organization’s identity and purpose:

As a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is the nonprofit, applied research unit of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).  GTRI leverages the science and engineering base of Georgia Tech to enhance the impact of our collective research output. Collaboratively, we advance technology and provide innovative solutions to:

  • enhance State of Georgia economic development
  • serve National Security
  • improve the human condition
  • educate future technology leaders

Equipped with our mission, GTRI also developed a vision that encapsulates the organization’s hope for the future:

Our people are the foremost innovators creating a secure nation, a prosperous Georgia, and a sustainable world.

“This (mission) statement inspires me and makes me proud to be a part of GTRI,” said GTRI Director James (Jim) Hudgens, who is also the senior vice president of Georgia Tech. “Our reasons to exist are unique among our peers, and each of the mission areas builds upon the others, driving innovation and impact.”

Furthermore, GTRI remains committed to the broader strategic plan created by Georgia Tech, which promotes progress and service for all.

GTRI’s Strategic Plan in Action

In 1934, Georgia chartered the Engineering Experiment Station with the explicit mission to enhance economic impact in response to the Great Depression. Now known as GTRI, our organization remains committed to that mission, which is evident in GTRI’s work in agriculture, STEM outreach, weather, healthcare, and most recently, the Covid-19 response.

To see the impactful solutions created by people at GTRI, read through our latest annual report, where you will find stories of innovation emerging from GTRI’s team of thought leaders.


Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is the nonprofit, applied research division of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). GTRI's renowned researchers combine science, engineering, economics, policy and technical expertise to solve complex problems for the U.S. federal government, state, and industry. Learn more at and follow us on LinkedInTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Writer: Katrina Heitz

Graphics: Michelle Gowdy