ATRP-E1: Doug Britton

This episode of the Georgia Tech Research Podcast begins a special series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP). Host Stephanie Richter, a GTRI Research Scientist, talks with ATRP Director, Doug Britton. Dr. Britton speaks about his circuitous path from being an electrical engineer by training to his joining ATRP, and some of the lessons he’s learned and people he’s met along the path to being program director. Britton also discusses present and future technologies being researched by ATRP.


Talking Points

In this episode, listeners will hear about:

  • Doug Britton’s early life; and how he was unwittingly prepared for his future career in agricultural technology.
  • What drove Britton into looking at agricultural commodities and products.
  • The role of mentors in directing Britton’s career path.
  • The types of research that ATRP is involved in.
  • How advanced sensor platforms are being used in agriculture.
  • Food safety research.
  • Technology transfer and the future of agricultural technology.



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