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Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia
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The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation's top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology.

Georgia Tech's campus occupies 400 acres in the heart of the city of Atlanta, where more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive a focused, technologically based education.

The Institute offers many nationally recognized, top-ranked programs. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in the Colleges of Architecture, Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Management, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. Georgia Tech consistently ranks among U.S. News & World Report's top ten public universities in the United States. In a world that increasingly turns to technology for solutions, Georgia Tech is using innovative teaching and advanced research to define the technological university of the 21st century.
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
04 January, 2016
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously map these phenomena at the relevant length scales.
Optical-wireless convergence provides super-broadband access services from single fiber
16 March, 2006
Professor Gee-Kung Chang poses with equipment used to demonstrate a hybrid wired/wired network. The new hybrid system could allow dual wired/wireless transmission of the same content such as high-definition television, data and voice up to 100 times faster than current networks. The new architecture would reduce the cost of providing dramatically improved service to conference centers, airports, hotels, shopping malls, and ultimately to homes and small offices.
Research re-examines strong hurricane studies
16 March, 2006
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have released a study supporting the findings of several studies last year linking an increase in the strength of hurricanes around the world to a global increase in sea surface temperature. The new study strengthens the link between the increase in hurricane intensity and the increase in tropical sea surface temperature. It found that while factors such as wind shear do affect the intensity of individual storms or storm seasons, they don't account for the global 35-year increase in the number of the most intense hurricanes. The study appears online in the March 16 edition of Science Express at
Nanoparticles facilitate chemical separations
14 March, 2006
Using the unique properties of new nanometer-scale magnetic particles, researchers have for the first time separated for reuse two different catalysts from a multi-step chemical reaction done in a single vessel.
Georgia Tech researchers develop new approach to carbon-based electronics
14 March, 2006
Georgia Tech Professor Walt de Heer holds a proof-of-principle device constructed of graphene. Using thin layers of graphite known as graphene, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States, in collaboration with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France, have produced proof-of-principle transistors, loop devices and circuitry. Ultimately, the researchers hope to use graphene layers less than 10 atoms thick as the basis for revolutionary electronic systems that would manipulate electrons as waves rather than particles, much like photonic systems control light waves.
Nanorods benefits over Nanospheres in Noninvasive Cancer Treatment
14 March, 2006
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of California, San Francisco, have found an even more effective and safer way to detect and kill cancer cells. By changing the shapes of gold nanospheres into cylindrical gold nanorods, they can detect malignant tumors hidden deeper under the skin, like breast cancer, and selectively destroy them with lasers only half as powerful as before, without harming the healthy cells. The method, which allows for a safer, deeper penetrating noninvasive cancer treatment, has just appeared in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, volume 128.
Environmental test facility improves indoor air
10 March, 2006
Using a new room-sized environmental test chamber, more than a dozen smaller chambers and a mass spectrometric center able to measure ultra-trace concentrations of airborne chemicals being emitted from products, scientists at the Georgia Tech Research Institute are helping manufacturers meet those international standards to minimize emissions.
Invasive exotic plants helped by natural enemies
10 March, 2006
Although conventional wisdom suggests that invasive exotic plants thrive because they escape the natural enemies that kept them in check in their native ranges, a new study in the journal Science suggests the opposite. Exotic plants that are in the presence of their natural enemies actually do better in their introduced ranges. The research from the Georgia Institute of Technology appears in the March 10, 2006 issue of the journal Science, published by the AAAS, the science society, the world's largest general scientific organization.
Georgia Tech develops probabilistic SoC technology
09 March, 2006
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology announce energy savings by a factor of more than 500 in simulations with their ultra energy efficient embedded architecture based on Probabilistic CMOS. The research team's PCMOS devices take advantage of noise, currently fabricated at the quarter-micron (0.25 micron) level, and uses probability to extract great energy savings. The findings will be presented at the Design, Automation and Test In Europe Conference, the leading peer-reviewed European electronic systems design meeting, on March 9 in Munich, Germany.
National LambdaRail Network now complete
09 March, 2006
The equivalent of the golden spike in the transcontinental railroad, National LambdaRail, is now complete. As the operator of the Atlanta node of NLR, Southern Light Rail is pleased to offer connectivity to more than 150 universities, research institutions and other organizations through a nationwide advanced fiber optic network. NLR's advanced optical, Ethernet and IP network infrastructure consists of more than 10,000 miles of fiber optic cable across the United States. Southern Light Rail is one of the 12 member consortia of research organizations that invested in this network that is dedicated to facilitating research. Georgia participants in SLR include Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Medical College of Georgia and University of Georgia.
Georgia Tech helps implement new statewide interoperable public safety system
28 February, 2006
When a crisis occurs, it's critical for public safety officials to coordinate their efforts. Yet in Georgia, law enforcement agencies and first responders use radio systems that operate on different frequencies and technologies, making it difficult for various agencies to communicate quickly and effectively.
Maintainer's Electronic Performance support system helps U.S. Navy maintain key systems
21 February, 2006
Engineers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute are assisting them, using current computer and database technology to help military aircraft maintainers get their work done more efficiently. A team from GTRI's Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory has been developing and improving maintenance software for the U.S. Navy since 2000.
Reversible Microlenses to speed chemical detection
13 February, 2006
Scientists at Georgia Tech have created technology capable of detecting trace amounts of biological or chemical agents in a matter of seconds, much faster than traditional methods, which can take hours or up to a day. The system uses reusable hydrogel microlenses so small that millions of them can fit on a one-inch-square plate. It could greatly enhance the ability of authorities responding to a biological or chemical weapons attack as well as increase the speed of medical testing. The research appears in the February 20 edition of the chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie.
New Georgia Tech probe revolutionizes nano imaging
09 February, 2006
FIRAT technology simultaneously captures a variety of material properties from just one touch including (from upper left to right) topography, adhesion energy, contact time and stiffness. The technology creates a faster, more sensitive AFM capable of creating nano movies, creating material properties images.
New device revolutionizes nano imaging
09 February, 2006
Georgia Tech researchers have created a highly sensitive atomic force microscopy technology capable of high-speed imaging 100 times faster than current AFM. This technology could prove invaluable for many types of nano-research, in particular for measuring microelectronic devices and observing fast biological interactions on the molecular scale, even translating into movies of molecular interactions in real time. The research, funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, appears in the February issue of Review of Scientific Instruments.
New technology allows for more versatile portable spectrometers
08 February, 2006
But Georgia Tech researchers have developed a technology to help spectrometers, instruments that can be used as the main parts of sensors that can detect substances present in even ultra-small concentrations, analyze substances using fewer parts in a wider variety of environments, regardless of lighting. The technology can improve the portability while reducing the size, complexity, and cost of many sensing and diagnostics systems that use spectrometers. The technology has appeared in Applied Optics, Optics Express and Optics Letters and was presented as an invited talk at the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Annual Meeting 2005.
New CardioMEMS device helps aneurysm patients
03 February, 2006
Winning a thumbs-up from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, CardioMEMS Inc. has launched its EndoSure sensor, which makes testing safer and more convenient for aneurysm patients. Based on intellectual property from the Georgia Institute of Technology, EndoSure is the first implantable pressure sensor that combines wireless and microelectromechanical system technology to receive FDA clearance.
Biofuels can pick up oil's slack
27 January, 2006
A group of experts in science, engineering and public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Imperial College London and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory recommend a comprehensive research and policy plan aimed at increasing the practicality of using biofuels and biomaterials as a supplement to petroleum. The review article, called 'The Path Forward for Biofuels and Biomaterials,' appears in the Jan. 27 issue of Science.
Evolution study tightens human-chimp connection
24 January, 2006
Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found genetic evidence that seems to support a controversial hypothesis that humans and chimpanzees may be more closely related to each other than chimps are to the other two species of great apes, gorillas and orangutans. They also found that humans evolved at a slower rate than apes.
New device could enable more accurate injections
16 January, 2006
When medics are treating trauma patients, every second counts. Yet bruises, burns, and other physical conditions often make it difficult to locate veins and administer lifesaving drugs or solutions. In response, a team of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers is developing an inexpensive, handheld device that uses Doppler ultrasound technology to find veins quickly.
Terahertz optical modulator could permit data rates in trillions of bits per second
26 December, 2005
Researchers set up optical components of the free electron laser at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The work represents a key step toward a new generation of optical communication systems that would be as much as 100 times faster than current technology, bringing closer such applications as real-time telemedicine and movies on demand. While operating their terahertz modulator, the research team observed an effect that is well known in atomic physics, but until now hadn't been seen in the semiconductor materials that make up optical modulators.
Fishing for the origins of genome complexity
15 December, 2005
Studying fish, like this ocean sulfish, scientists are revealing the link between evolution and a species' genome. 'As a general rule, more complex organisms, like humans, have larger genomes than less complex ones,' said J. Todd Streelman, assistant professor in the School of Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology and co-author of the study. 'You might think this means that animals with the largest genomes are the most complex, and for the most part that would be right. But it's not always true. There are some species of frogs and some amoeba that have much larger genomes than humans.'
Researchers study hurricane impact on Gulf Areas
09 November, 2005
At the Georgia Institute of Technology, experts across campus responded with research, training and service projects. Among their goals are better infrastructure design, configuration of port operations to reduce down time, protection of cleanup and construction workers and accessibility to services and housing for hurricane victims with disabilities.
Researchers uncover genetic foundation of fish jaws
08 November, 2005
In a study illustrating the apparent linkages between the evolutionary development and embryonic development of species, researchers have uncovered the genetic elements that determine the structure and function of a simple biomechanical system, the lower jaw of the cichlid fish. In addition, they've shown that increasing expression of a particular gene in an embryo can lead to physical changes in the adult fish. The results appear in the November 11, 2005 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Web-based system helps in developing storm water pollution prevention plans
08 November, 2005
Although storm water runoff may not seem particularly threatening, it ranks among the most common sources of water pollution in the United States. Especially at industrial sites, rain and melting snow can pick up a variety of pollutants, ranging from processing chemicals to cleaning solvents
Leadership Georgia Tech sets innovative approach
01 November, 2005
President Wayne Clough, keynote speaker at Leadership Georgia Tech, said it is important that engineers be leaders. He said the Institute strives to produce students and engineers who are leaders and who, in turn, will be a resource to the nation.
Scientists and engineers collaborate to apply natural solutions
28 October, 2005
An interdisciplinary group of scientists and engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology recently formed the Center for Biologically Inspired Design with the goal of capitalizing on the rich source of design solutions present in biological processes. The researchers believe nature can inspire design and engineering solutions that are efficient, practical and sustainable and thus have the potential to greatly enhance new technologies, materials and processes.
Systematic study of cadmium selenide nanostructure growth guides future efforts
27 October, 2005
Researchers have taken an important step toward high-volume production of new nanometer-scale structures with the first systematic study of growth conditions that affect production of one-dimensional nanostructures from the optoelectronic material cadmium selenide.
Using electromagnetic waves instead of electrical current for switching, researchers
25 October, 2005
By using electromagnetic waves instead of electrical current for switching, researchers have operated an optical modulator at terahertz frequencies, an accomplishment that could one day facilitate data transmission rates in the trillions of bits per second.
Biologists at Georgia Tech have provided scientific support for a controversial hypothesis
25 October, 2005
Biologists at Georgia Tech have provided scientific support for a controversial hypothesis that has divided the fields of evolutionary genomics and evolutionary developmental biology, popularly known as evo devo, for two years. Appearing in the December 2005 issue of Trends in Genetics, researchers find that the size and complexity of a species' genome is not an evolutionary adaptation per se, but can result as simply a consequence of a reduction in a species' effective population size.
Storm water ranks among the most common sources of water pollution in the United States
25 October, 2005
Federal regulation calls for companies engaged in certain industrial activities to obtain a storm water permit and implement a pollution prevention program. Although an important endeavor, this can also be an onerous task, especially for small and mid-sized companies with fewer resources.
Plants found on coral reef are source of new molecular structures
12 October, 2005
Some of these natural compounds showed the potential to kill cancer cells, bacteria and the HIV virus, according to research at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In fact, two of them exhibit anti-bacterial activity towards antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus at concentrations worth pursuing, though researchers don't know yet whether the concentrations of the compounds required to kill the bacterium would be harmful to humans.
The massive impact of Hurricane Katrina and her cousin Rita
30 September, 2005
In Dauphin Island, Ala., Assistant Professor Hermann Fritz surveys the over-washed island with a laser range finder. In the background is an offshore oil platform that broke loose.
Researchers uncover e.coli's defense mechanism
28 September, 2005
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the John Innes Centre in the United Kingdom have uncovered a mechanism with which disease-causing bacteria may thwart the body's natural defense responses. The findings, which could ultimately lead to the development of more effective antibiotics, appear in the September 29, 2005 issue of the journal Nature.
ULTRA AP shows options for improving survivability and mobility in combat vehicles
13 September, 2005
A concept vehicle designed to illustrate potential technology options for improving survivability and mobility in future military combat vehicles was shown publicly for the first time Sept. 13 at a military technology meeting in Virginia.
New superlattice nanobelts could become sensors, transducers or resonators
09 September, 2005
A previously-unknown zinc oxide nanostructure that resembles the helical configuration of DNA could provide engineers with a new building block for creating nanometer-scale sensors, transducers, resonators and other devices that rely on electromechanical coupling.
Georgia Tech and CDC collaborate on combination technique
05 September, 2005
A new combination of analytical chemistry and mathematical data analysis techniques allows the rapid identification of the species, strain and infectious phase of the potential biological terrorism agent Coxiella burnetii. The bacterium causes the human disease Q fever, which can cause serious illness and even death.
Researchers learn how polymer matrix controls particle growth in nanocomposites
05 September, 2005
Because the properties of nanoparticles depend so closely on their size, size distribution and morphology, techniques for controlling the growth of these tiny structures is of great interest to materials researchers today.
Chemical could revolutionize Polymer Fuel Cells
24 August, 2005
Heat has always been a problem for fuel cells. There's usually either too much (ceramic fuel cells) for certain portable uses, such as automobiles or electronics, or too little (polymer fuel cells) to be efficient.
Center to develop next-generation RFIC technology
17 August, 2005
Officials from the Samsung Electro-Mechanics Company, the state of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology held a ribbon-cutting August 17 for the company's new North American radio frequency integrated circuit design center to be located in Technology Square with the Georgia Electronic Design Center.
Ga Tech developing instant-response trace sensors
04 August, 2005
Terrorists have just laced the water supply of a major metropolis with a chemical so lethal that only small amounts are needed to kill thousands of people. But the chemical never reaches its targets. Tiny liquid phase sensors at strategic points in the city's water mains detect the chemical as it passes and tell a computer to close down the affected pipes.
Physicists entangle photon and atom in atomic cloud
26 July, 2005
Quantum communication networks show great promise in becoming a highly secure communications system. By carrying information with photons or atoms, which are entangled so that the behavior of one affects the other, the network can easily detect any eavesdropper who tries to tap the system.
New chem-bio sensors offer simultaneous monitoring
29 June, 2005
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Vienna University of Technology have developed a modular system that combines chemical and biological sensing tools capable of providing simultaneous, nano-level resolution information on cell topography and biological activity. The tools integrate micro and nanoscale electrodes into the tips of an atomic force microscope. A veritable Swiss army knife of sensors, the patented technique is currently being tested to combine other sensing methods to give scientists a more holistic view of cellular activities. The research is published in Vol 44, 2005 of the chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie.
New Health Systems professional Ed classes launched
23 June, 2005
This fall Georgia Tech's renowned health systems faculty will launch a series of short courses designed for working professionals in the healthcare industry, from hospital administrators to consultants to mid-level managers and clinicians.
Georgia Tech unveils new nanoTECH web portal
15 June, 2005
Like many areas of scientific exploration, nanoscience and nanotechnology exist on the borders between disciplines. NanoTECH brings together the research of more than 100 Georgia Tech scientists in an easily navigated Web site, showcasing groundbreaking work in the synthesis and characteristics of nanomaterials; properties of nanomaterials; nanoscale modeling and simulation; nanodevices, nanophotonics and nanomaterials; and nanomedicine and nano-biotechnology.
New device could shorten drug development
07 June, 2005
The sequencing of the human genome was only the beginning of a much more complex task, deciphering the secrets of cellular chemistry and the mechanisms of disease. While the genome serves as a blueprint to understanding the body, proteins represent the materials that carry out these plans. There are about 2 million distinct proteins in the human body. That's a lot of proteins, and the future of personalized medicine depends on a better understanding of proteins, including their structure and interactions with drugs and medical devices.
Gold Nanoparticles may simplify cancer detection
09 May, 2005
Binding gold nanoparticles to a specific antibody for cancer cells could make cancer detection much easier, suggests research at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of California at San Francisco. The report is published in the May 11, 2005 edition of the journal Nano Letters.
Tech/Emory get $11.5 M for nano cardiology research
29 April, 2005
Despite the fact that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, there is a lack of understanding of the fundamental molecular biology behind the disease and how certain genetic factors contribute to plaque build-up in blood vessels. But biomedical nanotechnology might help shed light on the molecular mechanisms responsible for one of the U.S.'s deadliest diseases.
Biomedical devices now on the drawing board
25 April, 2005
Combination products, devices that include a combination of drug, biological and device components, are expected to be the next big thing in biomedical devices. An example of a combination product is a tissue-engineered device that combines living cells with a polymer scaffold. When implanted into a patient, the device can replace or restore damaged tissue or organ function. While the response of the body to each component is well known, considerably less is known about how their new union may affect the body's reaction to a combination device.
Georgia Tech research reveals how biomaterial properties control cellular responses
18 April, 2005
The body treats implanted medical devices
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