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Georgia Tech Research Institute

Georgia Tech Research Institute

 The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is a highly-regarded applied research and development organization. Each day, GTRI’s science and engineering expertise is used to solve some of the toughest problems facing government and industry across the nation and around the globe.

GTRI redefines innovation by tackling customers’ most complex challenges with the right mix of expertise, creativity and practicality. Our expert scientists and engineers turn ideas into workable solutions and then put those solutions into action. We have been a trusted government and industry partner since 1934. As a non-profit research institute, we team with our customers and attack their problems with passion and objectivity.

GTRI is an integral part of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). GTRI is a tremendous contributor to, and supporter of, Georgia Tech’s mission to define the technological research university of the 21st century and educate the leaders of a technologically driven world.

GTRI’s strong bond with Georgia Tech, and its academic units, opens the door to the vast intellectual resources of one of America’s leading research universities and provides unparalleled access to the world’s leading problem solvers.

The GTRI Mission
We solve complex problems through innovative and customer-focused research and education.

GTRI’s staff has expertise in most recognized fields of science and technology. As of June 2015, GTRI had 2,012 employees, including 964 full-time engineers and scientists, and 370 full-time support staff members. Additional employees include faculty members, students, and other experts who work in the research program on a part-time basis. Among GTRI’s full-time research faculty, more than 70 percent hold advanced degrees.

Recent Research Funding Trends
During Fiscal Year 2015, GTRI reported $352 million in research revenue, with $338 million in total sponsored awards. Major customers for GTRI research include U.S. Department of Defense agencies, the state of Georgia, non-defense federal agencies, and private industry. Overall, contracts and grants from Federal agencies, primarily Department of Defense, account for approximately 96 percent of GTRI’s total revenues.

Strategic Directions
Changing national defense needs, the increasing competitiveness of the global economy, societal issues and emerging technology trends describe the external environment in which GTRI conducts its programs of research and development. GTRI’s strategic plan establishes the direction, objectives, and goals for conducting both near- and long-term programs of innovative research and development with the goal of positioning GTRI as the world’s premier applied research and development organization. GTRI intends to maintain and improve the quality of research provided to its traditional government customers, extend its research into new market areas within government and industry, to capitalize on core competencies, enhance its collaborative efforts with university, government, and industry partners, and strengthen its ties and support to state and local government. GTRI’s strategic plan also focuses on attracting, training, and retaining the best researchers in the nation and providing a supportive environment in which all employees can thrive.

Independent Research and Development
The GTRI independent research and development (IRAD) program supports the GTRI Strategic Plan through investment in programs with anticipated long-term return. Independent research investment is intended to expand capability and sustain a competitive position in critical research areas as well as foster exploration and accelerate entry into new areas that may have a high payoff for GTRI’s stakeholders and potential customers. The Fiscal Year 2015 investment in the IRAD program was $14.9 million.

GTRI External Advisory Council
The Georgia Tech Research Institute External Advisory Council advises the organization on strategies and programs which will help GTRI meet challenges and attain goals. The Council is composed of proven national and local leaders in industry, research, academia, and government.

GTRI’s applied research programs complement research conducted in Georgia Tech’s academic colleges and interdisciplinary research centers. A key goal of GTRI is increased academic collaboration with instructional faculty. GTRI’s research activities are conducted within eight laboratories which have focused technical missions and are linked to one another by the GTRI’s strategic research focus areas. Interaction among these units is common, and joint teams can readily be formed in areas of mutual interests to combine expertise to provide optimum service to the client. The eight laboratory units and descriptions of their primary research activities are as follows:

Advanced Concepts Laboratory (ACL)
ACL focuses on the transition of basic academic research in electromagnetic effects and devices into prototype systems that demonstrate new capabilities. The capabilities of interest are typically sensing, scattering control, electromagnetic field control and measurement, and signal filtering, all of which support GTRI’s core system-level capabilities. In support of this work the laboratory develops and maintains world-class modeling and measurement capabilities for electromagnetic phenomena, from quasi-static to UV wavelengths. ACL is a leader in precise radio frequency (RF) and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) measurements in addition to technology development.

Aerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems (ATAS)
ATAS develops advanced technologies and systems from concept development to prototypes. Included are system simulations and test and evaluations related to threat radars, missiles, air and ground vehicles, unmanned and autonomous systems, transportation systems, power and energy systems, and food processing technologies.

Applied Systems Laboratory
ASL conducts applied research of air and missile defense and rotary-wing aviation systems that include systems modeling and simulation, systems-of-systems, and family of systems interoperability, fire control, command and control, and tactical software development and engineering.

Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory (CTISL)
CTISL conducts applied research focused on cyber threats and countermeasures, secure multi-level information sharing, resilient command and control network architectures, reverse engineering, information operations and exploitation, and high performance computing and analytics. CTISL engineers develop and apply cutting edge technologies in computing, network architectures, signal and protocol exploitation, Web crawling, malware analysis, and reverse engineering (hardware and software) to solve the tough problems. CTISL brings this knowledge to the classroom by providing professional education offerings across the cyber landscape.

Electronic Systems Laboratory (ELSYS)
ELSYS delivers innovative products, research, and education, making positive and lasting impacts on our customers. Our mission is to solve problems and advance solutions to meet state and national objectives. ELSYS employs an “end-to-end” approach to developing electronic warfare and other electronic systems solutions. ELSYS human systems research supports U.S. government agency needs, industrial product usability and accessibility evaluation, and workplace health and safety programs.

Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory (EOSL)
EOSL conducts research and development of electro-optical systems with expertise that spans the electromagnetic spectrum from radio frequency (RF) through ultraviolet (UV). Research includes LIDAR, infrared countermeasures modeling and simulation, RF transmit/receive modules for radar, growth and application of carbon nanotubes, multifunctional materials, radio frequency identification (RFID) and optical tagging, and chem-bio sensors. EOSL is also home to the Medical Device Test Center, the Landmarc Research Center, SENSIAC, and the Environmental Radiation Center.

Information and Communications Laboratory (ICL)
ICL conducts a broad range of research in areas of computer science, information technology, communications, networking, and technology policy to help customers master information. Research supports national security; emergency response; interoperability of interconnected systems; planning, learning and decision support; and systems engineering. The lab also helps customers develop commercial products from university research and conducts activities in support of technology transfer, including training, exercises and information diffusion.

Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory (SEAL)
SEAL research falls into four primary areas: intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); air and missile defense; foreign material exploitation and electromagnetic systems; and electronic attack/electronic protection (EA/EP). SEAL researchers investigate and develop radio/microwave frequency sensor systems with particular emphasis on radar systems engineering, electronics intelligence (ELINT), communications intelligence (COMINT), measurements intelligence (MASINT), electromagnetic environmental effects, radar system performance modeling and simulation, advanced signal and array processing, sensor fusion, antenna technology, and EA/EP. SEAL also develops advanced signal and data processing methods for acoustic sensors. Multisensor intelligence exploitation architectures and algorithms covering all wavebands serve as another critical element of the lab’s research and development efforts.

Locations and Facilities
GTRI is headquartered on the Georgia Tech campus in Midtown Atlanta, with offices located in the 430 10th Street North & South buildings, Centennial Research Building, 250 14th Street, the Georgia Public Broadcasting Building at 260 14th Street, Baker Building, Hopkins Building, Machine Services at 676 Marietta Street, the ninth floor of the Wells Fargo Building at Atlantic Station, several offices in the Atlanta Technology Center on Northside Drive, and Technology Enterprise Park II. GTRI also operates a major off-campus research facility approximately 15 miles from the Georgia Tech campus, in Cobb County. The Food Processing Technology Division of GTRI’s Aerospace, Transportation, and Advanced Systems Laboratory is located in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility on the south side of campus. GTRI also operates a fully-functioning research laboratory in Huntsville, Alabama.  On-site research and business services also take place at GTRI field offices located at: Huntsville, Alabama; Tucson, Arizona; San Diego, California; Shalimar, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida;  Panama City, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Warner Robins, Georgia; Pearl City, Hawaii; Aberdeen, Maryland; Pax River, Maryland; Dayton, Ohio; Hampton Roads, Virginia; Washington, D.C;  and Quantico, Virginia. As the largest employer of Georgia Tech students, GTRI hires close to three hundred graduate and undergraduate students to work side-by-side with researchers in any given year. The students are immediately put to work on real projects, for real sponsors, who need real-world solutions. Many of the highly skilled researchers now employed by GTRI are homegrown. Each year 15 to 25 percent of newly hired full-time researchers are former Georgia Tech students. 

Service to Georgia
GTRI plays a vital role in stimulating economic development in Georgia. Through campus facilities, national field offices, and collaboration with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia’s businesses and entrepreneurs can tap an array of technologies and experts at GTRI and Georgia Tech’s academic units. This assistance takes many forms, such as:

* Development of new technologies for Georgia’s traditional industries
* Technical problem-solving by GTRI engineers and scientists
* Specialized chemical and materials analytical services
* Environmental and workplace safety audits and training
* Continuing education courses and seminars
* Support for the state’s recruitment of technology industries

Georgia Tech is increasing its impact on Georgia’s economic growth, and GTRI is actively involved in this effort.

Additional information about the Georgia Tech Research Institute can be found at:

The Web includes additional information on GTRI’s research laboratories and research areas, as well as the full text of the GTRI Annual Report, Research Horizons Magazine, and news releases about research accomplishments. Current position listings are also available.

Phone: 404-407-7280 FAX: 404-407-9280

Source: Office of the Vice President and Director, Georgia Tech Research Institute