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SMARTER CITIES, UNDERSTANDING THE BRAIN, CREATING JOBS FROM FEDERAL RESEARCH
By 2030, more than 60 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities, a projection that creates both dramatic challenges and significant opportunities. Georgia Tech is at the forefront of applying engineering, technology, and the social sciences to help cities become smarter and better able to serve their residents with less impact on the environment. The cover story of this Research Horizons describes a sampling of our efforts to boost the “urban IQ.”
Speaking of IQ, this issue also takes a deep look at our research into the brain and what makes us uniquely human. Georgia Tech researchers, often working with Emory University and other collaborators, are seeking to understand how the brain’s 160 billion cells work together. What they learn may provide clues to fighting diseases such as Alzheimer’s, which is destroying lives and creating a worldwide public health crisis.
Also in this issue, you’ll read about a company commercializing research originally supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Quest Renewables builds solar canopies using technology developed at Georgia Tech to reduce costs through improved design and more efficient construction. This company shows how our innovation ecosystem converts research discoveries to jobs and new business.
Finally, I’d like to congratulate John Toon, editor of this magazine and Georgia Tech’s director of research news, for an important honor received from IEEE-USA — a technical professional organization which counts many Georgia Tech researchers among its members. The award is for “sustained journalistic efforts to expand public understanding and the advancement of science and technology in the United States.”
Georgia Tech powers an impressive innovation ecosystem that facilitates transformative opportunities, strengthens collaborative partnerships, and maximizes the economic and societal impact of the Institute’s research. Our goal is to conduct leading-edge research and then transition the results of that research into use. Our strategic plan leads us to innovate not only in the results of research, but also in how we conduct research and transition it into use more rapidly and effectively.
As you read this issue of Research Horizons, you’ll see how we’re leveraging these collaborative partnerships to create game-changing solutions to society’s most challenging problems. We truly are creating the next generation of advances in neuroscience, bioengineering, sensing, transportation, energy, and many other areas.
As always, I welcome your feedback. Enjoy the issue!
Executive Vice President for Research