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SLIDESHOW: The Coda building will be a 21-story, 750,000-square-foot mixed-use facility that will house Georgia Tech’s data science and engineering program. It will be located in Technology Square. Images courtesy of John Portman & Associates.

Coda Building Renderings

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Georgia Tech is using data science and engineering to help understand and improve the world around us. The ability to extract critical information from vast data sets is helping create new research directions in areas as diverse as drug discovery and application, design and development of new materials, prognostics for complex equipment, and analysis of genetic information.

To bring together the many disciplines that are contributing to this field, we’ve launched a new interdisciplinary research institute — the Institute for Data Engineering and Science (IDEAS) — and are working with an Atlanta developer to construct a landmark 21-story building to house both Georgia Tech researchers and companies working to take advantage of new approaches in data science and engineering. By putting these diverse groups together in the same space — centered on a massive new data center — we’ll create synergies that will make Georgia Tech, Atlanta, and the state of Georgia an international hub for this fast-growing field.

Taking advantage of new knowledge from data science and engineering to advance our economy will require a workforce with skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through Georgia Tech’s many STEM-related K-12 efforts, concentrated in the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) and including many other units, we’re helping schools, teachers, and students focus on preparing for next-generation career opportunities.

Finally, this issue of Research Horizons describes Georgia Tech’s contributions to a research project known as Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change (SPRUCE). Nearly a third of the world’s carbon is tied up in peat bogs located in cool northern climates. Organized by the Department of Energy and involving the U.S. Forest Service and 19 universities, the project is examining what may happen to that carbon as temperatures and carbon dioxide levels rise with changing climate.

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.

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 data science, materials design, technology education, and environmental study.

As always, I welcome your feedback. Enjoy this issue!

Steve Cross

Executive Vice President for Research
August 2016

Steve Cross

Steve Cross is Georgia Tech’s executive vice president for research.

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