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Georgia Tech Research Horizons - Issue 01 2015
The Future's So Bright

Innovations in energy storage will make renewables like solar power less expensive and more reliable.

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  • Exhibit A:
    Dirty work

    Dirty work

    At the end of a long day in the field, Jennifer Glass’ students were covered in mud and bug bites but excited at having new samples to analyze. The team took the core samples back to their lab in Atlanta, where they hope to answer questions about the Earth’s ability to cope with greenhouse gas emissions. From left to right are Chloe Stanton, Amanda Cavazos, Melissa Warren, and Jennifer Glass. For more on their trek to Sapelo, see the Explorers story on page 38. To watch the team at work, see The Explorers story, At the Coast.

  • Exhibit A:
    Digging in the marsh

    Digging in the marsh

    Walking in the Sapelo marsh is hard work. The mud sucked the team’s rubber boots into the ground. Their slog churned the soil and released sulfur odors into the air. Once in the marsh, Jennifer Glass and her students hammered a threefoot- long PVC pipe into the ground to collect a soil sample. To remove the sample, the team had to get dirty. The students plunged their hands into the soil, elbow deep, and dug the pipe free from the mud’s grip. Chloe Stanton (left) and Melissa Warren hold a fresh core sample, while Amanda Cavazos (back, right) looks on.

  • Exhibit A:
    Sapelo Island

    Sapelo Island

    In the summer of 2014, Georgia Tech scientists traveled to Sapelo Island, a barrier island along the Georgia coast. Sapelo, famous for its swampy beauty, is accessible only by boat or airplane and remains largely wild. Ecologists from faraway countries have been studying the Sapelo salt marsh since the 1950s. Jennifer Glass, an assistant professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, visited Sapelo in July with her team of students to study the microorganisms in Sapelo’s marshes and water.

Front Office

Tackling Big Data

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) are bringing graph analytics to bear on a range of data-related challenges.

I Take Mine Black (Hat)

Georgia Tech researchers are investigating where information leaks originate so they can help hardware and software designers develop strategies to plug them.

Gap Map

By providing a visual representation of where universities, companies, and other organizations are protecting intellectual property produced by their research, patent maps can help find the next big thing.

Cloaking Peptides

Georgia Tech researchers are using a disguise to sneak biomaterials containing peptide-signaling molecules into living animals.

Decisions, Decisions

To help people make better choices when confronted by a large number of options, researchers studied decision-making strategies that break down the options into smaller groups that can be evaluated more effectively.

Skinny Electric Generator

Researchers have observed piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2).

Arboreal Partners in Pollution

A new study has found that certain emissions from cars and coal-fired power plants promote processes that transform naturally occurring emissions from trees into organic aerosols.

Robotic Hotter-Colder
front office

Robotic Hotter-Colder

Mobile robots could be more useful in homes if they could locate people, places, and objects.

Root of the Issue

Plant scientists are working to improve important food crops such as rice, maize, and beans to meet the food needs of a growing world population.

A Virtual World for Materials

In work sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) researchers have developed a computer-based simulation technique that permits the characterization of complex natural and engineered materials.

Underwater Mapping

The new technology, developed under the Active Electro-Optical Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (AEO-ISR) project, would let modest-sized unmanned aerial vehicles carry bathymetric lidars.

New Wave

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has been a leader in millimeter wave technology for decades.

Flight Safety

Richard W. Neu investigates fatigue and fracture in gas turbine engines used in a variety of applications, including powering aircraft.

The Color of Anemia

A simple anemia testing device could provide rapid diagnosis of the common blood disorder and allow inexpensive home monitoring.

Getting Warmer

The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is Earth’s main source of year-to-year climate variability, but its response to global warming remains highly uncertain.

Improving Missile Tests

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) researchers are working with a company in Huntsville, Alabama, and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to test high-altitude missiles without ever firing a shot.

It's a Trap

GTRI’s Quantum Systems Division (QSD) uses individual trapped atomic ions as qubits in its research. In collaboration with university and industry partners, QSD scientists recently demonstrated two new ion traps, including one that uses a system of integrated mirrors to read data from multiple ions.

So Happy Together

Crowd science is making possible research projects that might otherwise be out of reach, tapping thousands of volunteers to help with tasks such as classifying animal photos, studying astronomical images, and counting sea stars in photos.

Protect the Net

Gathering and understanding cyber intelligence is the work of BlackForest, an intelligence gathering system developed at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). By using such information to create a threat picture, BlackForest complements other GTRI systems designed to help corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations battle increasingly sophisticated threats to their networks.

Flame Maker

Julia Lundrigan is a third-year graduate student in Georgia Tech’s School of Aerospace Engineering (AE). She studies how flames behave in aircraft and power generation engines at Georgia Tech’s Ben T. Zinn Combustion Lab, where engineers use the latest tools for the study of combustion and fluid mechanics.

Better Bubbles

Georgia Tech researchers have developed a new type of foam — called capillary foam. The research shows for the first time that the combined presence of particles and a small amount of oil in water-based foams can lead to exceptional foam stability.

Hotlanta Made Cooler

Heat is the deadliest natural disaster facing the United States, killing more people than hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes combined. The bulk of these deaths occur in cities, which are heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the planet.

Micro to Global

Georgia Tech is the center for a talent-rich innovation ecosystem that facilitates transformative opportunities, strengthens collaborative partnerships, and maximizes the economic and societal impact of the Institute’s research.


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