The Invention Studio is a student-run design-build-play space open to all Georgia Tech students. The studio is equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, a waterjet cutter, an injection molder, and milling devices.
Earth’s air pollution and climate change issues are linked to combustion and its detrimental byproducts: greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and gases that pollute the atmosphere such as nitrogen oxides.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.