President Clough to Lead Panel on Georgia Tech Research Innovations

A panel of distinguished faculty will discuss some of Georgia Tech's leading research - in areas such as nanotechnology, tissue engineering and marine biology, among others - during a Feb. 11 presentation at Technology Square.

President Wayne Clough will lead the panelists in a discussion entitled "Georgia Tech: Innovating Here and Now," sponsored by the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. The event will be held 7:15 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, 800 Spring St.

Alumni, faculty, staff, students and their guests are invited to attend the free panel discussion, but registration is required. (See link below.) A reception with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will begin at 6:30 p.m.

"Innovating in the 21st century requires an interdisciplinary approach, and the collaboration of engineering, sciences and business will make Georgia Tech a leader in the innovation race," said Georgia Tech Vice President Joe Irwin, executive director of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association.

"We hope this will be the first of a number of regional events we want to eventually hold throughout the country," Irwin said. "They will give us a fantastic way to tell our alumni about some of the leading-edge research now under way at Georgia Tech, and give them a chance to ask questions about the work and how it might affect their lives."

Vallee Donovan, assistant executive director of the alumni association, said several cities have been identified as possible locations for future panels, including New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

"Our panelists are people leading the way in their individual fields," Donovan said. "Our goal is to put forth some of our faculty with these events and to provide a forum for them to interact with our alumni. It enhances the reputation of the Institute, helps in the continuing education of our alumni and provides a fantastic networking opportunity for everyone who attends."

Among the speakers scheduled to take part in the first regional panel are:

* President Wayne Clough, who has led Georgia Tech to global recognition with his vision for faculty collaboration in new and emerging sciences, technology, and economic development;

* Professor Z.L. Wang, director of Georgia Tech's Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, who is ranked fifth in the world by the Institute of Scientific Information for the number of nanotechnology research papers he has published to date;

* Professor Ralph Merkle, director of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center, who is widely recognized for his award-winning work in the field of cryptography and as one of the co-founders of public-key cryptography;

* Assistant Professor Andres Garcia, who is nationally recognized for his research on cellular and tissue engineering, areas which integrate engineering and biological principles to restore and enhance function to injured or diseased organs;

* Professor Mark Hay, the Linda and Harry Teasely Chair in Environmental Biology in Georgia Tech's School of Biology, who leads a team of marine biologists that recently spent 10 days in the Aquarius lab, an underwater research facility, studying coral reefs;

* Professor Marie Thursby, the Hal and John Smith Chair in Entrepreneurship in Georgia Tech's DuPree College of Management, who directs the Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI:GER) program, a one-of-a-kind approach that prepares students for the challenges of commercializing new technologies and delivering innovative products to the market place.