Posted September 24, 2007 Atlanta
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Goal is to bridge the gap between academic discovery and commercial success
Dr. Krishan Ahuja, Regents Professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering, has been appointed director and general manager of Georgia Tech-Ireland (GTI). In this role, he will oversee GTI's work with Irish corporations and universities, the Georgia Tech research community and U.S. companies to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic with industry-focused research and development that bridge the gap between academic discovery and commercial success.
"Georgia Tech is very well-respected here because of the intellectual brainpower that we can access across the pond in Atlanta," said Ahuja. "The goal is to make Georgia Tech-Ireland a raving success."
Prior to his appointment as GTI director Ahuja, who is a Regents Professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering, headed the Aerospace and Acoustics Technologies Division of Georgia Tech Research Institute's (GTRI) Aerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems Laboratory. He was trained at Rolls Royce in Derby, England, and worked at Lockheed in Marietta, Ga., where he eventually became head of the aeroacoustics research program and acting manager of the Advanced Flight Sciences Department.
"Krish is a proven leader with outstanding technical abilities and sharp business sense. He has years of experience directing large research efforts for major government and corporate sponsors," said Dr. Stephen Cross, Georgia Tech vice president, GTRI director and GTI executive director. "Having worked in both industry and education, he brings a unique perspective to
Georgia Tech Ireland which will further our efforts to build strong bonds between academic discovery and commercial success. I am proud to have him leading this very important international effort."
Georgia Tech Ireland, located in Athlone, Ireland, focuses on industry research and development needs. Over the next five years, the Irish operation plans to build up a portfolio of research programs and collaborations with industry valued in excess of $24 million, and at full operation, it will employ 50 highly qualified researchers.
GTRI, which conducts more than $130 million in research and development each year for industry, government and academic institutions across the world, receives support from IDA Ireland, the Irish Government's economic development agency. The new institute focuses on four technology areas that mirror Ireland's research strengths digital media, radio frequency identification (RFID), biotechnology and energy.
"We are dealing with the scholarship of application as well as the scholarship of integration, and there will be a lot of exchange and collaborative work between Georgia Tech in Atlanta and Ireland," observed Ahuja. "This effort helps Georgia Tech further its mission of defining the technological university of the 21st century, and when Georgia Tech Ireland is successful, we will be able to replicate the model in other countries."
About the Georgia Tech Research Institute
The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), established in 1934, is the nonprofit 'real-world' research unit of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Approximately 1,300 highly-skilled employees, including many of the world's top scientists and engineers, spend each day creatively solving highly-technical problems for hundreds of government and industry customers.
GTRI is committed to solving tough problems, on time and on budget. We assist clients in federal, state, local and international government agencies, industrial firms, academic institutions and private organizations. Conducting more than $130 million in contract research each year, GTRI is committed to its independent, unbiased approach to solving problems. Additional value is provided through close affiliations with academic colleagues within the Georgia Institute of Technology often contribute additional talent and knowledge for meeting specific technological and engineering challenges.