Georgia Institute of Technology – Tech Education

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Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology – Common Information

The Georgia Institute of Technology (mostly known as Georgia Tech, or GT) is based in Atlanta, Georgia United States. It is a public research university and a part of the University System of Georgia. Georgia Tech has its 5 campuses in Metz, France; Savannah, Georgia; Athlone, Ireland; Shanghai, China and Singapore.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

The university was founded as the Georgia School of Technology in the year 1885. It was part of the reconstruction plan to build an economy that will be based on industries in the post-Civil War Southern United States. At the inception of the institution, they only offered a degree in mechanical engineering. However, by 1901, they have expanded their curriculum to incorporate other degrees such as civil, electrical, and chemical engineering. The Institute changed the school name in 1948 to show its evolution from a trade school to a larger, sophisticated and more capable institution of technology and a research university.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Currently, Georgia institution of technology has been divided into 6 colleges and has about thirty-one departments. The institution departments have strong emphasis on science and technology. It is well-known for its engineering degree, business administration, computing, architecture, the sciences and liberal arts degree.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

The main campus of Georgia Tech is situated on the part of Midtown Atlanta and surrounded by 10th Street to the north and in south by North Avenue. In the 1996 Summer Olympics, Georgia Tech campus was a venue of the athletes’ village and also hosted a number of athletic events. The building of the Olympic village in the campus improved the outlook of the campus.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology – History

Establishment

The construction of technology school in Georgia was proposed during the Reconstruction period in 1865. This proposal was championed by 2 former confederates Nathaniel Edwin Harris (One time Georgia governor) and Major John Fletcher Hanson (an acclaimed industrialist). These two former confederates became popular citizen of Macon, Georgia post-civil war and they championed the course of South improving its own technology to be able to compete with the industrial revolution that was going on in the whole of the North. Nonetheless, the south of America of that period was heavily populated by farmer workers and handful technical developments were occurring, these emphasized the need for a technology school.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia State Legislature in 1882 approved a committee to be led by Harris to pay a visit to the more technological-developed Northeast to observe firsthand how the school of technology works. The committee upon visiting the North was very impressed by the models of polytechnic education developed at Massachusetts institute of Technology and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute previously known as Worcester County Free Institute of Industrial Science. The Harris’s committee recommended a technology school in North based on the Worcester model, which emphasized a combination of “theory and practice”. The “practice” part of the combination involves employment of the students and the production of consumer items to generate income for the school.

Henry D. McDaniel, the then Georgia Governor, on October 13, 1885 signed a bill that will create and fund the new school of technology in Georgia. Richard Peters, the Atlanta pioneer in order to support the construction of the school denoted 4 acres (about 1.6 hectares) of the site of a failed garden suburb known as Peter’s Park to the state. North Avenue bordered the site on the south and Cherry Street bordered it on the west. Richard then sold the remaining 5 adjoining acres of the land for about $10,000 to the state. The US$10,000 the land was sold for then was equivalent of about $263,000 as of today. Richard’s land was situated beside the northern city limits of Atlanta when it was founded. However, as of today, the city has expanded its limits several miles beyond this limit. The site of the school’s first building can be recognized by a historical marker on the large hill in Central Campus. The building once held fortifications constructed to protect Atlanta from invasion during the Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War. In 1864, the city was surrendered on the southwestern boundary of the new Georgia Tech campus.

 

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Early years

In the fall of the year 1888 Georgia School of Technology formally opened with just 2 buildings. The current Tech Tower building (Headquarter for administration) had classrooms where students are to receive lessons; the institution second building has a shop, and a forge, foundry, engine room and boiler room. This second building was constructed for students to take up works and produce goods to sell and fund the school. The two buildings were symbolic, they were equal in size, this is to show the equal importance the school placed on teaching both the mind and the hands. However, during that time, there were those who objected to the school use of machine shop to make money.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

The then President of United States, Theodore Roosevelt visited the Georgia Tech campus on October 20, 1905 and he delivered a speech on the importance of technological education on the steps of Tech Tower, after which he shook hands with all the students present.

In 1912, the institution began holding Georgia Tech’s Evening School of Commerce. The first female students for the evening school were admitted in 1917. However the admission of the student into the school was not officially authorized by the state legislature until 1920. In 1919 Annie T. Wise was declared the first female to graduate from the program and she went ahead to become first female of Georgia Tech’s faculty member in 1920. In 1969, another female Rena Faye Smith who was appointed as a research assistant in the School of Physics in X-ray Diffraction by Dr. Ray Young, became the first female member in the School of Physics. Rena as Rena Faye Norby also bagged a Ph.D from Georgia State University and she went ahead to taught physics and instructional technology at Black Hills State University. Finally, from 2004-2005 she served as a Fulbright Scholar in Russia.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

The control of the Evening School of Commerce was transferred to the University of Georgia in 1931 by the Board of Regents. They also transferred the electrical and civil engineering courses at University of Georgia to Tech. The commerce school was replaced by Tech and today it is known as College of Business. Later, the School of Commerce would split from University of Georgia and finally become Georgia State University. Georgia Tech Research Institute previously known as the Engineering Experiment Station was founded in 1934 by W. Harry Vaughan with an original budget of $5,000 (which was equivalent to $88,500 today) and thirteen part-time faculties.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Modern history

Georgia Tech which was founded as the Georgia School of Technology took up its present name in the year 1948 to show the increasing focus on advanced technological and scientific research. Georgia Tech unlike other universities named like that (such as California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology), is a public institution.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

In 1952, Tech first female students was admitted to regular classes, however, women were not allowed to enroll in all the programs done at Tech until the later 1968.The last program to open to women was the Industrial Management. In 1969 Fulmer Hall, opened as the first women’s dorm. In the Spring of 1959, women made of about 30.3% of the undergraduates that enrolled into Tech and about 25.3% of the graduate students to be admitted in Tech. 2,741 students met in 1959 to overwhelmingly voted for the endorsement of integration of qualified applicants irrespective of the race. 3 years after the students voted for this integration, and a year after the University of Georgia’s violent integration, Georgia Tech then emerged as the first ever university in the Deep South to desegregate on their own without a court order. However, there wasn’t much reaction to this by the students of Tech. Like Mayor William Hartsfield of city of Atlanta described it “they seemed too busy to hate”. Later the institution bought a property containing the former Pickrick Restaurant for $290,000 and they used it as placement center. The building was later called Ajax Building however; it was razed down in 2009.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Also, the Georgia Tech students have little reaction to the Vietnam War and the involvement of the United States in the Cambodian Civil War. A resolution that was made in support of Vietnam Moratorium was defeated by the student council and the extent of the Tech community’s reaction to the shooting at the Kent State was just limited to a student-organized memorial service. However Georgia Tech was ordered to shut down for a period of 2 days along with other institution to belong to University System of Georgia.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

President John Patrick Crecine advocated for the restructuring of the institution in 1988. A that point, Georgia Tech had just 3 colleges: the College of Management, the College of Engineering and the catch-all COSALS, the College of Science and Liberal Arts. Latter Crecine reorganized the College of Sciences and Liberal Arts into College of Sciences and College of Computing and the Ivan Allen College of Management, Policy and International Affairs. Crecine did not demand for any suggestions concerning these changes and as a result, a lot of faculty members did not like his top-down management style; notwithstanding, the changes passed by a slim margin. President Crecine was participated actively in securing the 1996 Summer Olympics for Atlanta. During this Olympics, there were large constructions that sprung up with created most of what is now known as “West Campus” for Tech to act as the Olympic Village and as gentrifying Midtown Atlanta.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

The Fourth Street Apartments, The Undergraduate Living Center, Eight Street Apartments, Sixth Street Apartment, Center Street Apartments and Hemphill Apartments housed journalists and athletes. The Georgia Tech Aquatic Center was constructed for swimming events and also there was a renovation of Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Kessler Campanile and a fountain was erected by the institution to act as a landmark and symbolizes the institution’s television broadcasts.


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Wayne Clough served as the first president of George Tech in 1994 and he was the president in the office during the 1996 Summer Olympics. Clough in 1998 separated the Ivan Allen College of Management, Policy and International Affair into the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. He also returned the “College” status of the College of Management. Clough’s tenure as the president of the institution focused more on overall expansion of the institute, an overhaul on Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and the creation of an International Plan. G, Wayne Clough as also appointed as the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution on March 15, 2008 but became effective on July 1, 2008. Tech’s provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs Dr. Gary Schuster became an interim president of the institute and effective from July 1, 2008.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

G.P. “Bud” Peterson, the former University of Colorado chancellor was named the 11th President of Georgia Tech on April 1, 2009. Georgia Tech was invited on April 20, 2010 to join among the first new members institution in nine years of the Association of American Universities. The first “massive online open degree” launched by the institute was done in 2014 in computer science by partnering with Udacity and AT&T; this program is a full degree that will costs students $7,000

Georgia Institute of Technology – Campuses

The Georgia Tech campus is situated in Midtown, which is north of Atlanta. The campus buildings are mostly small and have handful of buildings over four stories, which were belittled by the number of skyscrapers such as the headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company, AT&T and Bank of America. The campus also boasts of great deal of greenery. This greenery gives the institute a distinctly suburban atmosphere that set it apart from other Atlanta campuses like that of Georgia State University.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Tech campus is divided into 4 main parts: East Campus, Central Campus, West Campus and Technology Square. East Campus and West Campus are both mainly occupied by the student living complexes. On the other hand, Central Campus is kept mainly for teaching and research buildings.

West Campus

The remaining campus; West Campus is kept primarily as an apartments and coed undergraduate dormitories. The apartments consists of Center Street, Crecine, Maulding, 6th Street, Undergraduate Living Center and Eight Street Apartments. The dorms consist of Montag, Freeman, Folk Caldwell, Fitten, Armstrong, Hefner and Woodruff Suites. The Student Athletic Complex now known as the Campus Recreational Center; which is made up a large, low natural green spot called the Burger Bowl, a volleyball court and a flat artificial green spot called CRC Field which is formerly known as SAC are all situated on the West Campus.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Previously, West Campus was home of Under the Couch which later in the fall of 2010 moved to the Student Center. You can also find several late-night eateries and Engineer’s Bookstore which serves as an economical alternative to Georgia Tech’s official bookstore within walking distance of the West Campus. There is also a convenience store in West Campus known as West Side Market. West Campus part of Georgia Tech has limited space for vehicular movements, this lead to all auto travel using a network of one-way streets that joins West Campus to Ferst Drive, which is the campus main road. The West Campus dining hall is Woody’s (Woodruff Dining Hall) The hall connects the Woodruff South and Woodruff North undergraduate dorms.

East Campus

All the campus sororities and fraternities are housed on the East Campus as well as most of the undergraduate freshman dormitories. East Campus is adjoining to the Downtown Connector which helps residence have a quick access to Midtown and its vast business for instance The Varsity through a number of bridges over the highway. Bobby Dodd Stadium which acts ad the Georgia Tech football’s home is situated on East Campus, also Alexander Memorial Coliseum currently known as McCamish Pavilion and is a home to Georgia Tech basketball’s home is also located on the East Campus.

Intern Lodging Program

The main dining hall for East Campus is the Brittain Dining Hall which was modeled after a medieval church and completed with stained glass windows that shows symbolic gestures and carved columns. “Freshman Hill” a steep ascending incline is the main road that connects East Campus to Central Campus. The former Georgia State University village apartments on March 8, were transferred to Georgia Tech and began housing students in the fall of semester of 2007 after it have been renamed North Avenue Apartments by the institute.

Central Campus

The majority of administrative, academic and research buildings are located on the Central Campus. The Central Campus consists of the Boggs Chemistry Building, the Howey Physics Building, the College of Computing Building, the College of Architecture Building, the Klaus Advanced Computing Building, the Skiles Classroom Building, which is the home to the School of Mathematics and the School of Literature, Media and Culture, The Ford Environmental Science & Technology Building, The D.M Smith Building which is a home for the School of Public Policy. The School of Modern Languages was brought back to the Swann Building in 2005, a hundred-year old previous dormitory that now is a home for the most technological-equipped classrooms on campus, these are intermingled with various research facilities like the Microelectronics Research Center, the Centennial Research Building, the Nanotechnology Research Center, the Neely Nuclear Research Center and the Petit Biotechnology Building.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Tech’s buildings for administration like the Bursar’s Office and the Tech Tower are situated on the Central Campus, on the newly renovated Georgia Tech Historic District. Located also on the campus is the Fred B. Wenn Student Center which is campus library and the Student Building (known as the Flag Building). There are varieties of recreational and social facilities for students in the Student Center which includes a game room, a computing lab, a music venue, the Student Post Office, the Food Court and meeting rooms for different clubs and organizations. The Kessler Campanile popularly call the “The Shaft” by the students is located adjacent to the eastern entrance of the Student Center. In 2002, the former Hightower Textile Engineering building was pulled down to build Yellow Jacket Park. This has also led to more greenspace that beautifies the area around the Kessler Campanile. In August 2011 in accordance with the official Campus Master Plan opened G. Wayne Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons beside the library and now situated on the part of the Yellow Jacket Part spot.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Technology Square

The Technology Square of Georgia Tech popularly called “Tech Square” occupies the space across the Downtown Connector and in entrenched in the city east of East Campus. The district formally opened at the cost of $179 million in August 2003 and was constructed over run-down neighborhoods and has encouraged the revitalization of the whole Midtown area. It is also connected by the newly renovated Fifth Street Bridge, It consists more of pedestrian roads leading to Georgia Tech Facilities and retail locations. One of the building complex houses the College of Business Building which consists of office space for the Scheller College of Business and classrooms as well as the Conference Center, the Georgia Tech Hotel and the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. Three large glass chandeliers made by Dale Chihuly are housed in the Scheller College of Business which acts as one of the few locations of Chihuly’s works found in the Georgia state.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

The Technology Square Research Building (TSRB) which consists of faculty and graduate student offices for the College of Computing and School of Computer and Electrical Engineering, it also holds the GVU Center which is a multidisciplinary technology research center. Another building here is the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) which serves as a science and business incubator that is being run by the Georgia Institute of Technology and Technology Square’s Centergy One Complex serves as its headquarter.


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Another building which is affiliated to Georgia Tech in the area houses the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute, the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, the Advanced Technology Development Center, the Georgia Electronics Design Center and Venture Lab. There are lots of variety of restaurants and businesses in Tech Square which also includes the headquarters of well-known consulting companies such as Accenture and also host a Barnes & Noble bookstore, the official institute bookstore and a Georgia-theme Waffle House.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Satellite campuses

Georgia Tech in 1999 started offering a local degree programs to Southeast engineering students and to this effect a in 2003, they built a physical campus in Savannah, Georgia. Georgia Tech, Savannah campus up until 2013 was offering undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering with South Georgia College, Georgia Southern University, Savannah State University and Armstrong Atlantic State University. They further worked together with National University of Singapore to establish The Logistics Institute-Asia Pacific in Singapore. The campus now attends to the institute’s needs for professional and continuing education and it also acts as the regional offices of the Georgia Tech Innovation Institute, the Georgia Logistics Innovation Center and the Savannah Advanced Technology Development Center.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech Foreign

Georgia Tech also maintains another campus in Metz, France in October 1991, which is called Georgia Tech Lorraine. The campus offers master’s level courses in Computer and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science and also offers a Ph.D. course work in Computer and Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The campus was once involved in a lawsuit whereby it defended its role in the use of language used in advertisements which was deemed to have violated the Toubon Law.

In affiliation with the École d’architecture de Paris-La Villette the College of Architecture operates a small permanent presence in Paris. Similarly, the College of Computing maintains such program with the Barcelona School of Informatics at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia In Barcelona, Spain. Furthermore, there were other programs in places like Shanghai, China, Athlone, Ireland and Singapore. In 2010, the institute set up 2 campuses for research and graduate education in the cities of Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, India.

Campus services

The institute branded called source is GTCN (Georgia Tech Cable Network). Some of its copied programs are obtained from Dish Network. Georgia Tech Cable Network as at the moment has hundred standard-definition channels and twenty-three high-definition channels.

Georgia Tech’s Office of Information Technology which is also known as OIT manages the Institute’s computing resources and services like campus telephones. Office of Information Technology is charged with managing computing facilities on campus, with the exception of handful computer labs that is maintained by individual colleges. Furthermore, OIT is responsible for the faculty, students and staff e-mail accounts services. Georgia Tech ResNet manages the network, telephone and television services with most support from part-time student employees, they also provides all students and guest living in Georgia Tech’s on-campus housing with exception of sororities and fraternities free technical support.

Georgia Tech – Organization and Administration

Georgia Tech divided its undergraduate and graduate programs into 6 various colleges. Students are mandated to frequently collaborate by a number of interdisciplinary degree programs and research centers. The institute has tried to improve its undergraduate and graduate programs in less technical programs, mainly for those doing their programs at Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. Ivan College of Liberal Arts has witnessed twenty percent growth in admissions. Furthermore, the institute does not offer Bachelor of Arts degree in the college only a Bachelor of Science.

Georgia Institute of Technology – Academics

Demographics

By the fall of 2010, there are about 20,000 graduate and undergraduate of the whole student body and about 1,000 full-time academic faculties in the fall of 2013. The estimated statistics for the student body in Georgia Tech is thirty-two percent female and sixty-eight percent male. The enrollment of female students in Georgia Tech is still low. Nonetheless, due to changes in the admission process and the institute liberal arts programs and outreach programs meant to encourage more female to take up careers in engineering and science; the number of female enrollment is witnessing an increase.

About 50-55% of students of Georgia Tech live in Georgia State. The number that comes from overseas is about 20% and those living in other U.S. states or territories are about 25-30%. Some of the top states of origin for students that did not come from Georgia are Texas, Florida, North Carolina, California, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland. Georgia Tech students come from 114 countries and all 50 states of the Nation.

Funding

As a public institution, Georgia Tech receives funds from State of Georgia, research grants, tuition and alumni contributions. The revenue of the institute was as high as $1.422 billion in 2014. About 15% of this revenue came from state appropriations and grants while twenty percent was from student’s fees and tuition. Finally, about 55% come from grants and contracts. Expenditure for the period stood at $1.36 billion. 48% of the revenue was expended on research and 19% went to instruction. The Georgia Foundation operates the university’s endowment which was started in 1932. The endowment consists of lots of wholly owned subsidiaries that are landowners on campus or in Midtown and they lease the land back to the Georgia Board of Regents and other organizations and companies. In 2014, the total assets stood at $1.882 billion while the total liabilities were $0.478 billion. Percentage wise, Georgia Institute of Technology has the most generous alumni of any public university ranked in the top 50.

Rankings

Georgia Institute of Technology has maintained a consistent rank as one of the best universities in America and in the world. The institute has been in the top 10 public universities in the United States for more than a decade and presently it is listed as the smartest public college in the United States. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2012 named Georgia Tech in the 19th position in her rank in United States and the in 25th position in the world. Georgia Tech engineering offering was placed in the 9th position in the world. Georgia Tech’s undergraduate engineering program in 2012 was ranked in the 4th position by the U.S News and World Report which also ranked its graduate engineering program in 6th position. The undergraduate engineering programs in Georgia Tech include Biomedical (2nd), Aerospace (2nd), Chemical (6th), Electrical (5th), Computer (6th), Civil (5th), Materials (4th), Industrial (1st) Environmental (3rd) and Mechanical (3rd). The institute engineering programs consists of Biomedical/Bioengineering (2nd), Aerospace (5th), Civil (5th). Chemical (9th) Electrical (6th), Computer (7th), Industrial (1st) Environmental (4th), Materials (9th), Nuclear (8th) and Mechanical (5th)

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech’s College of Business rank increased from 31st to 28th in 2010 and has maintained its upward trend; as such it was ranked No.1 at bachelor’s level, No.2 at the master’s level and No.1 at at the doctoral level in terms of producing African American engineering graduates by the Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The U.S. News and World Report also ranked Georgia Tech as the No. 28 MBA program in 2010. Georgia Tech was also ranked No.29 Physics program in U.S., majoring in Nonlinear Dynamics and Condensed Matter Physics. The institute graduate chemistry program was ranked at No.26 overall by the U.S. News and World Report who also ranked its Physical Chemistry specialty at No.14. Tech department of Mathematics is ranked at No.30 overall and at No.8 in Discrete Math’s and Combinatorics. The institute was also ranked at No.9 Best Engineering College by Salary Potential. Tech became came in 2nd position among public universities in 2015 and as No.8 among all the universities in the United States for students’ return on investment.

Georgia Institute of Technology – Research

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classified Georgia Tech as an Institute with very high research activity. Bulk of Georgia Tech’s research activities is funded by governmental organizations or large corporations. Stephen E. Cross is the Executive Vice President of Research and he is the one that oversees the research activities and reports directly to the president of the institute. 9 “interdisciplinary research institutes” reports directly to the Vice President (of Research) with the entire research centers, laboratories and interdisciplinary research programs at Tech reporting through one of those institute.

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) a nonprofit research organization and it is the oldest of those research institutes. The organization offers a sponsored research in various technical specialties which consists of electro-optics, radar, and materials engineering. Most of government-funded classified work and about 40% of Georgia Tech’s research is done through this counterpart organization. Georgia Tech Research Institute has over one thousand seven hundred people in its employment and in 2014; they rake in $305 million in revenue. The other institutes include the Georgia Tech Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology, the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering & Bioscience, the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute, the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, the Institute of Materials, the Institute of Paper Science and Technology and Institute for People and Technology.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Research conducted at Georgia Tech have led to many startup companies, with Venture Lab and Advanced Technology Development Center able to help Georgia Tech’s researches and entrepreneurs in organization and commercialization. The Georgia Tech Research Corporation acts as the contract and technology licensing agency for the institute. Milken Institute ranked Georgia Tech 8th in patents, 4th in startup companies and 11th in technology transfer. Tech in conjunction with GTRI allocated 1,900,000 square feet (180,000 m2) of space for the purpose of research activities. This includes the newly constructed $90 million Marcus Nanotechnology Building, which is known as one of the biggest nanotechnology research facilities in the Southeastern United States. It has more than 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) of clean room space.

The institute encourages undergraduate and graduate students alongside with faculty members to participate in research. Scholarships are awarded each semester by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities to each undergraduate who pursue research activities. The scholarships which is known as the President’s Undergraduate Research Awards comes in the form of student salaries or as a support to cover travel expenses when undergraduate students show their work at professional meetings. Moreover, undergraduates are encouraged to participate in research and write a thesis which will earn them a “Research Option” credit on their transcripts. In 2007 Tower, an undergraduate research journal was established to help undergraduates with a space for disseminating their research and an opportunity to become familiar with the academic publishing process.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Emory University and Georgia Tech formed a solid research partnership and together administer the Emory-Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute. The 2 institute administer the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering along with Peking University. Emory University and Georgia Tech in 2015 were honored with the award of $8.3 million grant by the National Institute of Health to build a National Exposure Assessment Laboratory. Another awarded jointly received by the both institute alongside with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in July 2015 is a 4-year 1.8 million dollar grant by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help Expand the Atlanta Cystic Fibrosis Research and Development Program. The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Emory and Georgia also in the same 2015 a 5-year $2.9 million grant to create a new bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs and concentrations in healthcare robotics. The program will be the first of such program in Southeastern United States.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

An initiative of H. Milton Steward School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the government of Panama and the Ecuador National Secretariat of Science and Technology led to what is today known as The Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation & Research Center that aims to improve Panama’s logistics capabilities and performance from a series of research and education initiatives. The center created models of country level logistics capabilities that will aid the decision-making procedures for the future investments and trade opportunities in the developing region. This has led to the establishment of dual degree programs in the University of Panama and other Panamanian universities with Georgia Tech. Similarly, a center such as this one; The Centre for Next Generation Logistics in Singapore was established in 2015 in collaboration with National University of Singapore and Georgia Tech. The center aims to work with government agencies and industry to conduct research in logistics and supply chain systems for implementation into innovations and commercialization to achieve transformative economic and societal impact.

Georgia Institute of Technology – Industry connections

Georgia Tech has a close relationship with the industrial world. Most of these relationships are formed through Georgia Tech’s cooperative education and internship programs. In 1912, Georgia Tech’s Division of Professional Practice (DoPP) was established as the Georgia Institute of Technology Cooperative Division, it operates the biggest and 4th oldest cooperative education program in the United States and it received its accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Cooperation Education. The Division is responsible for availing students opportunities to gain real-world employment experience through 4 programs, where each program is focusing on a different body of students. The undergraduate students can alternate between semesters of formal instruction at Georgia Tech and semesters of full-time employment with their employers while doing the Undergraduate Cooperative Education Program which is a 5 year program.

Georgia Tech’s Graduate Cooperative Education Program that was started in the year 1983 is the largest cooperative education program for graduates in United States. It enables graduate students embarking on master’s degree or doctorates in any program to spend a maximum of 2 semesters consecutively working part-time or full-time with employers. Undergraduate students through the Undergraduate Professional Internship Program will be able to complete a 1 or 2 semester internship with employers. The Work Abroad Program has various cooperative education and internship experiences available for the upperclassmen and graduate students in finding international employment and cross-cultural experiences. The 4 programs are voluntary however they have consistently attracted high number of students, with over 3,000 from the last count. About one thousand organizations and businesses hire these students, who earn $20 million per year collectively.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

There has been some external recognition for the strengths of Georgia Tech cooperative education and internship programs. For Instance, the U.S. News and World Reports recognized the Undergraduate Cooperative Education as one of the top ten “Programs that Really Work” for 5 consecutive years. Additionally the same media outlet ranked Georgia Tech’s internship and cooperative education programs among the fourteen “Academic Programs to Look For: in 2006 and 2007. The University of Cincinnati on June 2007 inducted Georgia Tech into its Cooperative Education Hall of Honor.

Georgia Institute of Technology – Students Life

Students of Georgia Technology are opportune to benefit from any institute sponsored events while on campus, has a vast selection of cultural activities to select from in “Atlanta’s Heart of the Arts”. The Home Park which is a quite, popular and cozy environment houses both Tech undergraduates and fresh graduates.

Traditions

Georgia Technology is well known for some of its ancient and legendary monuments, such as its primary administrative building a tower, which has the “TECH” hanging at the top of its four sides, and a huge symbolic “T” right at its center. Report has it that there have been numerous successful and unsuccessful attempts by students in the past to steal this huge “T” from this tower. Its faculty newspaper is known as The Whistle. Another is its ancient tradition is blowing of the steam whistle, which usually blows five minutes before the hour, usually from 7:55 a.m to 5:55 p.m.

Georgia Tech students hold a heated, long and ongoing rivalry with the University of Georgia, known as Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate. The first known hostilities between the two institutions trace back to 1891. The University of Georgia’s literary magazine proclaimed UGA’s colors to be “old gold, black, and crimson”. Dr. Charles H. Herty, then President of the University of Georgia, felt that old gold was too similar to yellow and that it “symbolized cowardice”. After the 1893 football game against Tech, Herty removed old gold as an official color. Tech would first use old gold for their uniforms, as a proverbial slap in the face to UGA, in their first unofficial football game against Auburn in 1891. Georgia Tech’s school colors would henceforth be old gold and white.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology

In 1891, there was a dispute between Georgia Tech students and University of Georgia students. This grudge is known to both institutions as the Clean Old Fashioned Hate. After the 1893 football game between both schools, Dr Charles H. Herty who was the president of the University of Georgia changed UGA’s colors to be black and crimson as against its old gold, black and crimson claiming that the old gold, resembles yellow, a color that represents cowardice. However, G. tech students used the old gold color on their uniforms on their first unofficial football game with UGA thereby insulting them in the face logically.

Housing

The campus is divided into two divisions known as the eastern and western areas. The East campus which is been served by Brittain Dining Hall, is vastly populated by freshmen, while the West campus which is served by Woodruff Dining Hall houses freshmen, transfer students, and returning students. Graduate students do not live on any of the campus but rather live off-campus or on an area mapped out for them known as the Graduate Living Center or 10th and Home.

The levels of stress and anxiety were reduced with the implementation of lots of programs by the Institutions administration. Programs such as The Familiarization to the Surroundings and Environs of Tech (FASET), Orientation and Freshman Experience programs were set-up to help encourage and enlighten fresher’s on the cons and pros of the school, history of the school and also to help encourage friendship and the need to feel socially active in the various school programs.

In 2006, there was a poor accommodation system in this institution, owing to lots of students been offered provisional admission into this institution with very limited bed spaces (accommodation). This resulted in the institution placing three persons in a two-person room which was quite unpleasant. According to the school authorities, that was the most difficult time in their school as most students been paired has little or no access to furniture and other items owing to the fact that the room had to provision for an extra person because that was the way it was designed. But in the year 2013, Georgia Tech provided housing for over 10,000 students thereby eliminating its housing difficulties.


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In the year 2007, as a result of limited accommodation, the North Avenue Apartment were opened to her students. This apartment was originally built for 1996 Olympics and belonged to Georgia State University but was given to Georgia Tech owing to its increasing population. These apartments were opened to Georgia Tech students during the Winter and Spring quarters thereby making them the first inhabitants of the North Avenue Apartments. Meanwhile the East Campus was still under renovation for the Olympics.  The North Avenue Apartment are also noted as the first Georgia Tech buildings to rise above the top of Tech Tower. Upperclassmen are given accommodation on East Campus, across North Avenue and near Bobby Dodd Stadium, thereby putting more upperclassmen on East Campus.

The I-House which stands for International House is a program on Georgia Tech which hosts an international Coffee Hour every Monday night and the Women, Science and Technology are both located in the East campus. The latter is on Goldin Stein while the latter is on 4th Street East of Hayes.

Unmarried graduates are allowed to live in the Graduate Living Center or at 10th and Home over a specific period of time. These residents are zoned respectively and sent their various schools such as Atlanta Public schools, Centennial Place Elementary, Inman Middle School and Grady High School.

Student clubs and activities

Lots of extracurricular activities as well as numerous organizations are made available to these students and which is rightly overseen by the office of the student involvement. The separate executive, legislative, and judicial are the three tiers of government that make up the student government known as The Student Government Association (SGA). One of its most essential duty is to help in the disbursement of funds to the various organizations in need of financial assistance. A nonrefundable fee of $123 is usually paid by all Georgia Tech students every semester which is known as the Student Activity Fee. These fees are usually where these funds are got from. The ANAK Society which is a secret and honor society which was established in 1908 has always claimed responsibility for most of Georgia Tech’s earliest traditions.

Arts

In 1963 under the leadership of Be Logan Sisk, the Georgia Tech’s Music Department was established. This department was assigned to the college of Sciences and Liberal Studies which was latter relocated in 1991 to its current home in the college of architecture and in 2009 reorganized into the school of music. One of Georgia Tech oldest student organization is the Glee Club which is a musical organization still operational till date. This club was among the first to release a recording of their songs. Having toured extensively, this group also performed worldwide exposure to “Ramblin”. Currently the modern Glee Club performs several times at different occasions per semester.

Musical outlets were being provided by the Georgia Tech Band Program during athletic events. This program is also among the various programs in the school. Founded in 1908 by 14 students, this marching band currently consists of over 300 members. Members of this marching band travel to every football game being played.

A number of ensembles is being accredited to this school of music, such as Jaz Ensemble, Concert Band, Midi Ensembles etc. Students are at their discretion to form their own small Chamber Ensembles either for course credit or independently.

Georgia Tech has a music scene which comprises of groups that operate independently from the Music Department. These groups include three student-led a cappella groups: Nothin’ but Treble Sympathetic Vibrations, and Infinite Harmony. Also the Musician’s Network, another student-led group, which operates under the couch, this live music venue and recording facility formerly located beneath the Couch Building on West Campus and is now located in the Student Center.

Numerous musical theatre, dance, and opera are usually held in the Ferst Center for the Arts. Since the year 1947, the student-run theater known as DramaTech, has been entertaining Georgia Tech and her surrounding community. They are also home to Let’s Try This!, improv and VarietyTech. Momocon which is an annual anime/gaming/comics convention is usually held on campus in March and hosted by Anime O-Tekku, the Georgia Tech anime club. The convention has free admission and was held in the Student Center, Instructional Center, and surrounding outdoor areas until 2010. Now being situated in Technology Square since 2011.

Student media

In 1912, among all the amateur radios clubs in the nation, the Georgia Tech Amateur Radio Club, was founded. This club provided emergency radio communications during several disasters such as the numerous hurricanes and the 1985 Mexican Earthquake. WREK is Georgia Tech’s student run radio station. Broadcasting at 91.1 MHz on the FM band the station, this radio station is on the second floor of the Student Center Commons. Initially broadcasting with 40 kW ERP, there has been a recent increase to 100 kW.  WREK is among the nation’s most powerful college radio station.

On November 17, 1911 an official student newspaper was established. This newspaper named The Technique, also called “ ’Nique”, was only distributed once weekly (on Fridays) during Fall and Spring semesters (on Fridays), and biweekly during the Summer semester. Other G Tech student publications include: Blueprint  which was established in 1908, The North Avenue Review (Tech’s “free-speech magazine), Erato (Tech’s literary magazine), The Tower (Tech’s undergraduate research journal) and T-Book (the student handbook detailing Tech traditions). All student publications are suited in the Student Services Building.

Greek life

It may interest you to know that Greek life at Georgia Tech comprises of over 50 active chapters of social fraternities and sororities. All of the groups are chapters of national organizations, which includes members of the North-American Inter-fraternity Conference, National Panhellenic Conference, and National Pan-Hellenic Council to mention but a few. In 1888, Alpha Tau Omega established a fraternity chapter in Georgia Tech thereby making it the first to do so. The first sorority to establish a chapter was Alpha Xi Delta in the year 1954.

Student stress

Placed as one of the toughest colleges in the year 2001, Georgia Tech carries a strong reputation for being difficult. Being placed as one of the 10 toughest colleges and universities in the United States by the Princeton Review, research has it that Georgia Tech overly stresses students with academic work with little or no time for social activities.  In 2010, The Daily Beast included Georgia Tech on its list of the 50 most stressful colleges and universities in the U.S. However, in 2010, the Daily Beast also listed Tech among the 100 happiest colleges indicating that student stress does not necessarily prevent student happiness. Among students, it is widely believed that a sacrifice of sleep, studying, or a social life defines “the Tech lifestyle”. For these reasons, students commonly refer to graduation from Tech as getting out of bondage.

Athletics

This college team is officially known as the Yellow Jacket though it’s also known as the Ramblin’ Wreck and the Engineers. They participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level, primarily, they have  been participating in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for all sports since the 1979-80 season a year after they officially joined the conference before beginning conference play.  Having previously computed in a number of events such as: charter member of the Metro Conference from 1975-76 to 1977-78, charter member of the South-eastern Conference (SEC) from 1932-33 to 1963-64, charter of the Southern Conference (SoCon) from 1921-22 to 1931-32, etc. Both men and female participate effectively in all these events.

The Institute’s local football rival is the University of Georgia; been considered as one of the fiercest in college football history. The rivalry is usually referred to as Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate, which is known to be the title of a book about the subject. It may interest you to know that this institution has seventeen various types sports which includes: football, women’s and men’s basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, golf, men’s and womens’s tennis etc. The women’s tennis team won the NCAA National Championship with a 4–2 victory over UCLA, the first ever national title granted by the NCAA to Tech in May, 2007.

Fight songs

Georgia Tech’s fight song titled “I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech” is a worldwide song. First published in the 1908 this song was adapted from an old drinking song known as “Son of a Gambolier” by Frank Roman. When Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev  met in Moscow in 1958 they both sang the song together in order to reduce the tension between them. According to sources, Nixon did not know any Russian songs, but Khrushchev knew that one American song owing to its popularity.

Having had many other notable moments in its history, this song is reportedly the first school song to have been played in space. In the movie The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Gregory Peck sang the song while strumming a ukulele John Wayne whistled it in The High and the Mighty. Tim Holt’s character sings a few bars of it in the movie His Kind of Woman. There are lots of stories of commanding officers in Higgins boats crossing the English Channel on the morning of D-Day leading their men in the song to calm their nerves. It is also played after every Georgia Tech score in a football game.


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“Up With the White and Gold” is another popular song produced by the Rambling Wreck. First published in 1919, this song was also written by Frank Roman. This song was written owing to the feud between  Georgia Tech’s school and University of Georgia and its lyrics contain the phrase, “Down with the Red and Black”, an explicit reference to the school colors of the University of Georgia and the then-budding Georgia Tech–UGA rivalry.

Club sports

Tech is an active participant of numerous non-NCAA club sports such as airsoft, crew, cricket, cycling (winning three consecutive Dirty South Collegiate Cycling Conference mountain bike championships), disc golf, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, gymnastics, ice hockey, kayaking, lacrosse, paintball, roller hockey, soccer, rugby union, sailing, skydiving, table tennis, triathlon, ultimate, water polo, water ski, and wrestling etc. majority of which take place at this college premises.

Georgia Institute of Technology – Alumni

With distinguished graduates, non-graduate former students and current students of Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech alumni are known as Yellow Jackets. According to the Georgia Tech Alumni Association; its status is opened to all graduates of Georgia Tech, all former students of Georgia Tech who regularly matriculated and left Georgia Tech in good standing, active as well as retired members of the faculty and administration staff, and those who have rendered some special and glaring service to Georgia Tech.

In 1888, the first class of 95 students entered Georgia Tech, and the first two graduates received their degrees in 1890. Since then, the institute has expanded, with an enrollment of 14,558 undergraduates and 6,913 postgraduate students as of Fall 2013.

Many well-known individuals once called Georgia Tech home, the most notable being Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize winner, who briefly attended Georgia Tech in the early 1940s before matriculating at and graduating from the United States Naval Academy. Juan Carlos Varela, a 1985 industrial engineering graduate, was elected president of Panama in May 2014. Another Georgia Tech graduate and Nobel Prize winner, Kary Mullis, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1993. A large number of businesspeople began their careers at Georgia Tech. Some of the most successful of these are Charles   “Garry”Betty (CEO Earthlink). David Dorman (CEO AT&T Corporation), Mike Duke (CEO Wal-Mart), and James D. Robinson III (CEO American Express and later director of The Coca-Cola Company.


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Georgia Technology graduates are deeply influential in politics, military service, and activism. Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. and former United States Senator Sam Nunn have both made significant changes from within their elected offices. Former Georgia Tech president G. Wayne Clough was also a Tech graduate, the first Tech alumnus to serve in that position. Many notable military commanders are alumni; James A. Winnefeld, Jr. who currently serves as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Philip M. Breedlove who currently serves as the Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, William L. Ball was the 67th Secretary of the Navy, John M. Brown III is the Commander of the United States Army Pacific Command, and Leonard Wood was Chief of Staff of the Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for helping capture of the Apache chief Geronimo. Wood was also Tech’s first football coach and (simultaneously) the team captain, and was instrumental in Tech’s first-ever football victory in a game against the University of Georgia Thomas McGuire was the second-highest scoring American ace during World War II and a Medal of Honor recipient.

Lots of astronauts and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) administrators spent time at Technology; most notably, Retired Vice Admiral Richard H. Truly was the eighth administrator of NASA, and later served as the president of the Georgia Tech Research Institute. John Young walked on the moon as the commander of Apollo 16, first commander of the space shuttle and is the only person to have piloted four different classes of spacecraft. Georgia Tech has its fair share of noteworthy engineers, scientists, and inventors. Nobel Laureate Kary Mullis developed the polymerase chain reaction,  Herbert Saffir developed the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, and W. Jason Morganmade significant contributions to the theory of plate tectonics and geodynamics. In computer science, Krishna Bharat developed Google News, and D. Richard Hipp developed SQLite. Architect Michael Arad designed the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City.


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Notwithstanding their various and highly technical backgrounds, Technology graduates are no strangers to the arts or athletic competition. Among them, are comedian/actor Jeff Foxworthy of Blue Collar Comedy Tour fame and Randolph Scott both called Tech home. Several famous athletes have, as well; about 150 Tech students have gone into the National Football League (NFL), with many others going into the National Basketball Association (NBA) or Major League Baseball (MLB). Well-known American football athletes include all-time greats such as Joe Hamilton, Pat Swilling, Billy Shaw, and Joe Guyon, former Tech head football coaches Pepper Rodgers and Bill Fulcher, and recent students such as Calvin Johnson and Tashard Choice. Some of Tech’s recent entrants into the NBA include Chris Bosh, Derrick Favors, Thaddeus Young, Jarrett Jack, and Iman Shumpert. Award-winning baseball stars include Kevin Brown, Mark Teixeira, Nomar Garciaparra  and Jason Varitek. In golf, Tech alumni include the legendary Bobby Jones, who founded The Masters, and David Duval, who was ranked the No. 1 golfer in the world in 1999.

Georgia Institute of Technology – Useful Links

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