October 28, 2021

Prescience Pays Off

How the State of Georgia’s past investment in GRA helped bring about a major manufacturing operation

Today’s news that the Korean company SKC will soon make semiconductor parts in Covington, Ga. is one of those extraordinary “full circle” stories.

First, as economic development news goes, it’s a big story: SKC and its business partners will invest more than $473 million in a first-of-its-kind endeavor – using glass to manufacture substrates for semiconductor chips, as opposed to silicon or other material. The operation will create 400-plus jobs in Newton County.

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July 29, 2021

NSF investing $20 million in Georgia-led effort to transform online education for adults

Project centers on artificial intelligence; new National Institute in AI to be headquartered at Georgia Tech


The National Science Foundation announced today that it is investing $20 million in a collaborative effort to leverage artificial intelligence to transform adult learning in STEM fields. 

Led by the Georgia Research Alliance, the effort unites experts in computer science, artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive science, learning science and education from Arizona State University, Boeing, Drexel University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Harvard University, IBM, IMS Global, Technical College System of Georgia, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Wiley. 

The NSF grant will establish the NSF AI Institute for Adult Learning and Online Education (ALOE) to be headquartered at Georgia Tech, one of 11 NSF AI research institutes announced today. 

The ALOE Institute will develop new AI theories and techniques as well as new models of lifelong learning, and evaluate their effectiveness at Georgia Tech, Georgia State, multiple colleges within the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), as well as with corporate partners IBM, Boeing and Wiley.

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July 22, 2021

Next chapter on a national stage

An appreciation of GRA Eminent Scholar Susan Margulies

The impact a scientist makes sometimes transcends that scientist’s field of study. This is the case with Susan Margulies.

We learned this month that the National Science Foundation has tapped Susan, a GRA Eminent Scholar at Emory and Georgia Tech, to lead its Directorate of Engineering. Susan is an accomplished biomedical engineer, acclaimed for developing new methods to diagnose and evaluate traumatic brain injuries in children and making advances in the use of ventilators for treatment.

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