Technotes


By George Goettling

groundbreaking

New Engineering Facility Moves Ahead

B y the summer of 1995, there will be a new abbreviation on the Georgia Tech campus. On Dec. 6, ground was broken for the new Manufacturing Related Disciplines Complex (MRDC).

The project is supported by a $16.3 million appropriation from the state for fiscal year 1993.

Located at Ferst Drive and Hemphill Avenue, MRDC will contain about 100,000 square feet of floor space divided between the School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Textile and Fiber Engineering.

ME's undergraduate classrooms, instructional laboratories and research labs will move to the new facility, which will also house three research chemistry labs for textile and fiber engineering, along with that school's computer laboratories and analytical instruments labs.

The MRDC is the second in a four-building complex to be devoted to manufacturing technology. The first, the Manufacturing Research Center, was designed by the architectural firm of Lord, Aeck & Sargent and completed in 1989.

The firm will also design the MRDC.

Hall Named Baseball Coach

D anny Hall, who guided Kent State University's baseball program to national prominence, has been hired as Georgia Tech's baseball coach. Hall posted a 208-117 record in six seasons with the Golden Flashes. Last year, Kent State led the nation in team earned-run-average and set a school record for fielding accuracy. The 1992 club posted a school-best 45-13 record. Hall replaces Jim Morris, who resigned to take the top baseball coaching job at Miami. The Jackets were 504-244-1 in 12 years under Morris, and have appeared in the last nine NCAA tournaments.

Hall appears well equipped to continue the streak: Kent State has appeared in the NCAA playoffs each of the past two years as Mid-America Conference champs.

Bobby Dodd in Hall of Fame

G eorgia Tech coaching legend Bobby Dodd has been inducted posthumously into the College Football Hall of Fame, joining Amos Alonzo Stagg as the only men inducted into the hall both as a player and a coach. Dodd, a former quarterback at Tennessee, compiled a 165-64-8 coaching record in 22 years at Tech, including eight straight bowl victories during 1947-56. He died in 1988 at age 79. The induction took place on Dec. 7 at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York.

It's a Fact

T he average SAT score of fall-quarter freshmen at Georgia Tech is six points higher than last year's entering class. At 1,232, the average places Tech near the top among all public universities in the country.

Research Lights Up

T he federal government has selected Georgia Tech as headquarters for its new Phosphor Technology Center of Excellence.

The three-year, $10 million project will stimulate research, technology transfer and education in phosphors--the chemicals that light up TV and computer screens.

The enhanced-resolution display technology is essential to deployment of high-definition television, and may also find applications in vehicular dashboard controls, medical instrument monitors, computer screens, virtual-environment displays and industrial process-control panels.

It's a Student's Life

In its annual Freshman Survival Guide issue, The Technique presented a list of 99 things that Tech students will do before graduating. A sampling:

Identify yourself as George P. Burdell.

Wander aimlessly, dazed by a bad test grade.

Get kicked out of the library at closing time.

Eat too much food from the "V."

Blow off homework for an all-weekend Star Trek festival on TV.

Imagine that your roommate is getting paid to ruin your life.

Yellow Jackets Abroad

G eorgia Tech is expanding its global presence, most recently in an announcement from the European Community that the Institute has been selected to participate in joint academic efforts with universities in the Netherlands, France and England. In partnership with the State University of New York at Buffalo, Tech will be involved in curricula development, and faculty and student exchanges. Details are still being worked out for the initiatives, which will focus on technology and intercultural management studies.

Technique Critique, Tongue in Cheek

W riting in a recent issue of The Technique, photography editor Todd Sleeman proposed a "roommate critique" similar to course critique, the results of which would be made available to help students find compatible roommates.

Some of the questions he devised include:

High Tech Hall

T o underscore the importance of high technology to Georgia, the Business and Technology Alliance has established a Technology Hall of Fame to recognize the state's leaders.

Dennis Hayes, Cls '73, founder of Hayes Microcomputer Products; Dr. John Pippin, EE '51, MS EE '53, founder of EMS Technologies; and Glen Robinson, Phys '48, MS PHYS '50, founder of Scientific-Atlanta, were among the first four inductees.

Former Gov. George Busbee was also elected to the hall, which is located in the Science and Technology Museum of Atlanta and was launched in October as part of Georgia High-Tech Month.