By George Goettling
New Engineering Facility Moves Ahead
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
The firm will also design the MRDC.
Hall Named Baseball Coach
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
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
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
he federal government has selected Georgia Tech as
headquarters for its new Phosphor Technology Center of
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
Imagine that your roommate is getting paid to ruin your life.
Yellow Jackets Abroad
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
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:
- During winter quarter, did your roommate finally ask where
the closest washing machines are?
- What were your roommate's sleeping habits, if any?
- How often was your roommate around?
- Did your roommate have a car? Did he leave his keys around?
Did he notice when you borrowed his car?
High Tech Hall
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
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.