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Jane C. Ammons, Ph.D., P.E.
H. Milton and Carolyn J. Stewart School Chair, H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Because Dreams Need Doing: Preparing students to solve engineering grand challenges in the world
2. Global Red Alert: How Industrial Engineering is contributing to Health and Humanitarian solutions

Ravi Bellamkonda
Associate Vice President for Research
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Nanotechnology for Personalized Medicine
2. Bridging Damaged Nerves
3. Building Better Brain-Machine Interfaces

Dr. Gisele Bennett
Regents’ Researcher
Director, Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory
Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID): Usage in tracking goods
2. Optical Imaging Systems
3. Container Security Devices for Secure Supply Chains

Dr. Terry C. Blum
Director of the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, and Tedd Munchak Chair
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Servant Leadership
2. Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship: Leadership Development Programs
3. The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem at Georgia Tech: Technological and Social Entrepreneurship

Young-Hui Chang
Associate Professor, Applied Physiology
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Why do flamingos stand on one leg?
2. Rules to limp by: how animal studies can inform human gait rehabilitation.
3. How we get from here to there: neuromechanics of human and animal locomotion.

Rick Clark
Director, Undergraduate Admission
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Georgia Tech Admissions and national and institutional trends
2. General information about the Admissions process, i.e. tips or advice for alums who have children nearing college age
3. Training alumni to recruit for GT
4. Overview of Today’s Georgia Tech, i.e. campus and student updates

Kim Cobb
Associate Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Biography
Addressable topics
1. The Science of Climate Change
2. Undergraduate Research: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
3. The Carbon Reduction Challenge: Activating the Next Generation
4. Paleoclimate data and global warming

Dr. Ken Cunefare
Professor, The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Biography
Addressable topics
1. What the Future Holds for Automobiles, Internal Combustion Engines and Fuel Economy
2. Shakes, Rattles and Rolls: Acoustics and Vibrations in Engineering and Life
3. Student Engineering Competition Teams: How to Provide Hands-On Experience in a Theory-Driven Educational Setting

Reginald DesRoches
Karen and John Huff Chair and Professor, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events.
2. Fixing America’s Crumbling Infrastructure
3. GT Research on the Next Generation Sustainable Infrastructure Systems
4. Smart materials and Smart Structures: The Future of Earthquake Mitigation

James Foley
Stephen Fleming Chair in Telecommunications
Professor, College of Computing
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Computer graphics
2. Information visualization
3. Human computer interaction
4. Management of R&D

Dr. Zvi Galil
John P. Imlay Jr. Dean, College of Computing
Biography
Addressable topics
1. The Other Top Ten College at Georgia Tech
2. Computing’s Impact on Society and Culture
3. The Importance of Computer Science Education on US Competitiveness

Aris Georgakakos
Director, Georgia Water Resources Institute
Head, Environmental Fluid Mechanics & Water Resources Program
Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Water Resources Planning and Management: Balancing Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability
2. 2007 Georgia Drought: Waste Not, Want Not.
3. ACF Water Tradeoffs and Management Strategies

David Gottfried
Senior Research Scientist, Nanotechnology Research Center
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Nanotechnology: What is the Big Deal about Small Things?

Tom Horton, IM 68
Retired Chief of Staff, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Research and Development at Georgia Tech: Impacting the World Around Us
2. It’s a Great Time to be a Jacket… Poets, Bricks and Leprechauns

Dr. Lisa Hoskin
Principal Research Scientist, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Lessons learned from the January 2005 Norfolk Southern train derailment and subsequent chlorine release in Graniteville, SC

Dr. Paul Houston
Professor of Chemistry
Biography
Addressable topics
1. How Georgia Tech is Expanding the Frontiers of Science
2. How the College of Sciences is at the cutting edge of medical research and what that means for Tech

Joe Irwin, IM 80
President, Georgia Tech Alumni Association
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Georgia Tech and the Higher Education Landscape
2. The Latest Buzz from North Avenue: Georgia Tech Today and Tomorrow

Bernd Kahn (available for metro Atlanta speaking engagements only)
Associate Director, Environmental Radiation Center
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Environmental radiation

Robert S. Kistenberg, MPH, L/CP, FAAOP
Co-Director and Prosthetics Coordinator, Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics Program
Biography
Addressable topics
1. State of the Art and Science of Upper Limb Prosthetics: Will We Ever Get a Grip?
2. Prosthetics in Developing Nations: What to do/What not to do

Dr. Paul Kohn
Vice Provost for Enrollment
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Enrollment/Georgia Tech Recruitment/Scholarships/Goals

Margaret E. Kosal
Assistant Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs/Ivan Allen College
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Al Qa’eda and WMD Terrorism
2. Is Small Scary? Nanotechnology and Security
3. Biotechnology, Biosecurity, and Contentious Research: Synthetic Polio to Designer Organs

*Dr. David Laband *
Professor and Chair, School of Economics
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Topics related to economics and policy

Dr. Margaret Loper
Chief Scientist, GTRI/ICL
Biography
Addressable topics
1. The Internet of Things
2. How Modeling & Simulation is Changing the World

Dr. Gary S. May, EE 85
Dean, College of Engineering
Professor, School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Taking the College of Engineering to the Medal Stand
2. Georgia Tech: Students, Faculty, Programs & Facilities

Tom McDermott, Phys 82, EE 84
Director, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
Biography
Addressable topics
1. The Georgia Tech Research Enterprise and Its Role in Georgia Tech’s Global Strategy
2. GTRI’s work in your community
3. Engineering of complex systems and the GT Professional Masters degree in Applied Systems Engineering

Todd McDevitt
Associate Professor
Petit Faculty Fellow for the Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience
Director, Stem Cell Engineering Center
Biography
Addressable topics
1. The science behind the stem cell debate: Not all stem cells are the same
2. Stems Cells – What’s the Real Deal?

John McDonald
Professor of Biology and Director, Integrated Cancer Research Center
Biography
Addressable topics
1. An Integrated Approach to Fighting Cancer

Steven W. McLaughlin
Professor and School Chair, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Innovation and Entrepreneurship @ Georgia Tech
2. Future of Engineering @ Georgia Tech
3. Drown Proofing 2.0: Empowering Students to Create Their Own Jobs

Dr. Shean E. Phelps
Technical Director, Health Systems, GTRI
Medical Director, TRIBES (GT-BME), Georgia Tech Research Institute
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Health and Wellness Technology Systems
2. There ‘Is No Box’ Thinking in a ‘Think Outside the Box’ World: Redefining Concepts in Applied Technology Research & Development
3. Recent Advances in Management of Wilderness Emergencies: Lessons Learned from the‘Long War’
4. Health Information Warfare: Does Cyberterrorism Represent a Clear and Present Danger to our National Medical Data System?

Dr. Steve Salbu
Cecil B. Day Chair and Professor of Law and Ethics
Biography
Addressable topics
1. How to Make Better Decisions

Dene Sheheane, MGT ’91
Executive Director, Government and Community Relations
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Georgia Tech’s Economic Impact on the State of Georgia
2. Georgia’s Legislative Support for Higher Education

Sam Shelton, ME ’61
Founding Director, Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Alternative Energy Technology Innovation: The Coming Economic Boom
2. Energy at a Crossroads: Technology’s Response

Lisa C. Sills
Deputy Director, GTRI
Biography
Addressable topics
1. GTRI Research Initiatives
2. The Challenge of Running a Research Business
3. General Overview of GT/GTRI Metrics

Joel Sokol
Associate Professor, ISYE
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Picking the Winners: Mathematical Modeling for the NCAA Tournament
2. Voting Theory and the Major League Baseball Draft

Marilyn Somers
Founder/Director, Georgia Tech Living History
Alumni Association
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Telling it Like it Was: True Tales of Tech Times and Traditions
2. Tech’s Early Football and historic games
3. Other topics available upon special request

Orson Swindle, IM 59
Former FTC Commissioner, LtColonel, USMC (ret)
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Prisoner of War Experience in Vietnam. Flew over 200 fighter missions in Vietnam. Shot down November 11, 1966 and was a POW for over 6 years.
2. Politics, government policy and regulation.

Dr. Naresh Thadhani
Professor and Chair, School of Materials Science and Engineering
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Cutting-Edge Materials Research in the School of Materials Science and Engineering

William J. Todd, IM 71
Professor of the Practice
Executive Director for Health Care Initiatives
College of Management
Biography
Addressable topics
1. 21st Century Medicine: The Cutting Edge of Cancer Treatment and Predictive Health
2. The Joint Georgia Tech and Emory biomedical program

Chaffee Viets
Director, President’s Scholarship Program
Biography
Addressable topics
1. Freshman Year Isn’t Too Early and Senior Year is Not Too Late: Preparing Students (and Their Parents!) for Competitive Admissions and Scholarship Applications
2. How to Write, Obtain and Request Letters of Recommendation
3. The History of the President Scholarship Program

Dr. William J. Wepfer
Eugene C. Gwaltney, Jr. Chair and Professor
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Biography
Addressable topics
1. George P. Burdell and the Great Georgia Tech Innovation Conspiracy
2. Woodruff School: Georgia Tech’s oldest academic major—-celebrating 125 years of excellence!

Dr. Brian Woodall
Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Programs, Sam Nunn School of
International Affairs
Biography
Addressable topics
1. The Global Institute: Georgia Tech International Initiatives
2. United States — Japan (East Asia) relations & challenges
3. Energy policy (focus on East Asia)
4. Japan’s March 11, 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis


Sports

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