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Making Manufacturing Cool

Friday, March 21, 2014

On March 21 U.S. News & World Report ran a joint op-ed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker,and Georgia Tech President G. P. "Bud" Peterson on the importance of encouraging young people to consider and prepare for careers in manufacturing.




Research Risked on 'Fiscal Cliff'

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Together, our two public research universities provide educational opportunities for 56,000 students and conduct $900 million in research each year, spanning everything from national defense to cancer treatments to Internet security. But now, much of the federal funding for this important research is in jeopardy because of the so-called fiscal cliff, or sequestration, which is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1.

Georgia’s Growing Manufacturing Sector

Atlanta Business Chronicle
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Every Georgian has a stake in our state’s manufacturing sector. Not only is manufacturing one of the cornerstones of the U.S. economy, it also accounts for more than 90 percent of Georgia’s exports. Making things and getting them to the customer has a multiplier effect, directly and indirectly creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and impacting communities across the state.

Tech Continues to Make Its Presence Felt

The Technique - Georgia Tech's Student Newspaper
Thursday, August 23, 2012

To all our students, returning and new, welcome back to campus and another academic year! I hope each of you found some time to expand your horizons over the summer months — whether it involved taking a vacation, pursuing hobbies, or, to paraphrase the novelist Marcel Proust, “learning to see the world with new eyes.” It is important to stretch yourselves.

How Universities Can Attract Industry

Atlanta Business Chronicle
Thursday, July 5, 2012

The combination of confidently telling our story to market Atlanta as a university city, and driving strong higher education and business collaboration as outlined in the Metro Chamber’s Forward Atlanta plan can produce powerful results. We’re already doing many of the right things. Now, we are challenged to increase collaboration and tell our story to the world to maximize impact and further boost our state’s economy.

Student, Alumni Philanthropy Define Campus Despite Economy

The Technique - Georgia Tech's Student Newspaper
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Philanthropic activity is a hallmark of Tech. While large individual commitments frequently get the attention, it’s important to highlight the impact a focused group can have as well.

Tech Requires Work, But Repays Investment

The Technique - Georgia Tech's Student Newspaper
Thursday, August 18, 2011

This weekend, along with our new transfer and graduate students, we will welcome more than 2,600 freshmen to our campus. They will enter a community of scholars and more than 127,000 alumni, representing more than 125 years of tradition, ingenuity and innovation, all unified by our motto of “Progress and Service.”

Made in Georgia, Again

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Saturday, July 2, 2011

Alexander Hamilton said that “Not only the wealth, but the independence and security of a country, appear to be materially connected with the prosperity of manufacturers." That statement is perhaps even more relevant today than it was 200 years ago. 

It’s Time to “Amp Up” America’s Manufacturing Competitiveness

Atlanta Business Chronicle
Thursday, June 30, 2011

On June 24th President Obama announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort to bring together industry, universities and the federal government to develop ways to create jobs and to help spark a manufacturing renaissance in the United States.

Tech Celebrates Past Feats While Embracing an Innovative Future

The Technique - Georgia Tech's Student Newspaper
Thursday, April 21, 2011

As we approach the end of the semester with final exams and commencement, it is appropriate to pause a moment and reflect on what we, as members of the Tech community, have been able to accomplish together this past year, and to highlight some of the challenges that lie ahead.

Initiatives Begin to Take Form from the New Strategic Plan

The Technique - Georgia Tech's Student Newspaper
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Eighteen months ago, the Tech community embarked on an ambitious journey to write a 25-year strategic plan that would differentiate us in the years to come, positioning Tech as the defining technological research university of the 21st century. It has only been six months since the plan was finalized, and I’m happy to report that we’re making progress.

Campus Construction for Long-term Benefit of Community

The Technique - Georgia Tech's Student Newspaper
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

As we return from break this semester refreshed and ready for the new challenges and opportunities ahead of us in 2011, there is one challenge I know all of us would prefer to do without. 

The America COMPETES Act and Lessons from the ‘Space Race: Reinvigorating our American Spirit for Competitiveness and Innovation

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Sunday, December 19, 2010

With the election behind them, Congress must now turn its focus to our country’s critical priorities. High on their list should be finding ways to rekindle our nation’s competitive capacity and spirit, and increasing collaboration between the various sectors of our society.

Georgia Tech a Creative Force in the Heart of Midtown

Atlanta Business Chronicle
Thursday, December 9, 2010

What comes to mind when you think of Georgia Tech? Regardless of what you already know, there are some things about Tech that may surprise you.

A New Vision in Georgia Tech’s 125th Year

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Sunday, October 3, 2010

From the beginning, the Georgia Institute of Technology has focused on solving problems. Our growth has responded to the needs of both a city and a state transitioning from the agricultural to the industrial to the digital age. 

Georgia Tech, a Culture of Innovation

Atlanta Business Chronicle
Sunday, September 26, 2010

When I first arrived at Georgia Tech, I was tremendously impressed and, in fact, a little overwhelmed by the breadth and scope of the research under way here at Tech and by the efforts to commercialize these developments.

Designing Georgia Tech’s Next 25 Years

The Technique - Georgia Tech's Student Newspaper
Saturday, August 28, 2010

Just over a year ago, the Georgia Tech community undertook the task of developing a strategic vision for Georgia Tech that will shape our future for the next 25 years. Our challenge was to create a shared vision to ensure success in a rapidly changing environment, allowing us to make the best investments today to better prepare our students and the Institute for the future. 

Reinventing NASA

The Washington Times
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Our space program, once the envy of every nation on Earth, has been showing its age of late.

Broadband Technology to Play a Crucial Role in Creating Jobs

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Sunday, April 4, 2010

Once a luxury, broadband Internet has become an essential utility, what The Brookings Institute calls “essential infrastructure for our global information economy.” 

Georgia Tech’s Proud History of Women Leaders

The Technique - Georgia Tech's Student Newspaper
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

This past week Val and I attended the 11th Annual Women in Engineering Excellence Award Banquet, where we were overwhelmed by all of the amazing young women we talked to and met.  Reflecting on that experience, it is hard to believe that for the first 67 years, Georgia Tech did not admit women into its full-time programs.  Thanks to the bold leadership of Blake Van Leer, Tech’s fifth president, they are today a vital and important part of Georgia Tech.   

Examining Academic Diversity

The Technique - Georgia Tech's Student Newspaper
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Since initiating the strategic planning process last fall, I have often been asked: “Given the rapidly changing world in which they will live, how can Georgia Tech continue to prepare its students with the critical skills and knowledge base required to ensure that they will be successful in their careers?” At its core, this is a question of the role of academic diversity in the Georgia Tech curricula and one that we are trying to answer as part of our strategic planning process.

Gaining a Competitive Edge through International Experiences

The Technique - Georgia Tech's Student Newspaper
Monday, January 25, 2010

As a world-class institution, Georgia Tech strives to make sure that we are globally competitive. Part of that process is preparing you  – our students – for a world economy that is becoming more interconnected as technology continues to break down barriers. 

Giving is the Georgia Tech Way

The Technique - Georgia Tech's Student Newspaper
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Albert Einstein is considered by many to be one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century. Yet this preeminent physicist whose research had a profound impact on things ranging from relativity to quantum theory, once said, “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out.” 

Get to Know Your Community

The Technique - Georgia Tech's Student Newspaper
Monday, September 21, 2009

While I challenge you to study hard, I also encourage you to seek out opportunities that expand your horizons by taking advantage of the many experiences that are right at your fingertips.  Embrace the many opportunities available on campus, but also to look around for other new experiences in the city you now call home. 

Something Old, Something New

The Technique - Georgia Tech's Student Newspaper
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Some things never change – but as I begin my first fall semester at Georgia Tech, I am eager to experience the traditions that await me in the coming months.