Friday, December 5, 2008

Georgia Tech Hosts Congressional Infrastructure Briefing December 8

From transportation systems to power grids, America’s aging infrastructure continues to generate concern. To underscore the critical role that university research can play in addressing these challenges, the Georgia Institute of Technology is facilitating a congressional briefing on Monday, December 8, in Washington, D.C.

The briefing, “Tomorrow’s Infrastructure: Researching Sustainable Solutions,” will be moderated by Reginald DesRoches, associate chair and professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and feature a panel of experts including Michael D. Meyer, also a Georgia Tech Civil and Environmental Engineering professor. They will be joined by Douglas R. Rose, deputy administrator and chief engineer for operations with the Maryland State Highway Administration, and S. Massoud Amin, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

“Improving our nation’s civil infrastructure is the key to economic growth, national security, and quality of life,” said DesRoches. “We have an opportunity, through research and innovation, to define what the next generation of infrastructure can look like.”

Georgia Tech is uniquely positioned to address the nation’s infrastructure crisis based on its breadth of interdisciplinary and strategic research initiatives, according to DesRoches. Recent advances in materials science, nanotechnology, information technology, robotics and systems engineering provide unique opportunities for faculty to work on critical issues ranging from disaster resilient infrastructure to intelligent and adaptable infrastructure systems.

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