GTRI Announces Lab/Office Name Changes, and Huntsville Consolidation

Published: July 18, 2012

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The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is changing the name of two labs, as well as merging its laboratory and field office in Huntsville, Ala., into the Huntsville Research Center (HRC), to better serve its customers. The changes are effective as of July 1, 2012.

The Signature Technology Laboratory (STL) in Atlanta, one of eight labs within the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), will change its name to the Advanced Concepts Laboratory (ACL).

The lab’s heritage is in the development of technologies for the management and control of multispectral signatures of objects under observation by sophisticated sensor systems. But over the last 10 years STL’s research topics have grown to include other important research topics, such as advanced antenna design, meta-material design, advanced processing to pull signature-reduced signals out of noise and clutter, and quantum computer architectures. The name change recognizes the increased scope and mission of the lab.

“We consider ‘Advanced Concepts’ to be research projects that are centered on a novel idea,” said ACL Director Lon Pringle. “Although all of GTRI’s labs execute some advanced concept work, these types of research projects are the majority of ACL’s work. The new name more accurately reflects the research and projects upon which we work.”

Formerly the Applied Systems Laboratory at Huntsville, the lab has made a slight change to its name, becoming the Applied Systems Laboratory (ASL) and has combined with the Huntsville Field Office to form the GTRI Huntsville Research Center (GTRI-HRC). ASL Director Barry Bullard has been appointed Executive Director of the HRC, and field office manager Chuck Nickey will serve as the center’s Director of Operations.  

Although ASL primarily serves the US Army Aviation and Missile Research Development & Engineering Center (AMRDEC) located at the Redstone Arsenal, seven additional GTRI customers are also located on the arsenal. Other customers on the base include the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, the U.S. Army Program Executive Office (PEO) Missile and Space, the U.S. Army PEO Aviation, and the Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

Because of recent Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) actions, more Department of Defense personnel and organizations, many of which were already customers with other GTRI labs, have moved into the area. The realignment and creation of the GTRI-HRC will establish a “one GTRI” presence to more effectively serve our various customers in the region, according to Bullard.

“GTRI Director Bob McGrath wanted to create a single GTRI ‘storefront’ for the Institute in Huntsville, as there is more than just ASL work ongoing across the Arsenal,” he said. “We have more than $200 million in contract vehicles in Huntsville, with ASL responsible for roughly $70 million of that.”

As executive director of the HRC, Bullard will coordinate with GTRI’s other labs working in Huntsville and will oversee the program offices which manages GTRI's University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) work in Huntsville.

Additionally, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) and increasing DoD emphasis on the Pacific Rim, GTRI is expanding its presence and projects on the West Coast and in Hawaii. To more effectively support those efforts, our San Diego Field Office—under the direction of Todd Moore—will be renamed as GTRI’s West Coast Operations Center.