GTRI 2022 Annual Report
Welcome to GTRI’s 2022 digital annual report. This report is intended to give you a glimpse into our accomplishments, research investments and outreach programs that highlight our commitment to enhancing Georgia’s economic development, serving national security, improving the human condition, and educating future technology leaders. Those four mission areas represent GTRI’s mission and reason for existing and are core to who we are.
FY22 was another year of growth. Our workforce of more than 2,900 produced 15% higher revenue and many impactful deliverables. In FY23, we will focus on developing our portfolio tools and strengthening our partnerships
Through this report, we invite you to review the many inspiring stories that showcase our organization’s dedication to providing innovative solutions for government and industry. We hope you will join us as we continue taking our capabilities to new heights.
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ANNUAL REPORT FEATURED STORIES 2022
High-Temp Electromagnetic Testing Evaluates Materials for Hypersonic Vehicles
Hypersonic vehicles must be able to send and receive information while operating at the high temperatures associated with speeds of Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound) or greater. To support development of these vehicles, GTRI is testing the ability of specialized low-loss materials to transmit electromagnetic signals at temperatures measured in thousands of degrees Celsius.
Virtual Reality System Trains Aircrews to Respond to Threats
Threat reaction training is a critical factor in protecting aircraft and crews from ground-based missiles and other weapons. A new high-fidelity immersive multi-player simulation of the battle airspace is providing that training.
PNT Chain Technique Could Help UAVs Navigate in a GPS-Denied World
GPS signals are critical to military navigation, particularly for small and inexpensive autonomous UAVs where size, weight, and power (SWaP) limitations are critical. A new collaborative and distributed navigation system could help UAV swarms navigate despite a loss of GPS.
Additive Manufacturing Creates New Options for High-Powered RF Waveguides
GTRI researchers are using additive manufacturing techniques to create unique waveguide structures that would be difficult or impossible to make using conventional fabrication processes. The techniques are especially useful for integrating updated components into existing equipment.
From Virtual Reality to Ice Slurries: How ATRP is Impacting Georgia, the Nation and World
In the age of Covid-19, the need for industries to adopt advanced technologies, incorporate more health and safety standards into their daily operations, and maintain a robust workforce is more important than ever. GTRI researchers are helping companies address these challenges.
GTRI Helps Develop Wearable Sensor System to Prevent Heat Injuries Among Soldiers
GTRI is collaborating with the U.S. Army in the development of its Health Readiness and Performance System (HRAPS), a wearable sensor system that provides real-time physiological and geolocation monitoring of soldiers during high-intensity training.
Inexpensive Airborne Testbeds Could Study Hypersonic Technologies
Miniature satellites known as CubeSats are taking on larger roles in space missions that might previously have been carried out by more expensive conventional spacecraft. Researchers are envisioning using the tiny spacecraft as airborne testbeds for developing new technologies.
5G and Artificial Intelligence Team Up to Optimize Military Fueling
Using 5G network technology, artificial intelligence (AI), and edge computing resources, a pilot project under development at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island will create an optimized refueling system.
Your Next Personal Assistant Could be a Drone
What if there was a way for the school supplies and food to be delivered right to your dorm – not by car or foot, but by drone? One class that is part of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and Georgia Tech could soon turn that idea into a reality.
3D Study of “Gigantic Jet” Provides New Insights into Upward Lightning Bursts
A detailed 3D study of a massive electrical discharge that rose 50 miles into space above an Oklahoma thunderstorm has provided new information about an elusive atmospheric phenomenon known as gigantic jets.
Radar Signal Processing Techniques Help Predict Molecular Binding
Analyzing the faint electromagnetic signals emitted by biomolecules could give researchers a faster and simpler way to predict how small molecules such as those found in medicines may bind with receptors within cellular membranes.
Lunar Flashlight Heads to the Moon to Search for Water
A small spacecraft assembled and tested at the Georgia Institute of Technology is on its way to the moon, where it will use lasers to search for surface water ice in lunar craters that are never warmed by light from the sun.
Color Change in Space Materials May Help Measure Degradation Remotely
For the next six months, a camera system on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS) will be snapping photos of more than a dozen different material samples, gathering detailed information that will help researchers determine how – and why – the harsh conditions of space affect these materials.
Project Improves Cybersecurity of Global Ship-Tracking System
Cybersecurity improvements developed by GTRI in collaboration with the U.S. Navy could soon help bolster protection for the Automated Identification System (AIS), which is used to track and identify commercial and military ships around the world.
New Weather Radar Could be a Game-Changer for the State
A weather radar system purchased by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia could lead to improved weather forecasting in North Georgia – and provide both expanded educational opportunities for students and enhanced research capabilities for the two institutions.
GTRI Supports Development of Reconfigurable U.S. Army Trainer
To meet the training needs of warfighters operating in a variety of different environments, the U.S. Army is developing a portable, reconfigurable trainer that can support both aviation and ground systems – and collaboration among them – wherever the personnel are located. GTRI researchers are supporting that effort.
GTRI Welcomes Five U.S. Service Members into Hiring our Heroes Program
After a service member leaves the military, figuring out how to take that next career step can be daunting. Through its Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) program, the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) seeks to address this challenge by helping veterans and families of military members find civilian employment within the organization.
Eleven U.S. Military Officers Join GTRI’s Military Graduate Research Program
The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has welcomed the fall 2022 cohort into its Military Graduate Research Program (MGRP).
GTRI's Real-time Intelligent Fusion Service, Forklift Assist Program Could Enhance Warehouse Efficiency, Safety
Although warehouses are vital to the success of many organizations, they can also be dangerous to workers and inefficient. GTRI is working to streamline warehouse operations and improve worker safety.
Artificial Intelligence Helps Classify COVID-19 Severity in Pregnant People
By applying natural-language artificial intelligence techniques to analyze text fields in health records, researchers have developed an automated approach for classifying the severity of COVID-19 illness among pregnant people.
GTRI Helps Bring Cybersecurity Training to More Georgia High Schools
Amid the growing risk of cyber threats, there is a crucial need to provide the next generation of leaders with the skills to address these challenges. GTRI has played a key role in bringing a free online cybersecurity competition to more Georgia schools.
STRIDE Helps Organizations Make Critical R&D Investment Decisions
Major technology advances such as the development of hypersonic vehicles – and less dramatic enhancements to existing systems – require overcoming a multitude of complex and costly challenges. A new set of tools and methodologies could help organizations make decisions about investing to address those challenges.
Exploring Information Warfare Issues in the Cognitive Domain
In early 2022, researchers from GTRI and Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs collaborated to sponsor a summit meeting to highlight issues related to information warfare (IW) in the cognitive domain.
GTRI ‘Hacks’ Solutions for Pressing Cybersecurity Challenges
When people think about the game capture the flag, memories of gym class or family trips likely come to mind. GTRI is participating in a slightly different version of this childhood favorite, where teams face off against opponents across the world to tackle real-world cybersecurity issues.
Advanced Audio Recording of Bob Dylan Uses GTRI Materials Technology
As music distribution technology shifted from analog vinyl records to digital formats, the sound quality took a substantial hit – along with the monetary value of the musical consumer product. GTRI researchers helped create a new surface coating that improves sound quality and reduces wear in vinyl recordings.
Study Describes Radar Impacts, Potential Mitigation, from Offshore Wind Turbines
By the end of this decade, offshore wind turbine generators (WTG) could provide enough energy to power 10 million homes in the United States. But producing all that new energy carries a surprising downside for large cargo ships, fishing boats, and other vessels that use radar to help navigate congested coastal waters.
GTRI Uses AR and Line-of-Sight Calculations to Outsmart the Enemy
As adversaries get stealthier on the battlefield, the need for warfighters to remain vigilant against potential attacks and to indicate safe routes for troop movements that minimize exposure to and observation by the enemy are crucial.
GTRI Supports Data Evaluation from Joint Simulation Environment
GTRI researchers are supporting the Naval Air Systems Command in analyzing data from flight tests and simulation of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
Georgia High Schoolers Gain Real-World STEM Experience at GTRI's Summer Internship Program
A poultry processing robot and a facial recognition device that takes classroom attendance were just two of the many projects that high school students from across Georgia worked on during GTRI's annual summer internship program.
Quick Reaction Handbook Helps Crews Respond to In-Flight Emergencies
In-flight emergencies occur infrequently on military aircraft, but when they do happen, flight crews must be able to quickly diagnose the problem and determine what action to take.
New Initiative Evaluates Fidelity of Simulations Used in Training
Virtual reality (VR)-based simulation systems have become a crucial training tool across a wide range of mission areas within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
Researchers Develop Wideband Millimeter Wave Transmit/Receive Module
Researchers at GTRI are developing a wideband four-channel millimeter wave transmit-receive (T/R) module based on silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology that will support active electronically-scanned arrays (AESA) for potential military applications.
GTRI Makes STEM Accessible for Students in Smyrna, Ga.
On Saturday, May 7, volunteers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) showed the local community just how fun science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) can be.
GTRI's GEM Fellowship Program Provides Emerging Leaders with STEM Experience, Mentorship
Each year, GTRI hosts fellows who are a part of the National GEM Consortium. GEM is an organization that recruits underrepresented minority students who are looking to pursue master's and doctoral degrees in engineering and science.
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The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is the nonprofit, applied research division of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Founded in 1934 as the Engineering Experiment Station, GTRI has grown to more than 2,800 employees supporting eight laboratories in over 20 locations around the country and performing more than $700 million of problem-solving research annually for government and industry. GTRI's renowned researchers combine science, engineering, economics, policy, and technical expertise to solve complex problems for the U.S. federal government, state, and industry.
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