The Georgia Institute of Technology is the largest technological institute and engineering school in the USA and has uncommon breadth in terms of its curriculum and areas of research. Over 170 faculty members have been identified as major contributors to materials-related research on campus. A broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses are regularly offered in materials-related topics across campus, along with materials-related seminars in various academic units.
In recognition of the highly multidisciplinary nature of materials research and development, the Institute formed the Materials Council in 1994 to address cooperative education and research program development across School and College lines.
The Council serves as a forum for Institute-wide collaboration in materials education and research, supporting multidisciplinary teaming. One of the major functions of the Materials Council is annual sponsorship of the Institute Materials Seminar Series, which attracts highly distinguished lecturers to campus.
The Council has also been instrumental in coordinating discussions regarding areas of investment, campus materials strategic planning, ways to take advantage of the economies of scale afforded by the size and scope of Georgia Tech, evaluation of international collaborative opportunities, and various materials education and research initiatives. In the areas of nanomaterials/nanotechnology and materials design, emphasized in the 2001 campus materials strategic plan, Georgia Tech has made substantial progress in the past decade.
In 2010, The Schools of Materials Science and Engineering and Polymer, Textile and Fiber Engineering combined to form what is believe to be the the largest MSE academic unit in the world, offering a compelling hub for materials education that cuts across engineering and the sciences. Our plans in the coming decade will amplify the theme of collaboration across disciplines in development of new and improved materials to address critical 21st century grand challenge issues of global significance.