GTRI "The Solution Institution"

75th anniversary video
The history of GTRI is one filled with intrigue, innovation and impact. Learn about GTRI's exciting past, present and future. View video

GTRI's Modern History

Check out some of the problems GTRI experts have solved over the past 12 years.Case studies
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Our Forefathers

Leading our standards of excellence

Since its inception, the Georgia Tech Research Institute and its predecessor, the State Engineering Experiment Station, have attracted our nation’s foremost innovators. Their accomplishments have enabled GTRI to do everything that it does today.

Up until Director Donald Grace, 1976-1992, all the directors listed below were directors of the Engineering Experiment Station. Our name changed during Donald Grace's tenure, so he was director of EES / GTRI. He was also the first to also retain the title Vice President of the Georgia Institute of Techology. The directors who followed him were directors of GTRI and Georgia Tech Vice Presidents. To learn more, select a hyperlinked title:

GTRI was instrumental in founding the technology organization, Scientific-Atlanta. Today, at least 100 high-tech, Atlanta companies can trace their roots to Scientific-Atlanta. To learn more, select the following link:

The Georgia Tech Living History Program has also captured the stories of a number of infulential GTRI researchers and administrators who retired after long and successful careers. Through the following video clips, these individuals share some of their most memorable EES/GTRI stories.

Dr. Don Grace, GTRI director from 1976 – 1993, recalls the infamous tale of the duplication of the discovery of cold fusion and the subsequent need to admit the error to the media. It was recorded on December 7, 2006.

Research scientist John Brown, PHY 1950, an expert in the use of the electronic microscope talks about his work at EES and the serendipitous opportunity to work with the microscope came about. It was recorded on September 9, 2008.

Veteran researcher Richard C. Johnston, TE 1948, was at EES when the multiple successes of state’s research stations led to developing international programs. It was recorded on September 10, 1998.

Glen Robsinson describes Georgia's first television and the creation of Scientific-Atlanta