From nearly all counties in Georgia, you can find our lifetime learner community. Through our cutting-edge research, programs, and partnerships, we have devised educational solutions beyond the classroom to support the state of Georgia and provide the industry expertise to grow its current and future workforce.
The Smart Sea Level Sensors project wrapped up its first year and successfully installed 43 internet-enabled sea-level sensors across Chatham County. The sensor network — a working partnership between Georgia Tech scientists and engineers, along with the Chatham Emergency Management Agency, the City of Savannah, and other community partners — will help guide and inform planning for costal flood mitigation strategies.
In-school and extracurricular programs were held all year to provide elementary through high school students exposure to STEM experiences. Along with the addition of two new summer camps in Supply Chain and Internet of Things, local students explored space and learned to code with EarSketch and Hummingbird Robotics. Georgia Tech-Savannah was also host to dozens of students in the first regional qualifier for the K-12 InVenture Prize Competition.
As FinTech has risen in importance to the Georgia economy, the University System of Georgia initiated listening tours across the state to support growth strategies within the industry. Events were held at multiple locations across the state and attracted individuals representing companies and organizations like AFG, SunTrust, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and more. In addition to taking the lead on the project management and marketing for this series, GTPE hosted an online listening event.
The largest veterans recruitment fair to date was held at Georgia Tech-Savannah in June. As part of the Veterans Education Training and Transition Program (VET2) program, 20 local companies attended to connect current, future, and potential corporate business partners with transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses. Since 2013, VET2 has supported 1,500 veterans, with 87% of graduates receiving full-time jobs offers from participating companies.
This year, research teams from the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute at Georgia Tech ramped up efforts to support The Port of Savannah expansion project. As part of the Memorandum of Understanding, Georgia Tech experts will provide research and data analysis to help the Georgia Ports Authority navigate its growth strategies. In addition, Georgia Tech faculty and students will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience in solving logistical challenges impacting the port.