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The Georgia Tech Professor of Excellence Award Presented by

Georgia Power

At six home games each football season "The Georgia Power Professor of Excellence Award" presentation takes place on the field. The award recognizes one selected Professor from each of the six Colleges at Georgia Tech and is a perfect bridge between academics and athletics. Georgia Power representatives are on hand to present that game's "Professor of Excellence" with a $1,000 contribution to their College's general fund.

2013 Professors of Excellence

August 30 - Georgia Tech vs. Wofford

Sandra Slaughter

Professor of Excellence: Anne Pollock
Associate Professor of Science, Technology & Culture in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Anne Pollock joined Georgia Tech in 2008 and is an Associate Professor of Science, Technology & Culture in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. She has a BA from Brandeis a PhD from MIT. Her research focuses on the cultural studies of medicine, especially with regard to pharmaceuticals and race, gender, and citizenship. Her work has been well-received in academic communities and beyond: her book on race and heart disease was featured on Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC, and her new project on drug discovery in South Africa has received funding from the National Science Foundation. Pollock's research informs her award-winning teaching, and it also informs her service. She is the founding coordinator of the new Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Society. She strives to foster community at Georgia Tech and beyond, serving as faculty/staff liaison for the PRIDE Employee Resource group and on the board of Charis Circle, which is the nonprofit programing arm of Atlanta's independent feminist bookstore.


September 13 - Georgia Tech vs. Georgia Southern

Sandra Slaughter

Professor of Excellence: Vinod Singhal
Dunn Family Professor of Operations Management - Associate Dean for MBA Programs
Scheller College of Business

Vinod Singhal is the Dunn Family Professor of Operations Management at the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the Associate Dean for MBA programs. He has a PhD in Operations Management from the University of Rochester. Prior to joining Tech in 1989, he worked for as a Senior Research Scientist at General Motors Research Labs.

Vinod's teaching interests include operations strategy, total quality management and supply chain management. His research has focused on the impact of operating decisions on accounting and stock market based performance measures. He has published extensively and presented his research at many conferences and universities. His research has been extensively cited in the media including Business Week, The Economist, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Smart Money, and Financial Times.He serves on the editorial board of top journals in his field.

Vinod and his wife, Manju, live in Marietta. Their son Rahul graduated from Georgia Tech. in Mechanical Engineering. Their daughter Priyanka is currently a senior at the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech. Vinod enjoys watching sports and travelling.


October 4 - Georgia Tech vs. Miami

Sandra Slaughter

Professor of Excellence: Bert Bras, PH.D.
Brook Byers Professor
The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Bert Bras is a Professor at the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology since September 1992. He teaches engineering design classes and is currently lead instructor for Capstone Design.

His research is in sustainable design and manufacturing and focuses on how to reduce the environmental impact of companies while increasing their competitiveness. His research includes a wide range of interdisciplinary projects focused on innovative technologies and approaches, including biologically inspired design, life-cycle analyses, and systems modeling, with applications in energy systems, electric vehicle systems, and urban mobility. Recently, his projects with Ford Motor Company on MyEnergi Lifestyle and the C-Max Solar Energi concept car have been featured at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, as well as on CNN and Reuters TV.

He received the Georgia Tech Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activities Award in 2007 and was named a Brook Byers Professor in 2014.

Dr. Bras lives in the Morningside neighborhood in Atlanta and is married to Sylvia Mallarino, a realtor at Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's. Their son Jackson is a senior at Paideia High School.

October 11 - Georgia Tech vs. Duke

Sandra Slaughter

Professor of Excellence: Dr. Catherine L. Ross
Harry West Professor
Director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development
Advance Professor College of Architecture
Deputy Director of the National Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management

Dr. Catherine L. Ross is Harry West Professor and directs the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at Georgia Tech. She is Advance Professor in the College of Architecture and Deputy Director of the National Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management.

An internationally known transportation and urban planner, Dr. Ross is one of the world's experts on Megaregions and sustainability -bringing together regions and cities on transportation, water, energy, land development and health creating places that compete in a global world. Her book, Megaregions and Global Competitiveness (2009), is a leading reference on these emerging geographies.

Her extensive research on regional resilience and sustainability focuses on water, energy and transportation and her work has been funded by numerous public agencies, the private sector and many local, city, and state governments throughout the country and abroad. Her recent book "Health Impact Assessment in the United States," was published in 2014 by Springer.
She is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration and a former Urban Land Institute Fellow. In 2009, she advised the Obama Administration on the first-ever White House Office of Urban Affairs.


November 1 - Georgia Tech vs. Virginia

Sandra Slaughter

Professor of Excellence: Daniel Goldman
Associate Professor, School of Physics
Adjunct Professor, School of Biology

Daniel Goldman is an Associate Professor in the School of Physics, Adjunct Professor in the School of Biology, and a Member of the Graduate Bioengineering Program at Georgia Tech. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Goldman's research group combines study of the mechanics of locomotion of organisms and robots with investigation of the physics of complex materials like sand to address problems in nonequilibrium systems that involve interaction of matter with complex media. Prof. Goldman teaches a variety of courses, and is interested in teaching undergraduate and graduate students the research process through hands on experiments, both in the classroom and in his laboratory. Prof. Goldman's research and teaching efforts have received national recognition, including most recently a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which he received during a visit to the White House in Spring 2014. Prof. Goldman is married to Mrs. Marni Singer Goldman and has 16 month old daughter, Amelia Rose Goldman.


November 15 - Georgia Tech vs. Clemson

Sandra Slaughter

Professor of Excellence: Bilstra Dilkina
Assistant Professor at the School of Computational Science and Engineering

Bistra Dilkina is an Assistant Professor at the School of Computational Science and Engineering. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University and joined Georgia Tech in August 2013.

At Georgia Tech, Dilkina teaches a Special Topics graduate class on Computational Sustainability, where she introduces computing students to the wide variety of applications in sustainability, and shows them how they can harness their deep expertise in data analytics, machine learning, and algorithms to address important computational problems with high societal impact.

Dilkina works on challenging computational problems that arise in the area of sustainability and sustainable development. She is interested in network design problems as they arise in large-scale wildlife conservation planning and urban planning. Her work on sustainability-related problems is focused both on novel and impactful application domains of computational techniques. She is one of the first young faculty across the US to focus on Computational Sustainability, and has played a role in fostering this new field from the beginning, by organizing workshops, giving talks and publishing papers in special tracks and conferences.

Dilkina resides in Atlanta with her husband who also completed his PhD at Cornell, and their 3-year-old daughter Natalia.

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