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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.

September 21 - Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina

Sandra Slaughter

Professor of Excellence: Sandra Slaughter
Area Coordinator of Information Technology Management
Alton M. Costley Chair
Scheller College of Business
Information Technology Expert

Alton M. Costley Chair and member of the Institute's information technology (IT) management faculty, Professor Sandra Slaughter is currently conducting research ranging from open source software development, to IT project management, to capabilities and performance in IT outsourcing. Her thesis on software development practices and software maintenance performance won first place in the doctoral dissertation competition held by the International Conference on Information Systems in 1995. Since then, she has published more than 100 articles in leading research journals, conference proceedings and books. Her work has received eleven awards including one for Why Developers Participate in Open Source Software Projects, which won the International Conference on Information Systems' Best Theme Paper Conference Award.

September 26 - Georgia Tech vs. Virginia TechJoel Kostka

Professor of Excellence: Joel Kostka
School of Biology and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Microbial Ecology Expert

Professor Joel Kostka conducts research that combines cutting-edge microbiology and molecular biology with biogeochemistry to explore the ecosystem services provided by microorganisms that keep Earth habitable for humans. Ecosystem services provided by microbes include the cleanup of pollutants as well as the consumption of greenhouse gases.. The research conducted by his lab team spans from marine ecosystems to the terrestrial subsurface. The Kostka Lab was part of the quick response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

October 19 - Georgia Tech vs. SyracuseAaron Levine

Professor of Excellence: Aaron Levine
School of Public Policy
Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
Expert on embryonic stem cell research policy and the fertility industry

An associate professor of public policy in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Aaron Levine conducts research that focuses on understanding how policy influences the development of ethically contentious new technologies, particularly in the life sciences. His recent work examines human embryonic stem cell research policy and oversight of the fertility industry. His latest book, Cloning: A Beginner's Guide, is an introduction to cloning and embryonic stem cell science for non-specialists.

November 2 - Georgia Tech vs. PittsburghProfessor of Excellence

Professor of Excellence: Assistant Professor Maria Balcan
School of Computer Science
College of Computing
Expert on Machine Learning, Game Theory, and Optimization

Assistant Professor Maria Florina Balcan conducts research at the intersection of machine learning, algorithmic game theory, and optimization. Professor Balcan, who grew up in Romania, came to the U.S. in 2002 to pursue her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University, where she received the coveted Distinguished Dissertation Award. In 2011, she was one of only eight faculty to be awarded a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship. She has also received a National Science Foundation CAREER award to pursue her research.

November 23 - Georgia Tech vs. Alabama A&MGeorgia Power Professor of Excellence

Professor of Excellence: Magnus Egerstedt
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering
Expert on advanced robotics

Grits aren't just a southern breakfast favorite. In fact, Professor Magnus Egerstedt from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is director of Georgia Tech's GRITS lab (GRITS meaning Georgia Robotics and InTelligent Systems). Dr. Egerstedt's research -- which focuses on control theory and robotics -- strives to endow all types of robots with desirable (and useful) behavior. Maybe even making breakfast!

November 30 - Georgia Tech vs. GeorgiaProfessor of Excellence

Professor of Excellence: Jim Budd
Chair, School of Industrial Design
College of Architecture
Expert on Interactive Product Design

Originally from Canada, Professor Jim Budd came to Georgia Tech in 2010, bringing 15 years of academic and research leadership as well as two decades of corporate design experience. His research focuses on human-centered, interactive product design, and in 2011, he received the $70,000 Tech Fee Award to establish a new interactive product design infrastructure. Professor Budd is also affiliated with the Centre for Mobile Interaction, which was awarded $2.25 million to support collaborative applied research with industry.

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