Friday June 13, 2003
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GTRI names Cross as new director

By Chelsea Paxton Contributing Writer

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has named Dr. Stephen Cross, current director and chief executive officer of the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, as its new director.

Cross will also serve as a vice president for Tech and as a professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

GTRI’s current director, Edward Reedy, is retiring from Tech after a 33-year career and seven years as director. Cross begins his duties on September 1.

In a statement released to the press, Dr. Cross is quoted as saying, “to lead one of the world’s most highly regarded research organizations is an exciting opportunity and challenge. I’m honored to be asked to join such an impressive group of professionals. GTRI has made – and is continuing to make – significant and lasting contributions to the nation’s security and economic strength. It has a key role to play in Georgia Tech’s vision and strategy for the future."

GTRI, which is highly regarded internationally, is the nonprofit applied research arm of Tech. Over a thousand employees perform or support approximately $115 million in annual research for more than 200 clients in industry and government.

GTRI officially began in 1934 with three research projects and $12,000, although its actual origins are in the 1919 bill passed by the Georgia Legislature that created the State Engineering Experiment Station.

GTRI’s mission statement is to “plan and conduct focused programs of innovative research, education and economic development that advance the global competitiveness and security of Georgia, the region, and the nation."