Georgia Tech Research Horizons


New GTRI Director

Edward Reedy takes helm of Georgia Tech Research Institute.

DR. EDWARD K. REEDY has been named director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), a nonprofit applied-research center at Georgia Tech and one of the largest public research institutes in the United States. He was also named vice president of Georgia Tech.
photo by Stanley Leary
Dr. Edward Reedy

Reedy served as GTRI's interim vice president and director for eight months, following the resignation of Adm. Richard Truly, who left in March 1997 to become director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo.

Reedy has played a major role in broadening GTRI's base beyond defense contracts. In the past five years, GTRI has doubled the amount of business it does with private industry.

Joining Georgia Tech in 1970 as a research engineer, Reedy spent 13 years at the helm of the Radar and Instrumentation Laboratory, one of Georgia Tech's largest research labs. In 1993, he was named associate director of GTRI and director of research operations, responsible for all nine GTRI research laboratories.
Reedy at Georgia Tech, 1970-Present:

  • GTRI Research Engineer II, 1970-1973
  • GTRI Senior Research Engineer, 1973-1978
  • Manager, GTRI Special Programs Office, 1973-1974
  • Head, GTRI Systems Technology Branch, 1974-1975
  • Chief, GTRI Radar Application Division, 1975-1977
  • Director, GTRI Radar and Instrumentation Laboratory, 1977-1990
  • Principal Research Engineer, GTRI, 1978-Present
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Electrical Engineering, 1987-Present
  • Laboratory Group Director, GTRI, 1990-1993
  • Director, GTRI Research Operations, 1993-1997
  • Associate Director, GTRI, 1993-1997
  • Vice President, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1997-Present
  • Director, Georgia Tech Research Institute, 1997-Present
  • In addition to his research and managerial duties, Reedy has served as an adjunct professor in Georgia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he taught and supervised a series of special problems projects and helped develop a "Management of Technology" certificate program. He also has organized and taught a variety of continuing education courses.

    "We are fortunate to have a man like Ed who understands the linkage between the role of research and the role of education at a university," says G. Wayne Clough, president of Georgia Tech. "Georgia Tech is one of the few institutions where basic research can be leveraged into applied research and also integrated into the curriculum."

    Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau, dean of the College of Engineering, chaired the search committee that selected Reedy. "He is clearly a team player," Chameau says of Reedy. "He knows Georgia Tech very well. I expect that he will leverage the capabilities of Georgia Tech as whole and create more interaction between GTRI and the rest of Georgia Tech."

    Outside of Georgia Tech, Reedy is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and was recently elected to its national board of directors. He has written many papers on the subject of radar and co-authored Principles of Modern Radar (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1987).

    Reedy received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1968 and served two years as a captain in the U.S. Army at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey.

    At GTRI, Reedy oversees about $100 million in research contracts, which is just more than half of the sponsored research conducted at Tech. Among GTRI's contractors are the U.S. Department of Defense, the state of Georgia, Ford Motor Company, NASA and Westinghouse.

    Reedy's research staff focuses on radar, acoustics, electro-optics, aerospace technology, transportation, telecommunications, applied electromagnetics and environmental science. Some prominent projects include the development of a hydrogen bus, a remote medical heartbeat monitor, an electro-optic sensor for detecting fog and helicopter transport systems.

    — Bob Harty

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