Research Centers

Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems

Director: John Crittenden

At its simplest, sustainability is defined as “living within the means of nature.” Namely, humans must demand no more resources than nature can provide and generate no more wastes than nature can assimilate. At Georgia Tech, sustainability is a core value that touches every person, action, and decision of the Institute.

The Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems enhances Georgia Tech’s research, education, and service missions, and campus operations through leadership, communications, development, and decision-making inspired and defined by the principles of sustainability. Programs and projects initiated or supported by the BBISS lie at the intersections of these themes.


Georgia Transportation Institute

Director: Michael Hunter

GTI fosters communication and coordination between Georgia’s universities, transportation agencies, and transportation-related industry and promotes the development of ideas and people that will place Georgia at the forefront of transportation research.

The institute’s objectives include conducting research to improve the productivity and effectiveness of Georgia’s — and the nation’s — transportation system; disseminating research results and other products to the transportation community; promoting transportation education, professional development and recruitment of future transportation professionals; and establishing a clearinghouse for transportation investment resources.


Georgia Water Resources Institute

Director: Aris Georgakakos

The GWRI is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the science and practice of water resources planning and management in ways that balance quality of life, environmental sustainability, and economic growth. GWRI pursues this mission through applied research, education, information dissemination, and technology/knowledge transfer programs at the state, national, and international levels.

The institute is one of the 54 National Institutes for Water Resources in each U.S. state and territory authorized by §104 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984.  GWRI activities are sponsored by (i) federally appropriated funds through the Department of the Interior/U.S. Geological Survey as part of the state and national research programs, and (ii) other national and international funding agencies and organizations in water related areas. Through annual competitive programs, GWRI provides research awards to universities throughout Georgia.


National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management

Director: Michael Hunter

NCTSPM is a Tier 1 University Transportation Center funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Administration. The center’s theme is transportation systems performance and management, and its focus is on addressing critical interactions between safety, state-of-good-repair, and economic competitiveness. NCTSPM supports transportation-related research, education, workforce development and technology transfer that is multi-modal, multi-disciplinary, multi-sector and needs driven. 

The center is a collaboration between Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Transportation Institute, Florida International University, University of Central Florida, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the departments of transportation in Alabama, Florida and Georgia.


Southeastern Center for Air Pollution & Epidemiology

Director: Ted Russell

SCAPE is an EPA-funded joint research project between the schools of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

The center addresses critical issues relating to the public health impacts of ambient air pollution, with an overarching theme focusing on characterizing ambient air pollution mixtures and examining their role in human health risks associated with air pollution.