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Chaouki Abdallah, Executive Vice President for Research

Chaouki T. Abdallah

Executive Vice President for Research

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Chaouki T. Abdallah is the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As chief research officer, Abdallah provides overall leadership for the Institute’s $1.2 billion portfolio of research, economic development, and sponsored activities, including the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), 10 interdisciplinary research institutes (IRIs), and related research administrative support units. He also serves on the executive committee of the Council on Research for the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU), the executive committee for the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR), and the advisory committee for the Center on Measuring University Performance (MUP).

Since Abdallah assumed the role of EVPR, the Institute took occupancy of Coda, a first-of-its-kind, mixed-use facility in the heart of Tech Square, designed to create opportunities in interdisciplinary research, commercialization, and sustainability. Under his leadership, Georgia Tech also recently launched the “Commission on Research Next,” a process that will map a comprehensive future for research at Tech. The initiative will also develop the Institute’s strategy to bolster commercialization efforts and tech transfer initiatives, and grow critical collaborations with industry, government, the national labs, and foundations.

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Julia Kubanek

Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research

Kubanek oversees all interdisciplinary activities including the Interdisciplinary Research Institutes, Interdisciplinary Research Centers, the Pediatric Technology Center, and the Global Center for Medical Innovation.

David Bridges Georgia Tech

David Bridges

Vice President of the Enterprise Innovation Institute

Bridges leads EI², a statewide, 12-program, 160-member organization and the nation’s largest and most comprehensive university-based program of business and industry assistance, technology commercialization, and economic development.

Robert Butera Georgia Tech

Robert Butera

Vice President for Research Development and Operations

Butera supports and develops the research enterprise, operating the internally funded research programs in collaboration with the colleges, overseeing core facilities and research space, and managing policies related to research administration and operations.

Jennifer Herazy Georgia Tech

Jennifer Herazy

Associate Vice President for Strategy and Administration

Herazy acts as a shared chief of staff of the provost and the executive vice president for Research to oversee organizational and operational alignment around various services and administrative functions at the intersection of the academic and research divisions.

Cindy Hope Georgia Tech

Cynthia Hope

Associate Vice President for Research Administration

As Associate Vice President for Research Administration, Hope oversees sponsored programs operations at Georgia Tech. In addition to functions supporting grants and contracts, these operations administer sponsored research sub-contracting, non-disclosure agreements (and other exchange agreements in support of research), enterprise contracting systems and data, and a training and outreach team.

James Hudgens Georgia Tech

James Hudgens

Senior Vice President, Georgia Institute of Technology and Director, Georgia Tech Research Institute

Hudgens leads over 2,400 employees conducting $642 million in research across a variety of disciplines, including science, engineering, economics, policy and technical expertise to address national security, state, and industry challenges.

Lew Lefton Georgia Tech

Lew Lefton

Associate Vice President for Research Computing

Lefton provides campus leadership on strategic technology investments, agile and sustainable cyberinfrastructure, and leveraging and managing research data to advance the campus research enterprise.

Mark Nolan Georgia Tech

Mark Nolan

Associate Vice President of Corporate Engagement

Nolan will lead a newly created office that will serve as the nexus for the Institute’s entire partner relationship and activity portfolios to strategically shape corporate engagement at Georgia Tech for maximum impact. The office is also tasked with facilitating collaboration efforts across various partner units within Tech.

Raghupathy Sivakumar Georgia Tech

Raghupathy Sivakumar

Vice President of Commercialization

Sivakumar leads the newly established Office of Commercialization, which includes the Office of Technology Licensing and VentureLab, that serves as the central engine that drives commercialization and entrepreneurship efforts across Georgia Tech.