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Annie Anton

Ana (Annie) Antón

ADVANCE Professor, College of Computing

Dr. Annie I. Antón is a Professor in, and former chair of, the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She has served the national defense and intelligence communities in a number of roles since being selected for the IDA/DARPA Defense Science Study Group in 2005-2006. Her current research focuses on the specification of complete, correct behavior of software systems that must comply with federal privacy and security regulations.   

In 2016, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the 12-person bi-partisan Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity for the Nation. Antón currently serves on various boards, including: the NIST Information Security & Privacy Advisory Board, and the Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board. She is a former member of the U.S. DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, the CRA Board of Directors, the NSF Computer & Information Science & Engineering Directorate Advisory Council, the IEEE Computer Society Research Board, an Intel Corporation Advisory Board, the DARPA ISAT Study Group, the USACM Public Policy Council, the Advisory Board for the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC, the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Board of Trustees, the Microsoft Research University Relations Faculty Advisory Board, the CRA-W, and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board (GTAB). 

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Terry Blum

Terry Blum

ADVANCE Professor, Scheller College of Business

After serving as Dean of the College of Business (1999-2007), Blum became the founding director of Georgia Tech's Institute for Leadership and Social Impact (ILSI), an interdisciplinary unit that develops individual and organizational leadership capabilities for economic growth, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability. ILSI's curriculum and activities increase students' attentiveness to the critical cultural, economic, environmental and social issues they will face as they advance in their chosen professions, preparing them to be more effective leaders in an increasingly complex world. ILSI programs include the Impact Speaker Series, Ideas to Serve (I2S: Socially and Environmentally Responsible Values Enhancements), the Global Social Ventures Competition, the Business Track of the Leadership minor, and founded Georgia Tech’s Excel Program.

She earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1982 and has researched and published on topics related to the organization of and innovation in health services related to behavioral health care. She has served on many NIH study sections and has been a co-investigator for research grants related to the study of organizational and entrepreneurial factors that influence the transfer, adoption, and diffusion of innovation to for-profit and not-for-profit health treatment organizations. She is the co-founder of Georgia Tech’s Excel Program which provides a four-year certificate in academic enrichment, social fluency, and career exploration for students with intellectual disabilities. She serves as a member of the editorial board member of the Academy of Management Journal. She serves on the Scheller College of Business Diversity and Inclusion Council, and is the Ph.D. coordinator for Organizational Behavior at the Scheller College. She leads the Early Stage Leadership workshop for newly tenured faculty, formerly known as Enhancing Meaningful Creative Challenges (EMC2), that celebrates Georgia Tech’s newly tenured faculty and the Provost’s Emerging Leadership Program which has welcomed it’s fifth cohort of 16 faculty members.

She collaborated with colleagues on a NIH training grant to provide a year-long leadership development program for doctoral students in Biomedical Engineering, and the George Fellows Leadership Program for PhD students in Health Systems and Industrial Engineering. She is also involved in two of Georgia Tech’s NSF funded Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) Grants in Biomedical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering, both of which have goals of inclusivity. 

She has served on the boards of Global Growers, Community Foundation for Morgan County and Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. She currently serves on the executive committee of the board for Camp Twin Lakes, which provides camps for those with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges, and the board of Georgia Works! which transforms the lives of formerly homeless men and their families.  She served many years on the board of MedShare International, a not-for-profit venture that creates value and improves health through the collection of surplus medical supplies and equipment for distribution to health facilities in developing countries.

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Nancey Green Leigh

Nancey Green Leigh

ADVANCE Professor, College of Design

Nancey Green Leigh is a professor in the School of City and Regional Planning and adviser for the economic development planning, working with masters and doctoral students.

Maintaining an active research program, Leigh is currently leading a project entitled “Workers, Firms and Industries in Robotic Regions,” funded by the National Science Foundation’s Robotics Initiative.  She previously led a large scale research effort by three universities focused on sustainable industrial systems for urban regions.  Both of these efforts as well as other funded research (brownfields, urban land and manufacturing, resilient infrastructure) contribute to Leigh’s long term focus on advancing sustainable development for local and regional economies.

As Associate Dean for Research, Leigh is focused on strengthening the research impact of the College of Design. She develops and administers competitive initiatives to support individual and collaborative research by college faculty and affiliated researchers. She oversees the college’s seven major research units. She also is engaged in building research connections within Georgia Tech between the College of Design, other colleges and Interdisciplinary Research Institutes, as well as to external funders and collaborators in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Leigh has published more than 60 articles and four books, Routledge Handbook of International Planning Education (2019 with S.P. French, S. Guhathakurta, and B. Stiftel), Planning Local Economic Development, 6th edition (2017 with E.J. Blakely) adopted for courses in a wide array of universities;  Economic Revitalization:  Cases and Strategies for City and Suburb (2002 with J. Fitzgerald); and Stemming Middle Class Decline:  The Challenge to Economic Development Planning (1994).  She was co-editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research from 2012 to 2016, and was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2008.

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Martha Grover

Martha Grover

ADVANCE Professor, College of Engineering

Martha Grover is professor and associate chair for Graduate Studies in the School of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering. Her research activities in process systems engineering focus on understanding macromolecular organization and the emergence of biological function. Discrete atoms and molecules interact to form macromolecules and even larger mesoscale assemblies, ultimately yielding macroscopic structures and properties. A quantitative relationship between the nanoscale discrete interactions and the macroscale properties is required to design, optimize, and control such systems; yet in many applications, predictive models do not exist or are computationally intractable.

The Grover Group is dedicated to the development of tractable and practical approaches for the engineering of macroscale behavior via explicit consideration of molecular and atomic scale interactions. We focus on applications involving the kinetics of self-assembly, specifically those in which methods from non-equilibrium statistical mechanics do not provide closed form solutions. General approaches employed include stochastic modeling, model reduction, machine learning, experimental design, robust parameter design, and estimation.


B.S. 1996, University of Illinois

M.S. 1997, California Institute of Technology

Ph.D. 2003, California Institute of Technology

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Jennifer Curtis

ADVANCE Professor, College of Sciences

Since 2016, Jennifer has served as director or co-director of the School of Physics’ Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, funded by the National Science Foundation, which focuses on broadening participation in physics and strengthening ties with the Atlanta University Consortium (AUC), which includes Morehouse CollegeSpelman College, and Clark Atlanta University. At least 10 REU students have since entered graduate programs at Georgia Tech. 

Working with Morehouse leadership, Curtis has arranged for College of Sciences faculty to present once a month in Morehouse’s weekly research seminar series.

Curtis’ research is primarily focused on the physics of cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions, in particular within the context of glycobiology (the study of sugar chains in nature) and immunobiology. 

Her lab’s newest projects focus on questions of collective and single cell migration in vitro and in vivo; immunophage therapy — an immunoengineering approach — that uses combined defense of immune cells plus viruses (phage) to overcome bacterial infections; and the study of the molecular biophysics and biomaterials applications of hyaluronan synthase, an enzyme.

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Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

ADVANCE Professor, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Mary G. McDonald (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is the Homer C. Rice Chair in Sports and Society. A past president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Professor McDonald has published more than 50 refereed articles and book chapters and co-edited Reading Sport: Critical Essays on Power and Representation, a foundational work in the field which earned a Choice award as a top academic title. Dr. McDonald recently co-edited two additional anthologies, Sports, Society, and Technology: Bodies, Practices, and Knowledge Production with Jennifer Sterling (Palgrave, 2020) and Sociocultural Examinations of Sports Concussions with Matt Ventresca (Routledge, 2020). Her research focuses on American culture and sport including issues of inequality as related to gender, race, class, and sexuality. She has edited or co-edited special issues of the Sociology of Sport Journal devoted to "(Post)Identity and Sport" and "Whiteness and Sport" as well as special issues centered on "Doing Sport History in the Digital Present" for the Journal of Sport History and "Innovations in Sports for Development Research" for Third World Thematics. She is a frequent speaker on these and other subjects in professional forums and other venues. Professor McDonald recently concluded a term on the Executive Board of the International Sociology of Sport Association as Vice President in charge of communications and is the 2018 recipient of the Service Excellence award from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, the highest honor conferred by that organization in recognition for long-time service and intellectual leadership within the field. As Homer C. Rice Chair, she directs the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts initiative in Sports, Society, and Technology.

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