Technology Association of Georgia
Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson Inducted Into Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia
Landmark innovation and research growth legacy to be honored at The Summit technology showcase
ATLANTA, GA - February 15, 2018 – PwC announces that Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson, President of the Georgia Institute of Technology,has been selected as the latest inductee into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia.
Peterson will be honored at the Technology Association of Georgia’s (TAG) The Summit event on March 21, 2018 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. Sponsored by PwC since its inception in 1993, previous inductees of the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia include: Georgia Gov. Zell Miller, technology industry icon Tom Noonan and CNN founder Ted Turner, among others.
A top-10 public research university in the U.S. with more than 29,000 students and 157,000 living alumni, Georgia Tech has become internationally recognized for the quality of its educational and research programs.
“President Bud Peterson’s leadership at Georgia Tech has created an exponential effect for technology and economic development throughout our city, the state and beyond,” said John Nee, Assurance Partner in PwC’s Technology Practice in Atlanta. “Bud leads by example at Georgia Tech, helping to develop hundreds of innovative and entrepreneurial thinkers who ultimately contribute to the state’s technology industry. Bud exemplifies every ideal of the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia and it's our privilege to have him join the group this year."
“Georgia Tech sets the highest bars for research, discovery and innovation as it builds and prepares tomorrow’s technology leaders,” said Larry K. Williams, President and CEO of TAG. “It is under Bud Peterson’s leadership that Georgia Tech sets the stage for technology industry transformation and continues to be a world class leader in education.”
Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson was appointed as the 11th president of Georgia Tech in 2009. Under his leadership Georgia Tech has developed and begun the implementation of a 25-year strategic plan, exceeded the $1.5 billion goal for Campaign Georgia Tech by 20 percent, grown innovative collaborations and strategic partnerships, expanded the campus infrastructure, and increased national and global visibility. Notably in that time, applications have more than tripled, and enrollment has increased by 45 percent.
Throughout his career, Peterson has played an active role in helping to establish the national education and research agendas, serving on many industry, government, and academic task forces and committees. He has served on a number of national accreditation agencies, congressional task forces, research councils, and advisory boards, including the Office of Naval Research, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Energy, the National Research Council, and the National Academy of Engineering.
A distinguished scientist, he was appointed to serve as a member of the National Science Board in 2008 by President George W. Bush, and again in 2014 by President Barack Obama. The National Science Board oversees the National Science Foundation and advises the President and Congress on national policy related to science and engineering research and education. In 2010, he was named by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke as a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. President Obama appointed him to the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) steering committee in 2011, and to the AMP 2.0 steering committee in 2013. He is a member of the board of directors of the American Council on Education. In August 2016, he became chair of the NCAA Board of Governors, the highest governing body of the NCAA.
“It is a tremendous honor to be included among the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia inductees who have made significant contributions to Georgia’s technology sector, its economy, and its communities, particularly given the number of Tech folks who are previous inductees,” said Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson. “While I am named, this award is really a reflection of the collective significant impact and ongoing efforts of the many Georgia Tech faculty, staff, students and alumni who have helped to shape Technology Square and other innovation neighborhoods surrounding our campus, along with our statewide impact. I’m proud to accept on behalf of the Institute.”
Peterson earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, a second bachelor's degree in mathematics, and a master's degree in engineering, all from Kansas State University. He earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Val, have four adult children, two of whom are Georgia Tech alumni.
Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia
Each year an inductee is chosen by the current Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia members from a slate of nominees, in recognition of his or her contributions to the industry and impact on the state. Potential nominees are selected based on an individual’s impact on the technology industry in the state of Georgia, such as establishing and growing successful technology companies and organizations, job creation and economic impact, developing breakthrough technologies, innovation and entrepreneurship, etc. PwC has been a sponsor of the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia since its inception in 1993.
Previous inductees of the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia include:
The Summit is the Technology Association of Georgia’s largest annual event and is expected to draw more than 1,400 C-level technology executives, entrepreneurs and academic leaders from around the world. The event will feature nationally recognized keynote speakers, winners of the Top 40 and Top 10 Innovative Georgia Companies competition, the newest inductee into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia, networking opportunities, and a two-day exhibitor showcase. Through interactive strategy sessions and more than a dozen breakout sessions, attendees will help chart the course for the State’s technology community for the coming year and beyond. Attendees will enhance their knowledge of the most important global tech trends and be inspired by industry leaders. The Summit is designed to fuel the tech innovation economy.
TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.
The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.