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Leon McGinnis

Professor Emeritus, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Leon McGinnis is a Professor Emeritus in the school of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE). Dr. McGinnis received the BSIE from Auburn University, and the MSIE and PhD from North Carolina State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Georgia. Dr. McGinnis has been a leader in developing and administering industry-focused and interdisciplinary education and research programs at Georgia Tech. He helped establish the Material Handling Research Center in 1982 and managed one of five research programs over the next decade. He also helped establish the Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems Program in 1983, which received a LEAD Award from ASME for excellence in graduate-level interdisciplinary manufacturing education, and served as Director from 1988 to 1998. As CIMS Director, he lead a team that competed for and won a $1 million TRP grant, resulting in the establishment of the Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute within the Manufacturing Research Center. In 1994, he lead a team of ISyE faculty to win over $2 million in grants from the W. M. Keck Foundation to create the Keck Virtual Factory Lab as a focal point for IE systems design and control research. Dr. McGinnis enjoys teaching students how to think like industrial engineers, particularly in developing and using mathematical and computational models to support design of facilities and control systems. His research focuses on fundamental representation issues in discrete event logistics systems, on performance assessment models, and on the development of integrated computational tools. The Institute of Industrial Engineers has recognized Dr. McGinnis with the Outstanding Publication Award, the David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award, and the Fellow Award. He has given the Inyong Ham Lecture at Penn State, the Jones Lecture at Dartmouth, and the Schantz Lectures at Lehigh.

Joe LeDoux

Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies & Associate Professor, Deptartment of Biomedical Engineering

Joe Le Doux is an Associate Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University.  He received his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University in 1998 and his M.Eng. and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 1987 and 1986, respectively.  His early research efforts focused on how to use viruses to transfer genes to cells for the purposes of human gene therapy.  More recently, he has shifted his research focus to the learning sciences, with a focus on understanding how the generation of engineering diagrams is used to support problem-solving, both by novice and expert engineers.

Lane Thames

Information Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Savannah campus

I received the BS in Computer Engineering (BSCmpE) with Highest Honors from Georgia Tech during the fall semester of 2003. During the Spring of 2004, I started graduate school at Georgia Tech. I finished my MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE) during the spring semester of 2006. I have passed the ECE PhD preliminary exam and the ECE PhD dissertation proposal exam. I am currently working on the final pieces of my dissertation research. My PhD research is in the general area of computer and network security and more specifically in distributed Internet security, distributed firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention, active attack response, firewall optimization, and high-speed packet classification algorithms. The primary contributions of my research include a novel distributed and active response firewall architecture, a novel technique for implementing fast packet classification in firewall black-listing scenarios, novel network-topology-aware firewall optimization algorithms, and a very novel technique to solve the general problem of d-dimensional packet classifcation for firewalls and general purpose packet filters (such as those found in the common network router). I was born in McComb, Mississippi where I graduated from Parklane Academy in 1990. I married my wife, Linda, on July 23, 1994 and moved to Savannah, GA with Linda and my two step-sons, Jim and Ben, during July of 1995.

Lakshmi Sankar

Regents Professor, Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Sankar is a Regents Professor in the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As Director of the School's Computational Fluid Dynamics Lab, he leads a research and education program focused on the modeling and simulation of unsteady viscous flow around helicopters, horizontal axis wind turbines, and turbo-machinery components. As the Associate Chair of the Undergraduate Programs, he coordinates undergraduate curriculum related activities. He teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in the areas of aerodynamics, helicopter theory, wind energy, aerodynamic design, and computational aerodynamics. Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty in 1982, Dr. Sankar worked at Lockheed Martin in Marietta, GA. While at Lockheed, he contributed to the development of 2-D and 3-D flow analyses that solve 3-D unsteady transonic flow over airfoils, wing-alone, wing-body, and complete aircraft configurations. He also extended 2-D transonic design methodologies to 3-D transonic wing and wing-body configurations. He also worked closely with researchers at Ford Motor Co on 3-D Navier-Stokes simulations of next generation automobile configurations. Dr. Sankar is the author or co-author of more than more than 250 technical publications in the fields of spatially and temporally high order algorithm development, 3-D unsteady transonic flow over aircraft configurations, helicopter aerodynamics, compressor stall and surge, and aerodynamic design. He is an AIAA Fellow, and a member of the American Helicopter Society, American Society of Engineering Educators, and the American society of Mechanical Engineers.

Karen Head

Assistant Professor, School of Literature, Communication, and Culture

Karen Head is Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, an M.A. from the University of Tennessee, and a B.A. from Oglethorpe University. She has been at Georgia Tech for seven years, most recently serving as Graduate Communication Coordinator. Since 2006, she has been a Visiting Scholar at Technische University  St. Dortmund, Germany, where she served as primary consultant for their academic center. Before coming to Georgia Tech, Karen held a number of writing program administrative positions. She has published three books of poetry and exhibited several acclaimed digital poetry projects. Her scholarly research focuses on communication theory and pedagogical practice, especially in the implementation and development of writing centers, writing program administration, and multidisciplinary communication.

John Leonard

Associate Dean, College of Engineering

Dr. John D. Leonard II is Associate Dean for Finance and Administration for the College of Engineering. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Leonard served as Associate Chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Leonard is a tenured Associate Professor of Civil Engineering specializing in transportation and traffic engineering. From March 2002 to July 2004, Dr. Leonard served in various senior management roles within the State Road and Tollway Authority of Georgia. In February 2003, Dr. Leonard was appointed Executive Director (Interim) by Governor Sonny Perdue. During his tenure at the Tollway Authority, Dr. Leonard oversaw day-to-day operations, human resource management, financial management, process management, information systems, and strategic planning. Through his leadership, SRTA infused continuous quality improvement and business process engineering concepts into ongoing SRTA programs and processes. Dr. Leonard has published over 30 papers, book chapters, and reports and is a nationally recognized expert in the analysis and design of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and in the analysis and design of coordinated traffic signal systems. Dr. Leonard's research in traffic operations has led to an improved understanding of freeway congestion, and to the deployment of improved strategies for relieving system congestion related to incidents. Dr. Leonard's research in coordinated traffic signal systems has directly resulted in better tools and procedures for reducing surface street congestion. His ideas and tools are used around the country as part of low-cost, immediately applicable techniques for relieving traffic congestion on both freeways and surface streets. Dr. Leonard received his Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Engineering in 1983, 1986, and 1991 respectively from the University of California Irvine.

Jason Freeman

Assistant Professor of Music, College of Architecture

Jason Freeman is an Assistant Professor of Music in the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech. As a composer and computer musician, Freeman uses technology to create collaborative musical experiences in live concert performances and in online musical environments. Utilizing his research in mobile music, dynamic music notation, and networked music, Freeman develops new interfaces for collaborative creativity. His music has been presented at major festivals and venues, including the Adrienne Arsht Center (Miami), Carnegie Hall (New York), the Lincoln Center Festival (New York), Transmediale (Berlin), and Sonar (Barcelona), and it has been covered in the New York Times, on National Public Radio, and in Wired and Billboard. Freeman received his B.A. in music from Yale University and his M.A. and D.M.A. in composition from Columbia University.

Gregory Abowd

Professor, College of Computing

Gregory D. Abowd (pronounced AY-bowd) is a Professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. His research interests lie in the intersection between Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction. Specifically, Dr. Abowd is interested in ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) and the research issues involved in building and evaluating ubicomp applications that impact our everyday lives. In the College of Computing, he is involved in research with faculty from the GVU Center and the Georgia Tech Broadband Institute. Dr. Abowd directs the Ubiquitous Computing Research Group in the College of Computing and GVU Center. This effort started with the Future Computing Environments research group in 1995, and has since matured into a collection of research groups, including Dr. Abowd's own group. The FCE Group now consists of a federation of many faculty in the College of Computing. One of the major research efforts that Dr. Abowd initiated is the Aware Home Research Initiative, now directed by Beth Mynatt, together with many faculty in the College of Computing, School of Psychology, and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Abowd received the degree of B.S. in Mathematics and Physics in 1986 from the University of Notre Dame. He then attended the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning the degrees of M.Sc. (1987) and D.Phil. (1991) in Computation from the Programming Research Group in the Computing Laboratory. From 1989-1992 he was a Research Associate/Postdoc with the Human-Computer Interaction Group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York in England. From 1992-1994, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Software Engineering Institute and the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University.

Doug Noonan

Associate Professor, School of Public Policy

Doug Noonan is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology. Noonan, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, is an applied economist with a specialty in policy analysis. His recent research activities include work on Open Source Software (OSS) policy and open platform production modes. Noonan has developed an Open Source Software Index that measures the OSS activity and potential around the globe. His current work examines the relationships between OSS activity, OSS potential, and social issues like access and innovation. He is also investigating determinants of adoption of OSS by public sector organizations.

Donna Llewellyn

Associate Vice Provost for Learning Excellence

Donna Crystal Llewellyn received her BA (major in Mathematics and minor in Economics) with High Honors from Swarthmore College in 1980. She went on to earn an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University in 1984. Donna then studied in Bonn, West Germany with a National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship while on leave from a tenure track position in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) at Georgia Institute of Technology. From 1994 to 1999, Donna served as an Associate Chair of ISyE. In July 1999, Donna became the Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Georgia Tech. Donna's current interests center around education issues in general, and on increasing the participation of women and minorities in engineering and science in particular. She is the Principle Investigator for a National Science Foundation funded GK-12 project, STEP: Student and Teacher Enhancement Project, which places STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) upper level undergraduate and graduate students in local area high schools to work with math and science teachers. Donna is a co-PI for a National Science Foundation funded I3 (Innovation through Institutional Integration) project, Tech to Teaching, which is working to facilitate Georgia Tech graduates to succeed in teaching and academic careers. Donna is the past Chair of the Women in Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the past President of the Women in OR/MS Forum of INFORMS (the Institute For Operations Research and the Management Sciences), and past director-at-large and past Vice President for Education of INFORMS. She was the general chair of the INFORMS 2003 National Conference. She is also active in the POD Network (Professional and Organizational Network) and CASEE (the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education, an NAE affiliated Center).

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