Woodruff School Strategic Plan

Georgia Tech President Emeritus and Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering faculty member G.P. “Bud” Peterson once posed the question: “when the competitive landscape is flattened, mobile, and diverse, what will be the characteristics that distinguish our nation’s students from those at institutions around the globe?” According to Dr. Peterson, “None of us has a crystal ball, but what is clear is that our nation’s position as a leader in research and innovation will erode unless we make choices and investments that adequately prepare our students with the educational background, problem—solving and leadership skills necessary for a future we can only begin to grasp.” He then related the oft-made point “…we are currently preparing students for jobs that do not yet exist using technologies that have not been invented in order to solve problems we have not yet identified.

As part of Georgia Tech’s quest to become the “Technological University of the 21st Century,” the Woodruff School has conducted a strategic planning process to examine our strengths, consider the future needs of engineering education and research, and solidify us for a pre-eminent role as a national and international leader in mechanical engineering.

Strategic Objectives of the Woodruff School

The Woodruff School consists of research and education programs in mechanical engineering, robotics, nuclear and radiological engineering, bioengineering, and medical physics, and the following list of strategic objectives applies to all research and education programs within the Woodruff School.

  • Education
    The Woodruff School will prepare its students to be adaptive learners and exceptional problem solvers. Our educational programs will integrate and synthesize engineering fundamentals, engineering design and the impact of engineering solutions within global, economic, environmental and social contexts. Our programs will provide students with opportunities and exposure at the interfaces of emerging transdisciplinary fields and will seek to enhance their creative thinking and teamwork. 
  • Research
    The Woodruff School’s research will be internationally recognized for leadership in addressing global challenges in clean energy, food, clean water, health, mobility, security, clean environment, and sustainable infrastructure to advance the quality of life in the US and in the world. Furthermore, Woodruff School faculty members will lead in identifying and creating new and emerging research fields.
  • Culture and People
    The Woodruff School will promote growth and excellence in its students, staff, and faculty. The Woodruff School seeks to be an inclusive, diverse, and leading community of scholars, adaptive learners, and “doers” who (i) excel in a globally-connected and competitive world; (ii) fearlessly discover and apply new knowledge with impact; and (iii) innovate in education, research and in the translation of technology into systems and products for the betterment of humanity.