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December 13, 2019


Looking Back at 2019

With a number of firsts, records, honors, and new beginnings, it was another eventful year for Georgia Tech! And while we couldn't collectively capture all of the year's accomplishments and memorable moments, we wanted to spotlight a few.


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10. Rankings and Records

Georgia Tech:

9. King of Hearts

In spring of 2019, rock icon Mick Jagger undergoes a technologically advanced heart valve replacement procedure developed out of scientific research on prosthetic valves authored by Georgia Tech’s Regents Professor Ajit Yoganathan and his Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics Laboratory. 

8. Micro-Bristle-Bot

Georgia Tech researchers showcase their new micro-robot invention. Almost too small to see, this tiny 3D-printed robot might be used in the repair of injuries or to attack diseases inside the human body.

7. Record-Breaking Giving

In just 24 hours, 1,410 alumni and friends raise $154,685 for Roll Call, Georgia Tech’s fundraiser that’s been helping to provide assistance for student scholarships, facilities, and programs for more than 70 years.

6. Campus Evolution

Facilities and real estate on and around campus continue to be enhanced and expanded:

5. Athletics Achievements

Georgia Tech Athletics:

4. Deans and Awards

Charles Isbell and Susan Lozier begin as new deans of the College of Computing and the College of Sciences. And faculty and staff receive multiple awards; see many of these awards here.

3. Trailblazers

Georgia Tech unveils statues honoring the Institute’s first three African American students Ford C. Greene, Ralph A. Long Jr., and Lawrence Williams; and the first African American graduate Ronald L. Yancey, EE 1965. 

2. End of a Legacy

G.P. “Bud” Peterson, ends his tenure as Georgia Tech’s 11th president and resumes his teaching and research pursuits at Tech’s Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.

1. A New Era

Ángel Cabrera becomes Georgia Tech’s 12th president — and the first Spanish-born president of an American university.