Dr. G. P. "Bud" Peterson
President of Georgia Tech
Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson is the eleventh president of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Throughout his career, Dr. Peterson has played an active role in helping to establish the national education and research agendas, serving on numerous industry, government, and academic task forces and committees. A distinguished scientist, Dr. Peterson was selected in 2008 by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Science Board through 2014. The Board oversees the National Science Foundation (NSF) and advises the President and Congress on national policy related to science and engineering research and education.
Janet Echelman is an artist who defies categorization. She creates experiential sculpture at the scale of buildings that transform with wind and light. The art shifts from being an object you look at, to a living environment you can get lost in. Using unlikely materials from fishnet to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create artworks that have become focal points for urban life on four continents. Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Harvard University Loeb Fellowship, a Fulbright Lectureship, and the Aspen Institute Crown Fellowship, her TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 34 languages with more than one million views. Ranked number one on Oprah Magazine’s List of 50 Things that Make You Say Wow!, she was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.” She recently received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today.”
Founder & CEO of Efferent Labs
Founder of DynamiX Web Design
Owner of The Guardian Innovations Company
Dr. Christopher McKinney
Associate Vice President of Augusta University
Dr. John Cowan
Inventor of "FlipTable"
President and CEO of 4P Therapeutics
Students from Darlington's STEM program and Students from Pepperell's Caps and Grounds
Dr. John Grout
Chair of the Department of Creative Technologies at Berry College
Author of "The 3rd American Dream"