Three IPAT Faculty Win Georgia Tech Awards

Every year, Georgia Tech hosts the Faculty and Staff Honors Celebration to recognize those who have received accolades and awards throughout the previous academic year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, three faculty members in the Institute of People and Technology (IPaT) were recognized at this year’s virtual award event held April 15, 2021.

Elizabeth Mynatt, executive director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) and distinguished professor in the College of Computing, was awarded Georgia Tech’s Class of 1934 Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activities Award.

Mynatt is also a Regents’ Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, where she has been a faculty member since 1998. As the executive director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology, she leads a research institute that spans the multidisciplinary breadth of Georgia Tech with the purpose to amplify Tech’s leadership in complex social systems such as healthcare, education, media, and humanitarian systems. Mynatt is the past director of the GVU Research Center, an interdisciplinary research center based in the College of Computing whose mandate is to foster research excellence across Georgia Tech at the intersection of people and computation.

Pinar Keskinocak, William W. George Chair and Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, was awarded Georgia Tech’s Outstanding Achievement in Research Program Development Award.

Keskinocak is an IPaT faculty member and is the co-founder and director of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, she worked at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Keskinocak's research focuses on the applications of operations research and management science with societal impact, particularly health and humanitarian applications, supply chain management, and logistics/transportation. Her recent work has addressed infectious disease modeling—including extensive Covid-19 research.

Omar Inan, associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded Georgia Tech’s Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor Award.

Inan, a faculty member of IPaT, was recently awarded an Academy Award for Technical Achievement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (popularly known as the Oscars®). Inan’s research focuses on wearable health monitoring technologies; designing clinically relevant medical devices and systems; and translating them from the lab to patient care applications. One strong focus of his research is in developing new technologies for monitoring chronic diseases at home, such as heart failure.

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