Through the Center for Materials Design Development and Deployment (MD3), the Georgia Institute of Technology has established the first university-industry collaborative research center in the nation focused solely on materials data science and enabled by a robust cyber infrastructure, e-collaboration platforms, and query -able persistent data warehousing. MD3 also serves as an attractor for industry and startups working at the intersection of materials discovery, development and big data at the new, campus adjacent HPC facility. MD3 and its partners will also establish the first comprehensive materials e-innovation ecosystem.

MD3 will promote the recently formed South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub, part of a network of four regional Big Data Hubs, launched by the National Science Foundation and funded in part by host universities and other partners. Managed jointly by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the South Hub serves 16 states and the District of Columbia—from Texas to Delaware—with more than 1000 members from universities, corporations, foundations, and cities committing their support.

As MD3 will identify a specific set of problems that address the broad interests of industry partners, while being relevant to the scientific and technological foundations described above.

IDEAS for Materials Design, Development & Deployment


  • 2,000 Miles on Two Wheels

    After finishing finals in December, Ali Amirfazli hopped on his bicycle and rode 2,228.4 miles from Marietta, Georgia, to Los Angeles, California, over 24 intense days. Skipping Commencement, the Fall 2020 industrial engineering graduate set out with his bike and Google Maps for the cross-country trip with a rough goal of 100 miles a day.


    He is now studying computational science and engineering at Georgia Tech, on track to earn his master’s degree.

  • Undergraduate Admission Recruits Seasonal Staff

    Each year the Office of Undergraduate Admission relies on the help of nearly 40 seasonal employees to review applications to Georgia Tech and is looking for several part-time application readers for this year.

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