The Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) at Georgia Tech, in partnership with our School of Public Policy's program in Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP) hosted a presentation event for three Ivan Allen College students who took part in research internships at EI2 during the summer of 2016. Among the Atlanta leaders in economic development and policy-makers who attended were three who had served as judges for the internship applications judges: Glen Whitley, Director of the Centers of Innovation for Information Technology, Georgia Department of Economic Development; Stan Vangilder, Program Manager, Southern Company Energy Innovation Center; and Carrie Barnes, Community Development Consultant, Georgia Electric Membership Cooperatives. Following are summaries from the students' research:
Saudnya Patil recently graduated from Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College with an M.S. degree in economics. The aim of her project was to provide a data-centered model to address economic development concerns, real or perceived, about Metro Atlanta’s water issues. She amassed multi-year data on population, weather, and water usage and built an econometric model to forecast water demand in the region. The model formed the basis for providing an improved understanding of how sensitive the Metro Atlanta basin’s future water needs might be to extremes in growth and weather conditions.
Dorraine Duncan is a master's student at Georgia Tech, pursuing a dual degree in Public Policy and City and Regional Planning. She assembled a database of renewable energy co-ops around the world, cataloged their characteristics and completed a meta-analysis directed at understanding their potential for economic development. Unlike traditional electricity cooperatives common in rural Georgia, her research was limited to community-led initiatives focused solely on the provision of renewable energy.
Renee Shelby is a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech in the Ivan Allen College School of History and Sociology. Her project centered on case studies of four distinct models of peer-to-peer transit that have direct implications for developing and leveraging rural-specific transit apps for economic development. These case studies were drawn from her dataset of the individual app functionality and characteristics of U.S. active and failed peer-to-peer transit apps. She created this dataset from reviews of technology and trade journals, interviews with founders and stakeholders of ride hailing apps, and appraisals of app user activity.
The Career Research Innovation Development Conference (CRIDC), held each spring by the Georgia Tech Student Government Association, features a paper conference for graduate students in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. Papers submitted to this competition highlight the diverse array of individual research conducted by master's and doctoral students.
The winners of the competition are:
First prize: Jon Schmid
Second prize: Yin Li
Third prize: Sooa Lee, Mario Bianchini, Renee Shelby
Several presenters from the conference shared a summary of the research they presented.