“Tech Square pushed the boundaries of Georgia Tech,” Kurfess said. “This is kind of the same — we’re on the fringes. I think in five or 10 years down the road, AMPF will be the same kind of juggernaut as Tech Square, making a difference in society. People will look back at this moment and think ‘That was a crazy time at Georgia Tech.’”
And, just as Tech Square expanded the boundaries of campus, GA-AIM has the capability of expanding Georgia Tech’s impact on the state.
“In addition to being a major research institute, Georgia Tech and the College of Engineering are focused on workforce development,” said Raheem Beyah, dean of the College and Southern Company Chair. “Sometimes that takes a backseat to research. With GA-AIM, Georgia Tech now has the funding to tie workforce development with AI research — and create a new generation of engineers and technicians — to help all of Georgia.”
Stebner agreed, as he sees GA-AIM as a way to solve some of the issues around the state when it comes to AI manufacturing and the workforce. For instance, rural companies tell him it often takes years to fill machine vision jobs. The company doesn’t know how to train workers in their local community and people from Atlanta don’t want to leave the city.
“The state needs people in rural areas, and rural communities need them,” Stebner said. “We are going to create programs that train the trainer where they live. And on campus, with our focus on creating an autonomy-capable facility at AI-MPF, GA-AIM gives Georgia Tech a national and world-leading resource to create breakthroughs in how AI is used and how it advances manufacturing over the course of the next several decades, if not longer.”