Magnus Egerstedt is the executive director for the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech. He is a professor and the Julian T. Hightower Chair in Systems and Controls in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with secondary appointments in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, School of Interactive Computing, and Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering. Egerstedt received his M.S. degree in engineering physics and Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and B.A. degree in philosophy from Stockholm University. He was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Harvard University. Egerstedt conducts research in the areas of control theory and robotics with particular focus on control and coordination of complex networks, including multi-robot systems, mobile sensor networks, and cyber-physical systems.
Catherine L. Ross
Catherine L. Ross is a Regents Professor and Harry West Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning and School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at Georgia Tech. From January 2012 to May 2017, she served as the deputy director of the National Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management, a $14 million designation. Ross has published extensively and is an internationally known transportation and urban planner. She is one of the world’s experts on megaregions and sustainability – bringing together regions and cities on transportation, water, energy, land development, and health that create places to compete in a global world. Ross' book, Megaregions and Global Competitiveness (2009), is a leading reference on these emerging geographies. Her extensive research on regional resilience and sustainability focuses on water, energy, transportation, and economic development. Her recent book, Health Impact Assessment in the United States, was published in 2014 by Springer. Ross is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration and a former Urban Land Institute Fellow. In July 2009, she was selected to advise the Obama Administration on the first-ever White House Office of Urban Affairs.
L. Beril Toktay
L. Beril Toktay is a professor of operations management and Brady Family Chair in the Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business and faculty director of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at Georgia Tech. She is one of the six ADVANCE Professors at Georgia Tech, a role that is focused on supporting the advancement of women and underrepresented minorities in academia. Toktay is also co-facilitator of Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business’ Strategic Plan Diversity and Inclusion Goal that aims to “foster a diverse, inclusive, vibrant, and innovative community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.” She co-wrote the proposal that led to the creation of the Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program by the Institute. Toktay obtained her Ph.D. degree in operations research from MIT, M.S. degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University, and B.S. degree in industrial engineering and mathematics from Bogazici University. She conducts research in sustainable operations and supply chain management.