After serving as Dean of the College of Business (1999-2007), Blum became the founding director of Georgia Tech's Institute for Leadership and Social Impact, an interdisciplinary unit that develops individual and organizational leadership capabilities for economic growth, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability. She earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1982 and has researched and published on topics related to the organization of and innovation in health services related to behavioral health care. She has served on many NIH study sections and has been a co-investigator for research grants related to the study of organizational and entrepreneurial factors that influence the transfer, adoption, and diffusion of innovation to for-profit and not-for-profit health treatment organizations. She is also the co-founder of Georgia Tech’s Excel Program which provides a four-year certificate in academic enrichment, social fluency, and career exploration for students with intellectual disabilities.
Martha Grover is professor and associate chair for Graduate Studies in the School of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering. Her research activities in process systems engineering focus on understanding macromolecular organization and the emergence of biological function. Discrete atoms and molecules interact to form macromolecules and even larger mesoscale assemblies, ultimately yielding macroscopic structures and properties. A quantitative relationship between the nanoscale discrete interactions and the macroscale properties is required to design, optimize, and control such systems; yet in many applications, predictive models do not exist or are computationally intractable.