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Comings and goings

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 7th, 2018

•  The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has hired serial entrepreneur John Avery to serve as director of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC).

As part of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), Georgia Tech’s commercialization arm, ATDC works with over 800 tech entrepreneurs each year across the state to help launch and grow their businesses. As director of ATDC, Avery will lead a team of 26 staff and advisors to run the center’s various initiatives, support statewide activities and mentor tech entrepreneurs in Georgia.

“I am deeply honored to join ATDC and lead this amazing team,” says Avery. “ATDC’s work has resulted in the creation of great, disruptive Georgia companies in health, financial services, hardware and numerous other sectors. I look forward to continuing ATDC’s momentum of success and legacy of impact.”

Avery has broad experience launching startups in data and wireless voice technologies. He has also worked at industry giants including Panasonic, where he oversaw development projects in next-generation automotive systems, and Amazon, where Avery served as an engineering manager.

“John is an outstanding leader and successful entrepreneur who understands the start-up journey and commercialization process, with vast relationships in the start-up and business communities,” says Chris Downing, vice president and director at EI2. “We’re pleased to welcome him to EI2 and see him bring ATDC, one of the nation’s premier technology incubators, to even greater success in its mission of helping entrepreneurs build great companies here in Georgia.”

Source: Georgia Tech News Center

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•  Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) has chosen Rob Walker to serve as chief technology officer (CTO). Since joining NSWC Crane 1988, Walker has led research and technology projects for the military and other government agencies in each of Crane’s research areas. As CTO, he will be responsible for internal science and technology investments, tech transfer, K-12 and university STEM outreach programs, innovation lab pilot programs and more.

“NSWC Crane is at its highest-ever employment level and includes nearly 1,500 scientists and engineers who executed over $80 million of research and development last year,” says Walker. “Our highly educated workforce, including more than 100 employees with doctorates and more than 600 with masters degrees, combined with hundreds of partners in academia and industry, are delivering technology that ensures our Navy is the best in the world. I am excited to serve as CTO for NSWC Crane.”

Source: Naval Sea Systems Command

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