First, there was the hybrid. Then, there were the plug-in electric vehicles. Now, we have the Ford C-MAX Solar Energi concept car. Think of it as a plug-in electric car with solar panels on the roof. With this vehicle, drivers don’t need a cord to get the power. The idea: leave the car in the sun and let the solar panels do the work. Innovative, yes, but there’s a problem—getting the solar panels to actually charge the cars take a while. That’s where researchers from Georgia Tech come in. Their job is to figure out how to make the panels more efficient. So the researchers turned to the same technology you see in a lighthouse.
Georgia’s Board of Regents voted Tuesday afternoon to raise tuition at the state’s public colleges. Starting in the fall, students at most schools will pay 2.5 percent more each semester. That’s between $32 and $85, depending on the school. Students say it will be tough to pay more. Armstrong Atlantic State University freshman Adrian Wyatt says to afford higher tuition, he might have to cut back the 16 credits he’s taking this semester.
Richard Kopelman, Chairman of the Next Generation Manufacturing Conference, believes there are two main challenges for Georgia’s manufacturing companies: finding qualified workers and using government incentives effectively. “Eight-two percent of manufacturers aren’t taking advantage of the tax credits and incentives available to them,” explained Kopelman, who is also a CPA and managing partner at accounting firm Habif, Arogti and Wynne.
Money keeps many people from getting an education. But it’s especially so for a group of Georgia students whose parents brought them to the U.S. illegally. The state bars them from the top five public colleges and requires them to pay out-of-state tuition at the others. Many put their education dreams on hold or take years to complete a degree. Here are the stories of two undocumented students who should be finishing college this year. Instead, one is just starting while the other is a sophomore at a community college.
Two of Georgia’s college football squads will be looking at conference championships come December, if you believe the media members who rank them in preseason polls. A third could be headed to its conference championship game on the strength of a new quarterback. Savannah TV’s Frank Sulkowski previews the season.
Georgia Tech sophomore Nicholas Selby says he was surprised by the reaction to his convocation speech welcoming freshmen to the Atlanta university. The video quickly went viral on the Internet. It had more than 1.8 million views on YouTube by Friday morning.
Brandon Gaudin has been named to replace Wes Durham as Georgia Tech's play-by-play announcer. Gaudin, who had been the lead voice in broadcasts for Butler University's football and men's basketball broadcasts, is the choice of Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski to replace Durham, who left for a TV opportunity. Durham, the voice of Georgia Tech for 18 years, will continue to serve as the play-by-play announcer on Atlanta Falcons' broadcasts.
AT&T has announced it will open an innovation center near Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Company officials said Tuesday that the innovation center is expected to help AT&T speed development of new applications and platforms.