George P. "Bud" Peterson

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George P. "Bud" Peterson is the eleventh appointed president of the Georgia Institute of Technology[1]. He was born on September 1, 1952, in Palo Alto, California, and he was raised in Prairie Village, Kansas.

Career

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Bud Peterson at the Spring 2009 Commencement Ceremony

G.P. "Bud" Peterson is a graduate of Kansas State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1975 and a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics in 1977. In 1980 he earned his Masters degree in Engineering. He earned his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University in 1985.[2] G.P. "Bud" Peterson has had a great deal of experience in the academic and research field. He has participated in bettering education and has held many positions at other various institutes. Prior to being appointed President of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Peterson was Chancellor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado; Provost of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York; and the Associate Vice-Chancellor as well as the Executive Associate Dean of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He was also the Program Director at the National Science Foundation for the Thermal Transport and Thermal Processing Program from 1993 to 1994. President Peterson was also a visiting research scientist at NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. [3]

Early on in his teaching career, President Peterson was a high school teacher at Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kansas, (1978-1979) and Wabaunsee County High School in Alma, Kansas (1977-1978), where he taught mathematics, physics, and chemistry.[4]

In addition to holding positions as the Associate Vice-Chancellor and Executive Associate Dean of Engineering at Texas A&M University, Peterson has contributed in many other ways. Between 1981 and 1990, he was Assistant Professor of engineering technology and Halliburton Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He was the College of Engineering's Tenneco Professor, and from 1993 to 1996, he was Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.[5]

As Chancellor at the University of Colorado, Bud Peterson proposed Flagship 2030 - a new three year university wide plan. Through this plan, freshman applications increased by 33%. The number of minorities in the freshman class increased by 38%. Sponsored research increased by more than 18% and private philanthropy increased by nearly 80%.[6]

Peterson has been a member of:

  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • National Research Council (NRC)
  • National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
  • National Science Board
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) - Board of Directors, Vice President for Education
  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) - Co-Chair of the Government Relations Committee
  • US Council on Competitiveness[7]

References

  1. Biography - President G.P. "Bud" Peterson, PhD. (November 23, 2010). Retrieved November 23, 2010 from http://www.gatech.edu/president/about/biography.html
  2. Dr. G. P. "Bud" Peterson. (December 8,2010). Retrieved December 8, 2010 from http://web.archive.org/web/20060319163752/http://www.coolingzone.com/summit2004/Bio/Peterson.html
  3. G.P. Peterson - Curriculum Vitae (December 6, 2010). Retrieved December 6, 2010 from http://www.colorado.edu/MCEN/people/faculty/cv/petersonCV.pdf
  4. G.P. Peterson - Curriculum Vitae (December 6, 2010). Retrieved December 6, 2010 from http://www.colorado.edu/MCEN/people/faculty/cv/petersonCV.pdf
  5. Biography - President G.P. "Bud" Peterson, PhD. (November 23, 2010). Retrieved November 23, 2010 from http://www.gatech.edu/president/about/biography.html
  6. Biography - President G.P. "Bud" Peterson, PhD. (December 6, 2010). Retrieved December 8, 2010 from http://www.gatech.edu/president/about/biography.html
  7. G.P. Peterson - Curriculum Vitae (December 6, 2010). Retrieved December 6, 2010 from http://www.colorado.edu/MCEN/people/faculty/cv/petersonCV.pdf
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