Joseph M. Pettit Microelectronics Research Center

  • Groundbreaking: 1981
  • Created to foster an entrepreneurial atmosphere

The microelectronics research center (MRC) was established through the work of Joseph Pettit in 1981. The MRC was a key part of president Pettit’s plans to reconnect Georgia Tech with corporate industry and give the Institute an entrepreneurial atmosphere. The facility has helped to accomplish these goals by providing researchers with the state of the art clean rooms and equipment needed to develop advanced microelectronics and particularly electronic materials. With the construction of the Marcus Nanotechnology Building, the microelectronics research center entered a new era of research and the two facilities are now supporting key materials and electronics research. Unlike many of Tech’s buildings, the microelectronics research center is nearly entirely dedicated to research laboratories and does not sponsor undergraduate classes.

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Honorary - The building was named in honor of Georgia Tech President, Joseph M. Pettit, for his vision and dedication toward the creation of the MRC to reconnect Georgia Tech with corporate industry and give the Institute an entrepreneurial atmosphere.

Joseph Mayo Pettit

Dr. Joseph Pettit arguably played the most significant role in developing Tech into the world class school it is today. As Georgia Tech’s president from 1972 to 1986 Dr. Pettit focused his efforts to reconnect the Institute with Atlanta and Georgia industry. Drawing upon his experiences in the development of Silicon Valley during his tenure at Stanford, Pettit moved Tech towards an entrepreneurial culture. Dr. Pettit also began Tech’s first major fundraising campaign collecting over $200 million for Tech’s Centennial Campaign.