Peterson Professorships in Pediatric Research

Georgia Tech Pediatric Technologies funds two Professorships supported by the G.P. “Bud” Peterson and Valerie H. Peterson Faculty Endowment Fund. These Professorships honor the former Georgia Tech President and First Lady, whose vision for the importance of research in improving pediatric healthcare has had a positive impact on the care of pediatric patients in our state and region.

The goal of this program is to further energize the Georgia Tech and CHOA partnership by engaging and empowering researchers currently involved in pediatric research and those who may be new to the field but have exciting expertise and perspectives to offer. Each Professorship will be supported by one million dollars of the Peterson Faculty Endowment Fund’s resources, with the proceeds (approximately $40,000 per year) to be used at Georgia Tech for the promotion of joint Georgia Tech / CHOA pediatric-focused research. Professorship holders shall be research-active faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology at any rank. The term of each Professorship shall be three years, with the option of one three-year renewal.

Professorship funding decisions are made by a committee consisting of Georgia Tech Pediatric Technologies’ Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Innovation Officer, the Executive Director of the Georgia Tech Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB), the Georgia Tech VP for Interdisciplinary Research and the Chief Research Officer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.