G. P. “Bud” Peterson
Chair, Advisory Board, President Emeritus and Regents Professor, Georgia Tech
G.P. “Bud” Peterson served as the 11th president of the Georgia Institute of Technology from April 1, 2009 to August 31, 2019. He led the campus wide development of a 25-year strategic plan, which has served as an important framework for many of the advancements and accomplishments during his tenure.
Before joining Georgia Tech, Peterson served as chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder.
A distinguished scientist, he was appointed in 2008 by President George W. Bush, and again in 2014 by President Barack Obama, to serve as a member of the National Science Board, which oversees the NSF and advises the President and Congress on national policy related to science and engineering research and education.
Peterson earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, a second bachelor's degree in mathematics, and a master's degree in engineering, all from Kansas State University. He earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Val, have four adult children, two of whom are Georgia Tech alumni, and three grandchildren.
Executive Director, Partnership for Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Tech
Debra Lam is the Founding Executive Director for Partnership for Inclusive Innovation. This is a statewide public-private partnership committed to investing in innovative pilot projects. She also continues to lead smart communities and urban innovation work at Georgia Tech. She founded the Georgia Smart Community Challenge, the first state-wide effort in the nation that empowers communities of all sizes to become smarter. Prior to this, she served as Pittsburgh's first ever Chief of Innovation & Performance where she oversaw all technology, sustainability, performance and innovation functions of city government. She crafted the city's first strategic plan for innovation, Inclusive Innovation Roadmap. Prior to that, she was a management consultant at a global engineering and design firm, Arup. She has been the recipient of various awards, including one of the top 100 most influential people in digital government by Apolitcal. She has worked and lived in the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of California, Berkeley, and serves on the boards of the MetroLab Network and Neighborhood Nexus.
Morgan Davis is working as Program Administrator for the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation. The Partnership was established in August of 2020 and aims to guide efforts and pilot programs to help foster access, growth, entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the state, with the ultimate goal of achieving inclusive innovation throughout Georgia. Prior to the Partnership, Morgan set up the first international office for Peachstate Hobby Distribution in Hong Kong. As General Manager she handled the day to day operations of the office. She loved her two years in Hong Kong and was able to take advantage of its location for travel.
Born and raised in Georgia, Morgan is excited to contribute to her state. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Behavior and Health Sciences.