February 07, 2011 10:05 ET

Georgia Tech President Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson to Speak at SEMDA 2011 Conference

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - February 7, 2011) - Dr. G. P. "Bud" Peterson, president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, will speak at the SEMDA 2011 conference. Peterson will share his insights on innovation in the Southeast and then moderate a panel presentation by several leading experts in medical device innovation.

The Southeastern Medical Device Association's (SEMDA) 5th annual conference will take place on March 29-30, 2011, adding a half day to the popular medical device event. Recognized as the premier gathering for the Southeast medical device industry, the conference balances presentations by medical device companies to investors with educational programs and networking opportunities.

This year's conference will be held at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, a midtown Atlanta conference facility that offers more room for presentations and meetings, complemented by state-of-the-art technology capabilities. The format is expanded to include more networking time, poster presentations and additional social events, including the presentation of the SEMDA SpotLight Awards during the gala dinner.

Peterson became Georgia Tech's 11th president in 2009. Under his leadership, the Tech community has developed and begun the implementation of a 25-year strategic plan that envisions what Tech might be like on its 150th anniversary. The university celebrated its 125th anniversary in fall 2010.

Peterson came to Georgia Tech from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he served as chancellor. Prior to that, he served as provost at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During his career, he has worked for NASA and the National Science Foundation. He has also served on the faculty of Texas A&M University.

Throughout his career, he has played an active role in helping to establish the national education and research agendas, serving on numerous industry, government, and academic task forces and committees. Most recently, he was named by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke as a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This group is focused on helping the U.S. develop policies that foster entrepreneurship and identify new ways to take innovative and creative ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace.

Peterson earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, a second bachelor's degree in mathematics, and a master's degree in mechanical engineering, all from Kansas State University. He earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.

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