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Georgia Tech College of Design

Formerly known as the College of Architecture

The Georgia Tech Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation Looks for Executive Director

Two years ago, the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) and the AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center (AMAC) co-located at Georgia Tech.

What seemed like a good idea at the time – housing two nationally known research centers focused on accessibility, technology solutions, and inclusion in the same building – quickly turned into Georgia Tech’s leading force for accessibility innovation.

The natural course of the two centers’ collaborative work led to organizational consolidation. The Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI) now combines the strengths of AMAC’s advocacy and service solutions and CATEA’s research in the areas of disability, aging, and universal design.

As a Georgia Tech College of Design research center, CIDI uses research and design thinking to drive innovation in education and practical approaches to life. As part of the Georgia Tech research ecosystem, collaborations with other centers, academic units, and students create unique opportunities for synergies with big data, robotics, wearable technologies, and the digital twin.

“By merging the two centers into this supercenter, CIDI will be able to address the full range of needs for accessibility,” said Nancey Green Leigh, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Design. “The hardware and software solutions for accessibility are rapidly changing, and CIDI’s home at Georgia Tech gives it a major advantage in developing and disseminating those solutions.”

The resulting focus is clear: CIDI works to secure full inclusion of all individuals through innovative research, education, and service.

The research center creates a unique and perpetual workflow of education, which feeds research, which in turn affects service, which then informs education. The center’s clients (individuals, K-12 and higher education, corporations, nonprofits, and government entities) reap the benefit of equal access to education, work, and life.

"Thanks to our innovative CIDI Service, we thrive in knowledge transfer and proactively are addressing the gaps that exist in research so we move the accessibility, assistive technology, and universal design fields forward," said Carolyn Phillips, the former director of AMAC.

"Leveraging AMAC's expertise will bridge the gap at the intersection of design, research, and service and enable us to promote universal design solutions that meet the needs of people of all abilities in order to ensure the full inclusion of those with less ability," said Jon Sanford, the former director of CATEA.

As Phillips and Sanford take on new roles within CIDI, the center is now looking for an executive director with a strong research background in disability solutions.

The position will be responsible for CIDI’s research, service, and educational activities, resources, and hiring/management for administrators, investigators, and staff. With the center’s incredible range of initiatives, the executive director will need to provide a coherent vision for research, education, and service.

Applicants can submit resumes via jobapplicants@design.gatech.edu.