IPaT Leadership

Beth Mynatt

Beth Mynatt

Executive Director
mynatt@gatech.edu
(404) 894-7243

Elizabeth Mynatt is the Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology, a College of Computing distinguished professor, and the director of the Everyday Computing Lab. Mynatt is also the Chair of the Computing Community Consortium, and serves as member of the National Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB). She has been recognized as an ACM Fellow, a member of the SIGCHI Academy, and a Sloan and Kavli research fellow. Mynatt is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of ubiquitous computing and assistive technologies. Her research contributes to ongoing work in personal health informatics, computer-supported collaborative work and human-computer interface design.

Russ Clark

Russ Clark

Director, GT-RNOC
russ.clark@gatech.edu
(404) 385-4706

Russ Clark is a senior research scientist in Georgia Tech's School of Computer Science, who engages hundreds of students each semester in mobile development, networking and the Internet of Things. He emphasizes innovation, entrepreneurship and industry involvement in student projects and application development. He's co-director of the Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center (GT-RNOC), which supports research efforts across campus, and principal leader of the Convergence Innovation Competition, which pairs students and industry sponsors on novel projects. He has played a leadership role in the NSF GENI project, leading both the GT campus trials efforts as well as the GENI@SoX regional deployment and the Software Defined Exchange (SDX). Russ is active in the startup community, including roles with the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program and as a principle with Empire Technologies during its acquisition by Concord Communications.

Maribeth Gandy Coleman

Maribeth Gandy Coleman

Associate Director
maribeth@imtc.gatech.edu
(404) 894-3638

Dr. Maribeth Gandy is the Director of IMTC as well as the Associate Director of Interactive Media for the Institute for People and Technology. She does research in the areas of augmented reality, mobile computing, and HCI. She is a computer scientist who is interested in not only building interesting mobile applications, accessible interfaces, and AR experiences but in bringing HCI techniques for design and evaluation into these domains.

Maribeth has worked on a wide array of projects in the 12 years she has been a faculty member at Georgia Tech; ranging from an augmented reality prototyping tool, to an accessible computer interface based on gesture, to a virtual reality experience for exposing theater students to vaudeville. She is currently collaborating with NC State on an NSF funded project to develop cognitive games for older adults.She is currently developing presence metrics for measuring engagement in AR environments using qualitative and quantitative (physiological measures) data. She also teaches the “Video Game Design” course and the "Principles of Computer Audio" (which she created in 2001) in the College  of Computing at Georgia Tech.

Siva Jayaraman

Siva Jayaraman

Strategic Partnerships Director
jsiva@gatech.edu
(404) 939-7858

Siva Jayaraman is the Strategic Partnerships Manager for the Institute for People and Technology. Prior to Georgia Tech, Siva spent over a decade in the telecommunications industry architecting and delivering Value Added Services to Tier 1 & 2 operators in the United States, Africa, and the Middle East.

Debra Lam

Debra Lam

Managing Director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
debra.lam@gatech.edu
(404) 894-3547

Debra Lam is Managing Director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation at Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology. She has over a decade of experience in urban innovation and resilience, strategy and management, and previously served as Chief Innovation and Performance Officer for the City of Pittsburgh. Lam is a founding leader of the MetroLab Network and serves on their executive steering committee. She’s also a World Cities Summit Young Leader, a Leadership Pittsburgh alumni, and has spoken nationally and internationally on inclusive innovation, performance management, data-driven decision-making, and cultural change. Management Today named Lam to its “35 Women Under 35” list, and she was also a finalist for Women of the Future, Science and Technology.

Francine Lyken

Francine Lyken

Financial Manager II

As part of Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) team, Francine is responsible for the management of budgets for IPaT and its reporting units, processing cost transfers, salary distributions, budget amendments, review and approve expenditures, answer audit inquiries and generate expenditures. Her responsibilities also include: managing/overseeing the financial operations of IPaT; managing/overseeing all center sponsored, GTRC, GTF, revenue accounts; preparing and submitting original fiscal year operational budget; supporting Executive Director with financial goals and objectives; data analysis and reporting - (Center, GTRC, GTF); overseeing salary distribution process (SPD)

Leigh McCook

Leigh McCook

Deputy Director

Leigh McCook is Deputy Director of the Institute for People and Technology, and Division Chief of the Socio-Technical Division within the Georgia Tech Research Institute Information and Communications Laboratory (GTRI-ICL). As deputy director, Leigh works to strengthen industry and international partnerships and build new research collaborations across the Georgia Tech campus. While she continues to conduct research, McCook's focus is on growing IPaT’s research portfolio of federal and industry projects, particularly in education and humanitarian systems.

Cynthia Moore

Cynthia Moore

Assistant Director for Business Operations

Cynthia Moore is Assistant Director for Business Operations at the Institute for People and Technology. She has over a decade of experience at Georgia Tech, previously serving as director of Institute Diversity's OMED: Educational Services. She provided oversight and leadership of programs and initiatives that address the academic transition, retention, and academic success of underrepresented students in STEM. Moore also oversaw various initiatives at OMED, including the Tower Awards, an annual celebration of student diversity and academic success. She began her Georgia Tech career in Business Services where she was responsible for administrative and financial management.

Alyson Powell Key

Alyson Powell Key

Marketing Communications Manager

Alyson Powell Key is Marketing Communications Manager at the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) at Georgia Tech. She leads IPaT’s Marketing Communications team — creating publications, website and social media content, planning events, and providing brand management and communications strategy. Alyson writes and publishes the monthly IPaT Insider e-newsletter, which highlights IPaT’s research, news, and events. And, she’s the creator of Everyday Georgia, an audio and visual storytelling project that explores the lives of those touched by Georgia Tech’s research and technology initiatives. Previously, Alyson worked as a marketing consultant for non-profit organizations and small businesses and in the television news industry as a producer, videographer, and video editor.

Matt Sanders

Matt Sanders

Director of Research Operations
msanders@gatech.edu
(404) 894-9107

Matt Sanders is the Director of Research Operations at IPaT. Matt works with Georgia Tech students and researchers, along with industry partners in the creation of innovative mobile and converged applications and services. He is also the Associate Director, and co-founder, of the Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center (GT-RNOC), a unique research center supporting industry and student engagement through research and operational projects; and the wireless services manager for Georgia Tech in the Office of Information Technology.