Principal Research Engineer
Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
Georgia Tech Research Institute
925 Dalney St.
Baker Bldg. #123
Atlanta, GA 30318
The focus of Dr. Ready's research is electronic applications of carbon nanotubes. Dr. W. Jud Ready is the Deputy Director, Innovation Initiatives for the Georgia Tech ‘Institute for Materials.’ He has also been an Adjunct Professor in the School of Materials Science & Engineering at Georgia Tech and a Principal Research Engineer on the research faculty of Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) for fifteen years. Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty, he worked for a major military contractor (General Dynamics) as well as in small business (MicroCoating Technologies). He has served as PI or co-PI for grants totaling ~$17M awarded by the Army, Navy, Air Force, DARPA, NASA, NSF, NIST, industry, charitable foundations, private citizens, and the States of Georgia and Florida. His current research focuses primarily on energy, aerospace, nanomaterial applications and electronics reliability. Dr. Ready has over a thousand citations from his numerous refereed publications on electronic and nanoscale materials and his research developments have been presented at well-over two dozen international conferences, including invited talks in Prague, Hong Kong, Berlin, Tokyo, Uzbekistan, Austria and Chile. He has served as an expert witness in criminal and civil cases and he has provided testimony to the Georgia State House Science & Technology Committee. He has a dozen patents awarded in the United States (#6,846,370; 6,994,757; 8,350,146; 8,474,805; 8,604,681; 8,774,890; 8,919,752; 9,058,954; 9,427,091; 9,859,477; 9,892,863; 10,166,085), with many others pending as well. The Electronic, Magnetic and Photonic Materials Division (EMPMD) of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) named Dr. Ready as a 2002 “Young Leader.” He has served as Chair for several TMS Committees (Nanotechnology; Education; and Membership & Student Development). He was first elected to the TMS Board of Directors in 2005 (Membership & Student Development) and again in 2010 (Content Development & Dissemination). In 2015, he was named as a “Brimacombe Medalist” from TMS that rewards mid-career individuals for sustained excellence and achievement in business, technology, education, public policy, or science related to materials science and engineering. In 2014, he was the thesis advisor for Georgia Tech’s “Best PhD Thesis” (Graham Sanborn) selected by Sigma Xi. Dr. Ready is also the recipient of: “Innovative Research Award” by GTRI in 2013; “Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award” by Georgia Institute of Technology (2009); “Young Leader International Scholar Award” by Japan Institute of Metals (2005); and “Red Flag Award” by Georgia Department of Natural Resources (2001). Dr. Ready is also a Senior Member of IEEE, and has been involved in a variety of peer review activities for archival journals, scholarships and federal agencies and continues to be a session organizer for numerous national and international symposia/conferences, including serving as Chair of the Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring 2017 Meeting. Dr. Ready is a helicopter and instrument-rated fixed wing pilot and served as Board Chairman for the non-profit /501(c)(3) Yellow Jacket Flying Club, Inc. from 2010 to 2017. He is also a Trustee for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association and the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, and recently served on the Georgia Tech Executive Board, as well as Faculty Assembly. Research Interest: Management and leadership in engineering, research & development focused on materials innovation. Interests include materials for energy capture, storage and delivery as well as those used in electronic & aerospace applications, including: photovoltaics, batteries, supercapacitors, piezoelectrics, cold cathodes, thin film deposition, carbon nanotube, graphene and other nanomaterial manufacture & use, printed wiring boards, accelerated life testing, reliability assessment, and failure mode analysis of electronic packaging & components. Spaceflight research: STS-67, ALICE, NREP, MISSE-11, MISSE-112, TARGIT.