Advanced Technology Development Center

"ATDC" redirects here. For the Michigan Tech building, see Advanced Technology Development Complex.The Advanced Technology Development Center is a science and business incubator in Georgia. It is part of the Enterprise Innovation Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is headquartered in Technology Square. ATDC was formed in 1980 to stimulate growth in Georgia's technology business base, and admitted its first member company in 1981. It now has locations in Atlanta and Savannah. In 2011, ATDC expanded its mission by merging with Georgia Tech’s VentureLab and with the Georgia SBIR Assistance Program. ATDC has opened its membership to all technology entrepreneurs in Georgia, from those at the earliest conception stage to the well-established, venture-fundable companies.More than 120 companies started there, including firms such as MindSpring and TransNexus. Sponsored companies have created almost 51,000 man-years of employment, generated over $12.7 billion revenue, generated over $100 million in profit to Georgia, and raised over $1 billion in venture capital since 1999. ATDC has been recognized by Inc. Magazine and Business Week as one of the nation's top incubators, and won several other awards. Wikipedia.

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ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Engage Ventures, an independent early stage venture fund, today announced that it has opened its application process for Fall 2017. Engage Ventures is the largest-ever strategic grouping of major corporations in an independent venture firm. Investments from the $15 million fund will be uniquely focused to help new companies finance and formulate their go-to-market strategies and gain access to customers and distribution. Companies accepted to the highly selective three-month Engage program will receive $75K in initial seed funding. In subsequent financing rounds, Engage will co-invest larger amounts in portfolio companies. Companies can apply directly at The firm’s founding partners include AT&T, Chick-fil-A, Cox Enterprises, Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, Georgia Power Foundation, Inc., Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Invesco Ltd., The Home Depot and UPS. Tech Square Ventures will manage the fund, and Engage will leverage services in partnership with the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech. In addition to funding, the corporations will contribute time, mentorship, expertise and other resources to portfolio companies. This will give startups the ability to work closely with executives from leading brands to accelerate their go-to-market strategies and achieve scale more quickly. The corporate partner CEOs and other senior leadership will also take an active role on the Engage Board of Directors. “The robust level of participation from leading corporations will help ensure Engage’s success by providing a world-class experience for high-potential startups,” said Martin L. Flanagan, President and CEO of Invesco. “We’re also excited about the shared innovation and learning opportunities across the diverse group of corporations involved.” Engage Ventures recently appointed Thiago Olson as its first Managing Director. Olson is an entrepreneur, acclaimed physicist and venture partner at Tech Square Ventures. “The core mission of Engage Ventures is to help emerging companies get their products to market. We have an incredible lineup of Fortune 1000 companies, CEOs and executives who will dedicate their talent and resources to help our entrepreneurs achieve their visions,” said Olson. “Our pooled investment model for corporations is quite novel; it will let Engage maintain investment independence, while at the same time empowering startups to choose their own best path forward.” Engage Ventures maintains its physical offices in Georgia Tech’s Tech Square in Atlanta, giving founders a place to work alongside other entrepreneurs who are intent on transforming markets as part of the Engage portfolio. Engage Ventures is an independent early stage venture fund and program that gives startups what they need most – customer and market access. Engage startups come from around the world to work with top executives from leading brands, including AT&T, Chick-fil-A, Cox Enterprises, Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, Georgia Power Foundation, Inc., Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Invesco Ltd., The Home Depot and UPS. These corporate partners, along with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) and Tech Square Ventures, provide tools, hands-on support and resources that help companies develop go-to-market strategies, open doors faster and transform strategies into action. Engage also provides access to thought leaders and workshops that help entrepreneurs tackle their biggest challenges, as well as office space where founders work with other entrepreneurs who are transforming their markets. Headquartered in Georgia Tech’s Technology Square, Engage is led by Managing Director Thiago Olson. For more information, visit

News Article | May 9, 2017

Veriphy AnalyticsSM, a web-based business intelligence platform, will be featured in Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) Startup Showcase on Thursday, May 11th. The event will take place at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.

Prasad M.V.D.,Advanced Technology Development Center | Bhattacharya B.,Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Nano Letters | Year: 2017

Phononic coupling can have a significant role in friction between nanoscale surfaces. We find frictional dissipation per atom in carbon nanotube (CNT) oscillators to depend significantly on interface features such as contact area, commensurability, and by end-capping of the inner core. We perform large-scale phonon wavepacket MD simulations to study phonon coupling between a 250 nm long (10,10) outer tube and inner cores of four different geometries. Five different phonon polarizations known to have dominant roles in thermal transport are selected, and transmission coefficient plots for a range of phonon energies along with phonon scattering dynamics at specific energies are obtained. We find that the length of interface affects friction only through LA phonon scattering and has a significant nonlinear effect on total frictional force. Incommensurate contact does not always give rise to superlubricity: the net effect of two competing interaction mechanisms shown by longitudinal and transverse phonons decides the role of commensurability. Capping of the core has no effect on acoustic phonons but destroys the coherence of transverse optical phonons and creates diffusive scattering. In contrast, the twisting and radial breathing phonon modes have perfect transmission at all energies and can be deemed as the enablers of ultralow friction in CNT oscillators. Our work suggests that tuning of interface geometries can give rise to desirable friction properties in nanoscale devices. © 2017 American Chemical Society.

News Article | February 22, 2017

Donis Flagello, President, CEO, and COO of Nikon Research Corporation of America (NRCA), will be presented with the 2017 Frits Zernike Award for Microlithography on Monday 27 February during SPIE Advanced Lithography in San Jose, California. The award, presented annually for outstanding accomplishments in microlithography technology, recognizes Flagello’s driving role in the understanding and improvement of image formation in optical lithography for semiconductor manufacturing. A prominent member of the microlithography community since the early 1980s and a longtime SPIE Fellow, Flagello has primarily focused on the rigorous application of physics to lithography modeling and problem solving. His work improved understanding of the lithographic process through development of methods that took into account previously unaccounted-for physical effects, thereby enabling the printing of smaller geometries. Early in his career, while at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, he developed the first practical test for measuring flare in optical lithography tools and made major contributions to high numerical aperture (NA) modeling of imaging tools, including vector and polarization effects, and radiometric correction. Later, at ASML in The Netherlands, he helped create a culture to complement data collection for characterizing and specifying lithographic tools. As director of ASML’s Advanced Technology Development Center in Arizona, his leadership resulted in advances in lithography capabilities for ASML tools, and played an important role in providing analysis of aberrations for new systems and high NA imaging effects due to polarization. Flagello’s contributions to the microlithography industry stand out as one of the key aspects of his career, said Timothy Brunner of GlobalFoundries, Inc. “His unusual career trajectory has made a large impact on the technical and the business success of the worldwide microlithography industry.” Another notable aspect of his career, Flagello’s presentations at lithography conferences and papers in various journals have inspired a better understanding of optics and resist behavior and helped drive optical lithography forward, colleagues said. “His presentations are known for their combination of humor with a deep understanding of the complex interactions between physical optics and lithographic process technology,” said David Williamson, an NRCA Fellow. “His combined theoretical and practical production experience and knowledge are rare in this field.” Both Brunner and Williamson are previous Frits Zernike Award winners as well as Fellows of SPIE. SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology. The Society serves nearly 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library. In 2016, SPIE provided more than $4 million in support of education and outreach programs.

News Article | March 2, 2017

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Urjanet, the world-wide leader for utility data, today announced $20 million of new funding in a Series C round led by Oak HC/FT. Urjanet offers a data-as-a-service (DaaS) solution that provides line-item detail of cost and usage information from approximately 4,000 utilities in 30 countries. The data that Urjanet accesses from electric, gas, telco, water, and waste providers enables SMEs and multinational companies to automate their accounting and bill processing, manage energy costs, comply with energy reporting regulations, and monitor sustainability. The round of funding comes as government agencies, such as the CFPB, as well as private financial institutions have recently made steps to explore programs to incorporate alternative sources of consumer payment data, such as utilities and rent, to make credit and lending decisions. The funding will enable Urjanet to expand its global network of utility providers as well as launch new data applications in the financial services industry that focus on alternative credit scoring and identity verification. “We are excited to advance our mission to equip companies with the data they need to manage billing and payments, energy consumption and utility costs, and achieve sustainability goals,” said Sanjoy Malik, CEO of Urjanet, commenting on the investment round. “Oak HC/FT’s financing will enable us to broaden our reach to the world’s largest corporations and utility providers, as well as accelerate our launch of new applications using utility data as an alternative source for credit scoring and identity verification.” Patricia Kemp, general partner at Oak HC/FT, added, “Urjanet is tackling a critical concern for many companies: managing their complex utility expenses and billing data. We look forward to working with Sanjoy and the Urjanet team, as they roll out their data service to new customers, and expand their reach into adjacent markets and financial services.” Oak HC/FT is the premier venture growth-equity fund investing in Healthcare Information & Services (“HC”) and Financial Services Technology (“FT”). Urjanet is the 16th investment by Oak HC/FT since launching the inaugural $500 million fund in June 2014. The fund and its investors contain deep domain experience and are uniquely positioned to provide entrepreneurs and companies with strategic counsel, board-level participation, and access to an extensive network of industry leaders. Ms. Kemp will join the board of Urjanet. Urjanet is based in Atlanta and was founded at ATDC (Advanced Technology Development Center). The technology was developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology through a research and funding partnership with the National Science Foundation and the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA). Investors include Grotech Ventures, and Correlation Ventures, Imlay Investments, and the GRA. Urjanet’s mission is to provide the world with easy access to automated utility data. Our cloud-based platform connects directly to utilities to seamlessly acquire and normalize disparate utility bill and interval data. The process data is delivered directly to industry-leading business applications. Public and private organizations across the world use Urjanet data to achieve sustainability goals and reduce energy consumption and cost. Urjanet is rapidly becoming the global standard for utility data and powers applications from the leading energy and sustainability providers. Urjanet is a privately-held company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit Oak HC/FT ( is the premier venture growth-equity fund investing in Healthcare Information & Services (“HC”) and Financial Services Technology (“FT”). We are focused on driving transformation in these industries by providing entrepreneurs and companies with strategic counsel, board-level participation, business plan execution and access to our extensive network of industry leaders.

The magneto-optical properties of stacked-layer structures consisting of hcp-Co80Pt20 thin films and noble metal underlayers were investigated under polar Kerr measurement conditions. For CoPt/Ag stacked films, insertion of a 2-nm-thick ZnO layer into the interface resulted in the concurrent improvement of the magneto-optical enhancement at the plasma edge of Ag and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. An ideal square out-of-plane hysteresis loop with a large Kerr rotation of approximately 1.25° was obtained in the CoPt/ZnO/Ag stacked structure. Moreover, heat treatment in a vacuum resulted in further improvement of the perpendicular magneto-optical properties in the stacked structures with thin CoPt layers. © 2013 American Institute of Physics.

Ganguly P.,Advanced Technology Development Center
Optics Communications | Year: 2012

Lithium niobate (LiNbO 3) photonic wires are of growing interest in the field of nonlinear optics and to fabricate micro-ring resonators. In this paper the design and analysis of LiNbO 3 photonic wires by a semi-analytical technique is presented. The two-dimensional refractive index profile of the waveguide is transformed into lateral one-dimensional equivalent-index profile by the effective-index method. A transfer matrix method is then applied to this lateral equivalent-index profile of the waveguide to determine the propagation constants and electric-field distributions of the guided modes. Single mode photonic wires at 1.31 μm transmitting wavelength are designed for both TE and TM polarizations and finally, the matrix method is employed along with the conformal mapping technique to determine the bending loss of the curved photonic wires for different radii of curvature. The process needs less computation power, both in terms of elapsed time and memory, and can also be applicable to other photonic materials. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Hess A.E.,Advanced Technology Development Center
Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE | Year: 2013

Implantable microdevices are gaining significant attention for several biomedical applications. Such devices have been made from a range of materials, each offering its own advantages and shortcomings. Most prominently, due to the microscale device dimensions, a high modulus is required to facilitate implantation into living tissue. Conversely, the stiffness of the device should match the surrounding tissue to minimize induced local strain. Therefore, we recently developed a new class of bio-inspired materials to meet these requirements by responding to environmental stimuli with a change in mechanical properties. Specifically, our poly(vinyl acetate)-based nanocomposite (PVAc-NC) displays a reduction in stiffness when exposed to water and elevated temperatures (e.g. body temperature). Unfortunately, few methods exist to quantify the stiffness of materials in vivo, and mechanical testing outside of the physiological environment often requires large samples inappropriate for implantation. Further, stimuli-responsive materials may quickly recover their initial stiffness after explantation. Therefore, we have developed a method by which the mechanical properties of implanted microsamples can be measured ex vivo, with simulated physiological conditions maintained using moisture and temperature control. To this end, a custom microtensile tester was designed to accommodate microscale samples with widely-varying Young's moduli (range of 10 MPa to 5 GPa). As our interests are in the application of PVAc-NC as a biologically-adaptable neural probe substrate, a tool capable of mechanical characterization of samples at the microscale was necessary. This tool was adapted to provide humidity and temperature control, which minimized sample drying and cooling. As a result, the mechanical characteristics of the explanted sample closely reflect those of the sample just prior to explantation. The overall goal of this method is to quantitatively assess the in vivo mechanical properties, specifically the Young's modulus, of stimuli-responsive, mechanically-adaptive polymer-based materials. This is accomplished by first establishing the environmental conditions that will minimize a change in sample mechanical properties after explantation without contributing to a reduction in stiffness independent of that resulting from implantation. Samples are then prepared for implantation, handling, and testing (Figure 1A). Each sample is implanted into the cerebral cortex of rats, which is represented here as an explanted rat brain, for a specified duration (Figure 1B). At this point, the sample is explanted and immediately loaded into the microtensile tester, and then subjected to tensile testing (Figure 1C). Subsequent data analysis provides insight into the mechanical behavior of these innovative materials in the environment of the cerebral cortex.

Advanced Technology Development Center and ADVANPRO Ltd | Date: 2012-10-31

A pressure monitoring shoe comprises a main shoe body, a data processing device and at least two pressure sensors. The pressure sensors are arranged at one or a plurality of locations where the main shoe body is in contact with a foot, and the pressure sensor comprises a flexible textile sensor and an encapsulation device for encapsulating the flexible textile sensor. The data processing device is arranged in one or more of the sole space, the outside space of the shoe body or the rear space of the heel of the pressure monitoring shoe, and a signal connection line is arranged between the data processing device and the pressure sensor.

News Article | February 23, 2017

UserIQ, a Customer Growth Platform™ that empowers SaaS companies to foster growth beyond the funnel, announced today the company has appointed Rachel Orston to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). With the change in management, founder Aaron Aycock will take on the role of Chief Product Officer to focus on product development and enhancements to UserIQ’s solution, while remaining actively involved with long-term strategy and customer evangelism. Aycock is confident Orston will further enhance the company's success and growth trajectory, and welcomes the opportunity to actively focus his attention on product development and future innovation. “Along with the entire team, I’m excited that Rachel has made this commitment to lead UserIQ into its next chapter,” said Aaron Aycock, chief product officer and founder of UserIQ. “Her experience transforming companies into successful, customer-focused organizations, along with UserIQ’s powerhouse technology are the perfect combination to continue our growth and secure a well-deserved position as a leading brand in our industry.” Orston has spent more than two decades as a leader in the SaaS and IT technology industries driving customer success and achieving significant revenue growth for emerging companies. Most recently, Orston was worldwide executive leader over SaaS growth and customer success for IBM, covering Watson and all of IBM’s SaaS businesses. Prior to that, she was vice president of global services and customer adoption at Silverpop, which IBM acquired in 2014, where she was responsible for onboarding, implementation and overall customer growth. During her tenure she championed transformation and customer success across the entire IBM SaaS portfolio, built a robust operations model for customer KPI management, and increased services and solution sales 80 percent in less than 36 months, generating more than $20M in new revenue. “Rachel has played an integral role as a pioneer in developing a strong discipline and playbook around customer success, which is the very heart of UserIQ’s business,” said Mark Buffington, co-founder and managing partner of BIP Capital and a UserIQ investor. “She is a smart choice to lead UserIQ into the next stage of growth. Rachel’s extensive technology management expertise makes her the ideal executive to drive UserIQ’s performance moving forward.” UserIQ is fast-becoming the Customer Growth Platform that empowers SaaS companies to go beyond customer success with tools to manage the post-sale stages. By combining user intelligence, targeted engagements and customer health, UserIQ helps deliver what each of your customers needs to be successful at every moment. “The best companies are built one customer at a time and those customers grow by one user engagement at a time,” said Rachel Orston, newly appointed CEO of UserIQ. “I’m proud to lead a company that takes this philosophy very seriously and understands the hard work that begins after the initial sale closes. The entire customer growth landscape is gaining unbelievable momentum and UserIQ is at the center of this movement. I’m excited about what’s ahead for our team and the incredible journey we are on with our growing customer base.” Orston earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and an Executive Masters of Science in Management of Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a member of Georgia Tech Advanced Technology Development Center, StartupChicks, Women in Technology, Technology Association of Georgia and is a TiE charter member. About UserIQ Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, UserIQ was founded in 2014 to help SaaS companies transform the way they engage with their customers. From adoption and retention to expansion and advocacy, UserIQ combines user intelligence, targeted engagements and customer health to deliver what each customer needs to be successful at every moment. In 2016, the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) recognized UserIQ as a ‘Top 10 Most Innovative Company.’ For more information on UserIQ, visit and follow us on Twitter @UserIQ.

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