An international research unit established between the Georgia Institute of Technology and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in the domains of telecommunications and innovative materials
As the result of a strategic alliance between the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), a joint GIT/CNRS research laboratory, the GT-CNRS UMI 2958, was established at the Georgia Tech Lorraine campus in Metz, France, in March of 2006. The laboratory conducts a unique transatlantic collaborative program of research in secure networks and smart materials. Research faculty and graduate students from Georgia Tech, French universities, and other CNRS laboratories work on joint research projects sponsored by industry and by local and national governments. The founding associate partners in this unique laboratory are the University of Metz, the University of Franche-Comté, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM), and L’École Supérieure d’Électricité (Supélec). Initial research programs focus on optoelectronic techniques for signal encryption and secure transmission for optical and wireless systems, nonlinear optics, new materials and nanostructures for photonics and electronics, multifunctional materials, the ultrasonic characterization of materials, and the development of new ultrasonic sensors.