Center for Nonlinear Science
Georgia Institute of Technology
hosted by the School of Physics, brings together faculty and
students from Colleges and Schools across Georgia Tech.
Center's goals are to give the
Georgia Tech nonlinear program firmer cross-disciplinary
footing, more visibility and greater coherence, and
to aid in graduate and faculty recruiting.
The Center is administered by the Director and the Executive Committee.
Vice-Provost for Research appoints the Director of Center
for an initial 3 year term, and thereafter either re-appoints or appoints
a new Director for subsequent 3 year terms.
Vice-Provost for Research approves the scientific program and the budget of
the Center as presented by the Director.
Director appoints Center faculty, post-doctoral fellows, visiting
faculty, administrative and technical personnel.
Director is responsible for Center's accounting.
Daily Center expenditures, travel grants and short term visitor reimbursement
are approved by the Director.
Director presents the Center yearly activity report to
Vice-Provost for Research.
Director receives 2 months summer salary.
A Deputy Director appointed by the Director supervises day-to-day activities
in Director's absence.
Training, research, and other scientific
activities of the Center are supervised by the Executive Committee
Executive Committee consists of the Director and 4 faculty members,
each elected annually by 2/3 majority of the Center Faculty, by open ballot.
Each year a graduate student representative,
elected by the Center Faculty's graduate students,
is appointed for a one year term
to the Committee,
without voting rights.
Executive Committee meets prior to the start of each academic year, and
then at least twice per semester during the academic year. The meetings
are chaired by the Director. Non-Center
faculty or external experts may be invited
by the Director to take part as non-voting members. Points can be introduced
to the meeting agenda by the faculty as well as by the graduate students'
At the beginning of the academic year the Executive Committee appoints
and sets the budget for
a faculty coordinator for courses in nonlinear sciences
to be offered
across the participating Schools
a faculty member and a graduate student in charge of the Center seminar
a faculty member and a graduate student in charge of
the organization of the annual Center workshop
Executive Committee proposes the allocation of Center resources,
Faculty nominates Center visitors and brings forth proposals for
the Center activities. The Executive Committee evaluates the proposals
and proposed budgets, and the Director acts on the basis of Executive Committee's
Executive Committee collaborates with the participating Schools
in graduate program recruitment initiatives,
such as hosting of prospective students and organizing graduate student
Executive Committee recommends to the Director
the appointments of Center J. Ford Fellows
and other Post-doctoral Fellows (normally for 2 years, maximally
3 years) and Visiting Professors (normally for an academic semester).
Executive Committee acts on students' and faculty applications for funds
to help cover the travel expenses of
attending conferences and workshops.
Current Faculty and Associate Members of the Center are
Director convenes a full Faculty meeting no less than once a semester.
New candidates for the Center Faculty are nominated by
Faculty. Election requires 2/3 majority of the Center Faculty, by open
The initial appointment to the Center Faculty is for a three year period.
The director can re-appoint members of the Center Faculty for subsequent
three year periods.
Director can appoint a Georgia Tech or external faculty
as an Associate Member of the Center, for a one year period.
After a year, such appointments lapse, unless
the Faculty deems the activity of the Associate Member to be of sufficient
importance to the Center to merit election to the Faculty, as in c).
Administers the visitor program. Assists with Center accounting,
grant applications, correspondence, manuscript preparation, travel arrangements,
seminar scheduling and home-pages maintenance.
Center secretary schedules and keeps minutes
of the Executive Committee and Faculty
A systems manager with Unix expertise employed by the
School of Physics
will have the overall responsibility for Center's computer support
(installation, upgrades, backups, security, account management and assistance,
selecting components and vendors), maintains a
reliable, up-to-date computer network for Center staff and visitors.
The manager can delegate the day-to-day assistance to student help
funded by the Center, but working under the systems manager's supervision.
A web site manager employed by the School will be responsible
for the Center homepages maintenance, under the supervision of the Center
secretary and director.
Center accounts as well as the individual PI accounts included under
the Center umbrella are administered by the School of Physics accounting
The seed funding for an initial period of 3 years is provided by
the Georgia Institute of Technology, as negotiated by the Director.
Continuation of the Center is contingent upon Center Faculty's
ability to secure external funding.
Center will officially open and the OSP funding will start
subsequent to the completion of the renovation of the space
assigned to the Center, at a date to be agreed upon between the Director
and the Vice-Provost for Research.
Vice-Provost for Research can seek an independent expert evaluation
of the Center at any time, and either terminate or renew the Center status
with no less than 18 month advance notice.
Last edited by P. Cvitanovic',
Aug 2 2000