Joseph M. Pettit
  • Promoted Ph.D. research; started campaign in the 1970s to make Tech a research school.
  • Georgia Tech joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1978.
  • The Office of Minority Educational Development (OMED) was established.
  • In 1974, women’s basketball team became the first women’s varsity sport at Tech.
  • Engineering Experimental Station became the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in 1985.