We are pleased to introduce the 2018 Atlanta Science Festival Honorary Chairperson, Dr. Paul Goldbart of Georgia Tech. Goldbart is Dean of College of Sciences and Betsy Middleton and John Clark Sutherland Chair at Georgia Institute of Technology. A leader on campus and in the community, Dr. Goldbart exemplifies the spirit of curiosity which we hope to kindle in all Festival-goers. Goldbart has been a Festival champion since its inception in 2014, leading Georgia Tech students and faculty to host Festival events and Expo exhibits. He is a strong advocate for science education and for both public engagements in science and scientists’ engagement with the public.
“As both a lifelong student of science and currently a science educator, I can’t help but have giddy enthusiasm for the Atlanta Science Festival,” says Goldbart. “Not only is Atlanta Science Festival something near, dear, and essential to the Georgia Tech scientific community, but it’s an incredible interactive launching pad for the budding, pint-size scientists of tomorrow.”
A native of Hertfordshire, England, Goldbart received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics from Cambridge in 1981. He holds a Masters Degree in Physics from the University of California-Los Angeles, and a doctorate in Physics from the Imperial College in London. Prior to his leadership roles in the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech, Goldbart served as Professor of Physics and Director of the Institute for Condensed Matter Theory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Goldbart’s research interests include vulcanized macromolecular networks (e.g. rubber and gels), superconducting nanostructures and nanodevices, superfluidity, and measures of quantum entanglement. Find him at the next Atlanta Science Festival event, and ask him to tell you more!