George Ligler comes to the Joint Department most recently from being the 20-year proprietor of his consulting firm GTL Associates. Dr. Ligler via GTL Associates provided consulting in telecommunications, computer system and hardware/software engineering, and information management services to over forty clients in the United States, Europe and Asia. In addition, since 2015 Dr. Ligler has served ably on BME’s Industrial Advisory Board. He is a leader in the area of systems integration/engineering and product management services. A selection of his accomplishments include Rhodes Scholar; Furman University’s Alumni Hall of Fame; Member of National Research Council; Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) Achievement Award 2006 and 2017; Secretary of Commerce appointee to Census Expert Panel 2008; Elected Member, National Academy of Engineering (NAE), 2017; and current Chair, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Assessing Risks of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration.
Dr. Ligler will act as a senior states-person for the UNC/NC State BME Department. In this role he will assist in the development of the Joint Department in the following ways: mentoring BME faculty and students; serving as a catalyst to initiate collaborative interactions within BME and between the Department and industry; providing guidance in research, entrepreneurship, patent law, project management, contract negotiation, etc.; and operating as an international spokesperson for UNC/NC State BME. For more information see this NC State link.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. George Ligler to the Joint Department.