Leigh F. McCook

Division Chief
Information and Communications Laboratory, Institute for People & Technology (IPaT)

Leigh McCook is currently the Division Chief for the Information and Communications Laboratory and the Georgia Tech Institute for People and Technology (IPaT). McCook focuses on growing IPaT’s research portfolio of federal and industry projects, particularly in education and humanitarian systems. As a GTRI Principal Research Associate, and Program Manager for Homeland Security/Emergency Response programs, McCook has more than 20 years of research management and program director experience. She has successfully directed outreach programs through regional and national centers funded by numerous federal and state agencies. In support of these programs, she was responsible for a range of projects: outreach, training, exercises, planning, technology development and integration, and policy. She worked closely with the State of Georgia in homeland security and emergency response capacities, including: building stakeholder consensus, developing regional response plans and enhancement plans for the state to submit to the Department of Homeland Security, identification of technology needs to enhance emergency response, implementation and assessment of technology programs, and designing and implementing exercise and training programs.

McCook’s experience also includes serving as Associate Director for Technology Transfer and Outreach for EPA’s Hazardous Substance Research Centers/South & Southwest and Associate Director of Center for Emergency Response Technology Instruction and Policy. In these areas she was charged with building consortiums of academia, government, and NGOs to support research and technology transfer activities

Email: Leigh.McCook@gtri.gatech.edu