The Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is pleased to announce the creation of the Abit Massey Student Internship Program. The program honors Massey, president emeritus of the Georgia Poultry Federation, who was instrumental in the program’s founding more than 40 years ago and remains a dedicated supporter to this day.
The Abit Massey Student Internship Program will provide annual support for one or more Georgia Tech students to work with ATRP researchers on projects in the areas of robotics, sustainable systems, food safety, and/or advanced sensing technologies. In addition to working on ATRP research projects, the students will have an opportunity to gain practical industry experience by shadowing professionals at local poultry companies. The goal is to prepare the next generation of researchers and professionals to innovatively tackle the challenges of building the poultry plant of the future.
Recognized as one of the leading programs of its kind in the country, ATRP works closely with Georgia agribusiness, especially the poultry industry, to develop new technologies and adapt existing ones for specialized industrial needs. These innovations are designed to maximize productively and efficiency, advance safety and health, and minimize environmental impact. The poultry industry is Georgia’s number one agribusiness sector, contributing an estimated $30 billion yearly to the state’s economy.
Massey is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, including being the only University of Georgia graduate to receive a Presidential Citation for Distinguished Service from Georgia Tech. The Citation recognized, in part, Massey’s championing of university research and outreach and the role it can play in promoting economic development in the state.