Meet General Manager Jilda Diehl Garton
General Manager of GTRC and GTARC
Vice President for Research, Georgia Tech
Jilda Diehl Garton is Vice President for Research at Georgia Institute of Technology and serves as the General Manager, responsible for the financial and business affairs, of Georgia Tech’s two research corporations. The Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC) and the Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation (GTARC) are 501(c)(3) organizations that support Georgia Tech’s research enterprise as contracting entities for Georgia Tech sponsored research and through assignment, management and licensing of intellectual property developed at Georgia Tech.
Jilda has served Georgia Tech for more than two decades, joining the institute in 1998 from The Ohio State University Research Foundation, where she served as Vice President for Research Administration Services.
Jilda is active nationally in research policy matters. She has testified before the U.S. Congress Committee on Science, Space, & Technology, including “SBIR/STTR Reauthorization: A Review of Technology Transfer” for the Subcommittee on Research and Technology in 2016 and “The Relationship Between Business and Research Universities: Fueling American Innovation and Job Creation” before the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education in 2012. She was a contributor to “Optimizing the Nation’s Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century,” a comprehensive text produced in two parts by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and published by The National Academies Press in 2016. Jilda also represents Georgia Tech in activities of the Federal Demonstration Partnership, a cooperative initiative among 10 federal agencies and 154 institutional recipients of federal funds convened by the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable of the National Academies.
Jilda has served on the Board of Directors of the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) and, from 2001 to 2003, was chair of the organization’s Contracts and Intellectual Property Committee. She authored the Conflict of Interest chapter in the Technology Transfer Practice Manual created by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). In 2017, Jilda received the Julia Jacobsen Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) for sustained and distinctive contributions which have included service as faculty to the organization’s professional education programs. She serves on the Board of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) and co-chairs the UIDP’s Contracts Accords Working Group. Jilda was honored by Georgia Tech Institute Diversity in the 2017 publication “Faces of Inclusive Excellence,” which acknowledges a group of faculty, staff, and students committed to advancing a culture of inclusive excellence at Georgia Tech.