Alan Porter

Professor Emeritus

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Technology Policy and Assessment Center
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Office Location:
DM Smith G18

Alan Porter is Professor Emeritus of Industrial & Systems Engineering, and of Public Policy, at Georgia Tech, where he is Co-director of the Program in Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (STIP).  He is also Director of R&D for Search Technology, Inc., Norcross, GA (producers of VantagePoint and Thomson Data Analyzer software).  He is author or co-author of some 230 articles and books, including Tech Mining (Wiley, 2005) and Forecasting and Management of Technology (Wiley, 2011).  Current research emphasizes “forecasting innovation pathways” for newly emerging technologies.  This entails text mining of science, technology & innovation information resources to generate Competitive Technical Intelligence.  Publications are available at:, or

  • Ph.D., Engineering Psychology, UCLA
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Caltech
Awards and
  • Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET) Medal of Excellence, 2015
Areas of
  • 'Tech Mining' To Forecast Innovation Pathways
  • Research Assessment
Research Fields:
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
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