Tom McDermott

Areas of Expertise

Defense / National Security
Systems Security


McDermott is Deputy Director and Director of Research for the Georgia Tech Research Institute. McDermott joined GTRI after an 18-year career at Lockheed-Martin Aeronautical Systems in Marietta, Georgia. During his time there he specialized in systems engineering and program management, expertise that will come in handy as he continues to help develop and implement Georgia Tech’s professional master’s degree in systems engineering.

Previously, McDermott managed GTRI's Electronic Systems Laboratory (ELSYS) as its director. McDermott considers the growth of the human systems engineering research area -- which documents mental and physical characteristics, capabilities, and limitations among human users of emerging devices -- as one of the major accomplishments during his term as director of ELSYS. During this time, a new division in human systems engineering was created and the scope of the research was broadened to include operational health and safety support.

McDermott earned an M.S. degree in electrical engineering and a B.S. in physics – both from the Georgia Institute of Technology.