The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) periodically features members of our campus community. In this edition, we spend a few minutes getting to know Scott Goodwin, a contracting officer who works with federal sponsors within OSP.
What year did you join Georgia Tech as an employee?
How would you explain your job to a complete stranger?
I work at Georgia Tech, where I send out research proposals, negotiate research agreements, and make sure all parties follow the agreement after it is signed.
What did you do before this job?
Supply Chain Manager at British Petroleum; Contracting Officer at PANTEX (DOE facility) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Battelle); Cost-Price Analyst at General Dynamics (now Lockheed-Martin).
What is your educational background?
BA in German Literature; BS in Geology; MBA in Finance.
What makes working at Georgia Tech great?
The people… and the Campus Recreation Center.
What advice would you share with fellow research administrators?
As soon as you think you might be sending a proposal to OSP, let the contracting officer (CO) know. This helps the CO plan, which allows the CO to give you better service. Ask questions frequently. COs are here to guide you through the red tape, not to put up roadblocks. We are also here to protect you, the Institute, and the PI.
Do you have any recommendations on things to do on or near Georgia Tech's campus?
Eat an Italian chicken dish at Gio's (down Hemphill towards Northside) and grab some gelato (to-go) to eat at your next destination, Sublime Donuts (across the street from the RAB).
What is a fun fact about you that many coworkers might not know?
For approximately five years, I explored for oil and gas in north Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico as a petroleum geologist while working on my MBA
Interested in being a featured research administrator or nominating a colleague for this feature? Contact Kathleen Halley-Octa.