Doug Britton, Ph.D.
Principal Research Engineer
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Doug Britton is a Principal Research Engineer with the Georgia Tech Research Institute and serves as the Associate Division Chief of the Intelligent Sustainable Technologies Division and Program Manager for the Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP) at Georgia Tech. The ATRP program is highly focused on driving transformational innovation in advanced technologies for poultry, agribusiness, and food processing. Working closely with stakeholders in academia, industry, and the public service sector, his efforts entail identifying key unmet challenges and translating them into applied, actionable research initiatives.Britton’s technical expertise in image and signal processing has led to the development of eight different imaging based systems for a variety of food processing applications including citrus, baked goods, whole bird screening and poultry product inspection. He is passionate about the future of poultry production and processing and the opportunities to infuse new technologies into an otherwise highly optimized system. By creating environments where interdisciplinary teams can fundamentally rethink the entire production and processing chain, he seeks to foster the cross pollination of ideas and concepts that will lead to the development of new methods and systems specifically designed to address modern demands. Britton received the B.S. degree in Engineering from LeTourneau University, the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Secretary and Treasurer of the Poultry Science Association (PSA), and a fellow of the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI). He was inducted into the LeTourneau University Academy of Engineering in 2018. He is co-chair of the International Food Automation Networking Conference (IFAN), sits on the USPOULTRY Safety & Health Council, and is co-organizer of the annual National Safety Conference for the poultry industry.