What is Computing?

The College of Computing was founded in 1991 in recognition that computing as a discipline would transform society and the world. This prediction has proven to be true—computing, and the Internet communications enabled by it, is transforming virtually every aspect of our lives: business and commerce, health care, manufacturing, transportation, education, entertainment, government, even the very nature of human relationships.

Moreover, computation has laid legitimate claim to being the “third leg of science,” in the words of a Nobel laureate, joining theory and experimentation as the foundations on which all human knowledge rests. At Georgia Tech, computing stands alongside engineering and science as the pillars of a modern academic research institution. Just as it has transformed modern life, computing is transforming modern research, enabling new branches of scientific inquiry and leading by example in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research.

Georgia Tech’s College of Computing has been a leader in defining modern computing as a paradigm that combines the foundations of theoretical mathematics and information science, the force of invention in computational systems and processes, and interdisciplinary practice that integrates innovation in computing with all facets of life.

Georgia Tech’s College of Computing now includes schools in Computer Science, Interactive Computing, and Computational Science and Engineering. Nationally, Georgia Tech has led the way by defining and demonstrating the breadth and impact of computing as a paradigm-changing field.