From the Dean's Desk - April 13, 2020

Dear GT Computing colleagues,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

Personally, I find it kind of amazing how many of our students, staff, faculty, and alumni are working to fight coronavirus and to mitigate its economic effects.

Computing students were part of two out of three Georgia Tech teams who won their category of the MIT COVID-19 Challenge hackathon:

  • Sebastian Hollister was part of Medlynk, a team that built a tracking model that allows counties to manage and distribute their inventory of PPE. Medlynk won the Hospital Assets Coordination and Distribution category.
  • Leo Ricci was part of PopTracker, a low-cost mesh network that reports population densities in public transit. PopTracker won in the Impact of Social Distancing and Quarantine category.

Tim Trent, a TSO research technologist in GVU, worked in the center’s Prototyping Lab to build molds for the 3-D printing of a new protective mask designed by a doctoral student from Aerospace Engineering. The molds will dramatically reduce production times for the mask.

Finally, we have a group of alumni who are helping to keep at least one sector of the economy afloat. Brian O’Connor (BS CS 2008) worked with fellow GT alums Brendan and Bailey O’Leary to build software that has allowed more than 200 microbreweries to move into delivery and curbside service as their in-person operations have been closed. That’s not bad at all.

I am proud to see our community do that which we do so well and helping to navigate the pandemic and its economic effects. I expect to be able to share more of your efforts in the coming days.  Go Jackets!



Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean

College of Computing

Georgia Tech

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