From the Dean's Desk - April 2, 2020

Dear GT Computing colleagues,
 
Photo portrait of Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell
There has been a perfectly reasonable focus this last week on instruction as we’ve pivoted as quickly as possible to remote delivery of the rest of our semester. Of course, we are a research institution as well, so we have a distinct responsibility in times of crisis to provide both knowledge and leadership. I’d like to acknowledge a few from our CoC family who are stepping up to help provide solutions for the larger coronavirus crisis.
 
Srinivas Aluru, currently interim chair of the School of Computational Science and Engineering, is taking a lead on the Institute’s cooperation with the state’s Coronavirus Task Force. Universities across the state are coordinating a “lab surge” to increase the availability of testing for Georgians. Aluru is also planning to add  to the state’s efforts by creating a pandemic simulation using the HIVE high-powered computing resource.
 
Beth Mynatt, director of the Institute for People and Technology, is leading a collaborative effort between IPaT and the Georgia Tech Research Institute to create a COVID-19 testing registry. Keith Edwards, director of GVU, is serving on a seed-grant program for the Institute that will underpin a range of rapid research responses.
 
There are other collaborations and funded research projects in the works as well, and you’ll hear more about them in the coming days. In fact, if you are working on coronavirus response or outreach, please let Ann Claycombe know so that we can share these stories with our alum, our students, and ourselves. We should all be proud of our College’s contributions in these times.
 
Stay safe everyone.
Peace.
 
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Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean

College of Computing

Georgia Tech

 
EA: Alicia Richhart, alicia@cc.gatech.edu, 404-894-8357