From the Dean's Desk - Dec. 1, 2020

Dear GT Computing Community,

Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

Lots of interesting things going on today. It’s finally December, final exams have started, and grade entry is open: signs that we are inching ever closer to the end of this most unusual semester. Oh, and by the way, to the end of the year of our 30th anniversary. 

We’ve come a long way in 30 years. We were the first college of computing at a public university in the U.S., and we have grown (literally exponentially) since. We are now the largest undergraduate major at Georgia Tech. Our work is now so integral to other disciplines that we teach classes to every undergraduate on campus. We are not only research leaders, we are helping to set the agenda for the entire field, including around diversity and responsible computing. I am proud of what we’ve done, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Speaking of achievements, I’d like to congratulate Sauvik Das, Gregory Abowd, and Ph.D. student Youngwook Do for their recent $500K grant from the NSF. The grant will fund their research into technologies that provide physical cues for cybersecurity risks.

I’d also like to congratulate the three Georgia Tech faculty members who have just been named IEEE Fellows for their extraordinary career accomplishments. You know all three: Ayanna Howard, Wenke Lee, and Alex Orso. Their intellectual leadership is a model for our whole community.  

Have a good week, and may all of us make it through finals—taking or grading them—intact.

Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean
College of Computing
Georgia Tech

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