From the Dean's Desk - Jan. 14, 2021

Dear GT computing community,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

So, I have good news and bad news. Which would you like to hear first?

Okay, first, the good news. Our own Srinivas Aluru and Haesun Park have been named Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Srinivas has been honored for his contributions to parallel methods in computational biology and leadership in data science. Haesun has been honored for her contributions to numerical algorithms, data analytics and leadership in computational science and engineering. Please join me in congratulating them, and in thanking them for their intellectual leadership in our community and the field of computing.

Also please take a moment to congratulate Munmun De Choudhury who has won the 2021 ACM-W Rising Star Award. ACM will officially announce this award tomorrow. 

And now for the bad news. About 200 members of our community (mostly students and instructional associates) have not yet taken the Institute’s required annual ethics training. As such, I have  a simple request: if you are one of those folks, please plan to complete the training before Tuesday, Jan. 19, when we have to report our compliance to the Institute.

Our supervisors have already sent out e-mails to many of those who have not completed the training; however, if you’re not sure whether you have or not, please follow the link above. The link requires a login, but after that you should see the “2020 Integrity and Compliance Campaign” page. Scroll down past the video to the list of learning modules. If you have completed the training, there will be a green thumbs-up sign next to each module. If one or more module is missing that thumbs-up, please go in and complete them.

It is important that we get every single person who works for the college, including student workers, through this training. We must operate in an ethical manner, and learning the Institute’s standards is part of that process. Also, as a practical matter, the Institute and the USG Board of Regents require it. We may soon have a new Chancellor, but the Institute requirements are still extant, and failure to complete the training may result in GT system lockouts and further life-complicating actions.

I can attest that the training is neither taxing nor overly time-consuming, so again, please find some time before Tuesday to get this done. Thank you for helping the College of Computing get our completion rate to 100 percent.

Have a good week and a restful weekend, and try to find some peace and quiet in this crazy world of ours. Also, happy birthday to my mom!

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

EA: Alicia Richhart,, 404-894-8357

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Good news:

Required annual ethics training:

The request:

Every single person:

Soon have a new chancellor:

Some peace:

This crazy world: