Dean's Desk - July 17, 2020

Dear GT Computing community,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

Day by day, we are filling in pieces of the puzzle, and at long last getting to a clearer picture of what it will look like on campus in the fall. A lot remains unknown or in flux, but we are getting there. The Academic Restart Town Hall, held on Wednesday, provided some key details. Some were very specific to the problems of the classroom, but others were more general and worth sharing here.

First, the Institute and other universities will continue to require masks on campus, regardless of the outcome of the current struggle between the governor and some of the state’s mayors. The Institute is setting up a testing program that promises to be robust enough to allow for contact tracing.

Facilities is putting in what amounts to traffic directions in our buildings to reduce crowding and to allow for social distancing. There are already stands for hand sanitizer, but the Institute will also provide personal refillable sanitizer bottles. Fun fact: hand sanitizer is extremely flammable. Do not put your hand sanitizer next to anything that gets hot.

There are many other details, from the updated filters in the HVAC systems to a social-distancing update to the student code of conduct. We may find ourselves in an ever-changing situation, but everyone is working to nail down details.

Take the weekend to enjoy yourselves. Stay safe.



Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean

College of Computing

Georgia Tech

EA: Alicia Richhart,, 404-894-8357

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A clearer picture:

Anything that gets hot:

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