From the Dean's Desk - July 24, 2020

Dear GT Computing Colleagues,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing

It’s Friday and I wanted to share some good news. The College has five alumni on the Institute's inaugural  40 under 40 list: Kabir Barday, Joy Buolamwini, Ryan Graciano, Candace Mitchell Harris, and Kathy Pham. We can be proud to have a group of elite young (I still remember when I thought 40 was old; I’m not sure I feel good about how that has changed) alumni who are diverse not only demographically but also in the range of their achievements.

I’d also like to take a moment to talk about John Lewis again. He remains on my mind, and I know I’m not alone. Indeed, the whole country knew John Lewis as the fiery activist who spoke to the March on Washington at the age of 23 and went on to be known as the Conscience of the Congress.

We in Atlanta and at Georgia Tech saw a different side of John Lewis. We knew him as a hero, but also someone who cosplayed as his own younger self to lead a children’s march around Comic Con. We knew him as a fierce warrior for human rights who nonetheless always found time to be happy

I think it is always worth remembering in these times that while someone like John Lewis is a beloved figure now for many, he was not always. He was reviled, ridiculed, and attacked… but he was also right. It is hard to do the right thing in the moment, but he did so and continued to try to do so for the rest of his public life. His life represents a lesson I’m sure we could all take to heart, especially in the times where we find ourselves now. John Lewis has climbed his last mountain, but his impact remains with us.

Have a good weekend everyone. Stay safe. There are times ahead of us still.



Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean

College of Computing

Georgia Tech

EA: Alicia Richhart,, 404-894-8357

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