From the Dean's Desk - June 8, 2020

Dear GT Computing Colleagues,

As you will hopefully recall, next Thursday, June 18th, will be the first day that the College moves beyond the skeleton operations we have maintained on campus since we went home in mid-March (mid-March?! Has it really been 12 weeks? Is that possible? If you had told me last year… wow.).  Also as you’ll recall, only researchers and staff who must return to campus in order to carry out their job duties should return to working on campus.

In the College of Computing, that’s not a big number. We estimate fewer than 60 of us. If you’re wondering if you’re among the 60, just remember that if no one has talked to you about returning to campus, you may assume that you are not supposed to return, at least during this phase.

Naturally, our College and Institute facilities teams will be working to keep those who do return to campus safe. If you are returning to campus, your supervisor will be reaching out to you regarding PPE supplies and providing further guidance. And of course, please also talk to your supervisor if you are in a high-risk group or taking care of someone who is. We are committed to considering alternate arrangements wherever possible.

It’s very hard to provide a lot of information in this email, so I’m happy to note that the Institute is holding a series of Town Halls this week to keep the community informed as well as to answer questions about the time ahead. The topics of these town halls include:

  • Health and Safety, presented by Benjamin Holton, Nazia Zakir and Kasey Helton, held on Tuesday, June 9, at 10 am.
  • Research, presented by Chaouki Abdallah and Chris Jones, on Wednesday, June 10, at 2 pm.
  • Graduate Students, presented by Bonnie Ferri, Marla Bruner and Lea Harris on Thursday, June 11, at 11 am.

You may find the links to join these events on the Institute’s Virtual Town Halls page.

Thanks for your time. Stay safe.



Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean

College of Computing

Georgia Tech

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