From the Dean's Desk - March 30, 2021

Dear GT Computing community,

Georgia Tech College of Computing Dean Charles Isbell

I am coming to you with nothing but good news today, something that makes me (and hopefully you) happy.

First, a Georgia Tech team placed second in the NSA Codebreaker challenge. Congratulations to Xuefeng “William” Wang, an OMSCS student, and Haoran Wang, a Ph.D. student in Computer Science, for their hard work on the 16-week challenge. Tech has placed in the top three at in the challenge every year since it was launched in 2015, and I’d like to thank the current team for keeping our streak alive.

The Constellations Center for Equity in Computing has joined with the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) to launch up to 20 new chapters of the Computer Science Honors Society at schools across Georgia. This is a big step forward in computer science opportunities for high school students, and we can be proud to be a part of it.

Finally, I’d like to share the story of Rocko Graziano, an OMSCS student who used the program to become a computer science lecturer. In giving Rocko an opportunity for his education, we have given all of his future students an opportunity as well. I know you’re always asking yourself: is OMSCS a force multiplier? Well, the answer is yes. Congratulations, Rocko!

That’s some good news. I hope you feel as good hearing it as I do sharing it.

Have a good week, and take a moment to yourselves. Take a long walk, or just sit and watch the world go by. The world will keep turning, and you might find yourself with a bit more energy to turn along with it.

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:
Placed second:
20 new chapters of the Computer Science Honors Society:
Rocko Graziano:
Feel as good:
Long walk:
Sit and watch the world go by:
World will keep turning: