From the Dean's Desk - March 9, 2021

Dear GT Computing community,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, and March is Women’s History Month so it is a wonderful time to reflect on our community. In some ways, we have a lot to celebrate. For example, we are ranked second among the top 25 computing schools in the percentage of women faculty.

We also do well with students, as our undergraduate majors are 27 percent female, compared to 18 percent nationally. I suspect those numbers are connected: the literature suggests that female mentors and role models are key to bringing young women into the field.

As a part of our reflection and celebration, this month the College will be highlighting the contributions of our rather impressive female faculty, staff, students, and alumni on our Women’s History Month website and on social media.

The College has also just launched its own chapter of Women in High-Performance Computing, an international organization that is working to bring gender diversity to the field.

So this is all exciting, and we have a lot to celebrate, but we also clearly have much more to accomplish: 27% is much larger than 18% but being much better than unreasonable isn’t necessarily reasonable. Still, the gradients are positive and I’m pleased to see the College adding additional support and encouragement for the women in our community in particular, and equity in general… but we have to be vigilant and intentional. I believe we will, and we will see change over the long term.

Oh, and before I let you go, I wanted to share an unrelated and somewhat less exciting note: the College is removing the requirement to use the Institute VPN in order to access our Intranet sometime later today. Yes, we still have an intranet, and you really should check it out because there’s a lot of relevant information there. When you do, you’ll still have to use Duo because of course, you do, but the VPN will no longer be necessary. One small step for TSO, one giant leap for our collective levels of small grade irritation.

So there you go. Have a good week, and don’t forget to take some time to show your respect and admiration for the important folks in your life, whoever they are. It’s the right thing to do.

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

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Lot to celebrate:
Ranked second:
Two numbers are connected:
Highlighting the contributions:
Women’s History Month website:
Women in High-Performance Computing:
Support and encouragement: