From the Dean's Desk – May 4, 2020

Dear GT Computing colleagues,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

The semester has ended but the celebrations have not, especially when we have faculty award winners to talk discuss.

Let us start with this year’s William D. “Bill” Leahy Jr. Outstanding Instructor Award. I do not have to tell most of you who Bill Leahy is and why this award is named after him. Also, he’s reading this message, so I’m sure he’s more than happy to tell you himself. I’m also sure he’s more than happy to know that this year’s winner is Mark Moss of the Division of Computing Instruction. Mark is an alum of the College and since returning has made a big contribution to our undergraduate program.

Le Song (CSE) has been awarded the Outstanding Senior Faculty Research Award for his ongoing work in machine learning and computational biology. The Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award has gone to Alex Endert (SIC) for his work on novel interaction techniques for visual analytics. Research Technologist Ken Honea of TSO has won the Outstanding Research Faculty Award.

Finally, John Stasko (IC) has won both the Faculty Mentor Award and the William “gus” Baird Faculty Teaching Award. John has done good work with and for our students and faculty for a long time, and I am very happy that we can recognize him for his achievements. 

Please join me in congratulating all of our faculty award winners.

I am happy that we can take the time to celebrate the excellence in our community even when times are difficult. I know that all of you received a message this weekend from USG announcing upcoming budget cuts and adjustments for all its member institutions on the heels of the governor’s similar announcement.  I also know that has raised a lot of questions and worries for everyone.

We are still very much working on figuring out what all of this means for us, in consultation with the Institute and the USG. I can tell you that the College of Computing family is my priority, and that I will share more information with you as soon as I have it.

Along these lines, please remember that we are having a casual conversation between College leadership and the staff this Friday, May 8, at 2 pm. I very much want to hear your thoughts and your questions. I also recognize that these online events can get confusing pretty quickly, so I am asking folks to submit their questions ahead of time if at all possible.

Congratulations once again to our faculty winners, and everyone 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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