From the Dean's Desk - Oct. 13, 2020

Dear GT Computing community,


As you may have heard, we have an election coming up. And as you also may have heard, voting can be a time-consuming process, at least in some places. I spent two hours in line this morning and feel pretty good about it. Now if only I can let YouTube know so they’ll stop showing me political ads. 


Anyway, I mention this not just as a way to point out I’ve voted and am therefore a good person, but because Georgia Tech encourages all of its faculty, staff, and students to vote. As a part of that push, we want to provide as much support as we can so that voting can happen. For example, the Institute is encouraging faculty members to hold lectures in an asynchronous format on Election Day, and to avoid scheduling tests and quizzes on Election Day. If you do have a lecture in a synchronous format planned, please make a recording available to your students. The idea is that we do not want our students to face an academic penalty because they meet their civic responsibility.


Speaking of responsibilities, I would like to remind everyone to complete the mandatory training in travel procedures that we e-mailed you about last week. Each person in the college has their own personalized link to the training, so please look for that e-mail and use that link. The training is due for everyone by October 30.

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

Let’s see. So many things are happening.  One is that Rich Vuduc—you may remember him as the dapper emcee of the Fuj’s retirement celebration last week—is now officially the co-director of CRNCH. Lots of opportunity to do something interesting and important. Thanks, Rich, and congrats!

Speaking of directors of CRNCH, including former ones, I'd also like to take a moment to congratulate our very own Vivek Sarkar, who has just received the 2020 ACM/IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. The award is for leadership not only in research, but also in teaching and mentoring. These are no small accomplishments. Congrats!

Finally, and once again, we are here to help anyone to exercise the Constitutional right to take part in the election. Speaking of constitutional, this year marks the centennial of one of this country’s biggest expansions of the right to vote, something worth remembering and reflecting on.

Stay safe.



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

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