From the Dean's Desk - Oct. 15, 2020

Dear GT Computing community,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that we have lost one of our own. Ardavan “Ari” Afshar, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the School of CSE, passed away on October 13.

Ari was known as not only a good student but a good person, outgoing and kind, with a lot of friends around campus. There are many, many who knew him who will miss him, and as a community, we are always hurt by the loss of one of our members.

This is a sad day for the College of Computing.

I know that each of us manages this kind of news in our own personal way. I want to encourage you to take advantage of the Institute’s resources for supporting your mental health during this difficult time (please see some pointers below), and I encourage you to support each other. As always, we will get through this together.



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

EA: Alicia Richhart,, 404-894-8357

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Resource List for Mental Health & Well-being Support

  • Center for Assessment, Referral and Education (CARE),, on the first floor of the Smithgall Student Services (Flag) building from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. throughout the week and after-hours by calling 404-894-2575
  • Georgia Tech Counseling Center ( is staffed by psychologists and mental health counselors. They offer brief, confidential counseling and crisis intervention services to students. The Counseling Center also offers an after hours on-call counselor to speak and consult with students in crisis. In addition, they sponsor a series of workshops for managing stress.
  • Stamps Health Services ( ) is open to students and their spouses. Students interested in scheduling an appointment may call 404-894-2585 or visit the second floor of the Stamps Health Services Building.
  • Division of Student Life and the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Students has a referral option if you are concerned about a student (
  • The Georgia Crisis & Access Line (1-800-715-4225) is staffed with professional social workers and counselors 24 hours per day, every day, to assist those with urgent and emergency needs.
  • Staff and faculty may find support through the Employee Assistance Program at