From the Dean's Desk - Sept. 25, 2020

Dear GT Computing community,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

I’ve been doing something these last couple of days you know I hate doing: talking. I’ve been talking to a lot of folks across our community. Yesterday, I met with some of our students who asked for a meeting to discuss ethics and responsibility in our curriculum. As you probably already know, this is a key issue for me, and I was happy to see that our students share it. They recognize the power of computing and the importance of using it in a way that helps rather than harms individuals and society.

I also met with some of our alumni as a part of a fireside chat about topics ranging from responsible computing; diversity and equity; to the growth of our student body. We had more than 120 alumni attend, and I will tell you the conversation was warm and open. They talked among themselves and asked great questions. We could have clearly gone on another hour. Our alumni are deeply interested in what we are doing, and they are very supportive of our plans and goals.

Speaking of talking: our own Ayanna Howard has written and released a book yesterday! It is called Sex, Race and Robots: How to be Human in the Age of AI. The audiobook is narrated by Amandla Sternberg, whom you may recognize from her role in the film The Hate U Give. If you want to learn more about artificial intelligence and bias—and you really should—this book is a great place to start.

Finally, I’d like to encourage everyone to watch the President’s address to the Institute, if you haven’t already, and to read the 2020 President’s Report. We are all working very hard every day within our schools and units, but it is extremely valuable to take a step back and understand the big picture of the Institute’s achievements and goals.

So there you go. You’ve got your reading, listening, and viewing for the weekend. I hope you join me as I rest my voice and relax: have some good times, listen to a bop (that’s what the kids call it, in case you were wondering), and do whatever you like to do the way you like it. Oh, and please: be 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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Sex, Race and Robots:

President’s address to the Institute:

2020 President’s Report:

Good times:

Bop on:

The way you like it: