From the Dean's Desk - September 11, 2020

Dear GT Computing community,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

My daughter turned 16 today, and in case you were wondering, while I’m not entirely sure I like the whole idea, I am deeply proud of her. She is an impressive young woman, still growing fast, and enjoys taking AP CS (mostly so she can explain Java to me, I think). This occasion has made me think about how important it is to celebrate our successes, our dreams and ambitions, even and especially in the middle of times such as these. When mom says "This too shall pass” she isn’t just talking about challenging times.

Appropriately, we have also reached a part of the year where we in computing celebrate and focus on one of our ambitions: to build a bigger and more diverse community. The ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference kicks off on September 16 (several GT folks are participating; even I will be hosting a fireside chat for the conference that day). The Grace Hopper Celebration, a conference for women in computing, begins September 29. Both conferences are virtual this year, and you can still register to attend them online.

On a related note, Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15. The Latino population is fast growing in the state of Georgia and in our student body. This is a good thing for our community. The more diverse we are, the more we learn from each other, and the smarter we are as a community.

So there’s a lot to celebrate, and I hope you do that this weekend. Let yourself go a little bit crazy. Take a moment and dance with somebody, or just by yourself. Either way, take some time to relax. Next week will come soon enough and probably faster than we’d like. Meanwhile, I’m going to go pretend I’ve still got six or seven more years before she’s off to college.



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


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Turned 16 today:

I’m proud of her:

Richard A. Tapia conference:

Grace Hopper celebration:

The more diverse we are:

A little bit crazy:

Dance with somebody:

Just by yourself: