From the Dean's Desk - September 4, 2020

Dear GT Computing community,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

We are ending three weeks into this most unusual semester, and I am pleased to say that classes are going well. That speaks highly of our faculty, who have done an excellent job of managing their classrooms, both physical and virtual, under these entirely new circumstances.

Although we are only three weeks in, it is already time to begin planning for Spring courses. There is still some uncertainty around exactly how the term will run; however, the Institute has recently announced that we will use the same class modalities in the spring. Naturally, everyone wants campus to return to normal—or something that approximates normal—as soon as possible. I’m not entirely sure when that will happen, but I do know that the lessons that we are learning now will continue to inform us for years to come.

In other news, we are preparing for our big public announcement of the launch of the School of Cybersecurity and Privacy. I will tell you that we have seen an outpouring of support from prominent figures in industry, certainly an excellent sign for the future of the school and its graduates. Georgia Tech is already a global leader in cybersecurity, and we can be proud that the new school will take that ever-growing discipline to the next level.

I hope everyone has plans to relax over the long weekend. I know that we all could use a break from the series of fires we’ve all been putting out. So take a moment to clear your throat, if not your mind, to get back in touch with your heart, and just to give up the stress for a day or two. I, for one, intend to take a nap.

Stay safe and stay sane.



Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

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

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Most unusual semester:

Clear your throat:

Groove in your heart:

Give up the stress: