Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

Dean Shares Final Dispatch With College

Dear GT Computing Community,

Well, this is it, the final dispatch. Well, the final dispatch from me, anyway. I imagine Alex will continue to share updates, though maybe not quite like this.

As always, I have good news to share. Santosh Vempala (SCS) has been named a Simons Investigator in Theoretical Computer Science. The Simons Foundation supports outstanding theoretical scientists in order to enable them to consider fundamental questions. Many thanks for your intellectual leadership, Santosh.

Charles Isbell

Judy Hoffman (SIC) was chosen for the Young Researcher Award at CVPR 2023 in June. The award goes to researchers within seven years of their Ph.D. who have made lasting contributions to computer vision. Congratulations, Judy, and thanks for making us proud.

In other news, two students have won 2023 J.P. Morgan AI Ph.D. Fellowship awards. Gaurav Verma is advised by Srijan Kumar (CSE). Yuxi Wu is advised by Keith Edwards (SIC) and Sauvik Das. The fellowship is for A.I. researchers with exceptional talent doing work that addresses real-world challenges. Please join me in congratulating Gaurav and Yuxi for their excellent work.

Polo Chau (CSE) has been awarded a seed grant by the Emory-Georgia Tech Health Care Innovation Program/Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (try saying that five times fast). The grant is for “Cardiovascular Surgery Planning and Training via Augmented Reality.” Congratulations, Polo, for this important work.

I’d also like to thank Elizabeth Cherry, who has done a fantastic job chairing our Awards Committee for the past two years. Thank you for going above and beyond, Elizabeth. And by the way, we’re looking for her replacement…. 

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to all of you. The College of Computing is where I got my undergraduate degree and learned to be a faculty member and administrator. Whatever I have managed to accomplish while here has only been possible because of the hard work and support of our faculty and staff.

I will miss all of you. My career has taken me elsewhere for the moment, but the College of Computing will always be my home, and you can be assured I will come back to visit.

As always, I hope everyone has a good week. I know you are all working hard, and the fall semester is on its way, but take some time to kick back and relax, and maybe take a moment now and again to listen to some music and think a little bit about that humble dean you used to have. I promise I’ll be thinking of you.



Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean

College of Computing

Georgia Tech


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