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College of Computing
Established 1964/1988[1]
Type Public
Dean James D. Foley (Interim)[2]
Faculty 120[3]
Undergraduates 878[4]
Postgraduates 565[4]
Location Atlanta, Georgia, USA
33°46′39″N 84°23′51″W / 33.77747°N 84.39738°W / 33.77747; -84.39738Coordinates: 33°46′39″N 84°23′51″W / 33.77747°N 84.39738°W / 33.77747; -84.39738

The College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology has roots stretching back to an Information Science degree established in 1964.[1] In 1988, Tech president John Patrick Crecine elevated the School of Information and Computer Science to become the College of Computing, making Georgia Tech the second university to do so, after Carnegie Mellon University created their School of Computer Science.[1]

Beyond using contemporary computer technology, the College of Computing also seeks new concepts and technology, with symbiotic connections to departments in other Colleges of Georgia Tech, in a holistic manner, such as combining with studies in human psychology, medical science, liberal arts, and business (e-commerce). As an example of the interdisciplinary symbiosis connections, the degree program for B.S. in Computational Media is offered jointly within Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, with each College fostering advancements in the other.

The College of Computing also has a tradition of a symbiosis between faculty and students: since the early years, older students have been assisting professors in research, even with some students becoming technology team heroes and champions of new computer and software systems at Georgia Tech. Faculty members in the College of Computing have been receptive to new technology developed with students, rather than demanding outside ideas and "Not Invented Here" computer systems.[1]

In 2008, U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Computing 9th in a survey of all U.S. computer science graduate programs.[5][6]

In June 2008, College of Computing Dean Richard DeMillo announced plans for his resignation, citing conflicts with Georgia Tech provost and interim president Gary Schuster. DeMillo was temporarily replaced by James D. Foley, a professor in the School of Interactive Computing, until a permanent replacement could be found.[2]



College of Computing building

The history of Georgia Tech's College of Computing spans over 43 years.[1] As a field of study, the concept began in 1963 when a group of faculty members led by Dr. Vladimir Slamecka and including Dr. Vernon Crawford, Dr. Nordiar Waldemar Ziegler, and Dr. William Atchison, noticed a symbiosis between departments. The group drafted an outline for a masters level program which combined library science, mathematics, and computer technology.[1] After being accepted by the Georgia Tech administration, the M.S. in Information Science was first offered in 1964 under the School of Information Science at Georgia Tech led by Dr. Slamecka.[1]

In 1970, the school began offering a minor degree program for all Georgia Tech students, and was renamed to the School of Information and Computer Science (ICS). Two years later in 1972, ICS expanded to offer an undergraduate degree for students. It also partnered with Emory University to create a joint graduate program in Biomedical Information and Computer Science, the first partnership of its kind.[1]

In 1979, ICS's first director and primary founder, Dr. Slamecka, retired from the position after 15 years. Dr. Ray Miller, IBM's Assistant Director of Mathematical Sciences, was hired in her place. Under Miller, the School of Information and Computer Science began a trend which began to move away from information science and towards computer science.[1]

In John Patrick Crecine's 1988 reorganization of the Institute, the School was broadened as the College of Computing, one of the school's five (and in 1998, six) colleges. Georgia Tech was the first university in the United States to have a College of Computing.[1] The school hired its first dean in 1990,[7] and further expanded in 2005 with more divisions.[1]

In 2000, successful internet entrepreneur and Tech alum Chris Klaus donated $15 million towards the construction of a new building for the college.[8][9][10] At the time of Klaus' contribution, it was the fifth-largest contribution by an individual in Georgia Tech's history.[8] The building was officially opened on October 26, 2006.[11][12]

In February 2007, the divisions were formalized into two schools: the School of Computer Science (SCS) and the School of Interactive Computing (SIC).[13] In March 2010, the division of Computational Science & Engineering (CSE) was also formalized into a school.[14]

Programs, Departments and Schools





The College of Computing has evolved, along with advancing computing technology and applications, to offer an increasing variety of specialized degrees, including:


A graduate certificate in Modeling and Computer Simulation is available from the College of Computing. Additionally, the following degrees are offered:



The College of Computing is the third-highest of Georgia Tech's six colleges (behind the larger and older College of Engineering and College of Sciences) in research awards, with 139 proposals worth $93,737,529 resulting in 119 awards worth $14,579,392 in 2006.[18]

There are several organizations tied to or within the College of Computing that are primarily dedicated to research. These include several research groups and labs.[19] Other research-related organizations include:

Student Life and Community

The College of Computing has numerous student organizations which help build a community within the college. These organizations include:


Name Class year Notability Reference
James Allchin 1984 Former high-level executive at Microsoft [25]
Eric Allender 1985 Professor of computer science at Rutgers University. [26]
Krishna Bharat 1996 Research scientist at Google that created Google News. [27]
Tom Cross 1999 American entrepreneur, computer security expert, and hacker [28][29]
D. Richard Hipp 1984 Architect and primary author of SQLite [30]
Billy Hoffman 2005 American hacker; along with Virgil Griffith, discovered a security flaw in Georgia Tech's magnetic ID card system ("BuzzCard") and was sued by BuzzCard maker Blackboard Inc. [31]
Craig Mundie 1972 Chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft [32]
James F. O'Brien 2000 Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley [33]
Rosalind Picard 1984 Founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [34][35]
Mike Pinkerton 1997 American software developer working on the Mozilla browsers. He lectures on Development of Open Source Software at George Washington University [36]
Marcus Sachs 1981 Director of the Washington operations of SRI International's Computer Science Laboratory [37][38]
Gene Spafford 1981 Professor of computer science at Purdue University and a leading computer security expert [39]
Jeff Trinkle 1979 Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York [40]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "History". Georgia Tech College of Computing. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  2. ^ a b Keefe, Bob (2008-07-11). "Georgia Tech and high-profile dean part ways". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  3. ^ "COC: Facts at a Glance, 2006" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Office of Institutional Research & Planning: Facts and Figures: Enrollment by College". Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  5. ^ The College of Computing Jumps in National Rankings
  6. ^ U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools
  7. ^ Miller, Raymond E. "Over 50 Years in Computing: Memoirs of Raymond E. Miller". University of Maryland Department of Computer Science. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  8. ^ a b Dykes, Jennifer (2000-03-31). "REAL NEWS: Young entrepreneur donates $15 million to College of Computing". The Technique. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  9. ^ Dunn, John (November 2006). "Tech Dedicates Klaus Advanced Computing Building". Buzz Words (Georgia Tech Alumni Association). Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  10. ^ "Klaus Advanced Computing Building Grand Opening". Events. Georgia Tech College of Computing. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  11. ^ Kaul, Vivas (2006-11-03). "Klaus Building opens its doors to students". The Technique. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  12. ^ Campell, Elizabeth (2006-10-30). "Advanced computing facility fuels collaborative spirit". The Whistle. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  13. ^ "College of Computing at Georgia Tech Announces Creation of Two Schools". Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  14. ^ Georgia Institute of Technology (2010-03-08). "Fujimoto to Chair New School of CSE". Press release. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  15. ^ "College of Computing Building". Georgia Tech College of Computing. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  16. ^ "KACB Grand Opening". Georgia Tech College of Computing. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  17. ^ Kaul, Vivas (2006-11-03). "Klaus Building opens its doors to students". The Technique. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  18. ^ "Research Scope". Georgia Tech Fact Book. Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  19. ^ "Research Groups and Labs". Georgia Tech College of Computing. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  20. ^ "the GVU Center @ Georgia Tech". GVU Center. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  21. ^ "Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems". Georgia Tech College of Computing. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  22. ^ "STI Center of Competence for the Cell Broadband Engine Processor". Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  23. ^ "Georgia Tech Information Security Center History". Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  24. ^ "RIM@GT Welcome page". Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  25. ^ "Career Paths of Recent Ph.D. Graduates". Georgia Tech College of Computing. 2001-11. Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  26. ^ "Academic History". 
  27. ^ "Alumni Spotlight: Krishna Bharat". Georgia Tech College of Computing. Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  28. ^ Cross, Tom (2006-09). "Puppy smoothies: Improving the reliability of open, collaborative wikis". Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  29. ^ Cross, Tom. "Georgia-Voter.Info". Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  30. ^ "Speaker D. Richard Hipp". O'Reilly Open Source Convention. Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  31. ^ Cailloux, Tim (2003-04-18). "BuzzCard maker silences student". The Technique. Retrieved 2007-03-03. 
  32. ^ "Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer". Microsoft. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  33. ^ "James F. O'Brien". U.C. Berkeley. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  34. ^ "Rosalind W. Picard". M.I.T. Media Laboratory. Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  35. ^ "Rosalind Picard". Scientific American Frontiers. Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  36. ^ Pinkerton, Mike. "Mike Pinkerton's Resume". Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  37. ^ Sachs, Marcus. "Marcus H. Sachs, P.E.". Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  38. ^ SRI International (2005-04-18). "Marcus Sachs Joins SRI International as Deputy Director in Computer Science Laboratory". Press release. Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  39. ^ "Eugene H. Spafford". Purdue University Department of Computer Science. 2006-12-02. Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  40. ^ "Jeff Trinkle's Education and Experience". Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Department of Computer Science. Retrieved 2007-03-09. 

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