College of Computing

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Georgia Tech's College of Computing first established itself with the inclusion of the Information Science Master's degree; the first of its kind in the United Sates. However, this accomplishment was only the first step, for in 1970 the college had garnered enough notoriety to claim its own place in Georgia Tech as the School of Information and Computer Science.



Directors and Establishment

The Information Science degree, the degree that first fueled the idea for the College of Computing, was originally established by four professors, one of whom was the Director of the Rich Electronic Computer Center of Georgia Tech: Dr. Vladimir. Dr. Vladimir, earned the position of Director of the College of Computing, and began the program with only 5 students. It did not take long before the college began to advance at Tech. Just four years later, Alton Jensen created the first ever email system used by the school. In 1970, the school had grown so large that its name was changed to School of Information and Computer Science reflecting the various topics and studies covered by the school.[1]. With this expansion also came a new dean, as Dr. Vladimir retired and was replaced by Ray Miller for director. While Dr. Miller served as director, the school enlisted the help of its first graduate computer scientist, Janet Kolonder. However, it was not long before Dr. Miller retired thus opening the director position for Pete Jensen in 1987. The following year, the president of Georgia Tech at the time, John Crecine, combined many of the computing related groups together to form the College of Computing known today. This reformation was agreed upon by all the board members and was completed in just one year. Peter Freeman was then given the position of dean for the new College of Computing in 1990. Under him were several faculty members and over five-hundred computer science students; a vast increase from the initial starting numbers. Peter Freeman kept the position of dean for twelve years before transferring to a different program. Because of this, Georgia Tech placed Dr. Ellen Zegura in the now open position of dean.[2] The college growth did not stop there, however. In 2007, the College of Computing was able to expand two of its sections, Computer Science and Interactive Computing, into colleges themselves; which resulted in three computing related colleges for Georgia Tech.[3]

Notable Accomplishments

Several people affiliated with the College of Computing have contributed important and useful changes to the entire school since its establishment. Alton Jensen created the first email system to be used by Georgia Tech not long after the establishment of the College of Computing itself, for example. Also in 1992, the college's first website was started online to promote itself and see new admissions. In 1996 the Graphics, Visualization and Usability, started under the College of Computing, was voted first place for graduate computer science work in the nation. Four years later, the College of Computing was ranked thirteenth in the nation by U.S News Report. Additionally, the College's ranking increased to the twelfth ranking the following year. The college also established the first interdisciplinary doctorate in robotics in the nation, further adding to its accomplishments.[4] College of Computing students also added to the fame of the school. One group of students worked for nine thousand hours to develop an online court system for people to use. With this system, people have a much easier time attending trial duty, etc.


After the President of Georgia Tech, John Crecine, called for a reworking for the School of Information and Computer Science, several programs became available under one school. The newly named College of Computing offered several programs including: software engineering, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, distributed systems and databases, graphics and visualization, telecommunications and networking, parallel architectures, computational science, and information systems analysis and design. The College of Computing also incorporates a Thread Program, wherein a student can work towards a more flexible degree. Through this program, a student may choose any of the numerous threads (modeling - simulation, devices, theory, information internetworks, intelligence, media, people, or platforms) to create a more varied technical degree that can be applied to many more jobs.[5] This Thread program is the first of its kind, and is now used by several other universities because of its popularity and success. To further accommodate the Thread Program and the flexibility of the College, the College of Computing strives to work well with the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems, Graphics, Visualization, and Usability Center and the Georgia Tech Information Security Center. The College of Computing also established a joint degree program with Biomedical Information; making the College of Computing accessible to a variety of students. With access to all of these programs, while enrolled in the College of Computing a student can choose from 17 different degrees.[5]


College of Computing Building

The College of Computing Building, also known as the CCB or CoC, serves as a hub for many of the computing classrooms as well as laboratories. There are also several rooms reserved strictly for administration. This building also holds all the robots engineered through the Robotics and Intelligent Machines Center, or RIM[6].

Klaus Advanced Computing Building

The latest addition to the College of Computing, the Klaus Advanced Computing Building, has multiple research facilities for computer science and also includes a high performance computing lab room[6]. This high performance lab is used especially for The School of Computational Science and Engineering within the Klaus Building. Also held within Klaus is the Georgia Tech Information Security Center and the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Science; making this building an important part for the College of Computing.

Technology Square Research Building

The Technology Square Building was established to promote and expand the School of Interactive Computing. In it are numerous conference rooms and research labs for computing that students and faculty have access to. Although this building is primarily for computer science, other Georgia Tech colleges, such as Management, utilize the building as well; making it an unique addition to the College of Computing.


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  6. 6.0 6.1 " "Buildings and Facilities." College of Computing. 2005. <>.
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