GT Computing 2017

Collective Obligation

In 2013, when Georgia Tech launched its new online M.S. in Computer Science (OMS CS) program, we printed T-shirts to mail to the first cohort of 380 students. On the backs of those shirts were five words: The Revolution Will Be Online. More than a clever pop culture reference, it was an expression of confidence. A boast, you might even say.

Four years later, we stand confidently behind those words.

Now educating nearly 6,000 students, OMS CS has been, to be sure, a revolution in higher education, and you can read all about it in this report. But the phrase applies to more than just a degree program. Computation — and, more specifically, the degree to which computers now connect human beings to each other — is changing the world every single day. And the pace of that change is picking up.

We at the Georgia Tech College of Computing (GT Computing) understand that computing represents nothing less than a fundamental advance in the human condition. It allows us to do things we’ve never done: to discover knowledge previously hidden in an ocean of untapped data; to connect, teach, support, and inspire each other in ways that have never been imagined.

To lead in this space is both a challenge and a responsibility, and GT Computing is rising to the task. Whether it’s research at the edge of computing and all the sciences it serves, or the continual duty to find new and better ways to educate the best computing minds of tomorrow, or GT Computing’s collective obligation to our field and our nation, we are comfortable with our role at the front of the pack.

I hope, after reviewing the information in this book, you’ll see a way we can work together to change the world. We look forward to welcoming you to GT Computing.

Zvi Galil

John P. Imlay Jr. Dean of Computing

Georgia Tech College of Computing