List of Georgia Institute of Technology faculty

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Georgia Tech faculty in 1899

This list of Georgia Institute of Technology faculty current and former faculty, staff and presidents of the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Institute presidents[edit]

Name Department Notability References
George P. "Bud" Peterson style="text-align:center;" | President: 2009 - present
G. Wayne Clough style="text-align:center;" | President: 1994 - 2008 the first alumnus to become President of Georgia Tech; separated the Ivan Allen College of Management, Policy, and International Affairs into the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts; returned the College of Management to "College" status [1][2][3]
John Patrick Crecine style="text-align:center;" | President: 1987 - 1994 initiated the establishment of the College of Computing (the first computing college in the US), the Ivan Allen College of Management, Policy, and International Affairs, and the College of Sciences; served as Chairman of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association and as President of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation; active member of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games before and after Atlanta was chosen as host for the Centennial Games
Joseph M. Pettit style="text-align:center;" | President: 1972 - 1986
Arthur G. Hansen style="text-align:center;" | President: 1969 - 1971
Edwin D. Harrison style="text-align:center;" | President: 1957 - 1969
Blake R. Van Leer style="text-align:center;" | President: 1944 - 1956 instrumental in making the school and Atlanta the first major research center in the American South
Marion L. Brittain style="text-align:center;" | President: 1922 - 1944 establish the David Guggenheim School of Aeronautics; established the first ROTC unit in the Southern United States; got accreditation for the Institute by SACS; attributed with providing the vision and securing the finances to move Georgia Tech away from its roots as a teaching-oriented trade school and towards a new focus on science and technology
Kenneth G. Matheson style="text-align:center;" | President: 1906 - 1922 oversaw the school's transition from a trade school to a technological university; pioneered the bill that would eventually result in the establishment of the GTRI [4][5]
Lyman Hall style="text-align:center;" | President: 1896 - 1905 noted for his aggressive fundraising and improvements to the school; opened the first textile engineering school in the Southern United States; established new degrees: electrical engineering, civil engineering, textile engineering, engineering chemistry; was an infamous disciplinarian, punishing the entire senior class because they came home a day late from Christmas vacation [6][7][8]
Isaac S. Hopkins style="text-align:center;" | President: 1888 - 1896 [9]

Other administration[edit]

Name Department Notability References
Jean-Lou Chameau style="text-align:center;" | Civil engineering Georgia Tech's Provost (2001-2006); President of California Institute of Technology (2006-present) [10]
Richard DeMillo style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science Dean of the College of Computing (2003-2008); former director of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center [11]
Don Giddens style="text-align:center;" | Aerospace engineering Dean of the College of Engineering (2007-2011) [12][13]
George C. Griffin style="text-align:center;" | Civil engineering Dean of Men (1946-1964); known as "Mr. Georgia Tech" [14]
Gary S. May style="text-align:center;" | Electrical and Computer Engineering Dean of the College of Engineering (2011-present)[15]

Natural sciences[edit]

Name Department Notability References
Jean-Luc Brédas style="text-align:center;" | Chemistry One of the top 100 most cited chemists in the world; awarded 1997 Francqui Prize on Exact Sciences; 2000 Quinquennial Prize of the Belgian National Science Foundation [16]


Edward M. Burgess style="text-align:center;" | Chemistry inventor of the Burgess reagent, Secretary/Treasurer of the Organic Division of the American Chemical Society [18][19]
Paul J. Crutzen style="text-align:center;" | Chemistry Nobel prize-winning atmospheric chemist
Predrag Cvitanović style="text-align:center;" | Physics researcher in nonlinear dynamics, especially periodic orbit theory
Ronald F. Fox style="text-align:center;" | Physics researcher in stochastic dynamics, quantum chaos, and biophysics
Turgay Uzer style="text-align:center;" | Physics Researcher in nonlinear dynamics, especially applied to atomic and molecular systems
Mostafa El-Sayed style="text-align:center;" | Chemistry Director of Georgia Tech's Laser Dynamics Laboratory [20]
David Finkelstein style="text-align:center;" | Physics (emeritus)
Henry S Valk style="text-align:center;" | Physics (emeritus)
Helen E. Grenga style="text-align:center;" | Chemistry Georgia Tech's first female professor [21][22]


Name Department Notability References
James D. Meindl style="text-align:center;" | Electrical and Computer Engineering
Nico F. Declercq style="text-align:center;" | Mechanical Engineering nondestructive testing, especially in acoustics, ultrasonics, and acousto-optics [23][24][25]
Russell Dupuis style="text-align:center;" | Electrical and Computer Engineering made pioneering contributions to metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) and continuous-wave room-temperature quantum-well lasers [26]
Bruce R. Ellingwood style="text-align:center;" | Civil and Environmental Engineering member of the National Academy of Engineering
Magnus B. Egerstedt style="text-align:center;" | Electrical and Computer Engineering roboticist; major contributor to the theory of hybrid and discrete event systems, and in particular, the control of multi-agent systems; 2003 NSF CAREER Award recipient [27][28]
Wassim M. Haddad style="text-align:center;" | Aerospace Engineering IEEE Fellow; member of the Academy of Nonlinear Sciences; Presidential Faculty Fellow
Ayanna M. Howard style="text-align:center;" | Electrical and Computer Engineering named one of the world's top young innovators of 2003 by the Technology Review journal
Michael Massimino style="text-align:center;" | Industrial and Systems Engineering NASA astronaut; adjunct professor
Gary S. May style="text-align:center;" | Electrical and Computer Engineering Dean of College of Engineering [15]
Robert C. Michelson style="text-align:center;" | Georgia Tech Research Institute & Aerospace Engineering Principal Research Engineer Emeritus (GTRI) and Adj. Assoc. Professor (AE); progenitor of the field of aerial robotics [29][30][31][32]
Panagiotis Tsiotras style="text-align:center;" | Aerospace Engineering
Ben Wang style="text-align:center;" | Industrial Systems and Engineering holds the Gwaltney Chair in Manufacturing, and is the Executive Director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute [33]
Ben Zinn style="text-align:center;" | Aerospace Engineering former international soccer player for both Israel and the United States; member of the National Academy of Engineering

Computer science[edit]

Name Department Notability References
Ronald C. Arkin style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science known for the motor schema technique in robot navigation; author of Behavior-Based Robotics
David A. Bader style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science director of the first Sony Toshiba IBM Center of Competence for the Cell Processor at Georgia Tech; NSF CAREER Award recipient; IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Speaker; high-performance computing; expert in the design and analysis of parallel and multicore algorithms for real-world applications
Jay David Bolter style="text-align:center;" | School of Literature, Communication, and Culture the evolution of media and the usage of technology in education
Amy S. Bruckman style="text-align:center;" | School of Interactive Computing designed several influential online communities and constructionist learning environments [34]
Aaron Bobick style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science known for contributions to robotics and computer vision; director of the GVU Center; in 2007 became the first chair of the new School of Interactive Computing
Tom Conte style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science (joint with Electrical and Computer Engineering) computer architect known for work in compiler code generation, fast computer architecture simulation and multicore architecture
Frank Dellaert style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science affiliated with the RIM@GT center; known for contributions to robotics and computer vision
James D. Foley style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science one of the fathers of modern computer graphics
Nancy D. Griffeth style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science
Rebecca Grinter style="text-align:center;" | School of Interactive Computing
Mark J. Guzdial style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science original developer of the CoWeb (Swiki), one of the earliest wiki engines [35]
Janet L. Kolodner style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science case-based reasoning
Richard J. Lipton style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science computer science theorist
Nancy Lynch style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science
James H. McClellan style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science
Ralph Merkle style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science
Ashwin Ram style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science
Dana Randall style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science
Karsten Schwan style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science director of the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems at Georgia Tech
Thad Starner style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science helped to design Google Glasses based on his research
Greg Turk style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science
Vijay Vazirani style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science
Constantine Dovrolis style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science Internet measurements and tools
Ellen W. Zegura style="text-align:center;" | Computer Science founding chair of the School of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing from 2007 to 2012 [36]


Name Department Notability References
Silas D. Alben style="text-align:center;" | Mathematics 2005 Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award (Fluid Dynamics) recipient; known for work in biomechanics and biologically inspired systems; member of the Center for Biologically Inspired Design [37]
Michael Barnsley style="text-align:center;" | Mathematics fractal compression
Leonid Bunimovich style="text-align:center;" | Mathematics dynamical systems; discovered focusing chaotic billiards (the "Bunimovich stadium") and the Bunimovich mushroom
Ernie Croot style="text-align:center;" | Mathematics proved the Erdős–Graham conjecture
D. M. Smith style="text-align:center;" | Mathematics
Robin Thomas style="text-align:center;" | Mathematics graph theory; proved the strong perfect graph and other conjectures

Social Sciences[edit]


Name Department Notability References
Jack M. Feldman style="text-align:center;" | Psychology (COS) industrial and organizational psychology
Stanley Mulaik style="text-align:center;" |

Public policy[edit]

Name Department Notability References
Marilyn Brown style="text-align:center;" | Public Policy Geography
Mary Frank Fox style="text-align:center;" | Public Policy Sociology
Susan Herbst style="text-align:center;" | Public Policy Communication Theory and Research
Diana Hicks style="text-align:center;" | Public Policy Science Policy
Nancy J. Nersessian style="text-align:center;" | Public Policy Philosophy
Bryan Norton style="text-align:center;" | Public Policy Philosophy
Georgia Persons style="text-align:center;" | Public Policy Political Science
Alan Porter style="text-align:center;" | Public Policy Industrial and Systems Engineering and Psychology
David Sawicki style="text-align:center;" | Public Policy Urban and Regional Planning
Philip Shapira style="text-align:center;" | Public Policy City and Regional Planning
John (J.P.) Walsh style="text-align:center;" | Public Policy Sociology



Name Department Notability References
Jay David Bolter style="text-align:center;" |
Janet Murray style="text-align:center;" |


Name Department Notability References
Bobby Cremins style="text-align:center;" | Basketball Georgia Tech basketball coach (1981-2000); College of Charleston basketball coach (2006-present); NCAA basketball analyst
Bill Curry style="text-align:center;" | Football football head coach of Georgia Tech (1980-1986); football head coach of Alabama (1987-1989); football head coach of Kentucky (1990-1996); football head coach of Georgia State University (2008-present); NFL player (1963-1974)
Bobby Dodd style="text-align:center;" | Football Former Georgia Tech football coach; Namesake of college football's Coach of the Year award; Georgia Tech named its stadium Bobby Dodd Stadium in honor of the legendary coach [38]
John Heisman style="text-align:center;" | Football Former Georgia Tech football coach; Namesake of the Heisman Trophy, college football's Outstanding Player of the Year award [39]


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