School of Computer Science Celebrates 10th Anniversary

This year marks a special milestone for the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Computer Science (SCS) as the school celebrates its 10th Anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, the school hosted an anniversary celebration in the Klaus Advanced Computing Building (KACB) Atrium on Feb. 2.

The event featured presentations from inaugural School Chair Ellen Zegura and current School Chair Lance Fortnow. The celebration also included written remarks from College of Computing leadership, such as former Dean Rich DeMillo.

“With the creation of the School of Computer Science, Georgia Tech reconfirmed its commitment to the core concepts of the field,” Zegura said. “By bringing together theoreticians and system builders, the School of Computer Science contributes to the near and future advances that impact our everyday lives.”

Established in February 2007, the College of Computing founded SCS to combine forward-looking research and deliver a student-centric, computer science-focused education. Since then, the school has quietly forged a Top 10 U.S. News and World Report-ranked CS program with highly sought after specialties, like cybersecurity, computing systems, and theory. What started with a handful of inquisitive students, dedicated faculty, and enthusiastic staff has evolved into an institution with more than 1,700 graduates and a revered body of research.

SCS is home to a group of professors and researchers with breadth and strength in all aspects of the computational process. From the Institute for Information Security & Privacy’s cybersecurity research to the Center for Research into Novel Computing Hierarchies’ efforts to expand computing beyond Moore’s Law, the school has supported several innovations to make computers better, faster, smarter, and more secure. It achieved this while encouraging the maturing minds of its students and having faculty work at the frontline of computer science. With seven endowed chairs, multiple accolades from top scientific societies, and more than 120 active projects, SCS celebrated its 10th Anniversary poised to face tomorrow’s computing challenges.

“While 10 years is not a long time when compared to our peers, the scope and depth of our research, students, and faculty keep us at the top,” said Fortnow. “The school has cemented a commanding foundation, and we eagerly step into our next decade ready to push forward the 50-plus year legacy of computing at Tech.”

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Devin M. Young

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