Gary May, PhD

Dean - College of Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dean May received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1985 and his M.S./PhD in electrical and computer engineering from University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and 1992 respectively.  Dean May joined the ECE faculty at Georgia Tech in 1991 as a member of the schools microelectronics group.  He started his tenure as Dean of the College of Engineering on July 1, 2011.

Professional History 

Dean May's research focuses on computer aided manufacturing of integrated circuits.  He was a National Science Foundation "National Young Investigator" (1993-98) and was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing (1997-2001). He has authored over 200 articles and technical presentations in the area of IC computer-aided manufacturing. In 2001, he was named Motorola Foundation Professor, and was appointed associate chair for Faculty Development

Dean May is the founder of Georgia Tech's Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Science (SURE) program, a summer research program designed to attract talented minority students into graduate school. He also is the founder and director of Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Science program, a program designed to encourage minority engagement in engineering and science careers. Dean May was a National Science Foundation and an AT&T Bell Laboratories graduate fellow, and worked as a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ. He is a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Dean May has been elected to serve a two-year term as vice chair of the Engineering Deans Council Executive Board. The Council is composed of a representative from each of the engineering college members and interested affiliate members of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).


“My vision is to create an environment where anyone with the aptitude and inclination to study engineering will want to come to Georgia Tech,” said May. In partnership with colleagues in the other colleges, he added, “we will build a community of scholars to address the issues and challenges of the world through technology.”