Vision & Mission

Georgia Tech College of Engineering

COE Vision

Unmatched in breadth, depth, and diversity of talent, the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology is globally recognized as the preferred institution for:

- students with the aptitude and inclination—regardless of background or means—who seek the best possible technological education to impact the most pressing global issues;
- faculty who seek the best possible environment and opportunity for interdisciplinary and impactful research; and
-solutions to the grand challenges facing the human community today and for innovations to meet the needs of tomorrow.

The College of Engineering will be the entity that provokes the question: “What does Georgia Tech think?”


Through relentless innovation in pedagogy, research, and institutional practices, the College of Engineering empowers students and researchers to be interdependent learners who are fearless in the face of complex problems and eminent contributors in their fields.

 The College of Engineering answers the question:

“What would Georgia Tech do?”

In order to support our goal and mission the College of Engineering will focus on five objectives in the coming years. 



1. Be among the most highly respected technology-focused learning institutions in the world.

Engineering education is of vital importance to people everywhere and is central to enhanced living standards, healthier lives, and more sustainable environments. The COE will develop the next generation of engineers who combine the highest level of technical competence with creativity, innovation, and leadership skills with which they can take on complex and challenging problems. Georgia Tech engineering students must be global collaborators, leading and participating in multidisciplinary and culturally diverse teams. To keep up with the fast pace of technological change, the COE’s graduates will become lifelong learners who recognize the need to refine their skills and to “reinvent themselves” as needed to pursue new areas of research, design, and problem solving. Georgia Tech must be known for educational innovation, educational technology, and engineering education research much in the same way that it is already known for its accomplishments in engineering, scientific, and technological research.

2. Sustain and enhance excellence in scholarship and research.

Sustained excellence in scholarship and research is an integral aspect of the mission of the COE. This excellence offers opportunities to leverage existing strengths to expand its leadership and reputation as one of the preeminent engineering research institutions in the world. In so doing, the COE will create a diverse community of exceptional scholars dedicated to the creation of solutions to address challenges facing the state, the nation, and society at large.

3. Ensure that innovation, entrepreneurship, and public service are fundamental characteristics of our graduates.

Innovation is a transformational process that moves ideas from their inception to their use for the betterment of society—whether that is in the marketplace or in public service. As Georgia Tech’s institutional mission incorporates “progress and service,” innovation aligns perfectly with the COE culture. While many universities are successful in generating ideas, many are less successful in using these ideas to truly innovate. The COE must be recognized as a bastion of innovation, entrepreneurship, and public service if it is to achieve the global reputation to which it aspires.

4. Expand the COE’s global footprint and influence to ensure that it is graduating global citizens.

The vision of being an internationally recognized academic institution requires that the COE be globally engaged and gain the visibility and reputation of being a leader in technological innovation, education, and entrepreneurship. It requires that faculty provide leadership in meeting the science and technology needs across the world, and that the COE graduate students who are not only educated with disciplinary knowledge but are also prepared to be global citizens and leaders through their participation in study-abroad and industrial/research internship programs.

5. Relentlessly pursue institutional effectiveness.

If the COE is to succeed at realizing its vision and carrying out its mission, it is clear that it must maximize the utilization and effectiveness of its human and financial resources, as well as its facilities, in support of its key College strategy areas of education, research, innovation, and globalization.

For more details download the entire College of Engineering "Defining Tomorrow- A Strategic Plan" document (PDF).