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Georgia Tech College of Engineering

An Open Letter to Alumni and Friends of the College of Engineering:

More than 125 years ago, Georgia Tech opened its doors to eighty-four mechanical engineering students. That first class could never have imagined the changes that have since transformed not only the campus but the world. Yet their vision of a place that would inspire the motto, “To know, to do, to be,” is as real today as it was in the 1880s.

Tech TowerIn 2012, we became the only college in the country in which all of our engineering graduate disciplines are ranked in the top ten. As we look to the future, alumni and friends of the College of Engineering share responsibility for nurturing the next generation of engineers—their ideas, their ambitions, and their dreams.

Groundbreaking research requires first-class facilities. Technologically advanced laboratories produce remarkable breakthroughs and help attract the world’s best scholars, at every level. And faculty support is needed to enable our researchers to push the limits, dare to explore, and enrich the quality of our lives.

The College also urgently needs those who understand the importance of advanced education at the master’s and doctoral levels to consider support for graduate fellowships. They are critical to our ability to attract and retain the finest, most dedicated young scholars in the world so they can partner with our faculty and enrich our academic community.

There is no better investment than a scholarship for the next generation of students. Recognizing the links among a socioeconomically diverse student body, equity, and academic excellence, the College has made access to scholarships a priority. By meeting this financial need, scholarships allow more of our students to keep their focus on what is most important — the pursuit of knowledge.

Your support of the College of Engineering endorses our vision to provide students and faculty with a bright future—one rich with potential to make an even greater difference. When you give back, you are helping us move forward.


Gary S. May

Dean and Professor