Gary S. May, Ph.D., is the dean of the College of Engineering and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves as the chief academic officer of the college and provides leadership to more than 800 faculty and staff members and to more than 13,000 students. The College of Engineering at Georgia Tech is the largest producer of engineering graduates in the United States.

Dean of Georgia Tech Engineering

Gary S. May, Ph.D.

  • Dean, College of Engineering
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Gary S. May, a College of Engineering alumnus and professor, was appointed dean of Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering effective July 1, 2011. As dean, May is responsible for directing the nation’s largest engineering program, which enrolls nearly 60 percent of Georgia Tech’s student body and is home to about half of its tenured and tenure-track faculty.

May’s field of research is computer-aided manufacturing of integrated circuits. He holds a patent on the topic, has authored over 200 technical publications, and has contributed to 15 books. He has also participated in the acquisition of over $49 million in research funding, and he has graduated 19 Ph.D. students. In 1993, May was named Georgia Tech’s Outstanding Young Alumnus, and in 1999, he received Georgia Tech’s Outstanding Service Award. May has won two international Best Paper Awards from IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing (1998 and 2000). In 2004, he received Georgia Tech’s Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, as well as the Outstanding Minority Engineer Award from the American Society of Engineering Education. In 2006, he received the Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2010, he was named the Outstanding Electrical Engineering Alumnus of the University of California at Berkeley. May is a fellow of AAAS and the IEEE.

He currently serves as the vice chair of the Engineering Deans Council Executive Board for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). May was recently named to the board of directors for Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company. In March 2015, he received the Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award given by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA). The Robert M. Janowiak Award is given to individuals with a sustained record of leadership and service to ECEDHA and to electrical and computer engineering. May served at the chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech from 2005-2011.

May created the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Science (SURE) program, for which he has been granted $2.7 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Through SURE, he annually hosts minority students to do research at Georgia Tech in the hopes that they will pursue a graduate degree. More than 73 percent of SURE participants enroll in graduate school. May is also the creator and director of the Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Science (FACES) program, for which he has been granted over $10 million from NSF to double the number of African-American Ph.D. recipients produced by Georgia Tech. Over the duration of FACES, more than 400 minority students have received Ph.D. degrees in science or engineering at Georgia Tech – the most in such fields in the nation. He is Executive Vice President of the National GEM Consortium and a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Society of Black Engineers

He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1985 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988 and 1991, respectively.

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

Associate Deans

  • Stephen P. DeWeerth, Ph.D.

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    • Associate Dean for Research & Innovation
    • Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering

    The associate dean for research & innovation focuses on enabling engineering faculty members to develop and sustain excellence in scholarship and research, as well as creating an environment in which innovation, entrepreneurship, and public service are fundamental characteristics of CoE graduates. Stephen DeWeerth coordinates and prioritizes a research agenda for the College of Engineering and its stakeholders and acts as a focal point to establish and maintain CoE leadership in research commercialization.

    DeWeerth is a professor in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech/Emory University and in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in computation and neural systems from the Califorinia Institute of Technology. From 2010 until his appointment as associate dean, he was professor and founding chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research in Abu Dhabi. His research focuses on neuroengineering, particularly real-time modeling of sensorimotor systems and the development of neural interfacing technology.

  • Laurence J. Jacobs, Ph.D.

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    • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    As the associate dean for academic affairs, Laurence Jacobs serves as the primary representative of the dean’s office on all matters affecting undergraduate and graduate academics. He is also responsible for developing programs related to innovation in undergraduate education, managing a range of assessment programs, and interacting with school chairs on matters of academic program. Jacobs received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Columbia University in 1987 and worked for a year as an Office of Naval Technology postdoctoral fellow before coming to Georgia Tech in 1988.

    He served as the associate chair for undergraduate programs for the School of Civil Engineering at Tech from 1995 to 2007. He received a joint appointment with the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering in 2003. Jacobs' research is centered on wave propagation in solids, emphasizing guided waves, nonlinear ultrasonic waves and characterization of heterogeneous materials. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings and is a past associate editor of ASCE's Journal of Engineering Mechanics. He is currently on the editorial board of NDT&E International.

  • Kimberly E. Kurtis, Ph.D.

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    • Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship
    • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    As the associate dean for faculty development and scholarship, Kimberly Kurtis manages the reappointment, promotion, tenure, peer review and selection processes for all faculty and researchers within the College of Engineering. In addition, she leads faculty development initiatives and assists with the management of faculty hiring strategies and inclusion programs. 

    Prior to joining the dean’s office, Kurtis served as associate chair of graduate programs in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and was the College of Engineering ADVANCE Professor, a position that seeks to increase the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce. Kurtis joined Tech’s faculty in January 1999, after earning her Ph.D and M.S. in civil engineering at University of California, Berkeley, under an NSF Graduate Fellowship and Henry Hilp Scholarship. She earned her B.S.E. (1994) in civil engineering from Tulane University. Her innovative research on the multi-scale structure and performance of cement-based materials has resulted in more than 100 technical publications and two U.S. patents. Kurtis has served as associate editor of ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, on the Editorial Board of Cement and Concrete Composites, and is one of 12 members of the American Concrete Institute’s Technical Activities Committee. She has been honored with ACI’s Walter P. Moore Jr. Faculty Achievement Award (2005), ACI’s Del Bloem Award for Service (2013), and ASCE’s Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize (2013). She is a fellow of the American Concrete Institute and the American Ceramics Society.  


  • John D. Leonard II, Ph.D.

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    • Associate Dean for Finance and Administration
    • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    John Leonard’s primary responsibility as the associate dean of finance and administration is to act as the dean’s office representative on all matters related to finances, facilities, and other resources. He is also responsible for budget allocation for the schools within the College of Engineering, as well as strategic planning surrounding faculty hiring. He received his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

    Prior to this appointment, Leonard served as associate chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. From 2002 to 2004, Leonard served in various senior management roles within the State Road and Tollway Authority of Georgia. In 2003, he was appointed interim executive director by Gov. Sonny Perdue. During his tenure at the Tollway Authority, Leonard oversaw day-to-day operations, human resource management, financial management, process management, information systems, and strategic planning.Through his leadership, SRTA infused continuous quality improvement and business process engineering concepts into ongoing SRTA programs and processes. Leonard's research delves into technology policy in transportation, intelligent transportation systems, traffic operations and planning, traffic engineering and design, transportation safety, and traffic modeling and simulation.