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Dean of Georgia Tech Engineering
Gary S. May, Ph.D.
- Dean, College of Engineering
- Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Following a national search, Gary S. May, alumnus and ECE professor, was appointed as the dean of Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2011. As dean, May is responsibile for directing the nation’s largest engineering program, one that 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 has authored over 200 technical publications, contributed to 15 books, and holds a patent on that topic. He has also participated in the acquisition of over $49 million in research funding, and he has graduated 19 Ph.D. students. In 1993, Dr. 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, May 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 created the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Science (SURE) program, for which he has been granted $2.7M from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Through SURE, he annually hosts minority students to perform research at Georgia Tech in the hopes that they will pursue a graduate degree. More than 73% of SURE participants enroll in graduate school. May is also the creator/director of the Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Science (FACES) program, for which he has been granted over $10M 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. May is 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 at 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.”