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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.”