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

Dr. Gary S. May is the Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In that capacity, he serves as the chief academic officer of the college and provides leadership to over 400 faculty 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. In the most recent rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Georgia Tech’s engineering program ranked fourth.

Prior to his current appointment, Dr. May was the Steve W. Chaddick School Chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. At the conclusion of his leadership in 2011, graduate programs in electrical engineering and computer engineering each ranked sixth, the computer engineering undergraduate program also ranked sixth, and the electrical engineering undergraduate program ranked fifth. All of these rankings represented the highest in the history of the School up to that point.

Dr. 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 20 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. Dr. May has won two international Best Paper awards from IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing (1998 and 2000). In 2004, Dr. 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. Dr. May is a Fellow of the AAAS and the IEEE.

Dr. May created the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Science (SURE) program, for which he has been granted $3M from the National Science Foundation (NSF). SURE 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. Dr. May was also the co-creator/co-director of the Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Science (FACES) and University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) programs, for which he has been granted over $17M from NSF and the Sloan Foundation to increase the number of underrepresented Ph.D. recipients produced by Georgia Tech. Over the duration of FACES, 433 minority students have received Ph.D. degrees in science or engineering at Georgia Tech – the most in such fields in the nation. As a result of these efforts, Dr. May received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama in 2015.

Dr. May is a member of the Board of Directors of Leidos, Inc., as well as Executive Vice President of the National GEM Consortium and a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Dr. May 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.

Dr. May, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is married to LeShelle R. May. They have two daughters, Simone and Jordan (ages 20 and 18, 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.

School Chairs

  • Dr. Vigor Yang

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    • William R. T. Oakes Professor and Chair

    Vigor Yang received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1984. Then he joined the Pennsylvania State University in 1985, becoming the John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair in Engineering in 2006. He began his tenure in January 2009 as the Williams R.T. Oakes Professor and Chair of the School of Aerospace Engineering. Yang has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, propulsion, combustion and mathematics. He is also the founder of the International Symposium on Liquid Space Propulsion and has consulted with many government and industrial organizations, including NASA, the Department of Defense, the European Space Agency and more.