Letter from the Chair

At the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Public Policy we aim to define and shape the discourse around public policies: from the local to the global. Our research and curriculum focus on understanding the impact of science, technology and innovation on society. Transdisciplinarity, quantitative rigor, and strong conceptual frameworks underpin our approach to policy analysis.

Situated within one of the world’s premier technological universities, our research, teaching and training nurture graduates for leadership careers in various areas of professional life, including government agencies, universities, non-governmental organizations, business, and industry. Our graduates are taught how to analyze and make ethically-informed decisions in the public interest.

Recognizing the vital diversity of perspectives in a culturally- and technologically-evolving society, we strive to make a positive impact on the most challenging human issues of our time. Beginning with our faculty, we are an interdisciplinary school of scholars in fields as diverse and complex as economics, engineering, geography, law, philosophy, political science, public policy and administration, and sociology. In addition to our cross-cutting focus on data analytics and sound research design, our policy areas include:

  1. global science, technology and innovation;
  2. energy, environment and climate change;
  3. information and communications technologies (including cybersecurity);
  4. science and engineering organizations, education, careers, and workforce; and
  5. economic development and innovation, including smart cities.

We also have strengths in program evaluation, public management, administration, and leadership.  One of our unique specialties is the ethics and philosophy of science and technology, the environment, cybersecurity, privacy, and biomedicine.

Our doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate students come to us from across the U.S. and around the world. Each of our students brings perspectives and experiences that add to the robustness of classroom discussions and to the uniqueness of concrete solutions developed in capstone courses and independent research. Together, we help to sharpen skills that students will need to lead in all sectors—public, private, and nonprofit.

I look forward to meeting our new class of students this fall and to re-connecting with students who will be returning to classes at the School of Public Policy, as we recover from the Coronavirus pandemic. I invite you to fully explore our web site (spp.gatech.edu) to learn more about how we are creating leaders who drive solutions at the intersection of technology and public policy.

Sincerely yours,
Marilyn A. Brown
Professor and Chair

Dr. Marilyn Brown