Letter from the Chair

School of Public Policy Chair's Letter

At the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Public Policy, we aim to define and shape the discourse around global public policies.  Our research and curriculum focus on understanding the global impact of science, technology and innovation on society.

Situated within one of the world’s premier technological universities, our research, teaching and training nurture transdisciplinary leaders who can analyze and make ethically-informed decisions in the public interest.  Recognizing the vital diversity of perspectives in a culturally- and technologically-evolving society, we endeavor 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, philosophy, sociology, public administration, and physics. In addition to our cross-cutting focus on data analytics and sound research design, our policy areas include:  

  1. global science, technology and innovation policy;
  2. energy, environmental and climate policy;
  3. information and communications technologies policy (including cybersecurity policy);
  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 ethics and philosophy of science and technology, including environmental and biomedical ethics.  

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 invite you to fully explore our web site (spp.gatech.edu) to learn more about how we are creating leaders driving solutions at the intersection of technology and public policy.  

Sincerely yours,
Kaye Husbands Fealing
Professor and Chair