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Advanced computing facility fuels collaborative spirit

Elizabeth Campell
Institute Communications and Public Affairs

  Clough, Klaus and DeMilloPresident Wayne Clough, Christopher Klaus and College of Computing Dean Richard DeMillo at the opening ceremony.

Alumni, dignitaries, students, faculty and staff celebrated the grand opening of the Christopher W. Klaus Advanced Computing Building, during two days of activities last week signaling the importance of Georgia Tech and Atlanta as leaders in the digital economy.

At the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 26, the building’s namesake spoke of his ties to Georgia Tech and the importance of giving back to the university.

“I’ve given this gift out of gratitude to what Georgia Tech was able to give me,” said Klaus, a former student who founded Internet Security Systems. “By bringing together the brightest minds in one building, I hope it will become an incubator of solutions, innovating and collaborating to change the world.”

The educational and research facility will house students and faculty members from the College of Computing and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

“This building fosters collaboration,” said Richard DeMillo, dean of the College of Computing. “This building not only bears your name but captures your vision of collaboration for generations to come.”

Faculty, staff and students survey the atrium of the Klaus Advanced Computing Building. The 412,000-square-foot building continues Georgia Tech’s trend of creating research environments for interdisciplinary collaboration. This facility will house the College of Computing’s programs in robotics, computational media, information security and other areas that will benefit from interactions with computer engineering faculty and the Center for for Research on Embedded Systems and Technology.  

The two entities currently collaborate through the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems, the Georgia Tech Information Security Center and the new Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines.

“For years, faculty in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the College of Computing have teamed up on many interdisciplinary activities, long before it was considered ‘the right thing to do,’” said Gary May, chair of ECE. “Together, they have created labs and centers, developed courses and co-advised students. With our faculty and students housed in the Klaus Building, I look forward to more exciting activities and discoveries.”

The Klaus Advanced Computing Building will also include a substantial number of environmental and sustainable features that are associated with achieving the prestigious LEED Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. The architects worked with Georgia Tech to preserve more than 50 percent of the building’s site as green space and to implement a storm water collection and filtering system for irrigation. In addition, the building’s operating systems use 40 percent less energy than required by current energy codes, with artificial and natural light modulated to create an indoor environment that is aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient.




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