The Georgia Institute of Technology, better known as Georgia Tech, may father a student who is “a ramblin’ wreck,” but no doubt the student is still one “heck of an engineer,” as well. The school is consistently ranked in US News and World Report’s top 10 public universities in the United States, and its College of Engineering in the nation’s top five.
Tech’s fight song is known worldwide; Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev sang the song together when they met in Moscow in 1958. According to legend, Nixon did not know any Russian songs, but Khrushchev knew the Georgia Tech fight song. Gregory Peck sang it in the movie “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.” John Wayne whistled it in “The High and the Mighty;” and stories abound of commanding officers crossing the English Channel on the morning of D-Day leading their men in the song to calm their nerves.
Economic development has been a vital part of Georgia Tech’s mission since the Institute’s founding in 1885; the school has served in recent years in the forefront of the global transition from an industrial economy to an information economy. With boundaries less relevant, Georgia Tech has extended its campus beyond Atlanta’s borders to satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia; France; Ireland; Shanghai and Singapore. Georgia Tech-Ireland helps companies convert promising ideas into workable technologies. The new trade center in Costa Rica is the school’s most recent international center.
Notable alumni include President Jimmy Carter and comedian Jeff Foxworthy.