Georgia Tech College of Computing Alumnus Establishes Rising-Faculty Endowment

The Catherine M. and James E. Allchin Early Career Professorship to Cultivate Next Generation of Computing Leaders

ATLANTA – April 13, 2012 – James E. (“Jim”) Allchin – a recognized visionary in the computing industry and notable Georgia Tech alumnus – and his wife, Catherine M. Allchin, have committed $500,000 to the Georgia Tech College of Computing for the continued intellectual and professional development of rising faculty superstars.

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James E. "Jim" Allchin earned his Ph.D. in Information & Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 1983.

The Catherine M. and James E. Allchin Early Career Professorship reflects the College of Computing’s mission to challenge and prepare the next generation of information technology leaders to expand the worldwide footprint of computing. Allchin professors will be selected by the dean of the College of Computing and will serve for a term of two to five years.

“Support of computing faculty early in their careers lays the groundwork for producing truly great scholar-teachers,” said Zvi Galil, dean and John P. Imlay Jr. Chair in the College of Computing. “By endowing the College’s first early-career professorship, Jim and Catherine Allchin will enable us to provide the level of support needed to attract and retain great faculty and create world-class leaders in computing research and education. We appreciate the Allchins’ generosity and their vision.”

Allchin’s distinguished career includes key leadership positions at Microsoft Corp., where he managed the development of Windows NT, Windows XP, and all the Windows Server products. Prior to joining Microsoft, he held technology leadership positions with Banyan Systems and Texas Instruments. Allchin received his doctorate in Information and Computer Science (ICS) from Georgia Tech in 1983, building upon a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Florida.

“A great faculty is clearly the key to producing great computing graduates, and I attribute much of my professional success to the high caliber of instruction I received over the course of my education,” said Allchin. “Catherine and I want to play a part in strengthening the exceptional faculty at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing. Georgia Tech already has tremendously skilled and highly renowned scholars on its faculty, and our hope is that the Allchin Professorship will plant the seeds for many more great academic teachers and researchers in the coming years.”

Allchin is a former member of the College of Computing’s advisory board. A lifelong musician, Allchin currently devotes his time to his passion for modern blues and rock.

To inquire about making a gift in support of the College of Computing, contact Senior Director of Development Mary Alice Isele at 404.894.8383 or


About the Georgia Tech College of Computing

The Georgia Tech College of Computing is a national leader in the creation of real-world computing breakthroughs that drive social and scientific progress. With its graduate program ranked 10th nationally by U.S. News and World Report, the College’s unconventional approach to education is defining the new face of computing by expanding the horizons of traditional computer science students through interdisciplinary collaboration and a focus on human-centered solutions. For more information about the Georgia Tech College of Computing, its academic divisions and research centers, please visit



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