Support and Services
Graduate school can be stressful. It is important to maintain your mental health and well-being during your time and the Woodruff School and beyond. If you are experiencing mental health concerns, there are a number of resources available on campus to support you, including:
The Office of the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students promotes development and involvement, and also provides advocacy, information, resources and referrals to help resolve concerns and address emergencies. The Office maintains a 24/7 emergency on-call system to respond to student emergencies – including medical and personal. The Office of the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students provides a number of services to assist students with medical and personal emergencies. To access these services during regular business hours, students and/or their families may notify the office at (404) 894-6367. In the event of an after-hours emergency, individuals should contact the Georgia Tech Police Department at (404) 894-2500 and request that the “Dean on Call” be contacted. There is an emergency “Dean on Call” at all times to assist students in need. For more information, please visit: http://grandchallenges.gatech.edu/office-dean-students
The Counseling Center educates students for life by providing a variety of services and programs that are consistent and consonant with the strategic plan goals of the Institution and the Division of Student Life. Services include short-term individual counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, testing and assessment, crisis intervention, referral services, as well as outreach programming, and consultation for faculty and staff, family and friends of Georgia Tech students. Through our range of services, the Georgia Tech Counseling Center contributes to overall student success and the Institute’s core vision to “define the technological research university of the 21st century and educate the leaders of a technologically driven world.”
All counseling services are confidential and free of charge for eligible students. The Counseling Center provides brief or short-term therapy for a variety of presenting issues. Concerns that require on-going or long-term treatment are best served through referral to one of the many qualified community providers we have in the nearby Atlanta community.
Our primary goal is to provide students with the services, support, and skills needed to grow, develop, learn, and thrive while at Georgia Tech. Please do not hesitate to contact the Counseling Center if you have any questions, at (404) 894-2575 or by visiting: http://www.counseling.gatech.edu/
The Office of Student Services is available help you. If you are a PhD or MS thesis student, this particularly includes if you ever find you are struggling to effectively communicate with your advisor or are experiencing a conflict that you cannot resolve on your own. The Office of Student Services staff, including Dr. Wayne Whiteman, Glenda Johnson and Camellia Henry, and Dr. Andrei Fedorov, the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, are available to hear your concerns and advise you on how to find solutions. We can help you determine the best methods to communicate directly with your advisor and/or hold mediated conversations between you and your advisor.
We encourage you to reach out to us as soon as you are experiencing a problem so that we may help you reestablish an effective working relationship before the problem escalates. You can trust that we will respect requests for confidentiality, except on issues we are required by law to report, related to sexual harassment and violence.
The Ombuds is an impartial entity who strives to see that faculty, staff and students at the university are treated fairly and equitably. Georgia Tech staff, faculty, and graduate students can seek the advice of the Ombuds. The Ombuds is impartial, neutral, and confidential. The rights and interests of all parties to disputes are considered, with the goal of achieving fair outcomes. For more information about Ombuds services, please visit: http://www.provost.gatech.edu/reporting-units/conflict-resolution-ombuds/contact
Georgia Tech has partnered with EthicsPoint, Inc. to provide a means for members of the Georgia Tech community to report issues of concern. This internet-based reporting system allows anonymous communications and feedback. This helps ensure that the Institute can respond to concerns in the most efficient and effective manner. For more information about EthicsPoint or to make a report, please visit: https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/7508/index.html
At Georgia Tech, we want everyone to achieve their potential and this means sustaining an environment where there is equal opportunity for excellence. Title IX is a federal law designed to ensure women and men are provided equal access to programs and activities at educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Our policies and practices are anchored in this law, which fosters a culture of inclusivity on campus and provides everyone with a competitive and successful academic or employment experience. Learn more about Title IX at the Refrain, Reject, Report website.
Every member of the Tech community -- students, faculty, staff, and administrators -- is expected to comply with Title IX and to practice respectful, ethical, and equitable treatment of others regardless of their sex. Understanding Title IX and the rights it protects is critical to preventing any discriminatory behavior in violation of the federal law. Examples of areas covered under Title IX include, but are not limited to:
• Sexual harassment
For more information about Title IX or to make a report, please visit: https://ohr.gatech.edu/resources/employee-relations/title-IX or http://refrainrejectreport.gatech.edu/
MEGA is the only group devoted uniquely to ME students at the Masters and PhD level, and is freely open to all ME graduate students regardless of research interest. MEGA organizes various professional, social, and service-based events to promote a sense of community among ME grad students. For more information about WSGW or to get involved, please visit: http://pwp.gatech.edu/mega/
WSGW is a student group focused on the support and growth of female graduate students in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Activities include discussions with women in industry and academia, social gatherings to connect women within Mechanical Engineering, and outreach to prospective students. For more information about WSGW or to get involved, please visit: http://www.wsgw.gatech.edu/
The goal of the Future Faculty Club is to provide graduate students who are interested in pursuing a career as a faculty member, an opportunity to intentionally interact with other faculty members within ME, ask questions and seek advice about the road to becoming a faculty member. For more information or to join the club, please contact Professor Brandon Dixon (email@example.com).
When it comes to work-related injuries you might be both a student and an employee of Georgia Tech. If you are GRA or a GTA, you are on the payroll and considered a Georgia Tech employee. If you suffer a job-related injury when acting in your GRA/GTA (employee) capacity, you are covered by Worker's Compensation. If the injury requires emergency treatment, follow the guidelines established for Georgia Tech employees. Contact the Georgia Tech Police at (404) 894-2500. Choose a physician from the list of physicians posted at various locations in Woodruff School buildings. Seek treatment at the nearest Emergency Room, but not at the Student Health Center, which is not authorized to treat Georgia Tech employees.
If you are a GRA/GTA and suffer a nonwork-related injury while functioning as a student, the Student Health Center will provide medical treatment. The same procedures apply to co-op students. Contact the Georgia Tech Police. For more information on work-related injuries and other accidents, see Redbook.pdf
If you have an accident, send a report to Mr. Cary Ogletree, Facilities Project Manager, at email or (404) 385-8612.
Office space in the Woodruff School is limited, however desks are available for many full-time, on-campus graduate students. Graduate research and teaching assistants and other students working on a research project under the direction of a faculty member are usually assigned desk space in a laboratory associated with that research. Use the Graduate Student Request form to request office/desk space in MRDC, Love, GTMI (MaRC), IBB, or Boggs. After being approved, see Ms. Samiah Blake in MRDC 1 Room 1312 to pick up your key.
To initiate your room/key request, please go to the following link and follow the online instructions: https://www2.me.gatech.edu/graddb/forms/student/
If you note any problems with this automated process, please notify the Office of Student Services by sending an email directly to Wayne Whiteman.
Priority for office assignments is as follows:
Shortly after entering Georgia Tech, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) will create a user account and password for each student. This is referred to as a GT account. These accounts provide a UNIX programming environment, an e-mail account, a home page location, and other services. The GT account is the official e-mail account used by students in the Woodruff School for communications. To obtain/activate your user account and password, change your account information or passwords go to: http://passport.gatech.edu or visit the OIT resource center on the ground floor of the Library West, or call OIT customer support at (404) 894-7173.
Off-campus students will receive a form and information about their GT account in their orientation packets. This form should be faxed to the Center for Distance Learning (CDL) at (404) 894-8924. The CDL will process your request and send you an account.
OIT's customer support pages are at: www.oit.gatech.edu/help/overview.cfm
or they can be reached by phone at (404) 894-7173.
For desktop computer assistance, printer support, reservations, or other computer and network support see: computer support
contact the Woodruff School Help Desk at (404) 894-7193, or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
IP addresses that connect computers to the network can be requested at: IP Address Request
In addition, the Help Desk has some laptops and LCD projectors that are available for checkout for use at presentations. There is no charge for the labor to repair GT owned computer equipment, but parts will be charged to your advisor or a lab account. For more information, see: computer support
The Woodruff School maintains two computer labs for student, faculty, and staff use. The MRDC Open Lab (MRDC, Room 3328) and the NRE Open Lab (Boggs 3-11). MRDC Open Lab: The MRDC Open Lab has 18 Wyse thin-client machines that connect to Georgia Tech's Virtual Lab Infrastructure. This lab utilizes the ME VLAB pool (ME-2015) for access to this infrastructure. The School also maintains a VLAB which is also accessible from any location by visiting: https://mycloud.gatech.edu/
Before you log in, review the posted material. You should be programmed twenty-four hours a day for access to the cluster with your Buzz Card. If this is not the case, contact facilities for help.
There are two printers in the MRDC Open Lab that are managed by GT Printing & Copy Services. The Black & White printer (ME Black) has a per page fee, which is cheaper than the per page fee for the Color printer (ME Color). Students can use their BuzzCard to pay for printing. Students receive a weekly printing allowance. Printers are located in various buildings on campus. Locations and rates can be found here: http://print.gatech.edu/student-printing
Central printing services or central-ps is printed at a central location and delivered to the Student Center Computer Cluster (2nd floor near the Music Listening Room). This service is free of cost for students. More information can be found here: http://print.gatech.edu/central-ps
Georgia Tech Multimedia Studio provides low-cost printing services for different large scale printing (such as posters). Information about the multimedia studio can be found at:
The Georgia Tech Local Area Wireless/Walkup Network (LAWN) provides a connection in common areas of the buildings where there is normally no access. OIT supports the LAWN from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are instructions to connect to the LAWN in the lobbies of the Love and MRDC buildings. System requirements, locations covered, and instructions also can be found online at: lawn.gatech.edu
For additional assistance regarding connections to the wireless or walkup network, please contact the help desk at (404) 894-7193 or send an email.
Ph.D. students teaching courses in the Woodruff School may use the copy machines located in their individual building for teaching-related work. Graduate teaching and research assistants do not have such access. For other copying jobs, see your advisor.
The Montgomery Machining Mall, and the Electronics Lab are valuable Woodruff School resources. Most of the construction in these shops is done by the professional staff. However, you are advised to discuss a project with the appropriate shop manager who often can make suggestions that will reduce construction time and cost or improve function.
Purchases of equipment and other items require the approval of a faculty member who will supply the necessary research account number to which the purchase is to be charged. Purchases for research and other projects should be planned in advance so that a minimum number of purchases are made. Where necessary, charges will be made to a P-card (a State of Georgia Visa charge account).
The Montgomery Machining Mall provides the Schools of ME, ECE, MSE, and the College of Sciences with research and curriculum support. The MMM staff maintains a professional fabrication\learning space with a focus on safety. Please visit the MMM for more information. The Montgomery Machining Mall is located on the second floor of the MRDC Building in the Wepfer Design Commons.
If you have the appropriate skills, you may be allowed to use the Montgomery Machining Mall. You will be asked to attend a Montgomery Machining Mall safety training class or to demonstrate appropriate skills to shop personnel. A Waiver of Liability form must be signed by your advisor and submitted to the Montgomery Machining Mall manager prior to using the machines. More information about the Montgomery Machining Mall can be found here: https://www.me.gatech.edu/facilities/machine_shop
A Montgomery Machining Mall work request can be obtained at: https://memachineshop.gatech.edu/request/request.php
The Electronics Lab is located in Room 2104 of the MRDC Building. The ME Electronics Lab provides electrical circuit design and minor repair services for Woodruff School faculty, staff and students. The Electronics Lab also provides assistance or consulting for projects as well as help with troubleshooting circuit issues on projects. There are two circuit board milling machines that are capable of producing two layer circuit boards. Two work benches with electronics test equipment are provided in the lab for students to use on a first come first serve basis during our lab work hours. Help with soldering is provided by electronics lab personnel if requested.
The Electronics Lab also has test equipment students can check out for a limited amount of time. The Electronics Lab also offers training on how to use the LPKF S63 circuit board milling machine which is in the invention studio.
Contact email@example.com to discuss your requirements. More information about the Electronics Lab can be found here: http://www.me.gatech.edu/facilities/electronic_lab
The Invention Studio is a student run organization located in the Flower's Invention Studio, and supports ALL students, staff, and faculty in building their dream project, whether it’s for research, personal or academic usage. Tools are 100% free to use. The Flowers Invention Studio is made up of three major areas: the Hub, the Wood Shop, and the Metal Shop, located on the second floor of the MRDC. More information about the Invention Studio can be found here: https://inventionstudio.gatech.edu/
Graduate Student Government Association Provides funding every other academic year for conferences.
The College of Engineering will match a set amount if you fill out the following form: