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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/17/1964
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/17/1964
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Electrical engineer and academic administrator Gary Stephen May was born on May 17, 1964 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was one of two children born to Warren May, Jr., a postal clerk, and Gloria Hunter, a teacher. As a high school student, May participated in a summer program called “Developing Engineering Students” at McDonnell Douglass Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri for three summers. He was subsequently employed by the company as a cooperative education student. May received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1985, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and 1991, respectively.

May joined the George Tech College Engineering in 1991 as a member of the microelectronics research group. In 1992, May created the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Science (SURE) program with a grant from the National Science Foundation. May is also the co-founder and director of the Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Sciences (FACES) program, for which he has received over $10 million in funding from NSF to increase the number of African American Ph.D. degree graduates produced by Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2001, May was named Motorola Foundation Professor, and was appointed associate chair for Faculty Development in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Then, in 2005, May was promoted to Steve W. Chaddick Chair of ECE; and, in 2011, he became Dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Throughout his career, May has published numerous articles in academic journals, including Journal of Applied Physics, the International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing Processes. He also served as editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing. In 2006, May was the co-author of Fundamentals of Semiconductor Manufacturing and Process Control; and in 2003, he co-authored . May is also the recipient of professional and academic awards. In 2004, May received Georgia Tech’s Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, as well as the Outstanding Minority Engineer Award from the American Society of Engineering Education. In 2006, he received the Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). For his academic contributions, May was named a fellow of the AAAS, the IEEE, and received an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Latina de Panama.

May and his wife, LeShelle Mary, live in Atlanta, Georgia with their two daughters, Simon and Jordan.

Gary Stephen May was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 10, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Gary May lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gary May describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gary May describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gary May describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gary May describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gary May describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Gary May describes his interest in comic books and science fiction
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Gary May talks about his elementary and middle school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gary May describes his reaction to the television mini-series, 'Roots'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gary May describes his experience in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gary May talks about his experience in the Developing Engineering Students summer program
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gary May describes his teenage interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gary May describes what influenced his college choice
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gary May talks about his experience at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gary May describes his experience at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gary May talks about the University of California at Berkeley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gary May talks about his doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gary May describes his decision to stay at Georgia Tech for his Ph.D.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gary May describes his work with science education at Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gary May describes his computer preferences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gary May talks about programs to increase minority representation in engineering
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gary May talks about his professional activities and awards
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gary May talks about his career at the Georgia Institute of Technology, part one
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gary May talks about his career at the Georgia Institute of Technology, part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gary May describes his goals as dean of the engineering school at Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gary May reflects on the effects of automation on the loss of jobs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gary May discusses the balance between his research and administrative responsibilities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gary May describes cutting edge research in semiconductors and electrical engineering
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gary May reflects on his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gary May shares his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Gary May reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Gary May talks about his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Gary May describes how he would like to be remembered