Robin Thomas Memorial Fellowship Announced

May 18, 2020

In memory of Regents' Professor Robin Thomas, family and friends are raising funds to support a graduate fellowship in the Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization (ACO) Ph.D. program at Georgia Tech.

Thomas, a renowned mathematician and Regents' Professor in the School of Mathematics at Georgia Tech, died on March 26, 2020, following a long struggle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

A world leader in graph theory, Thomas joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 1989, where he established a remarkable legacy of research and teaching that included serving as leader of the Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization Ph.D. program. In 2016, Thomas received the Class of 1934 Distinguished Professor Award, the highest honor for a professor at Georgia Tech, recognizing more than 25 years of outstanding achievement in teaching, service, and research.

Robin’s passing has left a hole in the School of Mathematics, and in our hearts. Robin was recognized not just for his extraordinary mathematical renown, but also for his kindness and mentorship. His Ph.D. students have gone on to research positions at prestigious universities including McGill,  Princeton, University of Rome, University of Waterloo, as well as to the Tech Industry - Amazon, Microsoft, Renaissance Technologies, Walmart, etc.  Indeed he lived by his advice to Georgia Tech’s 2016 Ph.D. and Masters graduates: “Follow your passion, value your education and work hard. Don’t give up in the face of hardship, and have fun.”

We cannot think of a more fitting way to honor Robin’s legacy than by supporting future generations of graduate students, scholars and leaders in the ACO program.  Graduate fellowships help to recruit the most promising students to Georgia Tech and support and encourage them in their full-time course of study by allowing them to focus their attention on their studies and research. 

If you would like to make a contribution, you can direct a gift to the Georgia Tech Foundation through an online gift: 

To make an on line gift, please go to   

Then click on the “GIVE NOW” box toward the top middle of the page.

Enter your gift amount at the top and again in the “Other Designation” Box.

Then in the “If other, please specify” box, put “Robin Thomas Memorial Fellowship-55D202”.

Once the transaction is completed, you will receive an automatic reply indicating the transaction was successful, and thanking you for the gift.

Please contact Courtney Ferencik (Director of Development, College of Sciences) at 404-275-2740 or with any questions.  

A full write-up and tribute to Robin can be found at:

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Courtney Ferencik