Class Notes with John Cressler

Atlanta, GA
John Cressler

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering's John Cressler holds a photo of his class from the course Science, Engineering and Religion: An Interfaith Dialogue.

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An engineering puzzle: How do you assemble a class about religion at a place like Georgia Tech?

Professor John Cressler faced this question not too long ago. First, he figured, he had to attract the right undergraduates, so he wrote a syllabus accordingly:

“This course will gather together a diverse set of students who are serious about their spiritual lives,” it read, “and yet who are also studying hard to be Georgia Tech’s next cadre of world-class graduates.”

There is surely no other Tech class with similar prerequisites, because there is no similar class at all. And once the course — Science, Engineering and Religion: An Interfaith Dialogue — began this past spring, Cressler realized his students had been yearning for something like it.

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Last revised November 13, 2017