Lew Lefton

Lew Lefton

Asst VP-Research

Research Strategy


Dr. Lew Lefton is a faculty member in the Georgia Tech School of Mathematics and he serves as the Assistant Dean of IT for the College of Sciences. He currently serves in the role of Assistant Vice President for Research Cyberinfrastructure in the office of Georgia Tech's Executive Vice President for Research.

Lefton's research interests are in the area of scalable scientific computing, applied mathematics, and numerical analysis. He is also interested in the study of humor and it's applications to education, communication, creativity, and innovation. Lefton has authored over a dozen journal articles, and he co-authored the textbook "Introduction to Parallel and Vector Scientific Computing".

Lefton is also a leader in the maker movement, especially in it's application to STEAM education. He is the founding director of Decatur Makers, an inclusive community makerspace that emphasizes STEAM opportunities, and he's on the board of the Southeast Makers Alliance where he has been a co-producer of Maker Faire Atlanta. In addition, Lefton is an accomplished and experienced comedian who has done stand up and improv comedy for over three decades.



  • Jul 18

    Coda Building Open House

    Georgia Tech community is invited to attend an open house to learn more about the Coda building and the developing Georgia Tech Coda community.

  • Recyclosaurus Comes to Clough Commons

    Georgia Tech’s Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling donated around 1,000 of the 10,000 bottles needed for the project.

  • As We Get Parched, Cognition Can Sputter, Dehydration Study Says

    Getting parched can fuzz attentiveness and make it harder to solve problems. Dehydration can easily put a dent in those and other cognitive functions, a new metadata analysis of multiple studies shows. Researchers at Georgia Tech are particularly interested in possible ramifications for people who toil in the heat around heavy equipment or military hardware.

  • Technique May Improve Lung Delivery of Bacteria-Killing Phage

    A new delivery system for bacteriophages—viruses that selectively attack harmful bacteria—could help give doctors a new way to battle lung infections that threaten older patients and people with cystic fibrosis.