Frank F. Groseclose

The Industrial Engineering department at Georgia Tech first appeared in 1934, as an offshoot of the the Mechanical Engineering department. Mainly due to the contributions of “the father of industrial engineering” or “the Colonel” as most knew him, Frank F. Groseclose set the program on the course of excellence that still continues on today. As an ROTC graduate from Virginia Tech, he was called to active service in 1942, and upon his return, Groseclose established the School of Industrial Engineering under the supervision of former Georgia Tech President Blake Van Leer. Groseclose’s personality was one thing that really set him apart from the rest of the faculty at the time. He was described as a southern gentleman, and his military background really was the driving force behind his students excelling not only in the classes he taught but in all that they did, which only grew the Industrial Engineering department as a whole. Groseclose had a profound impact upon not only the Industrial Engineering department, but this campus in its entirety; a quote by Leon F. McGinnis paints a beautiful picture of the kind of man Frank F. Groseclose was: “If I think back at the faculty members who were at Georgia Tech in 1975, many of them had been hired by the Colonel. The Industrial Engineering program under the Colonel was a place where there were high expectations. That was true for all Georgia Tech. You were expected to work hard. Faculty and students were expected to work hard.”

Notable Accomplishments: 
  • Director of the School of Industrial Engineering (1946-1966)
  • Began the School of Industrial Engineering at Georgia Tech