Taking a leave

Edit: An earlier version of this article was not fair to people I care about; I tried to make my experience more than what it was. I do believe that we should normalize the pursuit of life over academia sometimes. Anyway, I’ve significantly re-written this to focus on the just the fact that I’m taking a leave for a year, and that I’m not quite sure what I’m doing with it yet, and that that’s okay. Sorry! This is not the article that was originally shared and unless you know me personally, you should probably just skip it :)

Starting January 1st, 2021, I am officially taking an 80% leave of absence from my position at Georgia Tech [1]. The 20% will give me the space to advise my Ph.D. students and manage my active awards.

But outside of that? I have ideas, but nothing set in stone. I’ll be in Pittsburgh for the duration, so if you know of an interesting opportunity for which I’d be a good fit working out of Pittsburgh, feel free to reach out!

Everything is okay! I look forward to what the new year will bring. And I very much look forward to rejoining my colleagues back at Georgia Tech in 2022.

[1] Though I should note that my department at Georgia Tech has been very supportive of junior faculty in the midst of the pandemic, and all of us are getting a one-year (opt-out) extension on our clocks owing to the challenges brought on by the pandemic.


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Sauvik Das

Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. Formerly at Georgia Tech. Ph.D. from CMU HCII. HCI, Security, Data Science.