The Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce the creation of the Martin D. Fraser Endowed Fund for Graduate Student Travel. The fund was established by associate professor emeritus K. N. King and his wife Susan Cole to honor the memory of Dr. Fraser, who was the first chair of the Department of Computer Science.
Dr. Fraser was raised in St. Louis and earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from Saint Louis University. He developed an interest in computer programming and software engineering during a stint in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Fraser moved to Atlanta in 1972 to join Georgia State’s Department of Mathematics (later the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science). He began teaching computer science courses in the early 1980s and by 1991 was a full-time computer scientist.
In 1999, Dr. Fraser became the chair of the newly created Department of Computer Science. He was the driving force behind the department’s Ph.D. program, approved by the Board of Regents in 2000. He was also pivotal in obtaining funds from the state’s Yamacraw program, which allowed the department to hire top-notch research faculty.
Once the Fraser Fund reaches its minimum funding level, it will provide financial support for graduate students to attend conferences and present their research. Donations to the fund may be made at the Georgia State University Foundation website.