Freddy Lanoue starts teaching his famous drownproofing class.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools votes to suspend the accreditation of Tech and all other University System of Georgia schools because of mismanagement by the Board of Regents and interference in system affairs by Governor Eugene Talmadge. Specifically, the governor tries to create a political patronage job in Tech's executive ranks for one of his friends. The suspension, due to take effect Sept. 1, 1941, is avoided after Talmadge is defeated in his re-election campaign and the board institutes sweeping changes in its operations.
With the advent of World War II, Georgia Tech responds to the U.S. military's technical and manpower needs by adopting a three-term, year-round accelerated schedule. The campus is virtually a fort, with most students participating in either the Army or Navy ROTC program.

Gasoline shortages force cancellation of the Ramblin' Wreck Parade this year and the next.

The department of physical education and recreation is established.

Tech starts year-round school.

Hamburgers and hot dogs at The Varsity cost 8 cents each or two for 15 cents; a Coke or Varsity Orange costs 5 cents; an ice cream soda or sweet milk is 10 cents.

The Navy's V-12 program at Tech trains officers while providing them with a college eduation. The program continues until 1946.
Colonel Blake Ragsdale Van Leer becomes Tech's fifth president when President Brittain retires. Van Leer is the first engineer named to the position. Brittain become president emeritus.

The Ramblin' Wreck parade resumes, but entries are hand-drawn because of fuel shortages.
Coach William Alexander becomes athletic director and Bobby Dodd succeeds him as head football coach.

The School of Industrial and Systems Engineering is established.

Tech becomes the first institution to provide low-cost married housing to GI Bill students.
George Griffin succeeds Floyd Field as dean of men. Fred W. Ajax replaces Griffin as placement director.

Tech adopts the quarter system.

The student theatrical group changes its name to DramaTech.
The annual Roll Call is started. By the close of the 1948 fiscal year, the effort has raised $22,550.

An air conditioning network calculator occupies an entire building when it is installed in November. Calculations requiring months of work with a slide rule can be performed by the "electro-mechanical brain" in a matter of days.
The Board of Regents authorizes Tech to change its name to the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The department of architecture becomes the School of Architecture; the department of management becomes the School of Industrial Management; the department of social sciences is established.

President Emeritus Brittain publishes a history titled The Story of Georgia Tech.
The president's home on 10th Street, designed by the president's wife, Ella Wall Van Leer, is constructed.

Research at Georgia Tech totals almost $1 million annually.

The YMCA-sponsored, student-maintained World Student Fund is created to support a foreign student program.
Coach Bobby Dodd assumes the position of athletic director following the death of William Alexander.

Tech awards its first doctor of philosophy degree, in chemical engineering, to William Lloyd Carter.

The department of air science (now Air Force aerospace studies) is established.
John "Whack" Hyder is named basketball coach.

The tradition of blowing the whistle after a football victory starts, attributed to a fireman named Cash Shaw.
The Board of Regents votes to admit women to Tech. The first two female students enroll in the fall quarter.

The football team contends for the national championship with a 12-0 record and a Sugar Bowl victory.

The architecture building is dedicated.

The School of Mathematics is established.
Students form a "book brigade" to transfer books from the Carnegie Library to the newly dedicated Price Gilbert Memorial Library. The Carnegie Building is later remodeled for administrative offices and the president's office.
Al Ciraldo broadcasts his first Georgia Tech football game.

The Georgia Tech Alumni Foundation becomes the Georgia Tech Foundation.
The Rich Electronic Computer Center begins operation.

The faculty senate votes to end further publication of the humor magazine The Yellow Jacket after it publishes scurrilous remarks about a Tech staff member. The magazine in various incarnations had a checkered history of pranksterism dating to the 1920s.
President Van Leer dies. Paul Weber is named acting president.

Tech's first female graduates, Shirley Clements and Diane Michel, receive their degrees.

Alexander Memorial Coliseum is dedicated.
Edwin D. Harrison becomes the sixth president of Georgia Tech.

The Georgia Legislature grants Tech $2.5 million for a nuclear reactor.
Swimming coach Freddy Lanoue's drownproofing technique gains nationwide recognition.
The Schools of Engineering Science and Mechanics and Psychology are established.