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Raheem Beyah Named Interim Chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Atlanta, GA

Dr. Raheem Beyah has been appointed as the interim school chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), effective September 15.

A member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty since 2011, Beyah holds the Motorola Foundation Professorship, leads the Communications Assurance and Performance (CAP) Group, and is a member of the Institute for Information Security and Privacy (IISP).  A two-time Georgia Tech ECE alumnus, he earned both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1999 and 2003, respectively, and he graduated with his B.S.E.E. degree in 1998 from North Carolina A&T State University.  Prior to returning to Georgia Tech, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Georgia State University, a research faculty member with the Communications Systems Center, and a consultant with Andersen Consulting’s (now Accenture) Network Solutions Group. 

"We are delighted that Raheem has agreed to take on the position of interim chair for ECE," said Interim Dean Laurence Jacobs. "He has shown leadership in scholarship and research as well as working to increase the representation of underrepresented groups in engineering. He has the experience, temperament and reputation to continue to lead one of the largest and finest electrical and computer engineering schools in the country during this transitional time." Beyah will serve as interim chair until a national search is conducted. He replaces Steven McLaughlin, who was recently named dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech.

"Raheem has been an effective leader in a wide range of areas in education, research, and service," said McLaughlin. "As ECE associate chair for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation, he manages activities associated with the School’s large number of corporate partners and affiliates, supports the partnership with the ECE Advisory Board, and leads strategic initiatives internal and external to the School. He also works closely with faculty to develop and sustain a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within their groups.  

Beyah has been a strong leader in initiatives among multiple units and colleges and within the College of Engineering. Along with two faculty members in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Beyah co-founded the Academic and Research Leadership Network (ARLN) in 2012. Beyah has also served as director of the Georgia Tech Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program since 2012.
Beyah's research interests include network security, network traffic characterization and performance, privacy, and cyber-physical systems security with a focus on critical infrastructure. Beyah has graduated seven Ph.D. students and 20 M.S. students. He is a member of the Georgia Tech Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) committee, a faculty advisor for the Georgia Tech Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program, and a regular participant in the Georgia Tech FOCUS Program.   
The College of Engineering at Georgia Tech is the largest program of its kind in the country, with more than 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. The college ranks among the top 10 programs in undergraduate and graduate engineering as determined by U.S. News and World Report.

Last revised May 15, 2020