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Douglass High School Alum Is New Dean of College of Engineering at Georgia Tech


Frederick Douglass High School alumnus Dr. Raheem Beyah has been selected as the new Dean and Southern Company Chair of the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Beyah formerly served as Georgia Tech’s vice president for Interdisciplinary Research, executive director of the Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, and as the Motorola Foundation Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Tech. Beyah began his new duties on Jan. 15.

“We are fortunate to have the largest and one of the best engineering programs in the nation, in large part due to the teaching, research, and national leadership of our faculty,” said Steven McLaughlin, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Georgia Tech. “Raheem Beyah is collaborative, visionary, innovative, and committed to people. I look forward to working even more closely with him in his new leadership role in the College of Engineering.”

A native Atlantan, Dr. Beyah earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Tech in 1999 and 2003, respectively. He received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1998.

Dr. Beyah also leads the Communications Assurance and Performance Group and is affiliated with the Institute for Information Security and Privacy. He is co-founder and board chair of Fortiphyd Logic Inc., an industrial cybersecurity company, and also serves as Institute data security lead. He is co-founder and a steering committee member of the Academic and Research Leadership Network.

Dr. Beyah has held several additional leadership roles at Georgia Tech, including serving as interim Steve W. Chaddick ECE School Chair during the 2017-18 academic year, ECE’s associate chair for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation (2016-18), and chair of ECE’s Computer Systems and Software Technical Interest Group (2015-17). He received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2009 and was selected for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Computer Science Study Panel in 2010. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) distinguished scientist.

Prior to becoming a faculty member at Georgia Tech, Dr. Beyah was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Georgia State University, a research engineer with ECE at Tech, and a consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He has served as guest editor for a number of journals and magazines, including IEEE Network Magazine and IEEE Communications Magazine, and as associate editor of several journals in the field.

Dr. Beyah has been named to Atlanta Magazine’s “Atlanta 500,” the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Up & Comers: 40 Under 40,” and Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 Best and Brightest Under 40.” Active in the community, he is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Georgia, and L.E.A.D Atlanta.

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