The Georgia Institute of Technology selected Raheem Beyah as the school’s new dean and Southern Company chair of the College of Engineering.
Beyah was already serving Georgia Tech as its vice president for Interdisciplinary Research, executive director of the Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, and is the Motorola Foundation Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Tech.
“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 McLaughlins, Georgia Tech’s provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “(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.”
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).
An Atlanta native, Beyah is also a Georgia Tech alumni. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Tech in 1999 and 2003, respectively. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1998.
Prior to becoming a faculty member at Georgia Tech, 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).
With more than 150 interdisciplinary research centers and labs, Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering continues to be recognized as an elite engineering school and one of the top public institutions in the nation. The undergraduate engineering program at the College is ranked No. 4, and the graduate program is ranked No. 8 in the latest America’s Best Colleges edition of U.S. News & World Report.
It’s also ranked No. 1 in doctoral degrees awarded to African Americans, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
The College occupies more than a million square feet of research and office space on Georgia Tech’s campus. It had more than $270 million in research expenditures in the fiscal year 2019. More than one-third of its undergraduate students participate in research.