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Steven W. McLaughlin is the dean of the College of Engineering and Southern Company Chair. He serves as the chief academic officer of the college, where he works with the associate deans and chairs for each of the college's eight schools. 

Dean of Georgia Tech Engineering

Steven W. McLaughlin, Ph.D.

  • Dean, College of Engineering
  • Southern Company Chair
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Dr. Steven W. McLaughlin is the Dean and Southern Company Chair of the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves as the chief academic officer of the College and provides leadership to more than 450 faculty members and 13,000 students, the largest engineering college in the country. He officially took office on September 15, 2017 after a national search.

McLaughlin received the B.S.E.E. degree from Northwestern University, the M.S.E. degree from Princeton University, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan. He joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech in September 1996.  From 2012-2017 he was the Steve Chaddick School Chair in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and from 2007-2012, he was Vice Provost for International Initiatives and Steven A. Denning Chair in Global Engagement. 

In 2014, he co-founded CREATE-X, a campus-wide effort to instill entrepreneurial confidence in students and help them launch companies. In its first three years the program has successfully launched 72 student-led companies and engaged 1500+ students in the principles and practice of evidence-based entrepreneurship. 

In 2011, he was awarded the honor Chevalier dans l`Ordre Nationale de Merite, (Knight of the French National Order of Merit), the second highest civilian award given by Republic of France. He was the first Georgia Tech recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) where he was cited by President Clinton "for leadership in the development of high-capacity, nonbinary optical recording formats." He a past President of the IEEE Information Theory Society and is a Fellow of the IEEE. 

His research interests are in the general area of communications and information theory. His research group has published in the areas of forward error correction and equalization in wireless communications. magnetic/optical data storage, data security and privacy. His group has published more than 250 papers in journals and conferences and holds 36 U.S. patents. 

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Associate Deans

  • Robert J. Butera, Ph.D.

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    • Associate Dean for Research & Innovation
    • Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering

    The associate dean for research & innovation focuses on enabling engineering faculty members to develop and sustain excellence in scholarship and research, as well as creating an environment in which innovation, entrepreneurship, and public service are fundamental characteristics of CoE graduates. Robert Butera coordinates and prioritizes a research agenda for the College of Engineering and its stakeholders and acts as a focal point to establish and maintain CoE leadership in research commercialization.

    A 1991 BEE graduate of Georgia Tech, Butera attended graduate school at Rice University in Houston, Texas, receiving the MSEE in 1994 and PhD in 1996. Following graduate school, he conducted postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. While at the NIH, he worked jointly in the Mathematical Research Branch and the Laboratory for Neural Control.

    Prior to joining the Dean’s Office, Butera directed the Neural Engineering Center (2014-2016). He previously served as founding Faculty Director of the Grand Challenges Living Learning Community (2012-2015) and Director of the Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program (2005-2008).  Butera’s research is focused on developing novel methods for peripheral and autonomic nerve modulation using electrical signaling, combining engineering and neuroscience to tackle clinically motivated problems.  Professionally, Butera has served as Vice-President for Finance (2011-2014) and was recently elected to serve as Vice-President for Publications (2017-2020) for the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.  He also served on the Board of Directors for the Organization for Computational Neuroscience (2013-2015). Butera is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


  • Laurence J. Jacobs, Ph.D.

    • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Jacobs serves as the associate dean for academic affairs. In this position, he is the primary representative of the dean’s office on all matters affecting undergraduate and graduate academics. He is also responsible for developing programs related to innovation in undergraduate education, managing a range of assessment programs, and interacting with school chairs on matters of academic program. Jacobs received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Columbia University in 1987 and worked for a year as an Office of Naval Technology postdoctoral fellow before coming to Georgia Tech in 1988.

    He served as the associate chair for undergraduate programs for the School of Civil Engineering at Tech from 1995 to 2007. He received a joint appointment with the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering in 2003. Jacobs' research is centered on wave propagation in solids, emphasizing guided waves, nonlinear ultrasonic waves and characterization of heterogeneous materials. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings and is a past associate editor of ASCE's Journal of Engineering Mechanics. He is currently on the editorial board of NDT&E International.

  • Kimberly Kurtis, Ph.D.

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    • Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship
    • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Kimberly (Kim) Kurtis is a professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. She has served as Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Scholarship in the College of Engineering since 2014 and was interim chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering for the 2017-2018 academic year. Kurtis earned her BSE in civil engineering from Tulane University under a Deans Honor Scholarship and her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a Henry Hilp Fellow and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellow.  

    Kurtis’s innovative research on the multi-scale structure and performance of cement-based materials has resulted in more than 100 technical publications and two U.S. patents. Kurtis’s innovative research on the multi-scale structure and performance of cement-based materials has resulted in more than 100 technical publications and two U.S. patents. In addition to her technical and educational service contributions at the American Concrete Institute (ACI), American Ceramics Society (ACerS), Portland Cement Association (PCA), Transportation Research Board (TRB), American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), she has held two leadership positions – Chairman of ACI Committee 236: Materials Science of Concrete (2006-2012) and Chair of American Ceramic Society’s Cements Division (2008-2009) – central to advancing science-based research on cement-based materials. 

    Kurtis will oversee the implementation of college-wide programs that help faculty advance in their professional careers. She also will oversee initiatives to enhance diversity of college faculty, and implement orientation, educational, mentoring, and recognition programs that aim to improve faculty satisfaction, well-being and performance.

  • Douglas B. Williams, Ph.D.

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    • Associate Dean for Administration and Finance
    • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Doug Williams’ primary responsibility as the associate dean of administration and finance is to act as the dean’s office representative on all matters related to finances, facilities, and other resources. He is also responsible for budget allocation for the schools within the College of Engineering, as well as strategic planning surrounding faculty hiring.

    Williams joined the ECE faculty in 1989, where he is affiliated with the Center for Signal and Image Processing. He most recently served as the senior associate chair for ECE and as interim school chair from July 2011-August 2012. He received the BSEE, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Rice University in 1984, 1987, and 1989, respectively.

    Williams' research interests involve the application of statistical signal processing methods to communications, radar signal processing, and the study of nonlinear dynamics. He is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society's Board of Governors, Signal Processing Theory and Methods Technical Committee, and Signal Processing Education Technical Committee. Williams is currently Special Sections Area Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine and was co-editor of The Digital Signal Processing Handbook (CRC Press and IEEE Press, 1998). He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies.

School Chairs

  • Mark Costello, Ph.D.

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    William R. T. Oakes School Chair & Professor, Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

    Mark Costello is the William R. T. Oakes Chair of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering. He comes to this position after a disgtinguished career as a faculty member, most recently as the AE School's Davis S. Lewis Professor of Autonomy, with a joint appointment to the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Professor Costello most recently completed an assignment to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he served as a Program Manager in the Tactical Technology Office. He is the director of Center for Advanced Machine Mobility (CAMM), a multidisciplinary research center consisting of a network of faculty and students focused on mobile platform technologies. Mark works in the area of dynamics, control, and design. He has earned national recognition for a substantial research program in the development of innovative flight mechanics and controls technologies for a variety of flight vehicles, including rotorcraft, projectiles, parafoils, and unmanned air vehicles. Findings from his research endeavors are summarized in more than 100 papers in archival journals, conference proceedings, and technical reports. Prior to his appointment at Georgia Tech, he was on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also worked as a research engineer in the Helicopter Division of the Boeing Company and at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He has served as an associate editor for the AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control as well as the IMECHE Journal of Aerospace Engineering.


  • Magnus Egerstedt, Ph.D.

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    Steve W. Chaddick School Chair and Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Magnus Egerstedt is the Steve W. Chaddick School Chair and Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds secondary appointments in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, the School of Interactive Computing, and the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, and has previously served as the Executive Director for the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech. He received the M.S. degree in Engineering Physics and the Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, the B.A. degree in Philosophy from Stockholm University, and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Harvard University. Dr. Egerstedt conducts research in the areas of control theory and robotics, with particular focus on control and coordination of complex networks, such as multi-robot systems, mobile sensor networks, and cyber-physical systems. Magnus Egerstedt is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received a number of teaching and research awards, including the Ragazzini Award from the American Automatic Control Council, the Outstanding Doctoral Advisor Award and the HKN Outstanding Teacher Award from Georgia Tech, the Alumni of the Year Award from the Royal Institute of Technology, and the CAREER Award from the U.S. National Science Foundation. 

  • Samuel Graham Jr., Ph.D.

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    • Eugene C. Gwaltney Jr. School Chair, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

    Graham earned his B.S. from Florida State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech. He joined the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering in September 2003 after spending time at Sandia National Laboratories and Stanford University.  Graham also holds a joint appointment with the Oak Ridge National Laboratories. Graham is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award; is an ASME Fellow; a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board; and a member of the Engineering Science Research Foundation Advisory Board for Sandia National Labs.  He was recently named a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Nagoya University in Japan working with Nobel Prize Winner in Physics, Professor Hiroshi Amano.

    Graham oversees a school that is consistently ranked as one of the nation's most prominent programs of its kind in both graduate and undergraduate education. The school is one of the largest producers of mechanical and nuclear engineers in the United States, with almost 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 115 faculty members.

  • Susan Margulies, Ph.D.

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    Wallace H. Coulter Chair, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory
    • Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Injury Biomechanics

    Susan Margulies, Ph.D., was named the Wallace H. Coulter Chair of the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Georgia Tech and Emory University, and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Injury Biomechanics in May 2017 and began her appointment on August 1. Margulies earned her B.S.E in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. After a postdoctoral fellowship and faculty appointment at Mayo Medical School, she joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. Her research focuses on traumatic brain injury in children and ventilator-induced lung injury. Margulies focuses on prevention, intervention and treatments. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

  • H. Edwin Romeijn, Ph.D.

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    H. Milton & Carolyn J. Stewart School Chair, Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering

    Edwin Romeijn oversees the nation’s largest industrial engineering program. He received his M.S. in econometrics and Ph.D. in operations research from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He previously served as the program director for the Manufacturing Enterprise Systems, Service Enterprise Systems, and Operations Research program at the National Science Foundation, and as professor and Richard C. Wilson Faculty Scholar in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Mathematical Optimization Society, Society of Industrial an Applied Mathematics and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. 

  • David S. Sholl, Ph.D.

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    John F. Brock, III School Chair, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
    • GRA Eminent Scholar for Energy Sustainability

    David Sholl received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado. Afterwards, he participated in postdoctoral research programs at the Pennsylvania State University and Yale University. In 2008, he joined the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering faculty at Georgia Tech. His awards include the University Medal from the Australian National University, the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award and the George Tallman Ladd Award for Excellence in Research from Carnegie Mellon University. His research group has published in the areas of computational materials modeling, porous materials for carbon capture applications, membranes for gas separations, and heterogeneous catalysis. Sholl has also served as the research and thesis advisor to more than 80 students at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral levels.

  • Naresh Thadhani, Ph.D.

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    School of Materials Science and Engineering Chair

    Naresh Thadhani joined the faculty of the School of Materials Science and Engineering in 1992. He received his B.S. in Engineering from the University of Rajasthan in India, M.S. at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and his Ph.D. from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Thadhani is currently working on research projects that are sponsored by the Department of Defense and industries. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and American Society for Metals International. He is an author of more than 200 publications in journals and proceedings, as well as the editor of Spring Series on Shock Compression, associate editor of Shock Waves: An International Journal, and past president of the Alpha Sigma Mu, Materials Honors Society. 

  • Donald Webster, Ph.D.

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    Karen and John Huff School Chair, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Webster earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. His primary research interests lie in environmental fluid mechanics, with an emphasis on the influence of fluid motion and turbulence on biological systems. His work has been featured in the New York Times and dozens of other news outlets. He is a fellow of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography and has served on the editorial board of the journal Experiments in Fluids for more than a decade.

    Webster has won a number awards, including the Class of 1934 Outstanding Innovative Use of Education Technology Award, the Eichholz Faculty Teaching Award, and the British Petroleum Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. He has been a member of Georgia Tech’s Commission on Creating the Next in Education, including chairing a discovery group and co-chairing an ideation group.