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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. 

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Dean Steven W. McLaughlin

Steven W. McLaughlin, Ph.D.

  • Dean, College of Engineering
  • Southern Company Chair
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Follow on Twitter - @gtengineerdean

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. 

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. 

Associate Deans

  • Robert J. Butera, Ph.D.

    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.

    Laurence J. Jacobs, Ph.D.

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

    Laurence Jacobs currently serves as the interim dean of Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering.  As dean, he serves as the chief academic officer of the college and leads more than 400 faculty members and more than 13,000 students. The College of Engineering at Georgia Tech produces more engineering graduates than any other college in the United States. 

    Jacobs continues to serve 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.

  • Pinar Keskinocak

    Pinar Keskinocak, Ph.D.

    (404) 894-2325
    • Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship
    • ADVANCE Professor, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    As interim associate dean for faculty development and scholarship, Pinar Keskinocak manages the reappointment, promotion, tenure, peer review and selection processes for all faculty and researchers within the College of Engineering. In addition, she leads faculty development initiatives and assists with the management of faculty hiring strategies and inclusion programs.

    Along with serving as the George Professor, Keskinocak is also the ADVANCE Professor for the College of Engineering and the co-director of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems at Georgia Tech. Before joining the ISyE faculty in 1999, Keskinocak also served as a post-doctoral fellow at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.

    Her research focuses on applications of operations research and management science with societal impact (particularly health and humanitarian applications) and supply chain management, with an emphasis on resource allocation, revenue management, production planning/scheduling, and logistics/transportation. She received B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial engineering from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, in 1991 and 1992, and a Ph.D. in operations research from Carnegie Mellon University in 1997.

  • Douglas B. Williams, Ph.D.

    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

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    Raheem Beyah, Ph.D.

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    Interim Steve W. Chaddick Chair, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Motorola Foundation Professor

    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. 

  • Bert Bras

    Bert Bras, Ph.D.

    (404) 894-9667
    Interim Eugene C. Gwaltney Jr. Chair, Associate Chair for Administration, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

    After completion of his master's thesis in mechanical engineering, Dr. Bras was hired as a full-time research associate at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands' (MARIN) Design Research Department and was sponsored by MARIN to complete a doctoral study in the United States. Upon completion of his Ph.D., he received a postdoctoral grant from the Institute of Space Systems and Operations at the University of Houston. He began at Tech in Fall 1992 as an Assistant Professor. In 2001 he was appointed Director of the Institute of Sustainable Technology and Development.

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    Susan Margulies, Ph.D.

    (404) 385-0100
    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.

  • Edwin Romeijn, Ph.D.

    H. Edwin Romeijn, Ph.D.

    (404) 385-6178
    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. 

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    David S. Sholl, Ph.D.

    (404) 894-2822
    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

    Naresh Thadhani

    (404) 894-2651
    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. 

  • Civil Engineering School Chair Donald Webster

    Dr. Donald Webster

    (404) 894-2201
    Karen and John Huff School Chair 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.

  • Dean Vigor Yang, Ph.D.

    Vigor Yang, Ph.D.

    (404) 894-3002
    Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering Chair
    • William R. T. Oakes Professor and Chair

    Vigor Yang received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1984. Then he joined the Pennsylvania State University in 1985, becoming the John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair in Engineering in 2006. In 2009, he began his tenure as Williams R.T. Oakes Professor and chair of the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering. Yang has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, propulsion, combustion and mathematics. He is also the founder of the International Symposium on Liquid Space Propulsion and has consulted with government and industrial organizations including NASA, the Department of Defense, and the European Space Agency. Yang was recently named to the National Academy of Engineering.