The ECE professor will oversee the College’s academic innovation and assessment programs.

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Matthieu Bloch, professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), is joining the College of Engineering leadership team as associate dean for academic affairs. He begins his new role Feb. 1.

Bloch will serve as the College’s primary representative on all matters affecting undergraduate and graduate academics. He will lead program development, manage a range of assessment programs, and work with school chairs on academic programming.

The appointment continues Bloch’s service in academic leadership roles. He has been ECE’s associate chair for graduate affairs since January 2021.

"Matthieu has played a pivotal role in ECE, directing the largest graduate program on our campus and one of the nation's largest,” said Raheem Beyah, dean of the College and Southern Company Chair. “His passion for supporting students, faculty, and staff reflects a commitment that strengthens our campus community. I’m excited to collaborate with him as he broadens his influence and innovative ideas across our College’s eight schools.”

Bloch joined the ECE faculty in 2009, a year after earning his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech. He was initially based at Georgia Tech-Europe in Metz, France, before moving to the Atlanta campus in 2013.

Bloch’s research focuses on classical and quantum information theory, error-control coding, wireless communications, and cryptography.

Matthieu Bloch

"I am thrilled and humbled to join Dean Beyah’s team in the College of Engineering. As a former Georgia Tech student, I’m eager to give back to the institution that’s offered me so much over the last two decades,” said Bloch, who also received his electrical engineering master’s degree at Tech. “The College is unique by its sheer size and the quality of its students, faculty, and staff, and I’m looking forward to the many opportunities to work together to further our students’ experiences and success.”

Bloch has devoted much time and effort to enhancing education for ECE’s undergraduate and graduate students. He developed flipped course material for ECE 3084, Signals and Systems, in 2017. For the past five years, he has advised the Agile Communication Architecture team in the Vertically Integrated Projects program. This group of students is developing the next generation of intelligent radios and exploring opportunities at the convergence of machine learning and software-defined radios.

Bloch has served on organizing committees of several international conferences and was chair of the Online Committee of the IEEE Information Theory Society from 2011 to 2014. He was an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 2016 to 2019 and again since 2021. Bloch has also been on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society since 2016, serving as president last year.

Bloch replaces Mitchell Walker, who was named chair of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech in December.

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