M. Brian Blake, EE '94
President, Georgia State University


Dr. Blake is Provost and Executive Vice President at The George Washington University, overseeing the academic mission of the institution, supporting all academic endeavors and overseeing the research enterprise across the university’s 10 schools and colleges and 28,000 students. Prior to joining GW, Dr. Blake served as provost at Drexel University, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Miami, and associate dean for research and graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Blake started his faculty career at Georgetown University, where he served as chair of the Department of Computer Science, among other posts, and where he initiated the university’s first graduate programs in computer science.

Dr. Blake’s research focuses on internet computing and software engineering, particularly for software systems that span enterprise systems. He has authored more than 200 papers and advised more than 15 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. He served on five National Academies studies and on the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Internet Computing and has been funded by more than $12 million in sponsored research. Provost Blake is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, IEEE Golden Core Member, and Governor of the IEEE Computer Society.

Dr. Blake has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mercer University, and PhD in Information and Software Engineering from George Mason University. Provost Blake and his wife, Bridget, also a Georgia Tech Engineer and MBA from Johns Hopkins, have two sons.