Richard DeMillo

School of Cybersecurity and Privacy Interim Chair; Professor, Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Chair of Computing, and Executive Director, Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U)
Research Areas: 
Cybersecurity, Computer Architecture, Software Engineering

Richard DeMillo is the Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Chair of Computer Science and Professor of Management at Georgia Tech. He founded and directs the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), Georgia Tech’s living laboratory for fundamental change in higher education. He leads the educational innovation council at Georgia Tech and is a national leader and spokesman in the technology revolution in higher education. He was named a Lumina Foundation Inaugural Fellow in recognition of his work in higher education and the founding of C21U, which Lumina described as a “unique institution.”


From 2015 to 2018 he co-chaired Georgia Tech’s Commission on Creating the Next in Education (CNE).  The Commission report, “Deliberate Innovation, Lifetime Education,” drew national attention for its reimagining of higher education in a time of disruptive change.  The CNE report became a blueprint for educational renewal at Georgia Tech.

He was the John P. Imlay Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech where he led the design and implementation of the Threads program which has helped transform undergraduate engineering education in the US and around the world. His influential 2011 book, Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities, which helped spark the national discussion of the future of higher education, was inspired by this experience. His book, Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities, was published by MIT Press in 2011. A sequel entitled Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators will make College Accessible and Affordable was published by MIT Press in 2015 and was named the best education book of 2015 by the National Publisher’s Association. He was named Outstanding Faculty Member for his dedication to students by Georgia Tech’s ANAK Society.


The author of over 100 articles, books, and patents, Rich’s research has spanned computer science and includes fundamental innovation in computer security, software engineering and mathematics. He holds what is believed to be the only patent on breaking public key cryptosystems.  His current research interests are focused on the security of electronic voting systems. His work has been featured in national news media and films and was cited in the 2019 federal court ruling that the use of electronic voting machines infringed the constitutional the right to vote. He has served as a foreign election observer for the Carter Center and has served on boards of public and private cybersecurity and privacy companies, including RSA Security and SecureWorks. He is a fellow of both the Association for Computing Machinery and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he was Hewlett-Packard’s first Chief Technology Officer, where he had worldwide responsibility for technology. He led HP through technology revolutions in super computing, printing, open source software, information security, and nanotechnology. Prior to joining HP, he was in charge of Research at Bellcore, where he oversaw the development of many internet and web-based innovations. He has also directed the Computer and Computation Research Division of the National Science Foundation. During his thiry-year academic career, he has held academic positions at Purdue University, The University of Wisconsin and the University of Padua (Italy).