M. Brian Blake

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M. Brian Blake
M. Brian Blake
Residence Philadelphia, Pa.
Nationality American
Alma mater George Mason University
Mercer University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Scientific career
Fields Internet Computing
Institutions Drexel University
University of Miami
University of Notre Dame
Georgetown University
Doctoral advisor Hassan Gomaa

M. Brian Blake (born 1971) is an American computer scientist/software engineer and the executive vice president for academic affairs and the Nina Henderson Provost at Drexel University. He was previously dean of the graduate school and vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Miami, an associate dean for research and professor at the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, and department chair and professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University.

Blake was named as the most promising scientist in 2003 by Career Communications [1] and recognized as a Top 10 Emerging Scholar in Diverse:Issues in Higher Education.[2] His research has received more than $10 million in funding, and he is an author of more than 160 scholarly publications.[3] He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society.[4] Blake has also been a strong advocate for increasing diversity in the study of computer science and other STEM disciplines.[5]

Early life[edit]

M. Brian Blake was born in Savannah, Georgia, and graduated from Benedictine Military School in 1989 and Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994.[6] He spent six years working as a software architect, technical lead and expert developer with General Electric, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and The MITRE Corporation.[3] While employed by Lockheed Martin, Blake earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Mercer University and his doctoral degree from George Mason University.[7]

Georgetown University[edit]

In 1999, Blake became an adjunct professor in Georgetown University’s Department of Computer Science. He was promoted to associate professor in 2005,[6] becoming the youngest tenured African-American computer science professor in the nation.[2] Blake was named chair of the Department of Computer Science in 2007.[6] He was also director of graduate studies as the department launched its first graduate program, and ran a research group in Web-based systems that undertook more than $6 million in sponsored research.[8]

University of Notre Dame[edit]

Blake joined the University of Notre Dame in 2009 as professor of computer science and engineering and associate dean of engineering for research and graduate studies.[6] His role included faculty development, student recruitment and diversity strategies, and working with corporate and foundation partners.[9]

University of Miami[edit]

In July 2012, Blake was named vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Miami. He was responsible for research on the university’s Coral Gables campus, and worked with the deans of Miami’s schools and colleges and the Faculty Senate on efforts to diversify the university’s faculty. He oversaw graduate programs serving more than 5,200 students across 11 schools and colleges as dean of the Graduate School.[3]

Drexel University[edit]

Blake became the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Drexel University on August 1, 2015.[10] He serves as the chief academic officer of Drexel with responsibility for all academic functions. The Office of the Provost oversees every academic program and supports academic and administrative offices.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Blake is married to Bridget Blake, a mechanical engineer, and they have two sons, Brendan and Bryce.[6]


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