Raheem Beyah Named Motorola Foundation Professor

Raheem Beyah has been named as the Motorola Foundation Professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), effective March 1. This title was previously held by Ayanna Howard.

Beyah joined the ECE faculty in 2011, where he leads the Communications Assurance and Performance (CAP) Group and is a member of the Communications Systems Center (CSC) and the Institute for Information Security and Privacy (IISP). Prior to returning to Georgia Tech, Beyah was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Georgia State University, a research faculty member with the CSC, and a consultant with Andersen Consulting’s (now Accenture) Network Solutions Group. A two-time Georgia Tech ECE alumnus, he earned both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1999 and 2003, respectively.  

Beyah’s research interests include network security, wireless networks, network traffic characterization and performance, privacy, and cyber-physical systems security with a focus on critical infrastructure. His group has discovered critical flaws in many power grid devices across the globe, and this work has resulted in the development of security patches for these devices.

Beyah’s work has been highlighted in many news outlets, including NetworkWorld and Forbes. He is an NSF CAREER Award recipient, was one of 12 junior faculty members selected for DARPA’s 2010 Computer Science Study Panel, and received the inaugural Department of Computer Science Outstanding Performance Award while at Georgia State University.  His work has resulted in 110 refereed or invited publications, and he has served as an associate editor or guest editor for several journals in the field.

Beyah has graduated five Ph.D. students and over a dozen M.S. students. His research group currently consists of five Ph.D. students and two M.S. students, and he currently serves as director of the Georgia Tech Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. Prior to becoming director of SURE, Beyah regularly served as a graduate student mentor and faculty advisor with the program. He is also a faculty advisor for the Georgia Tech Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program and is a regular participant in the Georgia Tech FOCUS Program, an annual graduate student recruitment event that takes place over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

Beyah is a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences Board of Visitors. He has contributed to the Atlanta community through activities with Atlanta Public Schools and is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Atlanta, the city’s most prestigious executive leadership program.

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