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Chaouki T. Abdallah is the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As a direct report to President G.P. “Bud” Peterson and a member of the president’s cabinet, the EVPR serves as chief research officer for the Institute. This position provides overall leadership for the research, economic development, and related support units within Georgia Tech.
Abdallah began his college career at the Faculté d’ingénierie of the Université Saint-Joseph in Lebanon, then obtained a bachelor of engineering (B.E.) degree from Youngstown State University in 1981, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1982 and 1988, respectively. He joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of New Mexico (UNM), where he served as professor of electrical and computer engineering. Between 2005 and 2011, Abdallah was the ECE department chair, and he served as provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at UNM from 2011 to 2016. In 2017-18, he served as acting president, interim president, and finally the 22nd president of UNM. On September 1, 2018, he joined Georgia Tech as its EVPR.
Professor Abdallah was the first recipient of the ECE Department’s Lawton-Ellis Award for combined excellence in teaching, research, and student/community. He also received the UNM School of Engineering senior research excellence award in 2004, and was the ECE Gardner-Zemke Professor between 2002 and 2005. He received the 2017 UNM Staff Hero award for his “advocacy for staff during difficult financial times and for his support of Staff Council.”
He has published eight books (three as co-editor and five as co-author) and more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, and generated more than $9 million in external funding. As provost, Abdallah assembled a team to improve student success focusing on underprepared and underrepresented students. Within seven years, under his leadership, UNM increased the first-year retention rate by 8 percent, the four-year graduation rate by 125 percent, the five-year graduation rate by 8 percent, and the six-year graduation rate by 15 percent, while closing the retention-achievement gap and narrowing the graduation-achievement gap. He also shepherded the design and implementation of an honors college that has since increased the number of high-achieving students at UNM by more than 20 percent. In addition, he led the development and implementation of a long-range UNM academic plan and initiatives in 2011.
Professor Abdallah conducts research and teaches courses in the general area of systems theory with a focus on control, communications, and computing systems. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, national laboratories, and various companies. He served as the general chair of the 2008 CDC, the premier IEEE conference in decision and control. Abdallah, who is fluent in English, French, and Arabic, is a senior member of IEEE and a recipient of that organization’s Millennium Medal.