Washington, D.C.—Diverse Issues in Higher Education recently named M. Brian Blake, an Associate Professor in Georgetown University’s Computer Science Department, one of the “Top 10 Emerging Scholars” in academia. Each year, the magazine selects outstanding scholars of color who are breaking new ground in research, applying scholarship to public policy, and grooming the next generation of leaders and professionals.
“Brian is an exceptional teacher and a leading scholar in his field,” said Jane McAuliffe, dean of Georgetown College. “He is an outstanding member of our university community, and we are pleased to see his major contributions in science and technology honored with this recognition.”
Blake has taught at Georgetown since 2000. At age 33, he became the youngest Black computer science professor in the nation to be awarded tenure. His research focuses on enterprise integration, the process of sharing information and software capabilities across organizational boundaries. In addition to numerous scholarly journals, his work has also appeared in popular trade publications, such as InfoWorld, Information Week, ComputerWorld, and CNET.
Outside the classroom, Blake has served as a consultant to numerous corporations, including Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and the MITRE Corporation. He has also lent his expertise to federal agencies including the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The magazine honored Blake in their January 11, 2007 issue where they also highlighted his efforts with African-American youth in the Washington, DC area. As part of a program he co-founded in 1998, Blake encourages minority high school students to study science and technology, and he helps them plan careers in high-tech industries.
“That’s been a lifelong passion of mine,” Blake told Diverse, “to encourage underrepresented minorities to take on science and technology.”
In addition to this recognition, Blake has received several honors and awards since arriving at Georgetown. In 2003, he was named the “Most Promising Engineer/Scientist in Industry” by US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine and Lockheed Martin Corporation. That same year, he was also elevated to the senior membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society. In 2006, he was selected to serve on the National Science Foundation Advisory Board for Computer, Information Science, and Engineering.
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