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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Computer Scientist
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pudding (Bread)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

Birthplace

Born:
10/13/1971
Birth Location:
Savannah, Georgia

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Computer Scientist
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pudding (Bread)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

Birthplace

Born:
10/13/1971
Birth Location:
Savannah
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Biography

Computer scientist and academic administrator M. Brian Blake was born in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from Benedictine Military Academy in 1989 and then enrolled in the Georgia Institute of Technology where he graduated with his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1994. In 1997, Blake earned his M.S. degree in electrical engineering with a minor in software engineering and a graduate certificate in object-oriented analysis and design from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. He went on to earn his Ph.D. degree in information technology and computer science from George Mason University in 2000.

Upon graduation, Blake spent six years in industry working as a software architect, technical lead, and expert developer with companies such as General Electric (GE), Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and The MITRE Corporation. Blake joined the department of computer science at Georgetown University in 1999 as an adjunct professor. After being promoted to associate professor in 2005, he became the youngest African American tenured computer science professor. In 2007, Blake was selected to chair Georgetown University’s computer science department, making him the first African American appointed to the position. Blake was then brought on at Notre Dame University in 2009 where he served the Associate Dean of Engineering for Research and Graduate Studies, and as professor of computer science and engineering. Blake was also the first African American tenured professor in Notre Dame’s College of Engineering. In May of 2012, Blake was named Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Miami. His research interests include

Blake has published more than 150 refereed articles and publications in the area of software engineering and the integration of Web-based systems. He served as the Associate Editor-in-Chief of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Internet Computing, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Service Computing. In 2006, he was selected to serve on the National Science Foundation Advisory Board for Computer, Information Science, and Engineering. Blake is also a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society.

In 2007, was honored by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as “One of 10 Emerging Scholars.” He was the creator and founder of the Web Services Challenge, an initiative that evaluates software engineering techniques in the area of web service composition. As an undergraduate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Blake was initiated in the ANAK Society and received the J. Erskine Love, Jr. Award. In 2003, US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine and Lockheed Martin recognized him as the “Most Promising Engineer/Scientist in Industry.”

Blake is married to Bridget Blake, a mechanical engineer who earned her M.B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and now serves as a consultant for The MITRE Corporation. They have two sons: Brendan Blake and Bryce Blake.

Brian M. Blake was interviewed y he HistoryMakers on June 3, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - M. Brian Blake describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - M. Brian Blake talks about his mother's growing up in Estill, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - M. Brian Blake talks about his mother's entrepreneurial skills and her influence on him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - M. Brian Blake describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - M. Brian Blake describes his father's growing up in Estill, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - M. Brian Blake talks about Estill, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - M. Brian Blake talks about how his parents met and married
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - M. Brian Blake talks about his father's entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - M. Brian Blake describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - M. Brian Blake talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - M. Brian Blake describes his childhood household
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - M. Brian Blake describes his childhood neighborhoods in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - M. Brian Blake describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - M. Brian Blake talks about attending Townsley Chapel AME Church in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - M. Brian Blake describes his experience in grade school - part one
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - M. Brian Blake describes the changes in his childhood neighborhood in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - M. Brian Blake describes his experience in grade school - part two
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - M. Brian Blake describes his experience in grade school - part three
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - M. Brian Blake describes his interest in mathematics in grade school, and his father encouraging him to apply math to entrepreneurial use
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - M. Brian Blake describes his early exposure to computers and programming - part one
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - M. Brian Blake describes his early exposure to computers and programming - part two
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - M. Brian Blake describes his experience in middle school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - M. Brian Blake describes his experience at Benedictine Military Academy in Savannah, Georgia - part one
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - M. Brian Blake describes his experience at Benedictine Military Academy in Savannah, Georgia - part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - M. Brian Blake talks about his preparation in computer science in high school and his decision to major in electrical engineering at Georgia Tech
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - M. Brian Blake talks about graduating from high school and his extracurricular activities there
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - M. Brian Blake talks about his growth spurt in high school, and running track
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - M. Brian Blake talks about his parents attending his track meets
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - M. Brian Blake talks about attending a minority introduction to engineering program at Purdue University and his decision to attend Georgia Tech
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - M. Brian Blake describes his experience at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - M. Brian Blake talks about his mentors at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and his experience as a research assistant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - M. Brian Blake talks about his undergraduate research experience at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - M. Brian Blake talks about graduating from Georgia Tech as a member of the ANAK honor society
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - M. Brian Blake describes his decision to pursue the Edison Engineering Program at General Electric
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - M. Brian Blake describes his experience of working as a software engineering consultant at Lockheed Martin and also pursing his master's degree
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - M. Brian Blake describes his experience at Mercer University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - M. Brian Blake describes his experience of pursuing his Ph.D. degree at George Mason University while working on a full-time job
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - M. Brian Blake describes his decision to become a professor at Georgetown University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - M. Brian Blake describes his Ph.D. dissertation on workflow models, and his relationship with his mentor, Skip Ellis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - M. Brian Blake describes the impact of his Ph.D. dissertation on workflow models
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - M. Brian Blake describes Workflow Automation through Agent-based Reflective Processes (WARP) and its applications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - M. Brian Blake talks about his mentor at George Mason University, Professor Hassan Gomaa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - M. Brian Blake describes his experience at Georgetown University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - M. Brian Blake talks about serving as an expert witness
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - M. Brian Blake describes his experience working for MITRE Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - M. Brian Blake talks about his involvement in mentoring
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - M. Brian Blake talks about serving as the lead software process consultant for the Imaging Science and Information Systems Research Center
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - M. Brian Blake describes his experience as an administrator at Georgetown University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - M. Brian Blake talks about Workflow Automation through Agent-based Reflective Processes (WARP) and working with the Department of Justice
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - M. Brian Blake talks about his involvement with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - M. Brian Blake talks about Beverly Magda at Georgetown University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - M. Brian Blake describes how he was hired as a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame in 2009
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - M. Brian Blake describes his experience at the University of Notre Dame
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - M. Brian Blake describes his decision to become the vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the graduate school at the University of Miami
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - M. Brian Blake describes his experience at the University of Miami
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - M. Brian Blake describes his research focus in the area of service-oriented computing and cloud computing
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - M. Brian Blake talks about the cutting edge in computer science
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - M. Brian Blake describes his research collaboration with HistoryMakers Ayanna Howard and Andrew Williams
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - M. Brian Blake talks about his career goals for the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - M. Brian Blake reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - M. Brian Blake reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - M. Brian Blake discusses his goals for the University of Miami
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - M. Brian Blake describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - M. Brian Blake talks about his family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - M. Brian Blake talks about the University of Miami's football team
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - M. Brian Blake talks about starting a bank account at the age of eleven, buying his first house, and the importance of financial management
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - M. Brian Blake talks about how he would like to be remembered