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M. Brian Blake

M. Brian Blake

Nina Henderson Provost and Distinguished Professor of Systems and Software Engineering

Computer Science

M. Brian Blake, PhD is Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Nina Henderson Provost at Drexel University. As the highest ranking academic officer, he oversees all academic programs across the 15 schools and colleges and over 26,000 students. Blake came to Drexel from the University of Miami, where he set research and teaching priorities and led faculty enhancement efforts as vice provost for academic affairs, and oversaw 155 graduate programs serving more than 5,700 students as dean of the Graduate School. Previously he was associate dean for research and graduate studies in the University of Notre Dame College of Engineering, and chaired the Georgetown University Department of Computer Science as it launched its first graduate program. Blake has directed computer science labs funded by more than $10 million in sponsored research awards; authored 170-plus publications and chaired six conferences; edited major journals including his current service as editor-in-chief of IEEE Internet Computing; and advised dozens of students at every level from postdoctoral fellowships through doctoral, master’s and undergraduate studies. Blake is a Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM Distinguished Scientist. Blake’s industry experience includes six years as a software engineer and architect at Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and The MITRE Corporation before entering academia full time. Blake also holds appointments in the College of Engineering (as professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) and in the College of Medicine (as professor of neuroengineering).


  • PhD in Information and Software Engineering, George Mason University
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Mercer University
  • BA, Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Research/Teaching Interests

Software engineering approaches for integration of Web-based systems

Select Publications

  • Jarrett, J., Ferreira-Da-Silva, L., Mello, L., Andere, S., Oliveira da Cruz, G., and Blake, M.B. "Self-Generating a Labor Force for Crowdsourcing - Is Worker Confidence a Predictor of Quality?" Third IEEE Workshop on Hot Topics in Web Systems and Technologies (HotWeb2015), November 2015
  • Wei, Y. and Blake, M.B.  “Proactive Virtualized Resource Management and Provisioning for Service Workflows in the Cloud”, Computing, Springer Press, 2014
  • Tan, W., Blake, M.B., Saleh, I.,  Dustdar, S. “Social-Network-Sourced Big Data Analytics”, IEEE Internet Computing, Vol. 17, No. 5, pp. 62-69, Sept/Oct 2013 (Top 100 Most Downloaded in IEEE Xplore (#55 Oct 2013, #52 Nov 2013), Featured in Computing Now and IEEE STC on Social Networking)
  • Blake, M.B. and Nowlan, M.F. “Knowledge Discovery in Services (KDS): Aggregating Software Services to Discover Enterprise Mashups”, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Vol. 23, No. 6, pp 889-901, June 2011
  • Wei, Y. and Blake, M.B. “Service-Oriented Computing and Cloud Computing: Challenges and Opportunities” , IEEE Internet Computing, Vol. 14, No. 6, pp 72-76 Nov/Dec 2010 (Top 3 Most Accessed from Nov 2010 - Jan 2011

Grant Awards

  • GAANN Fellowships in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame II, Department of Education, $667,000 (entire project $1.2 Million) PI, April 2012 – April 2015
  • Dynamic Predictive Simulations of Agent Swarms, AFOSR, $200,000, co-PI (PI: Greg Madey) October 2011-2013
  • NSF-HRI: Exploiting Teleoperative Knowledge for Robot Learning, National Science Foundation (NSF), $800,000, Collaborative PI, August 2007-July 2011
  • NSF-ENG: Intelligent Instruction Systems using Augmented Reality, National Science Foundation (NSF) STTR – Phase II, $500,000, PI with J. Doswell of Juxtopia, LLC, December 2006 - December 2010 (Collaboration with BMW-Greenville); REU Supplements: Intelligent Instruction Systems using Augmented Reality, National Science Foundation (NSF) ENG, $12,000
  • NSF-IIS: Web Service Discovery and Composition Competition (WSC-2007-2011), National Science Foundation (NSF), $145,000, sole PI, March 2005 - March 2010

Professional Activities & Associations

  • Senior member, IEEE
  • ACM Distinguished Scientist
  • Editor-in-chief, IEEE Internet Computing
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Service Computing
  • Editor-in-chief, Web-Scale Workflow and Analytics (Springer)