President Angel Cabrera

Ángel Cabrera

President, Georgia Tech

Ángel Cabrera is the 12th president of the Georgia Institute of Technology. One of America’s leading research universities, Georgia Tech serves 44,000 students through top-ranked graduate and undergraduate programs ranging from engineering and science to business, computing, design, and liberal arts, and receives more than $1.2 billion in research awards every year. 

Under Cabrera’s leadership, more than 5,700 members of the Georgia Tech community contributed to a new 10-year strategic plan that launched in November 2020. The plan is grounded on a new mission statement that reaffirms Tech’s commitment to “developing leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition.” 

As president during the Covid-19 pandemic, Cabrera has led the Institute through one of the most critical times in its history to break new records in student applications and enrollment, graduation rates, and research awards. Today, Georgia Tech is one of the fastest-growing and most research-intensive universities in the nation. 

Cabrera came to Georgia Tech on Sept. 1, 2019, after serving for seven years as president of George Mason University (GMU) in Virginia. During his presidency, GMU joined the top tier of research universities in the Carnegie Classification and was the fastest growing institution in the state. Before leading GMU, Cabrera was president of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, now part of Arizona State University, and dean of IE Business School in Madrid. 

As a business educator, Cabrera has played a key role in advancing professional ethics, internationalization, and corporate social responsibility. In 2007, while serving as a senior advisor to the United Nations Global Compact, he was the lead author of the “Principles for Responsible Management Education” (PRME). A United Nations–supported initiative that advances sustainable development through management education, PRME has been adopted by more than 800 schools around the world. He is also a co-founder of the University Global Coalition, a global network of universities working in partnership with the United Nations in support of its Sustainable Development Goals. 

Cabrera has been named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, a “Star of Europe” by Bloomberg Businessweek, a “Henry Crown Fellow” by the Aspen Institute, and a “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He has received honorary degrees from Miami Dade College and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.  

Cabrera serves on the boards of the National Geographic Society, Harvard College Visiting Committee, Atlanta Committee for Progress, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Bankinter Innovation Foundation in Spain. He has served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the advisory boards of Georgia Tech and Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, and three publicly traded companies. 

Cabrera earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology and cognitive science from Georgia Tech, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. He also holds a B.S. and an M.S. in computer and electrical engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. His academic publications have been cited thousands of times, and he has been featured or quoted in leading media around the world. 

He is married to management scholar and Georgia Tech classmate, Elizabeth. Their son, Alex, is a Georgia Tech graduate and currently a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University. Their daughter, Emilia, is a graduate of Harvard University. Cabrera is the first native of Spain to serve as president of an American university. 

Provost Steven McLaughlin

Steven W. McLaughlin

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Steven W. McLaughlin is the provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

McLaughlin first joined Georgia Tech as a member of the faculty in 1996. From 2017 to 2020, he served as the dean and Southern Company Chair of Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering, the largest engineering college in the country. His prior roles include the Steve W. Chaddick School Chair in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2012 to 2017, and the vice provost for International Initiatives and Steven A. Denning Chair in Global Engagement from 2007 to 2012. 

In 2014 he co-founded CREATE-X, a campuswide effort to instill entrepreneurial confidence in students and help them launch startup companies. The program has successfully launched more than 300 student-led companies and engaged more than 5,000 students in the principles and practice of evidence-based entrepreneurship. 

In 2011 he was awarded the honor of Chevalier de l`ordre national du Mérite (Knight of the French National Order of Merit), the second highest civilian award given by the government of France. He was the first Georgia Tech recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and was cited by President Bill Clinton for “leadership in the development of high-capacity, nonbinary optical recording formats.” He is a past president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Information Theory Society and is a fellow of the IEEE. 

McLaughlin’s research interests are in the general area of communications and information theory. His research group has published in the areas of forward error correction and equalization in wireless communications, magnetic/optical data storage, data security, and privacy. He has advised more than 50 master’s and Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars. His group has published more than 250 papers in journals and conferences and holds 36 U.S. patents. 

He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Michigan.