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 Marcus W. Shute, P.E., Ph.D.
 Vice President
 Research and Sponsored Programs
 Clark Atlanta University
 223 James P. Brawley Drive, SW
 Atlanta, GA 30314-4391
 Telephone: (404) 880-6990
 Fax: (404) 880-6983

Marcus W. Shute, P.E., Ph.D., became the Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) in May 2008. Dr. Shute is responsible for the administration of all research and sponsored-program activity at the University in addition to fostering relationships with funding agencies. His responsibilities include developing policies and processes to foster and support research activity throughout the research process, i.e., pre- and post-award functions, as well as ensuring compliance with government and agency regulations. One of Dr. Shute's roles is to protect the intellectual property generated by University research and sponsored program activity and realizing opportunities for technology transfer and commercialization. He is also actively involved in initiating and leading new research initiatives to enhance the growth of the research enterprise at CAU. Prior to joining CAU, Dr. Shute served as the first Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs at Tennessee State University (TSU) from 2003-2008, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the vision and strategic plan for the research enterprise. He led the completion of a new state-of-the-art 62,000 sq. ft. research facility at TSU, developed and revised policies and processes for research administration, and was responsible for more than $6.5M in funding from federal initiatives and research contracts during his tenure as VP, including $2M to establish the Nanoscience and Biotechnology Core Laboratories and Research Programs at TSU.

Dr. Shute was also the CEO and Founder of Shute Enterprises, Inc., a scientific, technical and business consulting firm specializing in optical and wireless communications. In addition, Dr. Shute served as Vice President of Advanced Technologies at Luxcore Networks, Inc., where he was responsible for developing technology solutions to enable Luxcore's next generation optical internetworking systems. He previously served as Vice President of Engineering, where he was charged with building a world-class engineering organization to design, develop and produce Luxcore's products.

Dr. Shute began his 25+ year career in research and development at Bell Laboratories, of AT&T and now Lucent Technologies, Inc., in Murray Hill, NJ, and subsequently Norcross, GA. He was recognized for sustained technical contributions in his areas of expertise by the appointment to Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, an honor reserved for the top five percent of the technical population at Bell Laboratories. Dr. Shute initially conducted research and development activities on the evaluation of fiber properties and characterization of fibers and radiation-hardened fibers. He led several development projects related to optical fiber technology, including the $70M Tactical Fiber Optic Cable Assembly, which was used in the Patriot Missile System in Operation Desert Storm, the Shipboard Optical Fiber Cable Project and the Fiber Optic Guided Missile project. Dr. Shute led the effort to develop, fabricate and qualify linear optical fiber amplifiers for analog and digital video transmission systems and was responsible for the development of the Reliability Assurance Program for the Optical-Application Specific Integrated Circuits program, including dense wavelength division multiplexing devices. Dr. Shute later served as a technical consultant and provided system performance analyses for several major wireless service providers. In addition, he led teams to deploy new wireless technology, and optimize the performance of voice and data wireless systems.

Dr. Shute earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Tennessee State University as University Scholar, becoming the first student to graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 out of 4.0; the S.M. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. He is a registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical) in the state of Georgia.

Dr. Shute has received numerous awards including the 1994 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Most Promising Engineer by U.S. Black Engineer magazine, the 1999 Golden Torch Award for Engineering Excellence by the National Society of Black Engineers, the Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the 2005 NTA Technical Achiever of the Year Award - Engineering by the National Technical Association, and Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Dr. Shute has an interest in becoming a mission specialist on future space shuttle and space station missions and was a finalist in the astronaut class of 2000 to the NASA Mission Specialist Astronaut Program. He is a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and an All-American USA Masters Track and Field athlete.

Dr. Shute is a widely published and recognized subject matter expert in optical communications, polarization phenomena, wireless communications, and materials science. He has presented numerous technical papers as an invited lecturer and taught several short courses in his areas of expertise. He holds several patents and has patents pending in the areas of optical fiber design and characterization, polarization phenomena, optical fiber amplifiers, and optical networking. Dr. Shute is a leader in the scientific community and is an active member in several professional organizations.