Volume X / 2021
The University of Texas at Arlington | College of Engineering
Ruins of an ancient city


Raj Iyer (’97 Ph.D., ’94 M.S., Electrical Engineering) has held several leadership roles throughout his 25-year career. But in November 2020, he took one of the most important positions of his life: the first civilian chief information officer of the U.S. Army. Dr. Iyer is responsible for a global workforce of 15,000 IT professionals and for providing oversight to the Army’s $18 billion annual budget. “My career has taken me all kinds of places,” he says, “but the biggest takeaways from UTA are the leadership skills I developed and the ability to communicate technical issues and challenges to non-technical executives, which has allowed me to speak to key stakeholders.”