Cheatham has played leadership roles in statewide economic partnerships in Washington state and technology commercialization at Arizona State University. Previously, he held executive positions in private sector technology companies and led research computing groups within the DOE laboratory system.
Cheatham has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Oregon State University, an M.S. in electrical engineering from Washington State University, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and optical computing from Carnegie Mellon University.