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Farnam Jahanian, Carnegie Mellon University

Farnam Jahanian, computer scientist, entrepreneur, senior public servant and respected leader in higher education, was appointed the 10th president of Carnegie Mellon University in March, 2018. Jahanian's distinguished and multifaceted career in academia, industry and the public sphere — and in many realms where those sectors intersect to support research and education — led him to Carnegie Mellon in 2014, as vice president for research. He then served two years as provost, before taking over as interim president in July, 2018.

Prior to CMU, Jahanian led the National Science Foundation Directorate for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) from 2011 to 2014. He also served as co-chair of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology, providing overall coordination for the R&D activities of 17 government agencies.

Jahanian was on the faculty at the University of Michigan from 1993-2014, where held the Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professorship in the College of Engineering, and served as Chair for Computer Science and Engineering from 2007 – 2011 and as Director of the Software Systems Laboratory from 1997 – 2000.

Jahanian’s research interests span distributed computing, network security, and network protocols and architectures. The author of over 100 research papers, Jahanian has served on dozens of national advisory boards and government panels. He is a member of the National Governors Association’s Cybersecurity Advisory Council. He has received numerous awards for his research, commitment to education, and technology commercialization activities, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1995), University of Michigan College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (1998), Amoco Teaching Award (2000), DARPA Innovation Award (2000), EECS Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award (2005), the State of Michigan Governor’s University Award for Commercialization Excellence (2005), and an ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award (2008). He was named “Distinguished University Innovator” at the University of Michigan in 2009, and “Entrepreneur of the Year” by New Enterprise Forum in 2010.

Jahanian holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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