2016 Great Immigrants Recipient

Farnam Jahanian
Provost, Carnegie Mellon University
Born in:
Iran

"Immigration has been a cornerstone of the American experiment. The ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity unify us as a nation while the realization of these values celebrates our diversity," Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian said in 2016. Before joining Carnegie Mellon, Jahanian led the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, with a budget of close to $900 million, from 2011 to 2014. For over two decades he was on the faculty at the University of Michigan, serving as a professor of electrical engineering and computer science. His research on Internet infrastructure security formed the basis of the software company Arbor Networks, the company he co-founded and chaired until its acquisition in 2010. An adviser to several organizations, Jahanian serves as chair of the National Research Council’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, sits on the executive committee of the Council on Competitiveness and is a trustee of the Dietrich Foundation. Updated 2018

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