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Provost Farnam Jahanian

Farnam Jahanian, Ph.D.

Farnam Jahanian, the most recent vice president for research, began serving as provost of Carnegie Mellon University in May 2015. As the university's chief academic officer, Jahanian will have broad responsibility for leading CMU's schools, institutes and campuses and will be instrumental in long-range institutional and academic planning and implementation. He joined CMU as vice president for research in 2014, where he was responsible for nurturing excellence in research, scholarship and creative activities.

Prior to CMU, Jahanian led the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) from 2011 to 2014. He guided CISE, with a budget of almost $900 million, in its mission to advance scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research and transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure. Previously, Jahanian was the Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan where he served as chair for Computer Science and Engineering from 2007 to 2011 and as director of the Software Systems Laboratory from 1997 to 2000.

Throughout his academic career, Jahanian led several collaborative research projects that studied the growth and scalability of the Internet infrastructure, which ultimately transformed how cyber threats are addressed by Internet Service Providers. His research on Internet infrastructure security formed the basis for the successful Internet security services company Arbor Networks, which he co-founded in 2001. Jahanian served as chairman of Arbor Networks until its acquisition in 2010. He is the author of over 100 published research papers and has served on dozens of national advisory boards and panels. He has been an active advocate for how basic research can be uniquely central to an innovation ecosystem that drives global competitiveness and addresses national priorities. Jahanian has testified before Congress on a broad range of topics, including cybersecurity, next generation computing and big data analytics. He serves as chair of the National Research Council’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) and is a member of the Computing Research Association (CRA) and National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Boards.

Jahanian  holds 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).