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Farnam Jahanian
Interim President
Professor of Computer Science
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor of Information Systems & Management

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15213
office: Warner Hall, 6th fl.
phone:  412.268.2200
email:  f...@cmu.edu
Executive Administrator:  Kelly Elder
email: k...@andrew.cmu.edu

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Farnam Jahanian is currently serving as interim president of Carnegie Mellon University, by appointment of the Board of Trustees. As the university’s provost and chief academic officer beginning in 2015, Jahanian had broad responsibility for leading CMU's schools, colleges, institutes and campuses and was instrumental in long-range institutional and academic planning. He also holds faculty appointments in the School of Computer Science (Computer Science), the College of Engineering (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Heinz College (Information Systems). He previously served as CMU’s vice provost for research, nurturing excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activities for the university.

Before coming to CMU, Jahanian led the NSF 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. 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.

Jahanian 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. His research on Internet infrastructure security formed the basis for the Internet security company Arbor Networks, which he co-founded in 2001, and where he served as chairman until its acquisition in 2010. His work on Internet routing stability and convergence has been highly influential within both the network research and the Internet operational communities.

Jahanian’s research interests span distributed computing, network security and network protocols and architectures. His research has been sponsored by NSF, DHS, DARPA, NSA, ONR and numerous companies including Cisco, Intel, Google, Boeing, VeriSign, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

He 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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