2015 Organick Lecture Series


Engineering, Jahanian

Farnam Jahanian

Vice President for Research
Carnegie Mellon University


February 12, 2015
6:00pm – reception
Catmull Gallery, Warnock Engineering Bldg.

7:00pm – lecture
105 Lower Warnock Engineering Bldg.

Title: Unleashing the Discovery and Innovation Ecosystem


February 13, 2015
3:20pm refreshments
3:40pm lecture
1250 Warnock Engineering Bldg.

Title: The Transformative Impact of Computing and Communication in a Data-Driven World


BIO: Farnam Jahanian is the Vice President for Research at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) where is responsible for nurturing excellence in research, scholarship and creative activities. The Office of Vice President for Research has overall responsibility for research administration and policy, provides oversight for research integrity, and focuses on facilitating and accelerating the transition of research and technology from the university to the marketplace. Prior to CMU, Jahanian led the National Science Foundation Directorate for the 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. 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. He has testified before Congress on a broad range of topics, including cybersecurity, next generation computing, and big data. 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).