Farshad Fotouhi

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Farshad Fotouhi
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Farshad Fotouhi in 2011
Born 1957
Citizenship USA
Fields Computer Science, Databases, Data Mining, Semantic Web, Multimedia Systems, and Biomedical Informatics
Institutions Wayne State University
Alma mater Michigan State University
Doctoral advisor Sakti Pramanik

Farshad Fotouhi is the dean of Wayne State University's college of engineering.[1] [2] Farshad Fotouhi joined Wayne State University in 1988 as faculty in the Department of Computer Science. From 2000 to 2004, he was associate chair of the department, and from 2004 to 2010 he was chair.

Life and career[edit]

Schooling and research[edit]

He holds a bachelor's in Computer Science from Western Michigan University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the College of Engineering at Michigan State University.[3][4]

Fotouhi's research includes biomedical informatics, multimedia systems and the Semantic Web. He has published more than 190 papers in academic journals and conference proceedings.[5][6] [7] His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Michigan Life Sciences Corridor, as well as Ford Motor Company and other companies.[citation needed]

He has been a program committee member for various conferences related to his research interests and is a member of the editorial board of IEEE Multimedia Magazine, chair of the Steering Committee of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Semantic Web and Information Systems. In recent years, Dr. Fotouhi has organized several workshops including the Workshop on Privacy in Information Society, the IEEE Workshop on Scientific Workflow, and the ACM workshop on the Many Faces of Multimedia Semantics.

He was appointed dean of Wayne State University's college of engineering in March of 2011.[8]

Fotouhi's first priority upon becoming dean was to cut the budget by firing a lot of employees. In March 2011, he tried to reduce Greg Auner's SSIM staff to zero.[9] When Paul Strauss, a major donor to the university, heard of the problems Auner was having, he halted a $2 million endowment, and customers who had been paying money to Wayne State to use Auner's lab (like Intel) stopped paying Wayne State and stopped using the lab.[10] With the budget sufficiently cut, Fotouhi's second priority was a construction project for a larger, deluxe version of the dean's office.[11] A few days earlier, the Department of Electrical Engineering voted no confidence in Fotouhi's leadership.[12]

On February 7, 2014, James Woodyard, a tenured professor, resigned at a Board of Governors meeting in protest of Fotouhi's actions.[13] The next week, Provost Margaret Winters released a statement claiming Fotouhi had been investigated "on two separate occasions and that the dean had come up clean."[14] In May 2014, President Roy Wilson moved Auner out of Fotouhi's hierarchy and placed him under Valerie Parisi at the School of Medicine; Strauss plans to resume his endowment soon.[15]

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  1. ^ Wunder, Francine (December 2010). "Farshad Fotouhi appointed dean of Wayne State University’s College of Engineering". Wayne State University Public Relations. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^ College of Engineering Dean Select Farshad Fotouhi
  3. ^ "Farshad Fotouhi". AI Genealogy Project Farshad Fotouhi. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Farshad Fotouhi". Mathematics Genealogy Project. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Microsoft Academic Research". Microsoft Academic Search. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Google Scholar". Google Scholar. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Computer Science Bibliography". DPLB. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Wayne State Engineering College Gets New Dean, CBS Detroit". 
  9. ^ Henderson, Tom (2013-06-01). "Researcher Greg Auner goes from top dog to doghouse, and it's all about the money, Wayne State says". Crain's Detroit Business (Detroit, Michigan: Crain's Communication). Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  10. ^ Henderson, ibid.
  11. ^ WSU purchase order to Sorensen Gross Construction Services dated 12/20/2012.
  12. ^ James Woodyard's memo to the WSU Board of Governors, 02-07-2014
  13. ^ "BOG meeting steeped in controversy". The South End (Detroit, Michigan: WSU Student Senate). 2014-02-08. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  14. ^ "Wayne State Defends Dean Who Sparked Professor Resignation". Inside Higher Ed (Washington DC). 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2014-07-02. 
  15. ^ Henderson, Tom (2014-05-15). "After quiet start, WSU President Wilson makes waves". Crain's Detroit Business (Detroit, Michigan: Crain's Communication). Retrieved 2014-07-03. 

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