Farnam Jahanian

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Farnam Jahanian
NSF Director Inspires Students at Science and Technology High School (7346351594).jpg
Liza Miadzvedskaya, a senior and student leader at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, explained the format of student research presentations to NSF Director Subra Suresh (right) and NSF Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering Farnam Jahanian (left).
10th President of Carnegie Mellon University
Assumed office
Preceded bySubra Suresh
Personal details
Spouse(s)Tris Jahanian
OccupationComputer scientist, academic administrator
Known forPresident of Carnegie Mellon University
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
ThesisSpecification and analysis of timing properties in real-time systems (1988)
Doctoral advisorAloysius K. Mok

Farnam Jahanian is an Iranian-born American computer scientist and academic. He serves as the 10th president of Carnegie Mellon University.

Early life[edit]

Farnam Jahanian was born in Iran.[1] He emigrated to the United States in 1977 after completing high school. Jahanian received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1982.[2] He earned a master's degree in 1987 and a PhD in computer science in 1989 from the University of Texas at Austin.[3]


Jahanian began his career at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center.[3] In 1993, he joined the department of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan, and was later promoted as the Edward S. Davidson collegiate professor.[3] He was also the department chair from 2007 to 2011.[3] At the same time, he was the co-founder and chairman of Arbor Networks from 2001 to 2010.[3]

Jahanian was the head of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering from 2011 to 2014.[3] He was the vice president for research from 2014 to 2015, then provost and chief academic officer of Carnegie Mellon University from 2015 to 2017.[3] Since July 1, 2017, he has served as its president, succeeding Subra Suresh, first as interim president[3][4] and later, since March 8, 2018, as president.[5][2]

Jahanian was named a "great immigrant" by the Carnegie Corporation of New York in 2016.[6]

One of the most cited papers of Jahanian is "Safety analysis of timing properties in real-time systems".[7]

Personal life[edit]

Jahanian has a wife, Teresa (known as "Tris"), and three children.[3]


  1. ^ "A Wordless Way to Teach Math". The Chronicle of Higher Education. July 31, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh (March 8, 2018). "Carnegie Mellon University names Farnam Jahanian as its new president". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Leadership: President: Farnam Jahanian (interim)". Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Schacker, Bill (June 14, 2017). "CMU names interim president". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "Farnam Jahanian Named President of Carnegie Mellon University". Carnegie Mellon University. March 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "2016 Great Immigrants Honorees: The Pride of America". Carnegie Foundation. June 30, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  7. ^ https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/6313045/?reload=true

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Subra Suresh
President, Carnegie Mellon University
Succeeded by