Mehran Sahami

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Mehran Sahami
BornMay 10
Alma materStanford University
Known forSpam filter
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsStanford University
Doctoral advisorDaphne Koller

Mehran Sahami is the James and Ellenor Chesebrough Professor in the School of Engineering, and Professor (Teaching) and Associate Chair for Education in the Computer Science department at Stanford University. He is also the Robert and Ruth Halperin University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.

Sahami earned his BS and PhD from Stanford University under the supervision of Daphne Koller. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Google, Inc. as well as a Senior Engineering Manager at Epiphany, Inc.[1]

Sahami teaches the introductory computer science sequence at Stanford. He led Stanford's computer science curriculum redesign from a large core to a smaller core with specialization tracks.[2] Some of his lectures are made available on YouTube and iTunesU.[3]

His research interests include computer science education, artificial intelligence, and ethics. He served as co-chair of the ACM/IEEE-CS joint task force on Computer Science Curricula 2013, which created curricular guidelines for college programs in Computer Science at an international level. He has also served as chair of the ACM Education Board, an elected member of the ACM Council, and was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the state's Computer Science Strategic Implementation Plan Advisory Panel.

Awards and honors[edit]

Sahami was selected by the 2013 graduating senior class to give the annual Class Day Lecture at Stanford University's Commencement Weekend ceremonies.[4]

In 2014, Sahami received the ACM Presidential Award for "outstanding leadership of, and commitment to, the three-year ACM/IEEE-CS effort to produce CS2013, a comprehensive revision of the curricular guidelines for undergraduate programs in computer science".[5]


  1. ^ Mehran Sahami. Retrieved on 2011-07-31.
  2. ^ Mehran Sahami Overview of the New Undergraduate Computer Science Curriculum. September 26, 2008
  3. ^ Stanford School of Engineering Archived 2011-05-11 at the Wayback Machine - Stanford Engineering Everywhere. Retrieved on 2011-07-31.
  4. ^ "Stanford Professor Sahami to Class of '13: Use your 'superpower' to improve the world". Stanford University. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "ACM Presidential Award". ACM. Retrieved October 29, 2015.