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Dr. Farnam Jahanian

Assistant Director, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation

Farnam JahanianFarnam Jahanian leads the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). He guides CISE, with a budget of over $850 million, in supporting fundamental and transformative advances in computing, communication and information technology that are key drivers of economic competitiveness, and crucial to achieving our national priorities.

Dr. Jahanian holds the Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professorship at the University of Michigan, where he served as chair for Computer Science and Engineering from 2007 – 2011. His research on Internet infrastructure security formed the basis for the Internet security company Arbor Networks, co-founded in 2001, where he served as chairman until its acquisition in 2010.

He has been an active advocate for economic development efforts over the past decade, working with entrepreneurs, and frequently lecturing on how fundamental research is uniquely central to an innovation ecosystem that drives economic growth and global competitiveness. He was named Distinguished University Innovator at the University of Michigan (2009) and received the Governor’s University Award for Commercialization Excellence (2009).

Dr. Jahanian holds a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE and AAAS.