Farnam Jahanian is the 10th president of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He previously served as the university’s provost as well as its vice president for research. A nationally recognized computer scientist, entrepreneur, and higher-education leader, Jahanian brings to CMU extensive leadership and administrative expertise. Prior to coming to CMU, Jahanian led the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. Previously, he was the Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan, where he served as chair for Computer Science and Engineering.
A widely published expert in cybersecurity and networks, his research formed the basis for the internet security company Arbor Networks, which he cofounded in 2001, and where he served as chair until its acquisition in 2010. Jahanian serves as chair of the National Research Council’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, sits on the executive committee of the US Council on Competitiveness, and is a trustee of the Dietrich Foundation. He has also been a board member of the Computing Research Association, the National Center for Women and Information Technology, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, among others.
Jahanian holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.