Professor Farnam Jahanian, Chair of the CSE Division of EECS, has been selected as the 2009 Distinguished University Innovator at the University of Michigan. The award recognizes his important and lasting contributions to the economy by moving new innovations into the private sector for public benefit, and by demonstrating entrepreneurial success.
Prof. Jahanian was selected for his success in developing breakthrough network security technologies and in demonstrating their transformational potential by commercializing them through the highly successful Arbor Networks, Inc. The selection committee, composed of U-M faculty, as well as individuals external to the University with an interest in promoting U-M innovation actitity, was also impressed with Prof. Jahanian's involvement in the business/tech-transfer sphere as an informal spokesperson and promoter of innovation in the region, state, and nation.
Prof. Jahanian will be honored for his accomplishments at a public ceremony on April 1, 2009, at 4:00pm at the Biomedical Science Research Building. He will deliver a lecture entitled, "Securing the Internet Cloud: A Perspective on Seeding Innovation and Technology Transfer."
Prof. Jahanian's research is aimed at the study of scalability, dependability and security of networked systems and applications. His interests include distributed computing, network security, and network protocols and architectures. He is affiliated with the Software Systems Lab. In late 2000, he co-founded Arbor Networks, a network security company based on research conducted with his collaborators and former students at the University of Michigan.