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University of Michigan Professor Farnam Jahanian Selected to Head NSF Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate   Bookmark and Share



Farnam Jahanian, professor and chair for Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to head its directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE).

Jahanian, the Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been a member of the Michigan faculty since 1993. For four years, he was the director of the department's Software Systems Laboratory; since 2007 he has served as chair. Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan, he was a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York. He is highly regarded for his contributions to research and teaching, his innovative spirit and in-depth knowledge of present computing practices, and his extensive administrative and organizational experience.

In his new post at NSF, Jahanian will guide and manage funding for the federal agency that supports research in computer and information science and engineering. CISE's FY2010 budget is more than $620 million. The agency works to uphold the nation's leadership in computer and information science and engineering. It promotes understanding of the uses of advanced computer, communications, and information systems in service to society. CISE supports ambitious long-term research across the many sub-fields of computing, contributes to the education of computing professionals and, more broadly, informs the preparation of a U.S. workforce with computing competencies essential to success in the global market.

"Professor Jahanian has conducted outstanding research into fundamental issues with respect to Internet infrastructure and security while at Michigan, and has found ways to turn those discoveries into innovations of great value to society and the commercial sector," said Phil Hanlon, U-M Provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. "His scholarly credentials, vision, and executive experience uniquely qualify him for this leadership role at CISE directorate."

"NSF is proud that Dr. Jahanian will join us in this leadership capacity," said NSF Acting Director Cora Marrett. "His extensive knowledge of and research in network infrastructures and his support for entrepreneurship and commercialization has already had a great impact on the nation's development of cybersecurity. And he has made tremendous strides in showcasing how innovative university research can be paired with private industry. He will be a tremendous addition to NSF."

During the last two decades, Jahanian has led several large-scale research projects studying the growth and scalability of the Internet backbone routing infrastructure. This research has transformed how Internet service providers address cyber threats. His research on Internet infrastructure and security formed the basis for the successful Internet security services company Arbor Networks, which Jahanian co-founded in 2001. Today, 70 percent of Internet backbone transit traffic is protected by Arbor technology, demonstrating how basic university research can be uniquely central to an innovation ecosystem that drives economic growth, global competitiveness, and job creation.

"Farnam Jahanian's leadership has helped to strengthen Michigan Engineering's position at the forefront of computer science and engineering research and education. We are proud that his expertise, experience and insights will be utilized at a national level," said David Munson, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering.

Jahanian added, "A breathtaking pace of advancement has brought the discipline of computing into the forefront of science, medicine, commerce, and arts. Its transformative societal impact will continue to accelerate in the coming decades. I am thrilled to join the leadership team at NSF as the CISE directorate continues to play a critical role in enabling this transformation through its support for long-term basic research and training of computing professionals."

Read More:

University of Michigan press release - Oct 5, 2010: Computer science and engineering chair accepts national appointment

National Science Foundation press release - Oct. 4, 2010: NSF Selects University of Michigan Professor Farnam Jahanian to Head Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate


Posted: October 5, 2010