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Nariman Farvardin served as acting president following the retirement of C. D. "Dan" Mote during September-October 2010.
Farvardin became Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Maryland, College Park in July 2007. He was also Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Prior to his appointment as Provost, Dr. Farvardin was the Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering (2000-2007) and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1994-2000). Farvardin received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1979, 1980, and 1983 respectively.
As Provost, he spearheaded the development of the University's ambitious strategic plan, Transforming Maryland: Higher Expectations, and led the early phase of implementation of the plan within the Division of Academic Affairs.
During his seven-year tenure as Dean of Engineering, Dr. Farvardin promoted the development of innovative educational programs, especially at the undergraduate level; supported the development of major research programs; developed new initiatives to improve student and faculty diversity; and enhanced the School's partnerships with industry.
In February 2011, Nariman Farvardin resigned his post as Provost of the University of Maryland to become president of the Stevens Institute of Technology.