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Farvardin, Nariman

Farvardin, Nariman

Professor Emeritus
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Nariman Farvardin is currently the seventh president of Stevens Institute of Technology, having joined Stevens in July 2011 after a 27-year career as a faculty member and academic administrator culminating as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Maryland.

Farvardin received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1979, 1980, and 1983 respectively. He was dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering (2000-07) and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1994-2000) before being named senior vice president for academic affairs and provost in July 2007. 

As provost, he spearheaded the development of the university's strategic plan and led the early phase of its implementation of the within the Division of Academic Affairs. As dean, Farvardin promoted the development of innovative educational programs, especially at the undergraduate level; supported the development of major research programs; created initiatives to improve student and faculty diversity; and enhanced the school's partnerships with industry. 

Reflecting on a Successful 2023–24 Academic Year

As we come to the close of another academic year, it is a time to celebrate the achievements of our faculty, staff, students—and especially our graduates!

Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month

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Join Us at the First Annual Capstone Design Expo

You can meet Clark School students, faculty, and staff; recruit new employees from among our talented students; and see great ideas transformed into reality.

Batteries, Building Efficiency, and More: Innovating in Energy

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Celebrating Women's History Month 2024

We are proud to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Celebrating Black History Month 2024

Dean Graham's 2024 Black History Month message to the Clark School Community

Celebrating the Impact of Black Maryland Engineers and Leaders

The Clark School pays tribute to the many contributions and legacies of Black Americans in the United States by learning more about some of our most pioneering and influential community members, past and present.

Announcing Our Agreement With the Midwest Microelectronics Consortium

The University of Maryland and Booz Allen Hamilton have come to an agreement with the Midwest Microelectronics Consortium (MMEC) to expand MMEC’s technical areas.

Looking Back on the Fall 2023 Semester, Looking Forward to Sharing a New Strategic Plan in 2024

Happy Holidays from the A. James Clark School of Engineering. We are thankful for your support of Maryland Engineering and look forward to sharing 2024's chapter in our story.

Clark Scholars Program Network: Another Powerful Tool for Student Success

Every person has the potential for greatness. As educators, we have the privilege and responsibility of helping them achieve it. That is what we strive to do in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Stewards of the Public Good: The Clark School's Critical Partnership with the State of Maryland

Land-grant public universities are essential partners that invest in the welfare and future of their home states.

Maryland Engineering: Another Year of Innovation is Underway

Another year of engineering innovation in College Park is underway, and the Clark School continues to produce some of the most talented and sought-after engineers—and solutions they create—in the world.

Reimagining Learning: Educating the Engineers of Tomorrow

Creating a strong educational and research environment to produce engineers that push the boundaries of technology, meet future workforce needs, and address societal challenges is core to our mission at the Clark School.

Strategic Planning: Developing Our Vision For Our Future

Through our strategic planning process, we will sharpen our focus, communicate our “why,” and develop a clear vision for 2030.

Celebrating Women's History Month

Women continue to shape history, including at the Clark School of Engineering. This month we celebrate those landmarks and the work necessary to forge them, and how it’s incumbent upon our larger community to assist in this work.

Maryland Engineers Graham, Nau, Zhao elected Fellows of AAAS

Three Clark School professors have been newly chosen as 2022 Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals.

Introducing Maryland Engineering's New Chief Development Officer

Jennifer L. Schwartz will become the next Chief Development Officer & Assistant Dean for the A. James Clark School of Engineering on September 12, 2022.

Ghodssi named to new Clark School research and innovation position

He will lead Clark School research, partnership and outreach activities in Southern Maryland.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021

Messages to our Winter 2021 Clark School graduates from Dean Samuel Graham, Jr. and Jaser Attallah '21, electrical engineering graduate.

Graham Honored at InterPACK, Nets Best Paper Award

Clark School dean’s research highlights promising new materials in ultrawide bandgap electronics.

UMD Alumni Jones, Laroia Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Christopher T. Jones (Ph.D. '97) and Rajiv Laroia (M.S. '89, Ph.D. '92) have been elected to the 2021 Class of the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional recognitions in an engineer's career.

Alumnus Rajiv Laroia honored with IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal

Laroia founded Flarion Technologies in 2000 and developed Flash-OFDM broadband wireless technology there.

Dean Pines Named University of Maryland's 34th President

Darryll Pines has served as Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering since January 2009.

New Report Recommends a Path for the Future of Maryland’s Clean Energy Economy

Comprehensive report on the future of clean energy innovation in Maryland delivered today to Governor Hogan

Welcome, NAE Members

The Clark School welcomes six National Academy Engineering members who will be returning to or joining our faculty this fall.

Clark School Aerospace Engineering Faculty Recognized by AIAA National Capital Section

Three faculty receive AIAA NCS awards for their outstanding contributions to research and education.

Pioneering Breakthrough: Unmanned Aircraft Delivers Organ for Successful Kidney Transplant in Maryland

The groundbreaking effort by Maryland faculty and researchers could help expand donor access to transplantation.

UMD workshop examines risks related to new transportation technology

Key concerns include vehice safety, software reliabillity, and cybersecurity.

Pines Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Dean of UMD's engineering school to receive one of engineering's highest honors.

Dynamic Futures

An annual event honored the academic achievements of the Clark School's diverse student body.

Clark School names Hamid Jafarkhani 2017 IHOF Inductee

Alumnus to join Innovation Hall of Fame roster in Nov. 27 ceremony.

Legislators, University Administrators Gather to Launch Maryland Energy Innovation Institute

The institute was created to turn research breakthroughs into commercial, clean energy solutions.

CHBE Chair Sheryl Ehrman Departs for San Jose

Ehrman has accepted the position of Don Beall Dean of the Davidson College of Engineering.

UMD’s Anya Jones Receives Presidential Early Career Award

Aerospace Engineering faculty member awarded U.S. government's highest honor for early-career science and engineering professionals.

Hubbard Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Joins 23 other Clark-affiliated faculty

CEE Launches Infrastructure Engineering Laboratories Renovation Initiative

CEE to redesign virtual and physical infrastructure engineering laboratories.

UMD Opens MakerBot Innovation Center to Foster Entrepreneurship

UMD home to Big Ten's first large-scale 3-D printing MakerBot Innovation Center.

Pines Recognized with Maryland Speaker's Medallion

Annual award recognizes outstanding service to the state.

Tavis Smiley and the University of Maryland Announce $75,000 Social Innovation Challenge

Inaugural TS/UM Social Innovation Challenge to spur development of transformative solutions for societal issues.

Fourney Selected to Receive 2014 Frocht Award

Associate dean and Keystone professor to be honored with Society for Experimental Mechanics award.

Clark School Faculty, Staff Honored for Achievement

Teng Li, Ray Liu, and Heidi Sauber were recognized with awards.

ASHRAE National Capital Chapter Establishes Scholarship Fund in Mechanical Engineering

 Fund will support one undergraduate and one graduate student.

Farvardin Farewell Event Video Available

Clark School says good-bye to former professor, chair and dean.

Outstanding Commitment Honors Awarded

Ceremony recognizes extraordinary contributions to the Clark School by faculty, staff members.

Liu Inducted as ISI Highly Cited Researcher

ECE professor recognized for high number of citations his publications received from fellow researchers.

Changing the Odds

New NSF-funded UM program seeks to advance women faculty in science, engineering.

UMD Announces New Cybersecurity Center

Stresses 'more-than-tech' solutions for government and private sectors.

UM, Army Sign CRADA Agreement

Agreement expands research, development and engineering efforts between the two entities.

Rabin to Receive President's Medal

Award recognizes Mtech founding director's extraordinary contributions to campus.

Wallace D. Loh Appointed President of University of Maryland

Current University of Iowa Executive VP and Provost named new U-Md. President, effective November 1

A "Changing of the Deans"

Clark School officially welcomes Dean Pines, thanks Interim Dean Rabin.

Clark School Fire Expert Wins PECASE

Andre Marshall receives award for work to improve fire suppression.

Darryll Pines Named Dean of the Clark School

Chair of Clark School’s Department of Aerospace Engineering becomes Dean and Farvardin Professor.

UM, UET Peshawar Forge Partnership

UM agrees to exchange of faculty, students with Pakistani university.

BioE Holds 2nd Annual Fischell Festival

New bioengineering wing dedicated; 2008 Fischell Fellow announced.

New Bioengineering Wing Unveiled

$7.6M, 7,400-square-foot addition to Kim Building serves as new department home.

View University Holiday Greeting Online

Former dean and current provost, Nariman Farvardin, has starring role.

Farvardin Professorship Fund Reaches $500K

Gift from Jeong H. Kim helps fund reach milestone, supports Great Expectations campaign.

Marine Dredging Pioneer to be Honored

Krizek to be Clark School Innovation Hall of Fame inductee.

Rabin Named Interim Clark School Dean

MTECH director assumes position July 1, when Dean Farvardin becomes provost.

Farvardin Receives Patent for Image Technology

Dean develops method for compressing, decompressing images with Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

Fond Farewell to Graduates

Nariman Farvardin presides over final graduation as Clark School dean.

Farvardin Named University of Maryland Provost

Current Clark School dean will assume new position on July 1.

Clark School Donors Exceed $100M Milestone

Dean cites need for "10,000 gifts" to reach $185M Great Expectations goal.

Alumni Flock to Annual Baltimore Event

Record number of alumni attend reception, talk by John Porcari.

Dean Pens ASEE Prism Column

Dean Farvardin authors "Last Word" column in March 2007 issue.

Clark School Ranked 13th Worldwide

Higher education institute cites research expenditures and articles among criteria.

Women In Engineering Program Forms Board

Advisors ask alumni, corporate partners to help achieve recruitment goals.

Leading Experts Explore Future of Telecom

West, Viterbi and Laroia draw full house for White Symposium.

Clark School Honors Innovator Laroia

Electrical engineering alumnus inducted into Innovation Hall of Fame for telecommunications inventions.

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Head to "Boot Camp"

Workshop is a comprehensive, one-day introduction to starting a company.

Fischell Addresses Freshman in "Dialogue"

Bioengineering benefactor lectures on "Engineering for Humanity, Fun and Profit."

Alumnus Jafarkhani Named IEEE Fellow

UC Irvine professor also wins IEEE's Marconi Prize.

Agreement Established with Abu Dhabi Petroleum Institute

Cooperation seeks to enhance collaborative educational and research activities in energy sciences.

Bezos Gift to Benefit Keystone Program

$50,000 gift fosters excellent undergraduate teaching skills among faculty.

Clark School Unveils Martin Exhibit

Historical display honors Glenn L. Martin and Lockheed Martin.

Martin Exhibit to be Unveiled April 10

Aviator's contributions are celebrated in special presentation.

Keystone Academy Fosters Great Fundamental Teaching

Six professors have been named to the Clark School's new Keystone program.

Metcalfe: "Invention is a flower, innovation is a weed."

Robert Metcalfe's Whiting-Turner lecture, "Ethernet and Entrepreneurship," delivered provocative pronouncements on luck, innovation and university research to an overflow audience.

Clark School Celebrates Scholarship Donors, Recipients

Engineering scholarship benefactors and their student recipients met over lunch at the Kim Building this week.

Jacobs Predicts Super Cell Phone

Irwin Jacobs, co-founder and chairman of QUALCOMM, described the coming super cell phone as "the one device that’s always with you" in this year's first Whiting-Turner Lecture.

Griffin Presents Plan for NASA’s Future

Alumnus and NASA Administrator Michael Griffin shared his vision for space exploration at the Clark School this week.

Free Advice from Entrepreneurial Experts

Connect with entrepreneurs, investors and new venture experts at this year's Technology Start-Up Boot Camp—free to students and faculty.

Innovation Hall of Fame Moves, Inducts New Members

The Innovation Hall of Fame has moved to its new Kim Building home and now includes two new members.

Lathrop to Head IREAP

Daniel Lathrop, associate professor of physics, will become acting director of the Institute for Research for Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP).

Would-be Teenage CEOs Pitch Ideas in Clark School Program

High school students pitched their ideas for start-up companies as part of the first university-level entrepreneurship course offered by the Clark School's Hinman CEOs Program to pre-college students.

O’Shea to Head Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Professor Patrick O’Shea has been named the new chair of the Clark School’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

Clark School Teams with Biotech Institute on Nano-biotechnology

Clark School faculty will team up with faculty at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI) to design and implement educational and research programs in the areas of nano-biotechnology and molecular bioprocessing.

U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" ranks the Clark School No. 16 (10th among Public Universities)

Most recent issue of The U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" ranks A. James Clark School of Engineering among the very best in the nation.

Dean Farvardin Takes Major Role in New Chesapeake Nanotechnology Initiative

This week the governors of Maryland and Virginia and the mayor of Washington, D.C., established the Chesapeake Nanotechnology Initiative to accelerate the development of nanotech products and businesses in the region, and the Clark School’s Dean Nariman Farvardin was named to the steering committee and as chair of the Planning and Outreach Working Group.

Pioneering MTECH Celebrates 20 Years Linking the Clark School and Business

This week the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (MTECH) celebrated its 20th anniversary and was honored for its pioneering and ever-growing services that link Clark School capabilities and the needs of the business world. The celebration was held in the new Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building.

Melissaratos Hails Clark School's "Knowledge Economy" Role at Alumni Event

Secretary of Business & Economics for the state of Maryland praised the Clark School of Engineering for helping make Maryland a "knowledge economy."

$30 Million Clark Endowment Revolutionizes Undergraduate Education at the Clark School

The A. James Clark Scholarship Endowment will provide financial support for Clark School undergraduate engineering students.

Clark School Alumni Wowed by Kim Building

Alumni were most impressed by the striking three-story rotunda, with its sweeping circular staircase.

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher visited the Clark School

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) visited the Clark School on Friday, July 19.

U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" ranks the Clark School No. 16 (10th among Public Universities)

Most recent issue of The U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" ranks the Clark School No. 16.

Barbe Receives ASEE Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator Award

Professor David Barbe, executive director of MTECH awarded the first American Society of Engineering Education Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator Award.

From the Dean, May 2003

News from Dean Nariman Farvardin.

From the Dean, April 2003

News from Dean Nariman Farvardin.

From the Dean, March 2003

News from Dean Nariman Farvardin.

Dean Farvardin named one of "The Five To Watch" by the Washington Post

Nariman Farvardin, dean of the Clark School of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is one of "The Five to Watch in 2003" in business named by The Washington Post.

Clark School Accomplishments in Fall 2002

A list of Clark school accomplishments for Fall 2002, with an introduction by Dean Nariman Farvardin.

Abed Named Director of the ISR

Dr. Eyad Abed, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is named Director of the Institute for Systems Research (ISR).

NASA Taps University of Maryland and Six Partner Institutions To Form New National Institute of Aerospace

The University of Maryland together with six other institutions will form the nation's first National Institute of Aerospace.

Clark School Accomplishments in Summer 2002

A list of Clark school accomplishments for Summer 2002, with an introduction by Dean Nariman Farvardin.

Kim Joins the Clark School of Engineering

Dean Nariman Farvardin of the A. James Clark School of Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeong H. Kim, Ph.D., as Professor of the Practice.

Rotorcraft Center wins first place in AHS/INDUSTRY/NASA Student Design Competition

Graduate students from the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center wins first place in the 2002 19th Annual AHS/INDUSTRY/NASA Student Design Competition.

Clark School Accomplishments Spring 2002

A list of Clark school accomplishments for Spring 2002

Dean Farvardin featured in Washington Post article

Dr. Nariman Farvardin, dean of Clark School of Engineering, featured in a Washington Post article.

ECE dedicates four labs sponsored by BAE SYSTEMS.

On Tuesday, May 29, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering dedicated four state-of-the-art laboratories for research and education in computer engineering.