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New Dean for College of Engineering Named

Forouzan Golshani

Forouzan Golshani, chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Wright State University in Ohio, has been named the new dean for the College of Engineering at CSULB. He will also serve as special assistant to the provost on accessible technology.

"I am absolutely delighted for the College of Engineering and California State University, Long Beach that Dr. Golshani will be joining us this fall," said Karen Gould, CSULB provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. "He brings a wealth of experience, strong collaborative skills and great forward-looking leadership to the deanship. I know students, faculty, staff and alumni will all enjoy working with him."

"Internally, we will continue to do what the school is best known for – producing the best graduates who are highly sought after."

-Forouzan Golshani

Golshani will serve as the colege's chief academic officer and will direct and coordinate its instructional programs, curricular advancement, research efforts and fund-raising initiatives, including academic and professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

"As a member of an accreditation team that visited the college a few years ago, I was well aware of the distinctiveness of the engineering programs and the beauty of this campus," Golshani said. "Learning about the recent successes of the university and its new leadership made the decision (to seek out the engineering dean position) easy.

"Because of the proximity to technological giants and the enormous potential for strategic alliances," he added, "the College of Engineering dean at CSULB can positively influence the future of engineering across the entire nation. Not many other dean positions can offer this type of potential." Although he hasn't yet started his new position, he does have a couple of "big picture" goals for the college.

Externally, he is looking to leverage the Beach and its cultural, social, economic and physical setting to become a force that will drive the social/economic engine for the entire region.

"Internally, we will continue to do what the school is best known for – producing the best graduates who are highly sought after," he pointed out.

Golshani has been the chair of the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department at Wright State since 2003, and during his tenure, in terms of external research funding, he propelled the department to first among non-medical departments and second across the entire university. In addition, he served as director of the Learning with Disability Research Center since 2005 and was responsible for designing and implementing a cross disciplinary doctoral program focused on technology-based learning with disability.

His research and scholarly activities at Wright State generated more than $5.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the state of Ohio, the Small Business Administration and private sources. Before going to Wright State, Golshani spent nearly 20 years at Arizona State University (ASU), beginning as an assistant professor of computer science and engineering in 1984.

He was promoted to associate professor in 1990, to full professor in 1995, and from 2001-03 he was co-director of the interdisciplinary program on Arts Media Engineering. Golshani generated more than $8 million in research funding and contributions, developed six new courses and taught 18 different courses while at ASU.

Additionally, he received a Teaching Excellence Award, had more than 180 published articles and secured 10 U.S. patents.

As for his expertise and research areas, he explained: "For many years, I have worked in the multimedia systems – mostly known as audio-visual objects and systems. In the recent years, I have concentrated more on using one media type to compensate for weakness or lack of a sensory capability. This opened a whole new window into assistive technologies and eventually led me to focus on living and learning with disabilities." Golshani earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Warwick University in England in 1982 and a master's of science degree in engineering (systems), also from Warwick University, in 1979. His bachelor's degree in industrial engineering is from Arya Mehr University of Technology in Iran.