Introducing Missouri S&T Chancellor-designate Mohammad Dehghani
Dear UM System colleagues,
I am excited to announce the appointment of Mo Dehghani, Ph.D., as the next chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology. Dr. Dehghani will assume his new duties at Missouri S&T on Aug. 1, 2019. In addition to providing academic and administrative leadership to Missouri S&T, he will serve as a general officer of the UM System.
Dr. Dehghani currently serves as the vice provost for research, innovation and entrepreneurship at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Prior to his current appointment, Dehghani was a professor of systems and enterprises and mechanical engineering at Stevens. He also has been a professor of mechanical engineering at Johns Hopkins University and was the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Systems Institute. Through this institute, he established collaborative research and application programs with many organizations, including the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Health and Human Services with internal divisions at Hopkins including Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Whiting School of Engineering and the Applied Physics Laboratory.
Prior to joining Hopkins in 2008, Dr. Dehghani served as the New Technologies Division leader at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a $1.8 billion, 7,000-employee multidisciplinary applied science and engineering national security laboratory with programs in advanced defense technologies, energy, environment, biosciences and basic sciences. At Lawrence Livermore, Dr. Dehghani helped develop technologies and expand many areas of engineering including biomedical engineering, nuclear engineering, process systems and the traditional engineering disciplines of mechanical engineering, electronics, fluidics and multi-scale modeling and simulations.
Dr. Dehghani earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University in 1987. He earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from LSU in 1982 and 1980, respectively. Dr. Dehghani also completed a postdoctoral National Science Foundation internship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988.
In his letter of interest in the position, Dr. Dehghani emphasized his experience in formulating multidisciplinary teams to transcend disciplinary boundaries and provide significant contributions that solve critical challenges. He noted that Missouri S&T is at an exciting point in its evolution, and he stands ready to help the institution enhance its national standing and achieve further prominence among top public, land-grant research universities.
I thank Dr. Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe and alumnus and trustee Tom Voss for serving as co-chairs on the search committee. Thanks also to the other members of the committee for their important work in reviewing a diverse pool of applicants and recommending high-caliber finalists.
I also want to share my appreciation for Dr. Christopher Maples, who has made important contributions to Missouri S&T. He will continue in his role as interim chancellor until Dr. Dehghani arrives in August.
To learn more about the chancellor-designate, read the news release and visit the chancellor search page.
Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D.
President, University of Missouri System