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Chancellor Search - Missouri S&T

Chancellor-designate Mo Dehghani

Mohammed Dehghani
Vice Provost for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Stevens Institute of Technology

Dr. Mo Dehghani is Vice Provost for Research, innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. He previously served as a professor of systems and enterprises and mechanical engineering at Stevens. Prior to his time at Stevens, Dr. Dehghani was a professor of mechanical engineering at Johns Hopkins University and 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.

Dr. Dehghani will join the University of Missouri System as chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology on August 1, 2019.

What colleagues are saying about Dr. Dehghani

Dr. Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe, search committee co-chair and Missouri S&T professor of geology and geophysics

“Dr. Dehghani is a proven academic leader with an impressive research record. He is known as a collaborative leader who emphasizes the importance of bringing people from diverse groups together for a common purpose. I look forward to working with Dr. Dehghani at Missouri S&T.”

Thomas R. Voss, search committee co-chair, retired president and CEO of Ameren, executive chairman of Smart Wires, and Missouri S&T alumnus

“I am very impressed with Dr. Dehghani’s experience and background, both in the academic world and at one of our nation’s top research labs. He brings a wealth of research expertise to this position, as well as a strong passion for educational excellence. I believe that under his leadership, Missouri S&T will continue to thrive as one of the nation’s leading STEM-focused research universities.”

Dr. Christophe Pierre, provost, Stevens Institute of Technology

“Mo Dehghani has been an effective champion, advocate and leader for our research enterprise during his tenure at Stevens. As provost, I have relied on his expertise and counsel as we execute our strategic plan and continue to build our research and innovation activities. Undoubtedly, Mo’s new opportunity at Missouri S&T is a loss for Stevens, but we wish him the very best.”

Dr. Matthew Libera, professor of chemical engineering and materials science, Stevens Institute of Technology

“I worked very closely with Mo Dehghani during his entire tenure at Stevens. His impact has been significant. He elevated the overall research enterprise and, more importantly, cultivated an environment across all disciplines at Stevens to promote research excellence at all levels. His tenure at Stevens had a transformative impact on externally funded research efforts and on research execution. He will be hard to replace. Missouri S&T is getting a creative and effective leader with tremendous experience and perspective centered around science and technology.”

Beth McGrath, vice president for government and community relations/chief of staff, Stevens Institute of Technology

“Mo Dehghani has been a terrific colleague who has built strong relationships with faculty and members of the administration to strengthen the culture of research, innovation, and entrepreneurship at Stevens. He has played a pivotal role in advancing Stevens’ interests with external research and funding agencies and with other key constituencies. His experience at Stevens as Vice Provost and his prior roles at Johns Hopkins and the Applied Physics Laboratory put him in an excellent position to have a transformational impact at Missouri S&T.”

Dr. Yehia Massoud, dean of the school of systems and enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology

“Mo Dehghani is one of the most inspiring and visionary leaders I have had the pleasure to work with in academia, the industry and the government. He has had tremendous success leading the research and entrepreneurship enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology to new heights. For someone with such an impeccable record of leadership and achievement, he is very thoughtful and collaborative, and is inclusive of all constituencies. I am extremely confident that S&T will achieve major success under his leadership. I would like to congratulate the faculty, staff, students and alumni of S&T for getting Dr. Dehghani as their next chancellor.”

Dr. Spiros Dimolitsas, senior vice president for research and chief technology officer, Georgetown University

“Mo Deghani is an exceptional individual and a brilliant engineer who brings a wide range of experiences that will be invaluable in his new role. His tenure at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory features important accomplishments, while his service at Stevens Institute of Technology allowed him to funnel his energy toward the betterment of that institution.”

Search for Missouri University of Science & Technology Chancellor

Search Committee

On August 21, 2018, University of Missouri System President Choi announced a national search for the next Chancellor of the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) campus. “Missouri S&T is an integral part of our UM System and its success contributes to the success of the entire state. Today, I am announcing the beginning of a nationwide search for S&T’s chancellor, which will be led by the UM System HR Executive Recruitment team” Choi said.

The search committee, chaired by Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe, professor, Geology and Biological Science, and Tom Voss, alumni and trustee, Missouri S&T Trustees, upheld the important task of engaging various groups in order to listen to constituent voices regarding the search and gather feedback and campus perspective regarding the qualities/qualifications of the next Chancellor of Missouri S&T.

Meet the full search committee by visiting the search committee webpage.

Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe
Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe
Tom Voss
Tom Voss



  • August 21, 2018: President Choi announced search
  • September 17, 2018: Campus open forum and search committee meeting launched | View the media advisory | Watch on YouTube
  • Late September – Early October: Stakeholder Listening Sessions held
  • Early October – Early December: Candidate pool developed
  • November 28, 2018: Search committee met
  • December 4, 2018: Search committee met
  • Mid-December – January: Interviews held
  • January: Candidate pool further developed
  • February – April: Further interviews and selection
  • May: Chancellor-designate announced
  • August: New chancellor begins tenure

Reviewed 2021-06-08