Dr. Mahyar Amouzegar, associate dean of Engineering for Research and Graduate Studies as well as professor of Electrical Engineering at California State University, Long Beach, has accepted the position of dean of Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Engineering. His appointment begins on Monday, July 18.
During his tenure at Long Beach, Amouzegar managed and supervised the activities of more than 100 research projects, 40 research faculty and an annual budget of more than $4 million; directed the Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies; managed the university’s joint doctoral program; and served as chair of the electrical engineering department.
“It’s an honor to join one of the nation’s distinguished engineering programs,” Amouzegar says. “Cal Poly Pomona has long enjoyed an exceptional reputation within both academia and industry. I look forward to working alongside an innovative community of faculty, staff, students and industry professionals as we elevate our research profile, expand the graduate program and develop new career opportunities for our students.”
Prior to CSU Long Beach, Amouzegar served as senior analyst in the National Security Division of the RAND Corporation (1998-2005), where he managed dozens of research projects. He was also an assistant professor of mathematics at Massey University in New Zealand (1995-98) and a visiting professor at UCLA and CSU Los Angeles (1990-95).
“The College of Engineering has an excellent track record of producing well-qualified graduates who make an immediate impact in industry,” Provost Marten denBoer says. “Dr. Amouzegar’s academic credentials, his experience in the public and private sectors, and his research experience will help the college provide new research and professional pathways for faculty and students.”
Amouzegar has earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering (UCLA, 1994), a D. Engineering in operations research (UCLA, 1991), a M.S.E.E. in operations research (UCLA, 1989) and a B.S. in applied mathematics (San Francisco State, 1987).
Amouzegar serves on the executive board for the Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research (METRANS), the advisory board for the Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies (CCDoTT), and the Military Application Society Council. Mahyar is the immediate past president of the Western Decision Sciences Institute, a Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.