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Aug 15 2011

NYIT Welcomes New Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

Old Westbury and New York, N.Y. (Aug. 15, 2011) – Accomplished researcher and university leader Rahmat A. Shoureshi, Ph.D., joins NYIT as the new provost and vice president for academic affairs. He brings more than 30 years of academic
experience as a faculty member, university administrator, and research scholar in technology.

For eight years, Shoureshi served as dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver. There, he developed five new interdisciplinary degree programs, spearheaded the technology transfer office, and established partnerships with universities overseas and programs with major companies. He also oversaw strategic plans and a multimillion-dollar fundraising effort while collaborating on education and research programs throughout the university.

“I am excited to join the dynamic community of NYIT,” said Shoureshi. “Through creative integration of educational technology and global engagement, NYIT has the tools and talent to take its signature programs to higher levels.”

In his new role, Shoureshi will shape academic priorities and programs, attract and support outstanding faculty, and expand research initiatives at NYIT. He will oversee faculty and curriculum development, planning and budgeting, and initiatives for teaching and learning with technology.

Shoureshi says he looks forward to driving multidisciplinary education and research both regionally and globally.

“Dr. Shoureshi’s impressive background and skills make him an excellent colleague to lead our Office of Academic Affairs,” said NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., who noted that a campus of seven schools, five campuses, and 14,000 students needs outstanding coordination and guidance.

Shoureshi has authored over 250 technical publications, is the holder of several patents, and supervised and graduated 80 Ph.D. and M.S. student theses. He has collaborated with various government agencies and the private sector, and serves on the board of many professional organizations. He is an expert in automation, artificial intelligence, robotics, bioengineering, energy/power engineering, structural engineering, and automotive NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness).

After teaching mechanical engineering and conducting research at Wayne State University and Purdue University, Shoureshi joined the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) as a distinguished and endowed chair professor of engineering. He established
and served as founding director of National Science Foundation industry/university cooperative research centers in the areas of power engineering and intelligent biomedical devices and musculoskeletal systems, as well as an industry-supported center on automation, robotics, and distributed intelligence.

At CSM, Shoureshi pioneered the Mines Office of Technology Transfer, and established successful high-tech, spin-off companies. He also provided long-term strategic planning as associate vice president.

Shoureshi earned his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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