Dean Fotouhi inducted into Western Michigan University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences' Alumni Excellence Academy

The Wayne State University College of Engineering congratulates Dean Farshad Fotouhi, who was among six distinguished Western Michigan University alumni inducted into their College of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Alumni Excellence Academy this October.

Each of these distinguished alumni has achieved a high level of authority within their chosen profession, have benefited significantly the mission of their organization, and have demonstrated personal integrity of the highest caliber.

Inductees must have earned at least one degree from a program of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University and must have achieved a high level within their chosen field of endeavor, which is exemplified by having attained increasingly responsible positions in their company or organization, and have been recognized by their peers. Inductees are encouraged to have participated in community and civic activities and have given distinguished service to their profession and/or their community.

Dean Fotouhi received two degrees from Western Michigan University: a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 1981, and a master of science in Computer Science in 1982. He also received a PhD in Computer Science from the College of Engineering at Michigan State University in 1988.

Dean Fotouhi became the 11th dean of the College of Engineering on Feb. 15, 2011. He joined Wayne State University computer science faculty in 1988 and appointed chair of the Department of Computer Science in 2004 after being associate chair.

Dean Fotouhi received a WSU College of Science Teaching Excellence Award in 1996 and several Best Paper Awards at various national and international conferences. Before joining WSU, he was a faculty member of the Lyman Briggs School at Michigan State University.

Dean Fotouhi's research interests include Biomedical Informatics, the Semantic Web and Multimedia Systems. He has published more than 180 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Michigan Life Sciences Corridor, as well as Ford Motor Company and other companies. While at WSU he has secured more than $9 million in research funding and contributions.

Since joining WSU, Dean Fotouhi has graduated 25 Ph.D. and 30 M.S. students. More than half of his Ph.D. graduates are tenure-track or tenured faculty at institutions in Michigan and across the country. Many of his graduates hold executive positions in industry and corporate America.

Dean Fotouhi has been a program committee member for various conferences related to his research interests and is a member of the Editorial Board of IEEE Multimedia Magazine, chair of the Steering Committee of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Semantic Web and Information Systems. In recent years, Fotouhi has organized several workshops including the Workshop on Privacy in Information Society, the IEEE Workshop on Scientific Workflow, and the ACM Workshop on the Many Faces of Multimedia Semantics.

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