The Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) invites you to join us for a lecture on “The Future of Higher Education in the Age of Technological Disruption” by Farnam Jahanian, President of Carnegie Mellon University. Farnam Jahanian is visiting Doha as a distinguished speaker and member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU).
About the lecture
We are in the midst of a global transformation catalyzed by a rapid acceleration of digital technologies, including unprecedented access to computation and data. As these advances disrupt every sector of the global economy, higher education must adapt in order to ensure we are providing the right talent for this constantly evolving future. Institutions such as Carnegie Mellon must not only train the next generation of computing talent, but also equip tomorrow’s workforce with the cross-cutting human skills that that will only increase in value as automation matures and pervades more tasks.
Dr. Jahanian was appointed the 10th president of CMU in March last year after a brief tenure as interim president. He first joined the university as vice president for research in 2014 and later served as provost and chief academic officer.
He previously led the US National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, Jahanian was the Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan, where he served as chair for Computer Science and Engineering from 2007 to 2011 and as director of the Software Systems Laboratory from 1997 to 2000.
Dr. Jahanian has been an advocate for how basic research can be central to an innovation ecosystem that drives global competitiveness and addresses national priorities. His research on Internet infrastructure security formed the basis for the Internet security company Arbor Networks, which he co-founded in 2001 and where he served as chairman until its acquisition in 2010.
Dr. Jahanian serves as chair of the US National Research Council’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), sits on the executive committee of the Council on Competitiveness. He is also a board member of the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), and the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, among others.