Dr. Ali Houshmand
Dr. Ali Houshmand was educated in three countries, served in academia in the Midwest and on the East Coast and currently serves as interim president of Rowan University.
Born in Iran, where he attended primary and high school as an academic and athletic standout, Dr. Houshmand earned his bachelor’s (with honors) and master’s degrees in mathematics and mathematical statistics from the University of Essex, United Kingdom. He earned a second master’s degree and a doctoral degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
After earning his doctorate, Dr. Houshmand worked as a staff analyst for United Airlines. From there, he began his career in academia, joining the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, where he went on to serve as director of graduate studies and acting director of the Industrial Engineering program. Next he joined the Drexel University administration, where he served as associate provost for Academic Affairs, dean of the Goodwin College of Professional Studies and interim provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Houshmand joined Rowan University as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs in September 2006. In that position, he established the College of Professional and Continuing Education (now the College of Graduate and Continuing Education) and hired its first dean; oversaw the restructuring of the summer school and graduate school as revenue-generating programs and created a University-wide revenue-sharing model; and established the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning.
Dr. Houshmand is widely published in technical, business and academic fields and has received numerous competitive research grants and contracts throughout his career. His many awards include the American Creativity Association’s 2006 Champion of Creativity Award in part given for vigorous advocacy of programs that encourage creativity and Drexel University’s 2004 Joseph S. Mozino Blue and Gold Award for devoted service.