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Ali A. Houshmand, Ph.D.

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Official Biography

Throughout his years in academia, Dr. Ali Houshmand has been a professor, academic advisor, director, dean and provost. He has published over 40 papers, received several teaching awards and helped establish a highly successful professional studies college.

Dr. Houshmand came to Rowan University in September 2006 from Drexel University 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. For the 18 months he served as provost, Dr. Houshmand oversaw 11 colleges and associated support services. He supervised the implementation of Drexel’s five-year strategic plan, achieving all specific first-year goals in the areas of research, budgeting, cooperative education, faculty development, undergraduate programs and student retention.

He also was on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, where he served as director of graduate studies of the industrial engineering program and acting director of the industrial engineering program. During that time, he tripled the number of graduate students in industrial engineering, established a comprehensive freshman retention program for the College of Engineering and developed a college-wide teaching effectiveness course, proven to significantly improve instructional quality. For three years, he was the director of student assessment for the College of Engineering with emphasis on accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and North Central Association: Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.

Prior to joining academia, he worked as a staff analyst for United Airlines developing large-scale optimization and forecasting models.

Dr. Houshmand earned his bachelor’s (with honors) and master’s degrees in mathematics and mathematical statistics from the University of Essex, United Kingdom, and master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.