Dr. Bahman Ghorashi joined Tennessee Tech University in July 2013 as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to joining Tennessee Tech, he served as Executive Director of Fenn Academy and Fenn Research and Development Institute as well as professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at Cleveland State University. Previous to that, he served as Dean of the College of Engineering at Cleveland State.
As Dean, he introduced 40 new programs/initiatives in a short period of time to increase enrollment, cut costs, improve faculty and staff morale, restructure the operations, increase productivity and scholarly activities, add to the efficiency of operations, offer new programs, and form new domestic and international partnerships. As a result, the college experienced a substantial increase in enrollment as well as increases in student retention and fund raising. The College also received substantial gifts, endowments and donations from alumni and supporters, a strategic plan was constructed and implemented and new academic programs were developed. He also implemented various initiatives to recognize the faculty and staff contributions and to raise the college’s profile.
Provost Ghorashi received his doctoral degree in chemical engineering at The Ohio State University as well as a master’s degree in chemical engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Wayne State University. He holds a management and leadership in education certificate from Harvard University.
As a faculty researcher, Dr. Ghorashi obtained a significant amount of external funding and received the University’s Distinguished Faculty Research Award. He has authored or co-authored nearly 80 publications and books and has made nearly 60 technical presentations including numerous invited presentations at national and international forums and co-edited three volumes of proceedings of an international conference on laser anemometry published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Within the engineering and scientific communities, Dr. Ghorashi has been recognized and consequently invited to give lectures and presentations at many universities both nationally and overseas. His areas of research include fluid mechanics, jet engine combustion, coherent structures of turbulence, mixing and non-Newtonian fluid flow as well as different aspects of management of technology and agile manufacturing. Over forty masters, doctoral and post-doctoral students have worked under Dr. Ghorashi's supervision in these areas.
Dr. Ghorashi was a key participant in the formation of the Ohio Aerospace Institute, a consortium of nine Ohio Universities, NASA and industry and has been involved in service to his community as well as his profession. He served as an American Institute of Chemical Engineers member on a national task force in Washington D.C. to establish a road map for the future of U.S. chemical industry.
Among the many awards that he has received from different institutions, universities, NASA and the American Society for Engineering Education, he has been honored with a certificate of commendation from the Ohio General Assembly in which he is saluted as one of Ohio's finest citizens.
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