Sonoma State University President Ruben Armiñana announced today that Dr. Saeid Rahimi, Dean of the School of Science & Technology, will serve as interim Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer beginning July 1, 2010.
Rahimi's appointment follows Provost Eduardo Ochoa's departure from SSU for the position of Assistant Secretary of Education in President Obama's administration.
Rahimi, who joined SSU faculty in 1982, has served as Dean of the School of Science & Technology since 2000. He has designed many new physics courses and laboratories and initiated new and innovative programs in Engineering Science and the Summer High School Internship program.
He adopted the Math, Engineering and Science Achievement Program (MESA) for economically disadvantaged students; led the SSU student retention, satisfaction, and graduation initiatives and efforts; oversaw the academic transition of the School of Natural Sciences to the School of Science & Technology and the academic transition of the school through the $30 million renovation of Darwin Hall.
He was successful in securing millions of dollars of research and development grants through Federal, State, and local agencies, organizations and individuals and was instrumental in securing the donation of the 3,600 acres Galbreath Wildlands Preserve and creating the new SSU Field Stations and Nature Preserves organization.
Dr. Rahimi has been awarded excellence in teaching and education awards from Pennsylvania State University, Sonoma State University, and Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce.
"Dr. Rahimi's many initiatives and innovations have heightened the educational experience for our students and brought deserved attention to our faculty for their research and teaching. The framework he and his faculty developed for the School of Science & Technology has led directly to student success, both educationally and professionally," said President Armiñana.
Rahimi has represented SSU in various North Bay forums and organizations including the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board, and the Sonoma County Innovation Council. He was the recipient of the Sonoma Spirit Award.
Rahimi earned his undergraduate degree in physics from Shiraz University in Iran, his Ph.D. in solid state physics from Pennsylvania State University (1981) and completed post doctoral research at the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology. He also holds the position of professor of physics and engineering science at SSU.