SJSU – President Mohammad H. Qayoumi

Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi is the 28th president and a professor of electrical engineering at San José State. He holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the American University of Beirut and four degrees from the University of Cincinnati: a master’s in nuclear engineering, a master’s in electrical and computer engineering, an MBA and a doctorate in electrical engineering. He has also published eight books and more than 100 articles, as well as several chapters in various books. He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified management accountant.

Qayoumi served as president of California State University East Bay from 2006 to 2011. He came to Cal State East Bay from California State University Northridge, where he served as vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer from 2000 to 2006, and was also a tenured professor of engineering management. He has over 32 years of engineering and administrative experience in several universities. Qayoumi also served as an engineer on a variety of projects in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. He has made presentations at numerous conferences across the United States and in 10 other countries.

A senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Qayoumi served as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiner and senior examiner from 2000 to 2003. He also was senior examiner for the Missouri Quality Program from 1997 to 2000.

Qayoumi has served his native country in various financial capacities. He was the senior advisor to the minister of finance of Afghanistan from 2002 to 2005 and remains on several boards of directors, including that of the Central Bank of Afghanistan.

A senior fellow with California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), Qayoumi is also a member of several local Boards including the Bay Area Council, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, KQED, the Commonwealth Club, Blue Shield of California and California STEM Learning Network.

Qayoumi has been married for 33 years to Najia Karim.


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