Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi – 2015

Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi has made significant contributions in the areas of energy, quality improvement, and STEM education. Early in his career he conducted pioneering research in optimizing expansion of electric power grids using economic energy exchanges to minimize the number of electric power plants, an initiative producing significant cost savings. His projects have produced better energy simulation models, improved flue gas desulfurization plants, and produced cost effective methods to measure facilities’ heating energy. Along the way, he has published eight books, authored over 100 articles, and delivered numerous technical presentations in conferences worldwide. Furthermore, he helped found the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement, and served as senior examiner for the National Baldrige Quality Award program.

As San José State University’s 28th president and professor of Electrical Engineering, a position he has held since 2011, Dr. Qayoumi has dedicated his exemplary leadership toward improving engineering education, while initiating a wide range of new educational endeavors. He is a trailblazer in transforming higher education delivery models and pioneering audacious strategies in building the STEM pipeline. A senior member of IEEE and Senior Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology, he also chairs the cybersecurity and campus resilience committee for the Department of Homeland Security. He was named in Great Immigrants: Pride of America list by Carnegie Corporation. He supports local entrepreneurship programs and Silicon Valley community initiatives, serving on the boards of the Bay Area Council, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Blue Shield of California, KQED, and the Commonwealth Club.