Nariman Farvardin served as acting president during September-October 2010.
Farvardin received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1979, 1980, and 1983 respectively. He was dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering (2000-07) and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1994-2000) before being named senior vice president for academic affairs and provost in July 2007.
As provost, he spearheaded the development of the university's strategic plan and led the early phase of its implementation of the within the Division of Academic Affairs. As dean, Farvardin promoted the development of innovative educational programs, especially at the undergraduate level; supported the development of major research programs; created initiatives to improve student and faculty diversity; and enhanced the school's partnerships with industry.
In February 2011, Farvardin resigned his post at of the University of Maryland to become president of the Stevens Institute of Technology.