Director since November 2011

Mohammad Qayoumi, Ph.D., is an engineer and professor, who currently serves as the chief adviser on infrastructure and technology to the President of Afghanistan. He was previously the 28th president and professor of Electrical Engineering at San José State University (SJSU). 

Prior to SJSU, Qayoumi was president of California State University (CSU) East Bay from 2006 to 2011. He came to CSU East Bay from CSU Northridge, where he served as vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer from 2000 to 2006. He has more than 32 years of engineering and administrative experience in several universities. 

Qayoumi has served as an engineer on a variety of projects in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He 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 served on board of directors for The Central Bank of Afghanistan from 2003 to 2006. 

Qayoumi is also a member of two Bay Area boards at KQED and Project Lead the Way.

He earned his bachelor’s degree 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 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.