Professor of Mechanical Engineering in San Luis Obispo
Noori has been a scholar, educator and administrator with over 30 years of experience at three nationally recognized universities. He has long been an advocate for industry-university collaboration, promoting innovation and radical changes in higher education, and interdisciplinary education. He has been honored with numerous recognitions for his teaching, research and professional service. The most recent ones include the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Keating Award for Innovation and Leadership in Lifelong Learning in Graduate Engineering Education, and the ASEE Isadore T. Davis National Award for Excellence in Collaboration of Engineering Education and Industry on June 16, 2014, and on June 12, 2012.
Most recently Noori served as the director of Sensors Program at the National Science Foundation, CMMI Division. Noori was the dean of Engineering at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) from 2005 to 2010. During his tenure as the dean the College grew to become the 6th largest college of engineering in North America in undergraduate enrollment and was ranked, three times, by the US News and World Report as the best college of engineering among all public non-doctoral granting institutions. In 2009 Noori was elected as one of the four new members of the Executive Board of the National Engineering Deans Council; a great honor demonstrating the respect and the trust that he has earned within the Engineering Education community. Prior to joining Cal Poly, he served as the RJ Reynolds Professor and the head of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University (1999-2004), and as the John Woodman Higgins Professor and the head of the mechanical engineering department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1991-1999).
Noori has strong ties with the global research and engineering education community. During 2010-11 he served as a special advisor to the Seoul National University of Technology and Seoul Techno Park, in Korea. He has also served as a member of the US delegation and NSF planning committees for US-Japan and US-China Cooperative Research programs. He is also a founding Member, US Advisory Board, Indo-US Collaboration for Engineering Education.
Noori was the founder and the director of the Center for Loss Prevention and Structural Integrity (www.clpsi.org ), a multi-university-industry consortium at WPI. He was also one of the seven members of a multi-university team that prepared the winning proposal tha