IEEE Senior Member; Professor, Dean of College of Engineering & Computing Sciences at New York Tech
Babak Beheshti, Ph.D., is an IEEE Senior Member and professor and dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences (CoECS) at the New York Institute of Technology.
Beheshti's experience in higher education spans over 35 years, where he has served as a full-time faculty member, president of the academic senate, associate dean and dean. As dean, Beheshti led the engineering college to the introduction of its first two Ph.D. programs, in computer science and engineering, two new bachelor's degree programs and one new master's degree program, in addition to leading the college through its fastest climb in national rankings: No. 33 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (National -- no doctorate) -- a climb of 13 places since 2020 -- and No. 191 Best Computer Science Undergraduate Programs (National -- no doctorate), a new ranking in 2021 -- a climb of 40 places since 2020.
In line with the career-oriented mission of New York Tech, Beheshti has led CoECS in building a strong partnership with industry and government organizations, including NASA, Zscaler, IBM Red Hat, Xilinx, Soter Technologies and Zebra Technologies.
Beheshti has served as a member of the IEEE Board of Directors (2018-19) and a member of the Board of Directors of Long Island Software & Technology Network. In 2022, he serves as a member of the IEEE Educational Activities Board and the chair of the Continuing Education Committee. He also serves on the board of IgniteLI -- Long Island Manufacturing Consortium and is a member of the advisory board of the International Association of Transportation Regulators.
He is a recipient of IEEE's Member and Geographic Activities Leadership Award, IEEE Millennium Medal, IEEE LI Section Athanasios Papoulis Outstanding Educator Award and three IEEE Region 1 Awards, including the 2008 IEEE Northeastern Region Technical Innovation Award.
He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and his master's and bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering at Stony Brook University.