Title: Associate Dean, College of Business and Management

Campus: New Brunswick, N.J.

Ms. Ghahramani is the associate dean of the College of Business and Management at DeVry University’s New Brunswick campus. Prior to her role as associate dean, she was department chair of bioinformatics and computer information systems and an associate professor at DeVry University. Her research interests include bioinformatics, the challenges associated with the convergence of biotechnology and information technology. She has published articles in technical journals and presented at several local, national, and international conferences.
A respected business leader and entrepreneur, Ms. Ghahramani is also founder and principal of Life Sciences Computing, a Princeton, N.J. -based consulting company that assists organizations in utilizing high performance computing to accelerate research and informatics services in the health, medical and life sciences. 
Ms. Ghahramani has 27 years of diversified experience in higher education, management, and information technology. Her extensive career includes strategic planning, management consulting, business analysis and providing organization-wide strategic information technology planning and implementation for clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, financial and healthcare environments.
Ms. Ghahramani’s technical achievements have been recognized with a number of awards including the Hewlett Packard Software Excellence Award, the DeVry University Pride award and the Euro-American Women’s Council’s Artemis award for her contributions and advocacy for the future generation of women leaders in science, engineering, and technology. She is a respected leader in recruitment and retention of women in science, engineering, and technology fields and has consulted on the local, state, and national levels with regard to workforce development strategies. She has been active in soliciting support from leading policy makers for supporting women in business initiatives as well as STEM education and has participated in several events at the United Nations and the White House. 
She has also served or currently serves on the:
-       States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey Biotechnology Education Committees
-       Board of Pennsylvania State University’s Eberly College of Science
-       New Jersey Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education’s Committee on Science and Technology Workforce
-       New Jersey Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) initiative Bio-1 Committee for Exciting Young People about Biosciences
-       Executive Advisory Board as co-chair of strategic alliances and is a national founding partner of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)
-       Qauntum Leaps’ strategic initiative, “Roadmap to 2020 - Action Plan for Fueling the Growth of Women’s Enterprise development from 2009 to 2020.”
Ms. Ghahramani earned a master’s degree in business administration from DePaul University, a master’s degree in computer science from Villanova University, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in biology from Pennsylvania State University. She is fluent in Farsi, and has also completed post-graduate studies in “women, legacies, and leadership” at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and in bioinformatics and computational biology at Princeton University.
Thought Leadership
-       As the number of jobs requiring engineering and scientific training grows, the number of students preparing for those careers remains the same and women and minorities are severely under-represented. This imbalance threatens the future economic competitiveness of the United States. In order to maintain global competitiveness, we need to attract and retain women and minorities into STEM fields because is paramount to keeping America globally competitive in these disciplines.
-       Greater emphasis should be placed on determining what works best in increasing opportunities for women in STEM careers. 
-       While it is important to develop programs to attract and retain students in STEM through PUSH mechanisms from middle school to high school, to community college, to college, through graduate school, it is as important for our industry to develop the PULL for these students to want to go there from college.
-       It is important to have an increased focus on identifying and allowing opportunities for women to advance in the ranks so that there are more women in leadership positions.
-       Green technology and energy independence will prove to be the greatest economic opportunity for this century
-       In the global knowledge economy, technology is no longer the end product. Technology is at the foundation of every job, and permeates every aspect of every profession. Because of the digital revolution, we have the opportunity to leverage our customers to market our products and services.
-       Emerging technology has made the world smaller, more open, more visible and less distant. Science and engineering now involves international networking, multidisciplinary collaboration, and integration of science and technology. Industry needs individuals who can be characterized as diverse, global, adaptive, collaborative, and expert in more than one discipline. 
-       In healthcare, electronic medical records are just the beginning of health informatics.  Health surveillance systems could be essential to fending off pandemics and minimizing the casualties of a biological or chemical attack. Also, doctors and hospital personnel will have to alter their methods to make use of health informatics systems and implement personalized medicine.
To schedule an interview with Ms. Ghahramani, please contact Colleen Coors at 312-861-5267 or at colleen.coors@mslgroup.com.





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