Engineering Building Named for Dean Emeritus Ghausi

Posted on: December 11, 2009

University of California President Mark G. Yudof has approved the naming of Engineering III as Mohammed S. Ghausi Hall, honoring the distinguished service of Dean Emeritus Ghausi. 

Ghausi, who led the College of Engineering from 1983 to 1996, guided the program through a period of strategic growth, expanding teaching and research programs while providing critical leadership in efforts to increase diversity and improve the quality and profile of engineering at UC Davis. Among Ghausi’s achievements: increased faculty recruitments, undergraduate and graduate student enrollments, research expenditures, elevated rankings, and facility expansion and improvement.

GhausiAfter retiring in 1996, Dean Ghausi was recalled by then Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef to simultaneously serve, from 1996-97 as Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice Provost for University Outreach. 

Ghausi’s research interests are in electronic circuits and systems, network theory and active filters. He is a professor emeritus of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ghausi is the author or co-author of approximately 80 research papers and author of three textbooks and co-author of four. He was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1973, and among his numerous other recognitions, was chosen as a recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal, a one-time honor on the occasion of its centennial in 1984. Ghausi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. He received his bachelor’s degree (with highest honors), his master’s and doctoral degrees, all in electrical engineering, from UC Berkeley. 

Prior to serving as dean at the UC Davis College of Engineering, Ghausi was dean of engineering and computer science and the John F. Dodge Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, from 1978 to 1983. He was a professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Wayne State University in Detroit from 1974 to 1978 and a faculty member at New York University from 1960 to 1974, taking a leave for two years during that time to serve as head of the electrical sciences and analysis section at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. 

The three-story Engineering III houses the Departments of Applied Science and Civil and Environmental Engineering, research laboratories, offices, instructional labs and conference rooms. 

“Engineering III was completed in 1999, the realization, in part, of Dean Ghausi’s tireless efforts to make it a reality,” said Engineering Dean Bruce R. White. “It is particularly fitting that we name it for him, someone who has done so much for the College, the University and the engineers educated here.” 

A naming ceremony will be held on May 6, 4 – 6:30 p.m. in the Engineering III lobby at 480 Bainer Hall Drive.