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About Arun Somani

During his time as department chair, Arun Somani led the department to create five strategic research areas in bioengineering, cyber infrastructure, distributed sensing and decision making, energy infrastructure, and small-scale technology. Somani was instrumental in the development of Iowa State’s software engineering program. He also helped lead an initiative to create a degree program for students from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in India to study in India for two years and then at Iowa State University for two years to finish their undergraduate degrees.Somani designed a multicomputer system called Proteus, and authored Survivability and Traffic Grooming in WDM Optical Networks (2006), in addition to more than 250 conference papers and journal articles. Somani’s research interests include optical fiber networking, computer system architecture, dependable computing, and cyber infrastructure. In 2006, he received the Warren B. Boast Undergraduate Teaching Award.


Present Associate Dean for Research; Anson Marston Distinguished Professor; Sproul Professor, Iowa State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


1985 PhD, McGill University ‐ Electrical Engineering
1983 MSEE, McGill University ‐ Electrical Engineering
1979 M.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology Delhi ‐ Computer Engineering
1973 B.E., B.I.T.S., Pilani ‐ Electronics Engineering

Contact Information

4100 Marston
533 Morrill Rd
Ames, IA 50011-2103
Phone: 515-294-0442
Fax: 515-294-3637


Peer-Reviewed Articles (5)

Patents (1)

Conference Proceedings (3)

Technical Reports (1)