The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that Dr. Hossein Haj-Hariri, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina, will serve as the keynote speaker for GSSM’s Convocation Ceremony Thursday, September 8 at 2 p.m. at the DeLoach Center in Hartsville.
Dr. Hossein Haj-Hariri earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty at University of Virginia in 1988, where he served as professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He also served as a visiting faculty member at Arizona State University and Stanford University.
A distinguished engineering researcher with experience in forming industry partnerships, Dr. Haj-Hariri’s research is in the field of fluid dynamics, which has many practical applications in the aerospace field. He is currently the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina, and is also a USC Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor.
“We are honored to have Dr. Haj-Hariri join us as the keynote speaker for this year’s convocation,” said Dr. Hector Flores, GSSM President. “His exploration of the engineering field and dedication to education will resonate with our residential students.”
During Convocation academic letters will be awarded to GSSM seniors and a formal welcome will be extended to the class of 2017 which is comprised of 148 juniors.
GSSM will also formally install Dr. Hector Flores as the third president of the School.
GSSM is one of only 12 public, residential high schools in the country that caters to students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The school offers a college environment, research experiences and challenging academics.