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Robert Mehrabian is an American materials scientist best known today as the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated. He was also the President of the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the 1990s.

Born to Armenian parents in Iran, his family owned and operated an aluminum fabrication factory. He immigrated to the United States to get his education at the Phillips Exeter Academy. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree (1964) and his doctoral degree (1968) in materials science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He taught at MIT but left in 1975 to become a professor at the University of Illinois until 1979.

Mehrabian became the Chief of the Metallurgy Division at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) until 1981 followed by his stint as the Director of the Center for Material Science until 1983. He then left NBS to become the Dean of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

He became the President of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) for eight years (1990-1998). He was honored the University by naming its Collaborative Innovation Center after him; the center houses the university’s industry partner branch offices.

After leaving CMU, he put his impressive education, training and work experience to good use by becoming involved in the formation of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated in 1999. Teledyne Technologies Incorporated provides its customers especially in industrial growth markets with advanced enabling technologies. With its slogan, “Everywhere you look”, the corporation has evolved from a company focused primarily on defense and aerospace to a corporation serving multiple markets including oceanographic research; deep water oil and gas exploration, production, and distribution; medical imaging systems and solutions; factory automation; and air and water quality environmental monitoring.

Before Teledyne’s November 1999 spin-off by Allegheny Technologies (ATI), Mehrabian was the President and CEO of ATI’s Aerospace and Electronics division since July 1999 as well as senior executive in various capacities since July 1997.

As of his plate is not already full, Mehrabian is also a director at PPG Industries and Metro Financial Corporation.

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