Stanford University | Stanford, CA
At Stanford, the YAS Foundation teamed with other distinguished entrepreneurs to donate $1.2M to establish a graduate fellowship in honor of the world renown Iranian-American mathematics professor Maryam Mirzahkani, who died too young at age 40 of breast cancer. Maryam was a God-gifted scholar in mathematics. The YAS Foundation, Anousheh Ansari and the HP Foundation wanted to value that level of scientific contribution and female leadership, so they created this scholarship. Stanford is a private research university founded in 1885 and is located in Stanford, CA.
University of New Hampshire | Durham, NH
The University of New Hampshire, with the YAS Foundation, established the Broadband Center of Excellence in 2011 when BCoE was donated by cable modem pioneer Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini to address the 30 million Americans who lacked access to broadband. The University’s BCoE is an interdisciplinary resource organization whose goals are to enable government, universities, communities, and industry participants to use broadband as a tool to create economic growth, social improvements and business success. This unbiased source of broadband technology and know-how is designed to pursue affordable, universal broadband access. Furthermore, YAS Foundation donated to UNH $1 million and the services of Dr. Yassini through a seven-year plan to promote and enhance broadband. UNH, located in Durham, NH, is a land, sea, and space grant institution founded in 1866. BCoE’s work has led to major research into broadband wireless technologies that may serve as platforms for rural broadband delivery, as well as funding for UNH academics into water quality monitoring via broadband sensors.
West Virginia University | Morgantown, WV
West Virginia University is a public, land and space grant research-intensive institution founded in 1855. West Virginia became the adopted homeland to Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini upon his arrival in Morgantown in 1977 where his uncle Dr. Hossein Yassini has been practicing medicine since 1968. The YAS Foundation gifted $500K to WVU starting in 2001 and provided Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini’s knowledge to conduct broadband seminars aimed at transforming West Virginia to a “Data Switzerland of the USA” and to achieve universal broadband access in the state. This intellectual exchange and donation continues today through various WVU programs within the Engineering Department. Dr. Yassini graduated from the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering in 1981 and also holds an honorary Doctor of Science. He is a member of the Academy of the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni. He delivered a message with a call to action for the class of 2020 virtual commencement.