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Dyn taps ex-UNH dean for director spot

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 23. 2013 2:20AM
Jennifer Robichaud of Medicus Health Care Solutions in Windham poses a question to spearker Matt Rightmire of Borealis Ventures during the Dyn Delivers Culture Con event in Manchester on Wednesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER - The hot Internet-performance company Dyn has hired former University of New Hampshire-Manchester dean Ali Rafieymehr to a director-level position at the company, less than a month after Rafieymehr abruptly left his job leading the Millyard campus.

Rafieymehr will start next month as director of instructional design, dean of Dyn, said Adam Coughlin, media relations manager for the Millyard company.

"Ali Rafieymehr has been a long-time advocate of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and a key player in building an innovation ecosystem in Manchester," Coughlin said in prepared remarks.

"After reading that he had left UNH-Manchester, we felt it was very important to ensure that a talented individual like Ali remain in our community," he said.

At Dyn, Rafieymehr will be able to continue his involvement with STEAM Ahead New Hampshire, which adds an arts component to the STEM emphasis, Coughlin said.

In early Nomember, UNH announced Rafieymehr's departure and said he was leaving the $204,000 job to pursue other opportunities. As dean of the 1,233-student UNH-Manchester, he was the top academic and administrative officer of the campus.

The job entailed an emphasis on workforce needs and economic development, and university officials noted the opening of the STEM Discovery Lab and Emerging Technology Center at the campus under Rafieymehr.

He had been a software engineer for 20 years at Digital Equipment and had held administrative and teaching jobs at several New England colleges.

Coughlin said Rafieymehr will help to curate and develop content for Dyn around software and big systems engineering.

Other work will involve education and training. His work could lead to the exporting of Dyn education and training. And he's expected to enchance the company's collaboration with schools to develop Dyn staff and enhance STEM education.

STEAM Ahead will enable students at Manchester High School-West to earn up to a year of college credit at no cost.

The plan is to take courses at local colleges and receive real-world experience at participating local employers such as Dyn and the Palace Theatre.

Rafieymehr started his UNH-Manchester job on July 1, 2012. The college informed staff and faculty via email that he had resigned Nov. 1.

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