Saied Mostaghimi is director of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station (VAES), and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Mostaghimi provides leadership to the college's comprehensive basic and applied research programs, and to the VAES's 11 agricultural research and extension centers. His responsibilities include program development and overall direction, planning, allocation of resources, oversight of college research facilities, support of faculty in their pursuit of extramural funds, and is accountable to stakeholders. He also administers the graduate studies program, fosters the development of interdisciplinary research programs, provides support for recruitment of graduate students, and assists graduate students with fellowship opportunities.
Prior to this position, Mostaghimi served as the H. E. and Elizabeth F. Alphin professor and department head of Biological Systems Engineering. His research programs concentrated on the design of water quality monitoring systems, the integration of modeling and monitoring for assessing the impacts of human activities on water quality, and the development and/or validation of computer simulation models. Agencies involved in water resources planning and management use his computer simulation models. His research was supported by more than $16.3 million in competitive funds. Mostaghimi published more than 400 archival and conference publications in the field of nonpoint source pollution assessment and control. He conducted U.S. Agency for International Development–sponsored projects, and consulted on nonpoint source pollution control strategies in several countries.
Mostaghimi received honors and awards, including the Virginia Tech Alumni Awards for Graduate Advising and the award for Excellence in Outreach, the Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award, and Merit Awards from the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.