Dr. Farhang Aslani was born in Noor, Mazandaran in Iran on July 28, 1957. He graduated from Alborz High School in 1975. Upon graduation from high school, he was accepted to several universities in Iran among which he selected the Civil/Structure Engineering program at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. He received his BS degree in 1983. During his undergraduate studies and after graduation, he worked in Iran on a variety of important national projects such as design and development of floating bridges. After working in Iran for two years, he decided to pursue his graduate work at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. He left Iran in 1985 for his higher education but his heart was always with his country and since his departure he helped with a variety of educational and research projects in Iran.
He earned his Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Civil Engineering in 1986 and 1989, respectively. His desire to learn and work in the Auto Industry encouraged him to enroll again at the University of Michigan in the Aerospace Engineering. While pursing his second master degree, he started to work for a consulting company in Ann Arbor Michigan managing the company's personnel at Ford Heavy Truck Division. In 1994, he accepted a position as a Supervisor at Ford Motor Company supporting a number of vehicle programs. He earned his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 1992 and immediately enrolled in the Business School at the University of Michigan. He received his MBA with high distinctions in 1996.
Another milestone in his professional life came as soon as he graduated from the University of Michigan Business School. He transferred from the Product Development to Ford Motor Credit Company in 1996. Between 1996 until his untimely death in January 2005, he was in charge of many multi billion dollar projects at Ford Credit and Ford Treasury working on a number of very critical projects such as asset securitization, affiliate financing, and portfolio management.
While working at Ford Treasury, he enrolled at the University of Michigan for one last time. He earned a Master's degree in Financial Engineering in May 2001. Dr. Aslani was a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Farhang is survived by his wife of 26 years, Nasrin, and three children, Bahareh, Lauleh, and Mohammad Reza. He had a great love for Persian poetry and Iranian traditional music. He also enjoyed tae kwon do, soccer, and table tennis.
In 2001, Farhang was diagnosed with colon cancer. After battling the disease for three years, the cancer had spread to various parts of his body and no other treatment was available. He spent his last days at his home with his family and friends, and finally, on January 19, 2005, he passed away. Through his battle with cancer, his strength and courage in spite of all the adversity he faced was a great lesson for those around him. Farhang was an extremely kind, giving, funny, and insightful individual who touched many lives. He will truly be missed.
In memory of Dr. Farhang Aslani, our dear friend, the "Farhang Aslani Memorial Fellowship" has been established in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. This Fellowship will support one or more students in need of financial aid every year in the MBA and/or Ph.D. programs.
This is an "Endowed Account" in Farhang's honor, which will remain for as long as the University of Michigan exists, and it will keep Farhang's memory alive forever as it will be in all of our hearts.
This memorial fellowship needs contributions to reach the self-funding level, $100,000.
There are two ways to contribute to this fellowship, by check or credit card.
1. Checks must be written to "The University of Michigan (Farhang Aslani Memorial Fellowship)", and they should be mailed to:
Steven M. Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
701 Tappan St. Room D1235
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234
2. For credit card payments, contributors can contact Barbara Ackley or her assistance at (734) 763-5775.