Nasser Paydar is IUPUI's fifth chancellor and executive vice president for Indiana University and has been an IU faculty member for nearly 30 years. He has held various administrative and executive leadership positions since he joined IUPUI in 1985 as an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.
From 1989 to 2003, he served in a number of leadership positions within the school, including chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, associate dean for Graduate Programs, associate dean for Academic Programs, and executive associate dean. In Spring 2004, Chancellor Paydar became responsible for the Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) Center as vice chancellor and dean. In 2007, he was appointed as the chancellor of Indiana University East. In 2012, he returned to IUPUI as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer and served in this role until his appointment as chancellor in 2015.
Chancellor Paydar is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.