B.S. 1976, M.S. 1979
Mr. Ejabat holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and an M.S. degree in Systems Engineering from Cal State Northridge. He later earned an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. He is a co-founder of Zhone Technologies and has served as its Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer since its inception in 1999. Zhone Technologies delivers a complete line of telecommunications equipment that allows network service providers to offer voice, data and video services for the local access network. Immediately prior to co-founding Zhone, Mr. Ejabat held various senior management positions with Ascend Communications, Inc., a provider of telecommunications equipment. During his tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer the company was successfully sold to Lucent Technologies, Inc., in 1999.
Mr. Ejabat was the 2004 commencement speaker at the college. In his speech, he illustrated how foresight, innovation, and commitment to success guided his career and encouraged graduates “to learn from your mistakes and take advantage of your opportunities. Focus on what it is you are trying to accomplish, innovate and move forward with new ideas. Let mistakes be the platform of your next success.”
Recently Mr. Ejabat reflected on the education he received from Cal State Northridge: “My degree from Northridge in Industrial and Systems Engineering has been the foundation of my success as an engineer, CEO and entrepreneur. I could not have done it without CSUN.”
Mr. Mory Ejabat, in early 2005, has made a pledge to endow the Mory Ejabat Chair in the College of Engineering and Computer Science with a gift of $1 million over the next five years. This is the first endowed chair the college has ever received. It symbolizes the excellence achieved by our faculty and students. This endowment is both inspirational and transformational. The endowment certainly will provide additional resources to the college and serve as a magnet for others to consider giving to the college and to support faculty with chairs and professorships.