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Khos Semnani

Khos Semnani '72

Khosrow Semnani studied in Iran and England before earning dual bachelor degrees in chemistry and physics from Westminster College in 1972. He later earned a master’s in engineering administration from the University of Utah, while working in Utah’s copper mining and electrochemical manufacturing industries. His education and work experience gave him the foundation to design, license, and develop, a first of its kind in the US, commercial low-level nuclear waste processing and disposal facility, Envirocare of Utah. In 2005, when Khosrow sold Envirocare to what is now Energy Solutions, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of science degree from Southern Utah University for his outstanding work in the field of nuclear waste management.

In 1993, Khosrow and his wife created the Semnani Family Foundation as an international foundation committed to helping solve some of the most troubling women and children’s global health and education issues. In 2006, the Semnani Family Foundation established and became the major source of funding for the development of a free medical clinic, the Maliheh Free Clinic, in South Salt Lake, Utah. The Semnani Foundation also supports vaccination and clean water projects in Africa and beyond, relief efforts to world-wide disasters, and philanthropic ventures by church and mosque organizations. Since 1998, the Foundation has been working with the BYU Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies in translating ancient Persian literature into English.

Khosrow is also passionate about promoting democracy in Iran and has served as both vice chair and chairman of the board of trustees for Encyclopedia Iranica at Columbia University.