Professor Salami's Dreams Shattered by the North Carolina A&T State University, UNC General Administration and State of North Carolina after September 11, 2001 sign now

January 27, 2011

Barack Obama
President of the United States

Bev Perdue
Governor, North Carolina

Eric H. Holder, Jr.
US Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice

Thomas E. Perez,
Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice

Reference: Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream

Subject: Salami Dream Shattered by North Carolina A&T State University after September 2001, "I Have an American Dream, Too"

This is with reference to the speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream, to which I have used, modified and referred, to express my own dream. I Have an American Dream, Too.

When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were in fact signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all American citizens would be guaranteed the "inalienable rights" of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as its citizens from the Middle Eastern countries, specifically for me, Iranian, are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Middle Eastern population a bad check, which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity in this nation. So we have come to cash this check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

However, there is something that I must say on behalf of my people of Iran, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Middle Easterners are the victim of the unspeakable horrors of retaliation and discrimination by states. No, we are not satisfied and will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream." So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day the state of North Carolina, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, and sweltering with the heat of discrimination and retaliation, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, and to stand up for freedom together knowing that we will be free of discrimination and retaliation one day. This will be the day when all will be able to sing with new meaning. When this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual.

What Happened to Professor Salamis Dream? Is Anybody Listening?

I came to the United State in 1972, just after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., because I had a dream, too. Upon arrival, I pursued working toward my ultimate education to make a better world for everyone. I worked in maintenance at my English school, ELS; dishwasher in a French restaurant; clerk and store mechanics person at Woolworths; dishwasher, busboy, bartender, waiter in El Porto and a Fish Market in Old Town Alexandria; mathematics tutor in NOVA; then teaching and research assistant at Virginia Tech and the University of Arizona and, subsequently, other jobs.

My professional activities include obtaining an A.S. degree in engineering from Northern Virginia Community College in 1977; B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering in 1979 and 1981 from Virginia Tech; and a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering and engineering mechanics in 1986 from the University of Arizona. In August 1985, before finishing the Ph.D., I joined the department of civil engineering and engineering mechanics at Southern Illinois University as a visiting assistant professor for one year. In August 1986, I joined Serata Geomechanics, Inc., as vice president of marketing and director and project manager for three major projects, successfully completed.

I then joined the department of civil engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T State University) in August 1987 as assistant professor was tenured and promoted to associate professor in July 1993, and promoted to professor in July 1997. I was appointed to associate dean for graduate and research programs for the College of Engineering (COE) from 1998 to 2002. During that time, I was COE activity director for a Title III grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education and NASA McNair fellowships director. During my tenure at NC A&T State University, I established an exceptional track record as a successful, well recognized researcher and an effective and dedicated teacher locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally. I established the chapter of American Society of Civil Engineering at NC A&T State University in 1992. I served as vice president and president of the Northern Branch, American of Civil Engineering Society in North Carolina. In 2003 I founded the International Institute for Iranian American Affairs.

Salamis Teaching Performance at North Carolina A&T State University Before Filing for Discrimination and Retaliation Against NC A&T State University Prior to September 2003

I brought research experience to graduate and undergraduate students through externally funded projects. My projects (as P.I. or Co-P.I.) supported more than 100 students. I supervised more than 50 M.S. students and more than 5 Institutional Ph.D. candidates with NC A&T State University to completion. I advised more than 15 undergraduate students in a semester. My dedication and leadership has resulted in a significant increase of the geotechnical engineering and engineering mechanics graduate programs, from about one student (in 1991) to more than 100 (in 2002) and in bringing national and international visibility. I consistently received excellent evaluations from both undergraduate and graduate students. My evaluations were clearly one of the best in the college of engineering. I served as faculty advisor of the ASCE student organization at NC A&T State University for six years. In recognition of teaching contributions, I was selected outstanding teacher of the year in the civil engineering department and the college of engineering for 1988-90, 1992-94, and 1997-98. I was awarded the college of engineering Excellence in Teaching or Research for 1991-96.

Salamis Research Performance at North Carolina A&T State University Before Filing for Discrimination and Retaliations against NC A&T State University Prior to September 2003

My funding record was exceptional. Over the past 15 years at NC A&T State University , up to 2003, I brought over $10 million from external funding agencies. The state and federal agencies that have funded my research projects include National Science Foundation (U.S. Department of Defense), Federal Aviation Administration, FAA Center of Excellent for Airport Pavement Technology from University of Illinois, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterways Experiment Stations, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, North Carolina Governors Office and Caterpillar. I am a demonstrated leader in interdisciplinary research and team-work. One of the unique attributes of my research endeavor is that I crossed the traditional boundaries of geotechnical engineering and looked for opportunities where cutting-edge research was needed at multidisciplinary levels. I first conceived the idea of Center of Excellence for Materials and Modeling for Civil Infrastructure Systems" and teamed up with colleagues from NC A&T State University, NC State University, University of Illinois, District of Columbia, University of Oklahoma, University of Arizona, University of Southern Illinois, and Waterways Experiment Stations. I established the Civil Infrastructure Research Institute at NC A&T State University in 2001 and was awarded the Center of Excellence for Airport Technology by the Federal Aviation Administration in December 2002. I established an outstanding publication record, evident in the awards received, in terms of quality, quantity, and diversity. My pioneering doctoral work on the constitutive modeling of concrete, rocks, and soils under multiaxial loading was rewarded by University of Arizona as the superior doctoral dissertation in the College of Engineering in 1986. My work in this area has been cited extensively. My refereed publications have covered a broad spectrum of topics including soil-structure interaction, analysis of airport pavements, bridge approach settlement, pavement drainage, rock mechanics, mining and, most recently, neural network modeling. My contributions have appeared in many prestigious journals. In view of my strong publication record, I was invited to join the editorial board of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics: An International Journal. I organized and chaired many technical sessions at major national/international conferences/symposia. In terms of quantity, in the past 20 years I have published over 120 refereed journal and proceedings articles, 100 technical presentations nationally/or internationally, and five chapters in edited proceedings and books. I edited and co edited two national and international conference proceedings/workshops.

Salamis Professional and University Service at NC A&T State University Before Filing for Discrimination and Retaliations against NC A&T State University Prior to September 2003

My professional activities and services are clearly visible at national and international levels. I am a registered professional engineer (PE) in North Carolina and in Virginia. I served as president, vice president, and secretary and treasurer of American Society of Civil Engineers Northern Branch (1993-1996). I founded NC A&T ASCE Student Chapter in 1988 and was advisor for the ASCE student chapter (1988-94). I was a member of TRIBE subcommittee on Physical and Mechanical Behavior of Concrete Materials. At the international level, I contributed to the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG) and joined the IACMAG Board. I was selected as Chairman of International Technical Organizing Committee, Session Developers, Technical Committee Member and Editor in Chief of First International Forum on Discontinuous Deformation Analyses, which was sponsored by U.S. Department of Defense held on June 4-6, 1996, in Berkeley, California.

Among other professional activities, I serve on the editorial board of two quality international journals and continue to review papers for several other journals, conferences, and research proposals for funding agencies. I served my University, NC A&T State University as Member of the Faculty Senate (1988-94), University Graduate and Research Council (1995-2002), Member/or Chairman of Award Committee (1995-2002), Member/or Chairman of Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee at College/or University level (1993-97 and 2003-2005, Chairman of Peer Review Committee (1996-97), Member of Grade Appeal Board for College of Engineering (1987-Present), Civil Engineering Graduate Coordinator (1995-1998), Civil Engineering Library Representative (1987-1988), and Member of all Civil Engineering Committees (1997-Present). I was recipient of the 1993 Distinguished Achievement Award of North Carolina Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Outstanding Service Award from Civil Engineering Faculty (April 1993), College of Engineering Researcher of the year (1993-94) and Outstanding Service Award from Civil, Architectural and Bio-System Engineering (2001-02).

Summary of Discrimination and Retaliations against Professor Salami after September 11, 2001

I have been with the NC A&T State University since 1987. Despite being a tenured professor, I have raised substantial issues continuously regarding discrimination and harassment by its administration after filing for discrimination and retaliation with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2003. NC A&T State University administration has been taking actions that I believe are also designed to force me to surrender my tenure and leave the university. As a result of the pressure brought upon me and the economic toll as a result, I was forced to file for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in April 2007, and the strain has contributed to the cause of separation from my wife in May 2007 ultimately leading to divorce. The actions of the university administration harassing and retaliating against me was a result of the actions of the dean of the college of engineering, ex-Dean Monroe, when he changed the evaluation in 2007 of my post-tenure review by four of my peer senior faculties in the department from their unanimous satisfactory decision to a deficient evaluation. Even the college of engineering senior administration and ex-Dean Monroe forced him and Chairman of the committee out of the Tenure and Promotion Committee because he and the chairman of the Committee, Professor Walker, raised questions regarding one of the candidates, the vice chancellor for research, and the following year that person was granted tenure with professorship without any departmental evaluations. The malicious actions of the university administration in alleged violation of my civil rights have gone on beyond reason and humanity. They have also rejected and/or denied my Workmens Compensation Claim, thus placing my health and well-being in jeopardy. I was denied access to a lung specialist even though the injury was caused by inhaling cleaning chemicals while giving a lecture to the senior civil engineering students on Monday, February 2, 2009.

Actions by the university administration began because I raised questions regarding corruption, granting tenure without due process, hiring cronies who with no qualifications mismanaged state and federal monies, embezzlement, and abuse of power and authority. I have appropriately taken claims to the university chain of command, from the current and former NC A&T State University chancellors, the board of trustees, the board of governors, the university president, and the attorney general, but none of them has taken any remedial action and have chosen to ignore the serious issues raised. It appears that NC A&T State University administration was given the green light to conduct more retaliatory measures.

I want to emphasize that I have total respect and admiration for the NC A&T State University organization in total, but I am appalled by the corruption and abuse that exists in certain areas. I believe the university has tremendous potential to become one of the best in the country, but it must have qualified senior administration from top to bottom who can effectively and efficiently manage. I chose to oppose the university administration when it was lobbying to spend the budget of a government-sponsored program in ways that were not in line with the agreed government proposal. Because of that opposition, it appears the university dismissed me from the contractual position claiming I did not have an employment contract and was an at-will employee. The university then provided different stories regarding my dismissal. First, it claimed that I was being removed because there was a much needed reorganization taking place; second, the university claimed I did not perform on a program that I was never assigned to; and, finally, the university claimed that I just did not get along with other professors in the college of engineering.

When all else failed, I was forced to fight for my rights in court in April 2005. Even though I sought financial support for this effort from friends and mortgaged my house, I could not finance an effective fight against the university in court and pay for effective counsel, so the jury decided in favor of the university. One of the key reasons for the loss in court was the misrepresentation of facts, obstruction of justice, and perjury by the university administration.

After the court ruled in favor of the university, retaliatory actions increased against me in an effort to force me out of the university. They closed down my multimillion-dollar research facilities and then ordered a cease and desist on all of my research. They rejected all my key research seminars and activities, stopped funding my graduate student activities, changed my office, and overloaded me with course work that was different from what I had been teaching for 25 years. All these actions were taken despite the fact that I had gained numerous teaching, research and service awards. In fact, the interim chairman of my department, Dr. Hamoush (hired with my support only a few years earlier) rejected my most recent attempt to restart a significant research activity with several leading researchers at universities across the U.S. I was told that I should not go for research activities of this magnitude and should take some baby steps first. This is telling an award winning researcher who has been conducting research of this caliber for 30 years and the team of experts that have joined forces with me that they are wasting their time. This is also coming from an administrator whose job function is to facilitate research within the university and its students. In fact, millions of dollars worth of extremely sensitive research equipment donated to NC A&T State University by several government agencies was being removed from my labs and put in storage, thus collecting water and dust instead of being used by students for research. This is Just an example of the extent of retaliation by NC A&T State University administration.

The actions taken by this administration have driven an award-winning professor to stress and anguish imposed at work on a routine and daily basis, putting my health at risk. While this administration has been so ruthlessly retaliating against me for standing up for justice and honesty, they have been promoting their own friends and collaborators even though their credentials would not normally warrant such promotions.

These actions have been planned and executed by the supervisors within the college of engineering where I am currently employed. But NC A&T State University administration as a whole has been completely aware and supportive of these actions. The office of the attorney general, state of North Carolina, is aware of these actions and has been supporting and defending the university in the court action since 2002. The attorney general proved to the jury that I had no contract and should have been fired. However, 2 years after the loss in court, the board of trustees of NC A&T State University, in July 2007, admitted that the firing was wrong and I did in fact have a contract. Also, in April 2009 after a 2-year investigation, the U.S. Employment Equal Opportunity Commission ruled that, indeed, I had been retaliated and discriminated against by NC A&T State University since 2005, and the case was forwarded to U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. in May 2009.

When administrators of a public establishment use taxpayer monies as if they belong to them for the purpose of establishing a system to crush any opposing voice, someone needs to step in and remove the responsible parties. We hope that this open letter will start an investigation that will expose supporting documents showing the extent of retaliation and misrepresentation by NC A&T State University administration against a university professor with distinction and 30 years of service in academic and research fields.

I have been conspired against, also, after the September 11, 2001 tragedy with the action to fire me from my tenured professorship and cause me to be professionally destroyed. This was conducted by NC A&T University administration, NC General Administration, and Office of NC Attorney General by protecting NC A&T University from corruption and wrongdoing. Thus I have been assassinated by these North Carolina state offices as a public servant. This is similar exactly to what has been done recently to the US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of the state of Arizona.

After being fired from my associate deanship in December 12, 2001, I spent approximately $700,000 for lawyers to defend me in state and federal courts, and we went to a federal district court in April 2005; it took 5 days. Since NC A&T University administration perjured itself and obstructed the justice the court under oath, I lost the case. At that time my lawyers did not continue my appeal because they were requesting finances to take my case to 4th Circuit Appeals Court; this was not successful. After May 2005, I had to then educate myself with the state and federal court rules and regulations to enable continuation of my cases, which I did with the assistance of many concerned people. Thus I became my own lawyer as Pro-Se and have been continuing all my cases in state, federal courts, EEOC and NC Industrial Commissions, and many other government agencies.

I have written at least five letters to North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, and to Governor Michael F. Easley, and the first one to our new governor, Bev Perdue. My previous letters were dated May 5, 2005, September 16, 2007, April 23, 2009 and June 13, 2010, and were left unanswered by North Carolina Attorney General Cooper, and by North Carolina Governors Michael F. Easley and Bev Perdue. Because of my ongoing litigation with NC A&T State University and because of my wrongful termination as associate dean, I have incurred an enormous personal cost that has ruined relationships as well as professional livelihood. I have also been defamed by the university administration as a result of falsities that they had brought up in the first lawsuit. It is ironic that very high-ranking officials of the University (Provost and Dean) had stated under oath in my first lawsuit that they have never followed the rules of NC A&T State University, NC Board of Governors, and the University of North Carolina system. Still the attorney general office proceeded to defend them in all lawsuits including the North Carolina Industrial Commission work-related injuries cases that occurred in NC A&T State University on October 31, 2008, February 2, 2009, and March 4, 2009. North Carolina Governor Michael F. Easley, Attorney General Roy Cooper and current North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue received the letters and have neglected to respond to any of the four formal requests or previous informal representations.

I make formal charges against the conspirators and co-conspirators at the State of North Carolina. Accordingly, I respectfully request that the U.S. Attorney General arrange an independent inquiry with the coordination of North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue. The North Carolina Attorney General Office has colluded with NC A&T University officials to break the law, framed evidence to support sham disciplinary proceedings, and subsequently covered up the activities of conspirators and co-conspirators. Therefore only an independent investigator by the U.S. Attorney General can fairly examine the voluminous documents that I possess which support my contentions. Consequently I respectfully request that the U.S. Attorney General follow the Governors input and recommendations in this matter. I also would be very grateful if Governor Bev Perdue could arrange for the Superior Court to call a grand jury or petition the North Carolina Supreme Court to order appointing a special inquiry judge. In the latter case, I am requesting that Governor Bev Perdue consent to naming a Special Prosecutor.

Finally, I am respectfully requesting that individuals receiving a copy of this letter acknowledge such receipt. I look forward to hearing from you.

Very truly yours,

M. Reza Salami, Ph.D., P.E., Pro Se
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Director of FAA Center of Excellence for Payment Technology
North Carolina A&T State University
Greensboro, North Carolina, 27411
University Website:
Email: [email protected]

Addressed to:

Barack Obama, President of the United States, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500; Phone: (202) 456-1111, Fax: (202) 456-2461;

Bev Perdue, Governor North Carolina, Office of the Governor, 20301 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-0301; Phone: (919) 733-5811; Fax: (919) 733-2120; Email:[email protected]

Eric H. Holder, Jr., U.S. Department of Justice, The White House, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001; Phone: (202) 514-2001, Fax: (202) 374-8922;
E-mail: [email protected]

Thomas E. Perez, Civil Rights Division, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Main, Washington, DC 20530
Phone: (202) 514-4609 & 3847 or (202) 307-2572 and Fax: (202) 514-0293

Also, Submitted to the Following State and Federal Officials, for Response:

1. Harold L. Martin, NC A&T State University Chancellor ([email protected]); Phone: (336) 334-7940 and Fax: (336) 334-7082
2. Dr. Dilip T. Shah, Chair, NC A&T Hearing and Rec. Committee ([email protected]); Phone: (336) 334-7586 ext. 2273 and Fax: (336) 334-7082
3. Dr. Linda F. Callahan, Senate President, NC A&T Sate President ([email protected]); Phone: (336) 334-7221 or (336) 299-6964 and Fax: (336) 334-7082
4. Pamela McCorkle Buncum, NC A&T Chairman of Board of Trustees([email protected]); Phone: (908) 423-1694 (vice Chair) and Fax: (336) 741-5607
5. Jeffry R. Davies, UNC Chief of Staff ([email protected]);
Phone: (919) 962-1591 and Fax: (919) 962-2751
6. Laura Luger, UNC Vice President and General Counsel ([email protected]);
Phone: (919) 962-4588 and Fax: (919) 962-2751
7. Tom Shanahan, UNC Ass. Vice President and General Counsel, ([email protected]);
Phone: (919) 962-4588 and Fax: (919) 962-2751
8. Thomas W. Ross, UNC President of University System ([email protected]);
Phone: (919) 962-4622 and Fax: (919) 962-2751
9. Celeste Parrish, Executive Assistant to the UNC President ([email protected]);
Phone: (919) 962-1000 or (919) 962-4622 and Fax: (919) 962-2751
10. Hannah D. Gage, Chair of UNC Board of Governors ([email protected]);
Phone: (910) 799-4622 and Fax: (919) 962-2751
11. Roy Cooper, NC Attorney General ([email protected]);
Phone: (919) 716-6400 and Fax: (919) 716-6750
12. Walter Dalton, NC Lieutenant Governor, NC General Assembly ([email protected]);
Phone: (919) 733-7350 and Fax: (919) 733-6595
13. Thom Tillis, NC Speaker of the House, NC General Assembly ([email protected]);
Phone: (919) 733-3451
14. Reuben Daniels, Jr., Director of EEOC Charlotte District ([email protected]);
Phone: (704) 344-6731 or (800) 669-4000 and Fax: (704) 344-6734
15. Jose Rosenberg, Director of Greensboro EEOC ([email protected]);
Phone: (336) 547-4097 or (800) 669-4000 and Fax: (336) 547-4033
16. Howard Coble, US Congressman, NC 6th District ([email protected]);
Phone: (202) 225-3065 and Fax: (202) 225-8611
17. John Boehner, US Speaker of the House ([email protected]); Phone: (202) 225-0600 and Fax: (202) 225-5117
18. Navanathem Pillay, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights(OHCHR), Palais Wilson, 52 rue des Paquis,CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland, ([email protected]); or ([email protected])
Phone: (+41) 22 917 9220
19. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of United Nations ([email protected]);
Phone: (212) 963-7055
20. Karen D. Woodard, deputy Chief, Employment Litigation Section
Phone: (202) 514-4609 & 3847 or (202) 307-2572 and Fax: (202) 514-0293
21. Mel Watt, US Congressman, NC 12th District ([email protected]);
Phone: (202) 225-1510 and Fax: (202) 225-1512








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