Pradeep K. Khosla
Eighth Chancellor, University of California, San Diego

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Brief Biography

Pradeep K. Khosla became UC San Diego’s eighth Chancellor on August 1, 2012.  As UC San Diego’s chief executive officer, he leads a campus with more than 30,000 students, six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, and five graduate and professional schools.  UC San Diego is also home to the prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the UC San Diego Health System.  With annual revenues of $3.8 billion in fiscal year 2014, UC San Diego is an academic and research powerhouse, with faculty, researchers and staff attracting more than $1 billion in research funding a year.  The campus is the third largest employer in San Diego County and one of 10 campuses in the world-renowned University of California system. 

At UC San Diego, Khosla initiated and led a comprehensive, all-inclusive strategic planning process to unify the campus and define UC San Diego's future.  The initiative resulted in a Strategic Plan that outlines five overarching goals, four grand research themes, and 13 strategies to fulfill our sharpened mission and vision as a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university. 

An internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer, Khosla previously served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.  He spent the majority of his career at Carnegie Mellon, rising through the ranks from his first position as Assistant Professor in 1986 to his appointment as Dean in 2004. From 1994 to 1996, he also served as a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Program Manager in the Software and Intelligent Systems Technology Office, Defense Sciences Office and Tactical Technology Office, where he managed advanced research and development programs.

Khosla is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Society for Engineering Education.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence and the Indian Academy of Engineering.  He is an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Science. Khosla is also the recipient of numerous awards for his leadership, teaching, and research, including the 2012 Light of India Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the George Westinghouse Award for contributions to improve engineering teaching. In 2012, he was named as one of the 50 most influential Indian-Americans by SiliconIndia.

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Pradeep Khosla at a Glance

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in technology from Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur, India), 1980
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from Carnegie Mellon University, 1984
  • Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, 1986

Previous Positions

  • Dean of the College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University (2004-2012) and Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University (2008-2012)
  • Founding Director, Carnegie Mellon CyLab (2001-2008)
  • Director, Information Networking Institute (2000-2004)
  • Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1999-2004)
  • Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor of Engineering and Robotics (1998-2012)
  • Founding Director, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (1997-1999)
  • Professor of ECE and Robotics (1994-2012)
  • Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (1994-1996)
  • Associate Professor of ECE and Robotics (1990-1994)
  • Assistant Professor of ECE and Robotics (1986-1990)

Professional Societies

  • Member, National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Fellow, American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
  • Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Member, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Honorary Fellow, Indian Academy of Science
  • Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering
  • Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Awards and Honors

  • 2012 Light of India Award
  • IBM Faculty Award
  • (Inaugural) Academic Excellence Award, Pan IIT
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, ASME
  • Cyber Education Award, Business Software Alliance
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT
  • W. Wallace McDowell Award, IEEE Computer Society
  • SiliconIndia Leadership Award for Excellence in Academics and Technology
  • ASEE 1999 George Westinghouse Award for Education

Other Recognition

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The Role of the Chancellor

A successful Chancellor has to be an executive with the political skills to respond to internal and external constituencies; an administrator with the technical expertise to manage billion-dollar budgets and thousands of employees; and an entrepreneur who can create a compelling vision for the future of the campus that inspires faculty, students and staff, as well as private donors whose support the Chancellor must cultivate. The Chancellor is essentially an academic and thought leader, mayor, CEO and lead fundraiser rolled into one. The Chancellor must also be a resourceful and creative problem-solver who can manage a campus that is an economic and innovation engine.

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