Pradeep K. Khosla
Eighth Chancellor, University of California, San Diego
Pradeep K. Khosla, an internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer, began his tenure as UC San Diego’s eighth Chancellor on August 1, 2012. At UC San Diego, he has initiated a comprehensive, all-inclusive strategic planning process to develop a vision and shared goals for the future of the campus. Khosla previously served as Dean of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. There, he set the strategic direction for undergraduate and graduate education and research, and was elected University Professor, the highest distinction a faculty member could achieve.
Chancellor 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.
He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon.
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Pradeep Khosla at a Glance
- 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
- 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)
- 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
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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.