Investing in Innovation

“Government investment in university research is twofold – to educate the workforce of the future and to build new technologies and new innovations for economic development.” – Chancellor Khosla

The Chancellor joined two congressional representatives, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Scott Peters of California, yesterday in a symposium at UC San Diego focused on how Congress can support America’s science and innovation economy.  Presidents and CEOs from San Diego’s leading business advancement organizations engaged in a panel discussion raising awareness on how efforts in Washington, D.C., can encourage local job growth and expansion of business interests that will boost the region’s economy.

Representative Scott Peters, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, Representative Steny Hoyer, former Representative Lynn Schenk

Joining the Chancellor were former Congresswoman Lynn Schenk; Mark Cafferty, president/CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation; John Dunn, member of the Board of Directors of CONNECT; Magda Marquet, Ph.D., chair of the Board of Directors of BIOCOM; Jerry Sanders, president/CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Holly Smithson, president/COO of CleanTECH San Diego, who collectively engaged a packed house of more than 200 San Diego business leaders in showcasing the breadth of excellence and value of investment in San Diego. 

More than 50 incoming students in the UC San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies also attended to experience first-hand the intersection of academia with local business and the federal government.