Speech of Hon. Michael F. Doyle of Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the many contributions of Dr. Pradeep Khosla and to thank him for his many years of service to Pittsburgh.
Dr. Khosla is one of the finest technical minds of our time, and for nearly 30 years, Pittsburgh has had the honor of calling him one of our own--first as he worked towards a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, which he received in 1986; then later as a professor at CMU; and then finally, beginning in 2004, as Dean of CMU's Carnegie Institute of Technology. Additionally, as the founder of CyLab, he began cutting-edge work in the realm of cyber security years before many recognized the vital importance of these issues. He has done much to both enrich CMU students' day-to-day experiences and elevate CMU's national and international reputation.
Sadly for us, he has been offered and has accepted a new position as Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego. He leaves us in August, but he leaves behind a city and school that are better because of his residency and tenure there.
Pittsburgh has not been the only beneficiary of Dr. Khosla's considerable talents though. Corporations and non-profits, nation-wide and worldwide have sought his expertise and counsel. He has lent his skills and time to countless boards of directors, councils, and advisory boards. He has served as a consultant for companies, venture capital funds, and start-ups.
Amidst all of this, it's amazing that Dr. Khosla had time to do anything else, but his research work has remained exemplary. He has authored or co-authored 3 books and over 350 articles, and has served on many journals' editorial boards.
Pradeep Khosla has had a considerable impact on the life of the mind of both CMU and Pittsburgh. He has also helped transform southwestern Pennsylvania into a leader in high-technology research, development, and commercialization. I've worked closely with Pradeep on a number of issues and initiatives over the years, and through those experiences, he's also become a good personal friend. He will be sorely missed.
I want to congratulate the city of San Diego and the University of California at San Diego. You are gaining an incredible scientist, administrator, and teacher. Pittsburgh is a better place as a result of his work, and San Diego will be, too.
I want to thank Dr. Khosla for his many contributions to our city, congratulate him on his new position, and wish him continued and much-warranted success.