Pradeep Khosla

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Pradeep K. Khosla
Pradeep K. Khosla, Eighth chancellor of UC San Diego.jpg
8th Chancellor of University of California San Diego
Assumed office
August 1, 2012
Preceded by Marye Anne Fox
Personal details
Residence Audrey Geisel University House
La Jolla (San Diego, CA)
Alma mater Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (BTech)
Carnegie Mellon University (MS, PhD)
Profession Engineer, Administrator
Institutions UC San Diego
Carnegie Mellon University
Website Office of the Chancellor

Pradeep K. Khosla is an academic computer scientist and university administrator. He is the current chancellor of the University of California San Diego.[1] He was appointed to the position by the president of the University of California, Mark Yudof, on May 3, 2012.[2][3] His term began August 1, 2012, following the resignation of the previous chancellor Marye Anne Fox.

Prior to this, he was a computer science professor and Dean of the Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering.[4] He was also the Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon.[5] He is also the Jury Chair for the Infosys Prize since 2011, for the discipline of Engineering and Computer Science.


Khosla received a Bachelor of Technology degree with honors from IIT Kharagpur in 1980.[6][7] After graduating, he worked in the area of real-time control with Tata Consulting Engineers and Siemens until 1982.

By 1986, he had received both an MS and PhD degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where he then became an assistant professor. He rose through the ranks and was appointed University Professor in 2008, which is the highest rank attainable by a professor. He held several administrative and leadership positions at CMU including: Founding Director, Carnegie Mellon CyLab; Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director, Information Networking Institute; and Founding Director, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES). In 2004, Khosla was appointed Dean of the Carnegie Institute of Technology, a five-year term which was renewed in July 2009.[8]

From January 1994 to August 1996, Khosla was on leave from CMU and served as Program Manager at DARPA, where he managed a $50M portfolio of programs in real-time systems, internet-enabled software infrastructure, intelligent systems, and distributed systems.

Khosla also worked as a consultant to several companies and venture capitalists and has served on the technology advisory boards of many start-ups. Currently he serves on the advisory boards for iNetworks LLC, ITU Ventures, and Alcoa CIO. He is involved with iNetworks in raising a biotechnology fund called BioVentures, and is co-founder and a member of the board of directors of Quantapoint, BioMetricore, and No Fuss Inc. He also serves on the boards of HCL Infosystems, the Children’s Institute, the IIT Foundation, Mellon-Pitt (MPC) corporation, the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI), the Doyle Center, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, and Avigilon.[9] In addition, he serves on the advisory boards of several universities and government organizations. He is a member of the IT advisory committee, CSIRO, Australia, ITU High Level Experts Group for the Global Cybersecurty Agenda (GCA), the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for NIST, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Innovation. He has served on the Strategy Review Board of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan; Council of Deans of the Aeronautics Advisory Committee, NASA; National Research Council Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design; eTreasury Pennsylvania Advisory Board (appointed by Pennsylvania Treasurer Robin Weissman), and Senior Advisory Group for the DARPA Program on Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems.[10]

In 2012, Khosla was appointed the eighth chancellor of the University of California San Diego.[11]


Khosla’s research has resulted in three books and more than 350 journal articles and conference and book contributions. His interests are multidisciplinary encompassing the areas of internet-enabled collaborative design and distributed manufacturing, collaborating autonomous systems, agent-based architectures for distributed design and embedded control, software composition and reconfigurable software for real-time embedded systems, reconfigurable and distributed robotic systems, integrated design-assembly planning systems and distributed information systems.[12]


Khosla is a frequent keynote speaker at international conferences, and invited to participate in thought leadership forums organized by Fortune Magazine, AMD, the Milken Institute, the World Economic Forum, Techonomy, and the Blouin Foundation, amongst others. He has also served on editorial boards of journals and book series. He is the recipient of several awards including the ASEE George Westinghouse Award for Education in 1999,[13] the Silicon-India Leadership award for Excellence in Academics and Technology (2000), the W. Wallace McDowell Award from IEEE Computer Society (2001),[14] the Cyber Education Champion Award from the Business Software Alliance (2007),[15] Lifetime Achievement Award of the Computers and Information in Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (2009),[16] and the Pan IIT Academic Excellence Award (2009). For his contributions to technology and education, he has been elected as a Fellow of IEEE (1995),[17] the American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) (2003),[18] the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2004),[19] the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (2010),[20][21] and member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) (2006).[22] Khosla was also selected to join the prestigious Council on Competitiveness' Technology Leadership Strategy Initiative (TLSI), a collaborative effort designed to chart the most promising frontiers of technology and competitive advantage arenas for the United States.[10]


  1. ^ UC San Diego Office of the Chancellor
  2. ^ IIT alumnus named the next UC San Diego chancellor
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  4. ^ US colleges learn business mantra from Indian gurus like Soumitra Dutta, Pradeep K Khosla and Dipak C Jain
  5. ^ Academic Excellence - Carnegie Mellon University
  6. ^ "Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Kharagpur - Dr. Pradeep K. Khosla". Alumni Network. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. 2006. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Staff Reporter (May 10, 2012). "IIT Kharagpur alumnus is UCSD Chancellor". The Hindu. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ Carnegie Mellon Press Releases, Carnegie Mellon Reappoints Pradeep Khosla Dean of College of Engineering
  9. ^ "Avigilon Welcomes Pradeep Khosla to Board of Directors". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  10. ^ a b Professor Pradeep K. Khosla, CIT Dean Biography page
  11. ^ Ishani, Duttagupta (May 18, 2012). "Pradeep K Khosla, an IITian, appointed chancellor of University of California". Economic Times. Indian American Pradeep K. Khosla, currently the dean of Carnegie Mellon University's engineering college, has been named as the 8th chancellor of University of California San Diego by UC president Mark G. Yudof. 
  12. ^ Professor Pradeep K. Khosla, Computer Science Biography page
  13. ^ "Past National Award Winners (page 1), section George Westinghouse Award". American Society for Engineering Education. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Past recipients for W. Wallace McDowell Award". IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Carnegie Mellon Dean Awarded Cyber Education Champion Award". Business Software Alliance. March 7, 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Division Awards". Computers and Information in Engineering Division. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Fellow Class of 1995". IEEE. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Elected AAAI Fellows". Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Fellows". American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ "List of all ASME Fellows" (PDF). American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  21. ^ "2009 - 2010 ASME Fellows" (PDF). American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  22. ^ "NAE Members Directory - Dr. Pradeep K. Khosla". NAE. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Marye Anne Fox
Chancellor of the University of California San Diego