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UC San Diego Chancellor, Pradeep K. Khosla

Pradeep K. Khosla
UC San Diego Hires First Engineer to Chancellor Post

On his first day as UC San Diego Chancellor, Pradeep K. Khosla met with incoming engineering freshmen taking part in the Jacobs School's Summer Pre-Engineering Program (PrEP). Khosla is an internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer and the first engineer to serve as UC San Diego Chancellor. Most recently, he served as Dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Chancellor Khosla Speaks at Gordon Leadership Center

Chancellor Khosla Speaks at Gordon Leadership Center
Pradeep K. Khosla,
UC San Diego's 8th Chancellor

On Oct. 30, UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla spoke at a forum organized by the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center at the Jacobs School. Khosla described his journey from an undergraduate student in India to the eighth UC San Diego Chancellor, and offered insights on leadership, careers and more.

On Career Choices  "I chose to do what I love. And once I made that choice, I absolutely loved what I did," said Khosla. "I think that is something that has been extremely helpful in my own success."

On Leadership  "As a project manager at DARPA, I realized I enjoyed putting big ideas together, building and leading organizations, motivating people and seeing the fruits of their labor. I took pride in enabling our researchers to succeed," Khosla explained.

On Organization Building  "If you want to enable people to succeed, you have to understand each person's mindset," Khosla said. "Two human beings are never the same. How do you motivate people? How do you enable people? In terms of leadership, you never become a great leader by telling people what the answer is. I think when people are enabled and empowered to discover on their own, they do a much better job... at that point... they are doing what they love and hopefully they are loving what they do."

The Gordon Engineering Leadership Center hosts a forum every quarter for Gordon Scholars, as well as members of the larger Jacobs School community. The Gordon Center invites alumni to share their own engineering leadership story with our Scholars. Contact the Gordon Center at to learn how.

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