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UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla honored for technical and administrative achievements

San Diego, Calif., Oct. 16, 2020 -- Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor of the University of California San Diego, is being honored by the Indo American Press Club for his contributions as both an engineering innovator and a university administrator.

In addition to serving as Chancellor of UC San Diego, Khosla is an internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer and member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

At UC San Diego, Khosla holds academic appointments in both the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the Jacobs School of Engineering.

The new recognition from the Indo American Press Club (IAPC) is for "outstanding contributions to the community as an academic computer scientist and university administrator." In particular, the IAPC has awarded Kosla the 2020 IAPC Prestigious Excellence Award in the field of Computer Technology.

The IAPC is a non-profit organization that aims to provide a common platform to journalists of  Indian origin living in the United States and Canada, committed to professionalism and well-being of the larger society. It has a focus on education, mentoring, recognition and networking.

Pradeep K. Khosla became UC San Diego’s eighth Chancellor on August 1, 2012. As UC San Diego’s chief executive officer, he leads a campus with more than 39,000 students, seven undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, and seven graduate and professional schools. UC San Diego is an academic and research powerhouse, with faculty, researchers and staff attracting more than $1.45 billion in sponsored research funding a year. UC San Diego is recognized as one of the top 15 research universities in the world and is the largest civilian employer based in San Diego County.

Khosla initiated and led UC San Diego’s first-ever Strategic Plan and the ambitious $2 billion Campaign for UC San Diego. The Campaign, which is aimed at transforming the university physically and intellectually, has raised $2.31 billion in eight years. Khosla has significantly expanded college access and affordability for underserved populations, initiated interdisciplinary research initiatives to foster collaboration and solve societal challenges, and strengthened university and community relationships and partnerships. The campus is currently in the midst of a major construction plan aimed at expanding classroom and research space and doubling the number of housing units.

Khosla previously served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. At Carnegie Mellon, he rose through the ranks from his first position as Assistant Professor in 1986 to his appointment as Dean in 2004. From 1994 to 1996, he also served as a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Program Manager in the Software and Intelligent Systems Technology Office, Defense Sciences Office and Tactical Technology Office, where he managed advanced research and development programs.

Khosla is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 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, the Indian Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors. 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 one of the 50 most influential Indian-Americans by SiliconIndia.

Media Contacts

Daniel Kane
Jacobs School of Engineering