Kaushik Basu

Prof. Pradeep K. Khosla

Chancellor, University of California, San Diego, USA

Pradeep K. Khosla is the eighth Chancellor of UC San Diego; as UC San Diego’s chief executive officer, he leads a campus with more than 30,000 students, six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, and five graduate and professional schools. While at UC San Diego, Khosla has initiated and led a comprehensive strategic planning process to unify the campus and define UC San Diego's future resulting in a Strategic Plan that outlines five overarching goals, four grand research themes, and 13 strategies to fulfill our sharpened mission and vision as a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university.

An internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer, Khosla previously served as Dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Society for Engineering Education; 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 and the Indian Academy of Engineering.

He has received several awards, including the ASEE George Westinghouse Award for Education (1999), Silicon India Leadership award for Excellence in Academics and Technology (2000), the W. Wallace McDowell award from IEEE Computer Society (2001), Cyber Education Award from the Business Software Alliance (2007), the ASME Computers in Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), and the inaugural Pan IIT American Leadership Award for Academic Excellence (2009). He was awarded the Philip and Marsha Dowd Professorship in 1998 at the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

In 2012, Khosla was named as one of the 50 most influential Indian-Americans by Silicon India.