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 43,000 students, seven undergraduate colleges, six academic divisions, and six graduate and professional schools. UC San Diego is also home to the prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the UC San Diego Health System. With annual revenues of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2020, UC San Diego is an academic and research powerhouse, with faculty, researchers and staff attracting more than $1.5 billion in sponsored research funding each 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 $2.86 billion in 9.5 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 $2 billion-construction plan aimed at expanding classroom and research space and doubling the number of on-campus housing units. In December of 2021, UC San Diego broke ground on a $3B redevelopment plan to reimagine its Hillcrest Medical Center. The 15-year plan will expand access to its nationally ranked medical specialties and world-class patient care.
An internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer, Khosla previously served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He spent the majority of his career at Carnegie Mellon, rising 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.