Engineering Dean Receives Cyber Education Award

 Pradeep Khosla Recognized by Industry

March 7, 2007

Carnegie Mellon University's Pradeep Khosla received the prestigious Cyber Education Champion Award from the Business Software Alliance during a gala celebration March 6 in Washington, D.C. Khosla is dean of the College of Engineering, the Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Robotics, and the co-director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab.

The Cyber Education Award is presented to individuals in the education profession who have demonstrated exceptional skill and commitment in teaching students and educators about the importance of technology innovation, cyberethics and intellectual property issues.

"Our challenge in educating the engineers of tomorrow is to position our students for future change and to provide an education that will serve them in any global economy," said Khosla. "Our vision is that future engineers must enable, create, manage and deploy innovation in a multinational, distributed environment."

Khosla, an internationally recognized authority on cybersecurity, technology education, innovation and competitiveness, was also recognized for his innovative approach to rethinking the research and development relationship between universities and industry. As the founding co-director of CyLab, he established a university-wide, multidisciplinary initiative involving roughly 200 faculty, students and staff that builds on more than two decades of Carnegie Mellon's leadership in information technology.

"The future of the global economy and continued growth in the technology sector are dependent on our ability to foster excellence in engineering education, technology, math and science," said Robert Holleyman, president and CEO of the Business Software Alliance, which represents the leading software and hardware companies. "Professor Khosla has made countless contributions in these fields, and the software industry is proud to honor him with this award."

Carnegie Mellon Provost and Senior Vice President Mark Kamlet praised Khosla for being at the forefront of engineering education. "We applaud Dean Khosla for developing and deploying innovative educational initiatives that will create the comparative advantage we seek as a university, and this award is a wonderful reminder of his outstanding academic leadership," Kamlet said.

Prior to his position as dean of Engineering, Khosla was the head of the ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon. He was also a member of the "Wipe the Slate Clean Committee" that created a new, four-year undergraduate ECE curriculum. Khosla proposed, among other new ideas, the notion of teaching engineering to freshmen-an idea that has since been widely adopted by both U.S. and international universities.

In addition, Khosla was the founding director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, and a former director of Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute (INI). He doubled the INI's enrollment, created the master of science in information security technology and management program, and developed international graduate student programs with the Athens Information Technology (AIT) Institute in Athens, Greece (CyLab Athens); CyLab Korea; and CyLab Japan.

Before joining Carnegie Mellon, Khosla worked with Tata Consulting Engineers and Siemens in the area of real-time control. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, has received numerous awards and fellowships, and serves on the boards of companies, nonprofits and venture capital firms. Khosla is the author of three books and has contributed more than 300 articles to journals, conferences and books. He is also a co-founder of Quantapoint Inc. and BiometricCore.

Khosla received his bachelor of science in technology in electrical engineering from IIT (Kharagpur, India) in 1980, and both his master of science (1984) and Ph.D. (1986) from Carnegie Mellon in ECE.

Source: Chriss Swaney, Carnegie Mellon News

Pradeep Khosla, dean of the College of Engineering, received the Cyber Education Champion Award from the Business Software Alliance.

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