Carnegie Mellon's Pradeep Khosla To Be Keynote Speaker
At Launch of New Policy Network Critical to G-20 Leaders
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering Dean Pradeep K. Khosla will speak to more than 70 members of a newly formed network of global information technology experts at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Carnegie Science Center.
The newly formed G-20 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Network is a collaboration of information technology associations and private sector companies established to help gain universal awareness and acceptance of ICT as the primary engine for sustainable economic growth for all G-20 countries. The G-20 ICT initiative was created under the umbrella of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), a consortium of some 70 global IT industry associations.
"The G-20 countries — responsible for 85 percent of global gross national product, 80 percent of world trade and two-thirds of the world's population — are emerging as a key forum to coordinate global responses to the challenges of an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world," said Phillip J. Bond, WITSA president.
Khosla, a University Professor, the Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founding director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, will discuss the innovative power ICT can deliver to the world.
"The American research university is a successful model that should be replicated around the world. By sharing technology and our successful academic research models, we can create more wealth and help more underdeveloped countries grow and achieve IT success," said Khosla, a global leader in helping Carnegie Mellon expand its academic footholds in Asia, Europe and Africa.
A Carnegie Mellon alumnus and member of the university's engineering faculty since 1986, Khosla has invested enormous time and energy into the success of Carnegie Mellon and its engineering college. He is an internationally recognized authority on robotics, embedded systems, technology education, innovation and cybersecurity.
His keynote address about the importance of information technology as an economic engine of global change comes as Pittsburgh hosts the G-20 Summit. "Pittsburgh is a wonderful example of a city that has developed a strong base of technology and innovation, and created new companies and new job opportunities along the way," said Khosla, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his novel use of computers in engineering education.
In 2008, Khosla was selected to join the prestigious Council on Competitiveness' newly formed effort to improve America's leadership in innovative technology.
Khosla received his bachelor's degree in technology from IIT (Kharagpur, India) in 1980 and his master's degree and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in 1984 and 1986, respectively.
Pictured above is Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of the College of Engineering.