Thursday, March 3, 2011
News Brief: Khosla Named Infosys Prize ChairThe Infosys Science Foundation today announced the appointment of Carnegie Mellon Professor Pradeep Khosla, dean of the College of Engineering, as the Jury Chair for the Infosys Prize for Engineering and Computer Science. Khosla, the Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor at CMU, takes over this role from Professor Subra Suresh, who was appointed the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) by the United States Senate.
Previously a jury member for the Infosys Prize for Engineering and Computer Science, Khosla will chair the jury for 2011 and will soon select a panel of jury members who will help evaluate applications received in the category.
Professor Khosla is the recipient of several awards including the SiliconIndia Leadership Award for Excellence in Academics and Technology (2000), the ASME Computers in Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), and the inaugural Pan IIT American Leadership Award for Academic Excellence (2009).
"I am honored to chair the Infosys Prize jury for Engineering and Computer Science. This is a great initiative that has been taken up by the Infosys Science Foundation to elevate the prestige of science and research and inspire young scientists. The Infosys Prize acknowledges outstanding contributions to research and I am pleased to be associated with this initiative," Khosla said.
On the occasion of this announcement, T.V Mohandas Pai, president of the Infosys Science Foundation, said, "The Jury Chairs for the Infosys Prize comprise of eminent leaders in each of their fields lending credibility to the stature of the Infosys Prize and the respective prize categories. The Jury Chairs are selected carefully and are responsible for evaluating the achievements of the nominees against the standards of international research. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Pradeep Khosla as the new Jury Chair for the Infosys Prize for Engineering and Computer Science, and look forward to his guidance and experience that he will bring to the jury."
"Pradeep Khosla is an excellent choice as the Jury Chair for the 2011 Infosys Prize for Engineering and Computer Science," said Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon. "Pradeep has been a great leader for Carnegie Mellon globally, and his research track record is both innovative and multidisciplinary — qualities so critical to this competition's award nominees. We are proud that our colleague has been named to this prestigious position."
Pictured above is CMU Professor Pradeep Khosla.