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March 7: Pradeep Khosla Receives Prestigious Cyber Education Award From Industry


Chriss Swaney

Carnegie Mellon's Pradeep Khosla Receives
Prestigious Cyber Education Award From Industry    

PITTSBURGH—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.     

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.     

Pradeep Khosla"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, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering. "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.

"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.     

In addition to his position as dean, Khosla is the Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor in the College of Engineering and the School of Computer Science, and founding co-director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, 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.     

As a former director of Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute, Khosla doubled its 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. Khosla was a member of the "Wipe the Slate Clean Committee" that created a new, four-year undergraduate electrical and computer engineering curriculum at Carnegie Mellon. He also 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.     

Prior to 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. He is the author of three books and has contributed more than 300 articles to journals, conferences and books. Khosla is also a co-founder of Quantapoint Inc. and BiometricCore.    

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