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June 25: Carnegie Mellon Reappoints Pradeep K. Khosla Dean of its College of Engineering


Chriss Swaney

Carnegie Mellon Reappoints Pradeep K. Khosla
Dean of its College of Engineering

khoslaPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University has appointed University Professor Pradeep K. Khosla, the Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founding director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, dean of the Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT) for a second five-year term, effective July 1.
A Carnegie Mellon alumnus and member of the CIT faculty since 1986, Khosla has invested enormous energy in the success of Carnegie Mellon and its engineering college and has demonstrated his leadership in research and education initiatives both within the university and internationally. Khosla has been CIT dean since 2004.  
"Pradeep Khosla has been an outstanding dean who has worked tirelessly to advance the college and its units. During the past five years the number and quality of undergraduate applications has risen to record highs," said Mark S. Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon provost. "There has also been a 25 percent increase in the number of Ph.D. students in CIT, and an increase of more than 50 percent in the number of women and underrepresented minorities among the graduate student population."
Under his leadership, CIT was recently ranked sixth in the nation for graduate programs and three of the college's departments were ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report. CIT was also ranked sixth in the world by the 2008 London Times Higher Education Supplement. He was instrumental in developing a novel fellowship program that pays for the tuition of first-year Ph.D. students and has reduced the cost for Ph.D. students by 20 percent. He also spearheaded the initiative that brought $29 million into renovating and creating state-of-the-art labs in the Chemical Engineering Department.
"I am truly honored to be reappointed head of Carnegie Mellon's Engineering College because it is a strong college with a long, successful history of leadership in education and research. I am also very fortunate to work with outstanding faculty, students, alums and staff at one of the most sophisticated campuses in the world," Khosla said. "I am committed to continue taking leadership roles in our growing global education programs and leading-edge research."
An internationally recognized authority on robotics, embedded systems, technology education, innovation and cybersecurity, Khosla has turned Carnegie Mellon CyLab into a successful, competitive global enterprise.
Khosla's global reach also has helped the university develop important academic footholds in Europe, Asia and Africa. As a former director of Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute (INI), Khosla doubled its enrollment, created the Master of Science in Information Security Technology and Management Program and developed international graduate programs with the Athens Information Technology Institute (AIT) in Athens, Greece (CyLab Athens), and CyLab Japan.
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 boards of companies, nonprofits and venture capital firms. He is the author of three books and has contributed more than 350 articles to journals, conferences and books. Khosla is also co-founder of Quantapoint Inc. and BiometricCore.
Khosla received his bachelor's degree in technology from IIT  (Kharagpur, India) in 1980, and both his master's degree (1984) and Ph.D. (1986) from Carnegie Mellon.
A Dean Evaluation Committee of the university's faculty, chaired by University Professor Ignacio Grossmann, recommended Khosla's reappointment. "I'd like to thank the members of the committee for their thoughtful work during this process," Kamlet said. "They did an outstanding job."
The committee's report can be found at

Pictured above is Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of the Carnegie Institute of Technology.