Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Pradeep K. Khosla
Professor Pradeepkumar Brijnath Khosla is the Dean, College of Engineering and Dowd Professor of Engineering and Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He completed his B.Tech (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 1980. He later earned his MS and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1984 and 1986.

Professor Khosla defined the vision and set strategic directions and goals for both education and research for the College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University. As the founding Co-Director, he has been instrumental in preparing the implementation plan for CyLab, a University-wide initiative created to integrate response and prediction, research and development.

He has served as member of the AdCom of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, Chairman of the Education Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Professional Activities (PACE) Chair of the Robotics and Automation Society, member of Robotics and Intelligent Machines Coordinating Council (RIMCC), member of the Long Range Planning Committee of the Robotics and Automation Society, member of the Board of Directors of The Robotics Industries Association (RIA) from 1998–2002 and member of the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI) during 2000-2001, and 2004 – present. He served as Technical Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation and Associate Editor for ASME Journal of Computers and Information Science in Engineering (JCISE). He currently serves on editorial boards of IEEE Spectrum, IEEE Security and Privacy and Oxford University Press series in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In December 2002, he was appointed a member of the IT transition team of Pennsylvania Governor-elect Ed Rendell and in February 2003 he was appointed to the National Research Council Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design for a three year term.

Professor Khosla is a consultant to several companies and Venture Capitalists and has served on the technology advisory boards of many start-ups and currently serves on several advisory boards including iNetworks, ITU Ventures, iPolicy, Alcoa CIO’s Advisory Board, and the IT advisory committee, CSIRO, Australia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Quantapoint Inc., the Children’s Institute, IIT Foundation, and MPC corporation. He has served as member of the Strategy Review Board for Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan; Council of Deans of the Aeronautics Advisory Committtee, NASA; Senior Advisory Group, DARPA Program on Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems. He is a co-founder of Quantapoint Inc.

Professor Khosla's research interests are in the areas of distributed and secure information systems, collaborating autonomous systems, agent-based architectures, software composition and reconfigurable software for secure embedded systems and intelligent instruments for biomedical applications. His research is multidisciplinary and has focussed on the theme of "creating complex embedded systems and information systems through composition of and collaboration amongst building blocks".

Professor Khosla is a recipient of the Inlaks Foundation Fellowship in 1982, the Carnegie Institute of Technology Ladd Award for Excellence in Research in 1989, 2 NASA Tech Brief awards (1992, 1993), the ASEE 1999 George Westinghouse Award for Education, Siliconindia Leadership award for Excellence in Academics and Technology in 2000 and the W. Wallace McDowell award from IEEE Computer Society in 2001. He was elected Fellow of IEEE in January 1995, Fellow of AAAI in 2003, Fellow of AAAS in 2004, and member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2006. He was appointed a Distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for 1998-2003. Professor Khosla's research has resulted in 3 books and more than 320 articles in journals, conferences and book contributions.

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