IRVINE,CA- Pramod Khargonekar took over as Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Irvine, effective June 30. In this position, he will provide strategic direction for the Office of Research, which supports and enhances the creative and scholarly activities of UCI faculty. His appointment by...
“Pramod’s stellar career – as a researcher, educator and national leader – makes him an outstanding choice to lead our ambitious efforts to expand the scope and impact of our world-class research,” Gillman said. “He understands how science is evolving, the role of interdisciplinary coordination in addressing global and regional challenges, the important link between research and education, and the need to cultivate a broader innovation ecosystem.”
Enrique Lavernia, UCI Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, said: “In addition to his experience in setting the nation’s research priorities and policies, Pramod has a genuine passion to enhance and promote new research efforts and foster young investigators. We are lucky to have a leader of his caliber.”
Khargonekar has a varied background in federal and academic positions. He most recently served as assistant director for engineering at the National Science Foundation. While there, he headed the Directorate for Engineering, which invests in frontier engineering research and education, encourages a culture of innovation and develops the next generation of engineers. In addition, he is currently the Eckis Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Florida.
Khargonekar earned a Bachelor of Technology degree in electrical engineering at Bombay’s Indian Institute of Technology in 1977 and an M.S. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Florida in 1980 and 1981, respectively. He has held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan and the University of Florida.