CMU Engineering Dean Honored for Global Edu Vision

Pradeep Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering, was given the "Cyber Education Champion Award" from the Business Software Alliance, an association of software companies.

The award recognizes those who have "demonstrated exceptional skill and commitment in teaching students and educators about the importance of technology innovation, cyber ethics, and intellectual property issues."

Khosla, considered an authority on cybersecurity, innovation, and competitiveness, said his college's "vision is that future engineers must be able to enable, create, manage, and deploy innovation in a multinational, distributed environment." Khosla was also recognized for his focus on new approaches to managing the research and development relationship between universities and industry.

Carnegie Mellon Provost Mark Kamlet praised Khosla for being at the forefront of engineering education  and for "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.'

In addition to his position as dean, Khosla is a professor of engineering and computer science and founding co-director of Carnegie Mellon's CyLab, a university-wide, multidisciplinary project that involves about 200 faculty, students, and staff that builds on more than two decades of Carnegie Mellon's leadership in information technology.

Khosla is credited with doubling the enrollment of Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute. He also created the Master of Science program in Information Security Technology and Management and developed international graduate student programs with the Athens Information Technology Institute in Athens, Greece and with Cylab Korea and Cylab Japan.

Khosla was a member of a committee that created a new four-year undergraduate electrical and computer engineering curriculum at Carnegie Mellon. He also proposed the idea of teaching engineering to freshmen—an idea that has since been adopted widely by both U.S. and international universities.

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