Join your colleagues for the 2013 Dean’s Lecture with special guest, Pramod P. Khargonekar, assistant director for the Directorate of Engineering, National Science Foundation.
The Executive Committee of the Fulton Engineering Faculty Assembly arranged this Dean’s Lecture to provide an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to meet with colleagues. We hope you will join us.
Friday, Sept. 20
Memorial Union, Turquoise Room
Reception to follow
Khargonekar will provide an overview of the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation, beginning with a description of the mission and vision followed by various research and education programs. In this context, he will discuss major trends and novel programmatic directions, and end with a discussion of the key strategic issues in advancing the frontiers, strengthening the innovation ecosystem and addressing the critical challenges in engineering education.
biosketch: Pramod P. Khargonekar is assistant director for the Directorate of Engineering (ENG) for the National Science Foundation (NSF). With a budget of more than $800 million, the ENG invests in engineering research and education, cultivates an innovation ecosystem and develops the next-generation engineer.
Previously, Khargonekar was deputy director for technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Since 2001, Khargonekar has the Eckis Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. From 2001 to 2009, he served as the dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Florida. Prior to joining the University of Florida, he held faculty positions with the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota.
Khargonekar’s research focuses on control systems theory and applications, smart grid and renewable energy, semiconductor manufacturing, and modeling and control of neural systems.
Among his many honors, Khargonekar is an IEEE Fellow and has received the IEEE Baker Prize, American Automatic Control Council’s Donald Eckman Award, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher.
Khargonekar holds a B. Tech in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, an M.S. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, both from the University of Florida.