University of California, Berkeley Dean Dr. Sastry Named Founding Chancellor of Plaksha University
Plaksha University has appointed Dr S Shankar Sastry as Founder Chancellor. He served as Dean of Engineering for over a decade (2007-2018) at the University of California (UC) Berkeley. Dr. Sastry is currently the Thomas Siebel Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at UC Berkeley.
Dr. Sastry has held several positions during his academic career, including Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at UC Berkeley and Director of the Office of Information Technology at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), in Arlington. He also served on the faculty of MIT and Harvard.
Some of Dr. Sastry’s most notable recognitions include chairman of India Gold Medal in 1977, IBM Faculty Development Award in 1983 and NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1985.
His research areas include AI and machine learning, resilient cyber-physical systems, mechanism design and incentive theory for the digital transformation system of societal-scale complex system networks, cybersecurity, autonomous robotic vehicles and robots, computer vision, nonlinear and adaptive control and monitoring. of hybrid and embedded systems, the university said.
Dr. Sastry holds a BTech degree from IIT Bombay. He completed his MS in Mathematics and MS, PhD in EECS from UC, Berkeley. He also holds honorary doctorates from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the University of Waterloo, Canada, and the Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
On his appointment as Chancellor of Plaksha University, Dr Sastry said: “Higher education is at an inflection point. We must offer students an educational experience at the crossroads of technology, entrepreneurship and design. Additionally, we need to challenge students to deal with the large, messy, society-wide challenges we face today. The opportunity to be part of Plaksha University which has a unique model of a modern research university with a new pedagogy and perspective, is a privilege and an exciting challenge for me.
Neeraj Aggarwal, President – Asia-Pacific, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Founder and Chairman of the Board of Plaksha University, said, “Dr. Sastry is a highly respected academic leader and builder of institutions globally. We have been very fortunate to have him as Chairman of our Academic Advisory Board for the past 5 years. We are now delighted to have him with us as Chancellor. It embodies the idea of reinventing higher education and building a vibrant higher education ecosystem that supports high-impact research. His extensive professional experience, knowledge and leadership will guide Plaksha University to create a unique learning experience for curious DIYers.
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