UC San Diego’s eighth chancellor is scheduled to start work at the La Jolla campus today, with a busy day of events scheduled.
Pradeep Khosla was the dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering when he was tapped to succeed Marye Anne Fox, who is stepping down to return to her roots as a chemistry professor. She will remain at UCSD.
Khosla’s first day will include a video conference with alumni on beginning a new career, speaking to incoming freshman engineering students, holding a news conference and touring the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, according to the school.
The events are not open to the general public.
Khosla, who was born in India, is married with three children. He emerged as the leading candidate in an international search. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and has won several major engineering awards.
Khosla has written three books and numerous articles. His undergraduate degree in electrical engineering was from the Indian Institute of Technology, and he earned his master’s and doctorate at Carnegie Mellon.
He is set to make $411,084 annually, almost $20,000 more than Fox, who led UCSD for eight years.
Under Fox, the university earned respectable national and international rankings, raised a record amount of money and embarked on a building program.