Vikram Jandhyala, University of Washington, “The Global Innovation Exchange: Developing Leaders in Innovation to Solve the World’s Greatest Challenges.”
Vikram Jandhyala is Vice President for Innovation Strategy at the University of Washington. He is also Executive Director of CoMotion, UW’s collaborative innovation hub, and co-Executive Director of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). He is a Professor and former Chair in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and an Adjunct Professor in the Information School. He serves on the advisory boards of UW Foster Business School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, and Partners for Our Children.
Vikram received the BTech in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in 1989, and the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995 and 1998, respectively.
After spending two years in the design automation industry at Ansoft Corporation (acquired by Ansys), Vikram joined UW EE in 2000. His research, which has led to more than 200 papers and several PhD students at top R&D positions, has been funded by DARPA, semiconductor industries, national labs, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and National Science Foundation, including an NSF CAREER award, and has received awards from UIUC, IEEE, UW, and NASA.
In 2006, Vikram founded, along with his students, Nimbic, a venture-backed simulation company, which was acquired by Mentor Graphics in 2014. He was founding UW director of the UW-PNNL Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing (NIAC) from 2012 to 2014. He was also chair of the UW EE department from 2011 to 2014, led the UW EE professional master’s program as faculty director through early growth in 2009 and 2010, and was an inaugural UW presidential entrepreneurial faculty fellow in 2011.
Vikram’s current interests are in the science and art of innovation, entrepreneurial and design thinking, educational innovation, social and organizational networks, and computational and data science.