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Linda Katehi (July 2017 - June 2020)
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Linda Katehi, Ph.D. 

Dr. Linda Katehi’s work in electronic circuit design has led to national and international awards as both an educator and a technical leader. She holds nearly two dozen U.S. patents.

 

Dr. Katehi earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, and a master’s and doctorate in electrical engineering from UCLA. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and has served as chair of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Committee for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and the President’s Committee for the National Medal of Science.

 

Katehi’s academic experience includes appointments as professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, where she also became associate dean for academic affairs and graduate education in College of Engineering; the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering at Purdue University; and provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

 

In 2009, Dr. Katehi became the sixth chancellor of UC Davis, and the first woman to hold this post. As a new faculty member and throughout her career Katehi focused on expanding research opportunities for undergraduate students and improving the education and professional experience of graduate students, with an emphasis on underrepresented groups. Half of the 44 doctoral students who graduated under her supervision have become faculty members in research universities in the United States and abroad.

 

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