Brief Bio of Rajinder Khosla

Dr. Rajinder P. Khosla joined the National Science Foundation in October 1996 as a Program Director in the Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) Division in the ENG Directorate. During his tenure at the NSF, he also served as an Acting Director of the ECCS Division (January 2000-February 2002). He was Deputy Division Director in the CNS Division, responsible for overseeing the Cyber-Physical Systems Program in the CISE Directorate. On a special assignment as an Embassy Fellow (March 2002-June 2002), Dr. Khosla was sent by the NSF and the US Department of State, to study the state of Nanotechnology research in Japan.

During his career at the NSF, he was the Program Manager for the National Nanofabrication Users Network (NNUN), Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) at Purdue University, Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology (CISST) at John Hopkins University, and the NSEC, Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS) at UC Berkeley. He went on a number of site and pre-site visits for review and start-up of Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) and Industry & University Cooperative Research Centers Programs (I/UCRC).

Dr. Khosla worked at Eastman Kodak Co. from 1966-96. He was the General Manager of the Microelectronics Technology Division at Kodak from 1985-95, and was responsible for the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of solid-state imagers based on CCD’s and support IC's for Kodak’s entry into Digital Imaging Systems.

Dr. Khosla received his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Purdue University in 1966. In 1974-75, he was given an academic award by Kodak for his contributions to the development of alternative technologies for imaging. As a result of this award, he worked as a ‘Visiting Scientist’ in the Department of EE&CS at the UC, Santa Barbara, developing and designing charge coupled devices (CCDs). The following year he brought the technology to Kodak. In the fall of 1989, he attended the Harvard Business School for the ‘Advanced Management Program’. He was an Executive-on-Loan at Cornell University during 1995-96 to develop Industry/University relations. For a number of years, he has been on the Science Advisory Board of IMEC in Leuven, Belgium.

Dr. Khosla is Fellow of the IEEE, APS, OSA, and the AAAS. He was awarded the 1990 IEEE Frederick Philips Award for - “For initiating and leading the development of a microelectronics program that led to his company’s preeminence in high-density imaging sensors.” He is the Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Science at Purdue University.